Size and experience should go a long way for senior captain Keon Thomas, Holy Trinity football coach Tony Mascia said Wednesday morning at practice.
Mascia said Thomas is an intimidating player at left tackle, but his experience playing at the varsity level since his sophomore year is invaluable to this year's largely inexperienced team.
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"We're looking for really big things from him," said Mascia, who said the offensive line should be the strongest part of his team. "He's a big boy and if he can make and impact, we should be all right."
Mascia, in his 25th season, said players typically make the biggest gains from junior to senior year, and expects Thomas to follow suit. He said Thomas has become a better player and leader during the offseason.
Thomas believes he's hit a groove entering his final season. He said he and his team are motivated by last year's CHSFL Class AAA first-round playoff loss, adding that returning players "have a little more aggression in their stomach."
"This team, we're a little bit more agile, a little quicker on our feet," said Thomas, who said he has garnered interest from Rutgers. "Our line is really working this year. We're focused and ready to go."
Senior Colin Moran, a linebacker, said his job as a co-captain is to make sure players keep their focus, don't make mental errors and stay in game-shape.
Moran said he looks to Thomas for inspiration on how to lead. He said they have a running competition for who can hit harder.
"I've been here one year and I feel like a veteran, I can only imagine what it was like for him as a sophomore growing up quickly being on varsity," Moran said. "Other than his athleticism, which is phenomenal, he's vocal, he's in shape and is boosting the morale for the whole team."