The Holy Trinity Tigers have lost a number of talented players at the end of the 2020 football season, but help is on the way.
Spring football kicked off on April 26 and head coach Nate Hooks Jr. said he hopes to have 25 to 30 players for the team in the fall, including an impressive crop of freshmen.
That would be a big number for the Tigers, who had to play several games last season with a dozen healthy bodies.
“I am extremely optimistic,” Hooks said. “It 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 freshmen, the Tigers will host a pair of rising senior transfers to Ty Englehart (Melbourne) and Thomas Nargi (Cocoa Beach), who will face each other to become Holy Trinity’s new starting quarterback following the transfer. by Davin Wydner.
Holy Trinity is scheduled to host Palm Beach Christian Prep at 7 p.m. on May 28 for its Spring Game.
The Tigers, who have reached the Class 3A regional semi-finals each of the past three seasons, will move up to Class 2A for 2021 on the FHSAA’s one-year ranking cycle.
Holy Trinity expects 11 returns from the squad from last year, including senior running back / safety Jadon Gowins.
A player to definitely watch this spring will be Dayday Farmer, an electric playmaker who caught 49 passes for 700 yards and eight touchdowns in his first year.
Farmer, who already has an offer from Florida Atlantic, attended the ESPN 300 Elite Underclassmen Camp in Orlando last month.
“I expect Dayday to be the face of the program and show all young people (players) how to think, act and train like a champion,” said Hooks. “He’s the only freshman to be on the All-State teams. He is certainly one of the best freshmen in America.
The Tigers will also have a special teams advantage with the return of kicker / punter Jackson Fain, who can help Holy Trinity turn the court or score points on the board.
The rising junior who was honorably mentioned in All-State in 2020 numbers only to get better.
“We’re crossing the 35 (yard) line, that’s three points,” said Hooks. “Jackson is going to be a weapon.”