Trinity Catholic is one of the smallest high schools with football in the St. Louis area, but coach Cory Patterson’s program is packed with some talented players.
The biggest name at Trinity, which went 6-4 last season, is an impressive Division I offensive line prospect in junior left tackle Larry Boyd.
“That’s our big guy,” Patterson said. “He kind of anchors us down. He’s getting a lot of attention right now. He works. He turned into a leader this year, I’ll tell you that. Before, he was a quiet kid. But he turned into a real leader this year. He got to that point where we’d be in third-and-three or third-and-four he’d say, ‘Coach, run the ball my way.’”
Boyd is a three-year starter at left tackle for Trinity and also plays defensive tackle. But it is on offense where he projects at the next level and maybe even beyond.
Patterson was asked what the college coaches recruiting Boyd have been saying about him.
“When they watch his film, he gives them the impression that he’s a pro,” Patterson said. “He’s only 16 years old, he’s 6-5, 310 pounds, real long arms, his aggression and things like that — college coaches just love. They said he plays like he’s going to be a pro.”
Patterson completed his first season as Trinity’s head coach this fall after previously serving as the team’s offensive coordinator. He has seen Boyd grow up over the past few years.
“His freshman year, the summer, he went up to Mizzou for the varsity camp and he was the defensive MVP for the camp — as a freshman,” the coach said. “The kid just kind of had something. He’s just been kind of making his way slow and slow and just getting better and better every year and now he’s a really good ballplayer.”
The big offensive lineman recently took an unofficial visit to Missouri and figures to be a big recruiting target for the Tigers.
“He loves Mizzou,” Patterson said.
Trinity freshman quarterback Isaiah Williams, who projects as a wide receiver or cornerback in college, recently picked up his first scholarship offer from Iowa State.
“He’s an athlete, really,” Patterson said. “… He was the AAU national track athlete of the year. Straight A student since he’s been in third or fourth grade. Same thing at Trinity Catholic. … He plays varsity basketball. He’s just a really good kid. He’s a track kid, basketball kid, football kid, used to wrestle as a little kid.”
Patterson said Williams, who runs the 200 and 400 in track and is also a long jumper and high jumper, can play all over the football field.
In his debut season, Williams completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,467 yards, with 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions, and also ran for 568 yards and seven scores.
“He’s just so smart,” Patterson said. “When you have a skillful kid like that you can put him back there at quarterback. You can zone-read with him. He’s got a nice arm. He can stroke the ball. He can play everywhere for us, especially in Class 2.”
In addition to Iowa State, Patterson mentioned Oklahoma as a school that has shown early interest in Williams.
Williams is a prospect whose recruiting attention is likely to grow as he does. He’s still young enough that he’ll continue to grow taller and get bigger and stronger.
“He’s been growing a lot lately,” Patterson said. “To be honest, at the beginning of the football season, the kid was 5-foot-7 and 140 pounds. In November, when he came out for basketball, he had to go back to a doctor to get a physical and he was 5-foot-9, 160 pounds. So he’s been growing and growing and growing. He’s almost 5-10 now.”
“Combined with his speed,” Patterson added, “he’s a good-sized athlete.”
Patterson described junior wide receiver-defensive back Darion Bolden as a “really good ballplayer” whose season was overshadowed by some of the team’s younger players.
“His leadership skills are phenomenal,” the coach said. “He’s the voice of our football team. He’s a great route runner. He’s one of those guys that’s just real consistent.”
Patterson said Bolden, who was listed at 5-10 and 175 pounds this season, will probably play defensive back at the next level.
Bolden led Trinity in receptions (38) and was second in receiving yards (518) and receiving touchdowns (five). On defense, he had 62 tackles and two interceptions.
“He’s just now starting to get a little bit (of recruiting attention now),” Patterson said. “Missouri State and Illinois State are both kind of giving him a little bit of attention right now.”
Freshman wide receiver-defensive back Marcus Washington had 35 catches and led the team in receiving yards (581), receiving touchdowns (seven) and interceptions (four.)
“He kind of overshadowed all the other receivers this year as a freshman,” Patterson said. “He came in and was the No. 1 receiver on our team and he was the No. 1 D-back on our team.”
Washington already has good size (listed at 6-2 and 170 pounds) for the wide receiver position and has already attracted attention from schools.
“He doesn’t have the best route-running skills just yet, but the ball comes around him and he goes and gets it,” Patterson said. “He has great hands. He’s one of those kids that has a knack for the ball.”
Patterson said freshman right tackle Ira Henry is already 6-5 and 320 pounds.
“He’s becoming a really good tackle,” the coach said. “He’s blocking real well. He plays on both sides of the ball for us too.”
Sophomore running back Darries Rainey rushed for 1,187 yards and 15 touchdowns this fall.
“He was one of the top running backs in the state this year,” Patterson said. “He can flat out go. The reason why he’s not being recruited as much is his size. He’s about 5-foot-6. He’s about 170 pounds. He’s talented as all get out on the offensive side of the ball.”
Freshman running back-linebacker Alphonzo Andrews started both ways and racked up 459 yards rushing with six touchdowns and 51 tackles and an interception.
“This kid is all gas, no breaks,” Patterson said. “He will run through a brick wall for the coaching staff. He doesn’t talk a lot. He’s way past his time as a freshman. He’s going to make those tough tackles, he’s going to make those tough blocks, he’s going to make those tough runs.”
Another freshman, middle linebacker Shammond Cooper, led Trinity with 118 tackles and added two fumble recoveries and one sack.