Jay Latson

Holy Trinity sophomore Jay Latson has shown a lot of improvement since the spring as he prepares to take over as the Tigers new quarterback this fall.


If the Holy Trinity Tigers are going to accomplish anything this upcoming football season, they’re going to need a big year from sophomore quarterback Jay Latson.

And if there were an award for the most improved player since the start of spring football, it would probably be … Jay Latson.

The sophomore quarterback showed just how far he’s come since April during a recent 7 on 7 tournament at Merritt Island High School, where the Holy Trinity sophomore showed improved mechanics, a better throwing motion and pretty solid accuracy.

“I’ve been working with people to help me with that,” Latson said.

The sophomore will not only be taking on a bigger role in his first season as Holy Trinity’s starter, he’ll also be stepping into some rather large shoes.

Holy Trinity’s last four quarterbacks only started for one season, but all four — Dru Nickson, JaLon Hudgins, Davin Wydner and Ty Englehart — all led the Tigers to the FHSAA regional semifinals. Three of them (Nickson, Hudgins and Englehart) were seniors when they accomplished that feat.

Latson is well aware of what those four accomplished, and he’s planning on taking it at least one step further.

Speaking before the turmoil that surrounded the program with the removal of head coach Nate Hooks Jr., Latson said he thought the Tigers had a chance to go further than they have ever been in the postseason.

As a freshman last season, Latson played wide receiver where he caught seven passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran six times for 55 yards and two scores. He attempted three passes on the year, completing two of them for 114 yards and a score.

In his first outing as Holy Trinity’s starter in the team’s spring game against Satellite in May, he threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Dayday Famer and ran for a 32-yard score of his own.

“I feel like I played good,” Latson said of the spring game. “I could have done better.”

Though he was picked off in the team’s 7 on 7 tournament at Merritt Island, he led his team to three victories and was able to fit the ball into some tight windows.

“I did pretty good, but I made a couple of mistakes,” he said.

Granted there was no pass rush coming at him, but Latson appeared poised and was able to fit the ball into some tight windows during the 7 on 7 tournament as his game continues to mature.

At 6-feet, 155 pounds, Latson said he hopes to add another 10 pounds during the summer while continuing to work on his game.

“I’m going to be working on my accuracy, working on my pocket presence,” he said.

The Tigers might not know what they will look like come the fall, but they now have a better idea of what kind of quarterback they will have running the show

Latson wasn’t off base when asked to describe his quarterback style.

“Athletic,” he said. “I can do it all.”