Palmer Trinity is

coming off successive winning seasons including going 7-3 last year, but have struggled with slow starts.

The Falcons are hoping for different results when they open up against St. Andrew’s, which went

7-2 last year.

“All we’ve talked about is the first game,” fourth-year head coach Mark Reese said, “because in the past since I’ve been at Palmer Trinity, we’ve always lost the kickoff classic, the first game. We either end up 1-2 or 0-3. So this year we took a different approach and just focused on St. Andrew’s. Everything we have worked towards is for that game.”

Palmer Trinity lost 35-0 to Coral Springs Charter in the kickoff classic and senior quarterback Nico Casares, who threw for over 900 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, took ownership.

“Our offense all starts with me and we’ve got to capitalize in the red zone,” Casares said. “We had our opportunities when our defense held them up. I’ve got to let the ball go sooner and go through my progressions a little faster with all the time my o-line is giving me and listen to coach more than anything.”

Casares will be looking to lead the Falcons into the state playoffs for the first time since 2008.

“Our goals is we’re trying to repeat as South FIFC champion and get a regional home game for the playoffs,” Casares said.

Casares’s top target in the passing game is senior tight end John Malloy, who caught 26 passes for 379 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

The running game will feature a trio of backs in senior Brandon Yanes, senior Kyon White-Royal, and sophomore Jose Corbo.

White-Royal also leads the defense as a four-year starter. Seniors Dylan Dylewski and Arturo Alvarez, and sophomores Kyndal Royal and Corbo are also keys to the defense.

“We’ve just been building high character, smart football players,” Reese said. “We don’t really try to get the players to do anything more than what they do. We ask them to be smart.”

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