kickoff set for 7 p.m.
Holy Trinity Head Coach Nate Hooks and the 2019 Space Coast Daily Coach of the Year will have some new faces this season and returning starters from last year’s team.
One of the highlights Coach Hooks is excited for this season will be the largest roster he has ever had as head coach.
“I’m extremely excited,” said Coach Hooks. “This will probably be the largest roster that we’ve had since I’ve been here. I’ve been here seven seasons. This year, we have about 15 incoming players for the 2025 class. By far, my largest class we’ve had here at Holy Trinity and the most skillful players.”
Coach Hooks elaborated on the challenges and opportunities that come with coaching a younger team.
“The good thing is the size of the class is extremely pleasing, but they’re going to play varsity football in the 9th grade. We’re going to be a young team. In all reality, it’s a JV team playing a varsity schedule.
“We’ve had pretty good success the last three seasons. We’re the only school, along with Cocoa High, that has reached the regional semifinals three years in a row. A lot of people don’t know that.”
With recent postseason success, combined with roster number challenges, the former Space Coast Daily/FNLR Coach of the Year (2019) is notorious for being able to navigate a small roster size and produce top level talent.
“I have had to come up with unique ways, unique strategies, unique practice schedules. Everything is very different here at Holy Trinity. I would like to add that we were the only team last year in this county and that had a player that was an All American. Wide receiver James Blackstrain was second team Sports Illustrated All-American. So, we’ve had pretty good success and we produce.
Another area to watch for the Tigers will be the quarterback position.
Senior quarterback Ty Englehart is the expected starter.
The 6-foot-3 and 180-pound signal caller will have some weapons to help him ease into the role as electric sophomore wide receiver Dayday Farmer and senior running back Jadon Gowins will help anchor the offensive side of the ball.
Space Coast Daily’s Zach Clark will call the play-by-play action tonight with coverage beginning at 6:45 p.m. on Space Coast Daily TV.
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