HOLY SPIRIT: Kosloff looks to revitalize Titans
Thu. August 23, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. | By Andrew Carroll
Holy Spirit Head Coach Greg Kosloff instructs the offensive line during football practice at Holy Spirit High School on Aug. 10, 2012. (Photo by Natalie Nichols)
TUSCALOOSA | Greg Kosloff, who coached the Holy Spirit baseball team to four straight area championships, will attempt to revitalize the football program, which had a 1-8 record last season.
“A number of my baseball players play football, and they have taken that enthusiasm and that winning attitude into football,” Kosloff said. “One of the biggest things we’re seeing right now is 40 players (in grades 7 through 12), which is double what we ended with last year. That’s a true reflection of the coaches and the administration supporting football. It’s the love for my school and the love for my Catholic faith. That’s why I want to try to see this football program go forward.
“Our concerns are also some of our strengths. We’ve got 20 (in grades 9 through 12). Numbers being up is certainly a strength. We’ve got some guys who won’t have to go from kickoff to triple zeroes on the clock, but it also gives us a little bit of a concern about adequate depth.”
Kosloff said he won’t use seventh-graders in a varsity game, but eighth-graders might get a chance to play.
The Titans will base their offense out of a wing-T formation, and Kosloff said the plan is to control the clock and maintain possession by running the football.
“If we can keep the other team’s offense off the field, then that’s our best defense,” he said. “We’re going to be kind of old-school running the football early in the season.”
Garrett Anderson, a senior captain, is a returning starter at quarterback.
“We’re going to rely on Garrett to help control that football,” Kosloff said. “The offensive line is really going to be the strength of our program this year. Our coaches are doing a great job of teaching how to block.”
Potential starters on the offensive line are tackles Cully Clark and Adam Raschilla, guards Tyler Aldijilia and William Winter and center Derrick Garnett, a fifth-year player.
Jake Smith is slated to start at fullback. Kosloff said running back Michael Aldijilia is probably the fastest player. Jon Dever and Conner Bassett are in the mix at running back.
“We’ve got some speed in the backfield this year,” Kosloff said. “We’re going to run to our strengths and, hopefully, our opponents’ weaknesses.”
When the Titans do pass, Chase Lake and Rohit Fonseca will be targets as wide receivers.
Winter and Garnett will fill the linebacker slots in a base 5-2 defensive front. Tommie Hargrove and Raschilla will play at tackle with Tyler Aldijilia at nose guard. Dever and Bassett are expected to start at defensive end.
Lake, Anderson, Fonseca and Michael Aldijilia are prospects to play in the defensive backfield.
“We’ll rely on William Winter and Derrick Garnett to shoot those gaps,” Kosloff said. “We would hope to be prepared to stop the run first. We’re going to do more film work with this staff to kind of identify the strengths of our opponents so we can set our defense accordingly on Friday night.”
School: Holy Spirit Catholic High School
Classification: AHSAA Class 1A, Region 3
2011 record: 1-8
2011 playoffs: none
Head coach: Greg Kosloff (first year at Holy Spirit)
Assistant coaches: Thomas McKenzie, defensive backs/offense; Greg Peeples, offensive line/tight ends; John Sisson, defensive coordinator; Mike Griffin, special teams/offense
Returning starters: 8
Keep an eye on: QB Garrett Anderson (5-10, 170, Sr.), C/LB Derrick Garnett (6-1, 210, Sr.), OG/LB William Winter (6-2, 220, Jr.)
Key games: Sept. 14 Akron, Oct. 5 Autaugaville, Oct. 12 at Sunshine
Aug. 31 at Waterloo
Sept. 6 at Ellwood Christian*
Sept. 14 Akron*
Sept. 21 at Keith*
Sept. 28 Southeastern School
Oct. 5 Autaugaville*
Oct. 12 at Sunshine*
Oct. 19 at Maplesville*
Oct. 26 Billingsley*
Nov. 2 at Fayetteville
* Denotes region game