“We had a veteran, senior-laden team last year,” said Blessed Trinity head coach Tim McFarlin.
Leading the offense will be sophomore running back Milton Shelton who had a breakout campaign last year with 894 yards rushing on the ground. Blessed Trinity will have the luxury of returning All-Region offensive lineman, senior Zach Mitchler, to the fold along with Austin Workheiser up front.
The Titans must replace quarterback Spencer McManes, who threw for 12 touchdowns and rushed for five last season. Senior Chris Keegan and sophomore Connor Davis will compete for the starting position with both players expected to see playing time early in the season.
The defensive line is rebuilding but junior linebacker Pat Jasinski, who has started every game since his freshman year and was the Titans’ leading tackler last season, will help lead the front seven along with senior linebacker Carter McManes. Seniors Kyle Evans and Keegan will start in the defensive secondary for Blessed Trinity. Senior punter Marc Nolan and junior kicker Mitch Rostowsky are expected to handle the special team duties.
McFarlin has extensive experience in the North Fulton area, serving as a head coach at Roswell high school for 10 seasons, including winning a state championship in 2006, and has seen the growth of the Titans’ program. “There was a good foundation before I got here set by Ricky Turner who started the program and is now our athletic director,” said McFarlin.
“We’ll have about 60 players on varsity which means we may not have as much depth as public schools and guys are going to have to play both ways. They don’t mind it and I believe we can compete with any school in this area because we have tough kids that work hard.”