The Holy Trinity Tigers lost a number of talented players to graduation following the 2020 football season, but help is on the way.
Spring football began April 26, and head coach Nate Hooks Jr. said he hopes to have 25 to 30 players out for the team when fall season comes around, including an impressive crop of freshmen.
That would be a big number for the Tigers, who had to play several games last season with about a dozen healthy bodies.
“I’m extremely optimistic,” Hooks said. “This has a chance to be the best freshman class since I’ve been here.
“The ’20-’21 (senior) class was pretty good with seven guys signing college scholarships.”
In addition to the freshmen, the Tigers will welcome a pair of rising senior transfers in Ty Englehart (Melbourne) and Thomas Nargi (Cocoa Beach), who will compete to become Holy Trinity’s new starting quarterback after Davin Wydner transferred
Holy Trinity is scheduled to host Palm Beach Christian Prep at 7 p.m. May 28 in its spring game.
The Tigers, who have reached the Class 3A regional semifinals each of the past three seasons, will drop down to Class 2A for 2021 under the FHSAA’s one-year cycle of classification rankings.
Holy Trinity expects to have 11 returners from last year’s team, including rising senior running back/safety Jadon Gowins.
One player to certainly watch out for this spring will be rising sophomore Dayday Farmer, an electric playmaker who caught 49 passes for 700 yards and eight touchdowns as a freshman.
Farmer, who already has an offer from Florida Atlantic, took part in the ESPN 300 Elite Underclassmen Camp in Orlando last month.
“I expect Dayday to be the face of the program and show all the young (players) how to think, act and train like a champ,” Hooks said. “He’s the only freshman to make the All-State teams. He’s definitely one of the best freshmen in America.”
The Tigers also will have an advantage on special teams with the return of kicker/punter Jackson Fain, who will be able to help Holy Trinity flip the field or put some points up on the board.
The rising junior who was honorable mention All-State in 2020 figures to only get better.
“We cross the 35 (yard line), it’s three points,” Hooks said. “Jackson is going to be a weapon.”