Hosaflook getting resettled after return to Falcons

Central High School football coach Mike Yew gives instructions during a recent practice. Rich Cooley/Daily

WOODSTOCK – Jordon Hosaflook last played football at Central High School his freshman season in 2012 and spent his last two years playing at Liberty High in Glen Daniel, West Virginia. Now entering his senior year, Hosaflook is back on the field for the Falcons.

“Just trying to get back here to my roots, I guess,” Hosaflook said of his return before practice Tuesday.

The starting quarterback for Central’s JV team three years ago, Hosaflook moved to wide receiver and was a starting safety at Liberty last season, he said, but upon his return to Woodstock he slid back into the quarterback role, where the graduation of former starter Sam Barbour left a void to be filled.

Hosaflook and junior Colton Hutchinson were locked in a tight competition for that spot that started in summer workouts and carried into preseason practice, but Hosaflook ultimately earned the nod and will start Friday night’s home game against Skyline, head coach Mike Yew said Tuesday.

“He did what we expected of him,” Yew said. “It was a close quarterback competition and he just, really the last week and a half, really just stepped his game up as far as executing the passes and doing the things we really wanted him to be able to do.”

Hosaflook said his transition back to quarterback has been eased somewhat by his prior experience in the Falcons’ system, as he’s now working on “finalizing” all of the concepts he was introduced to during his freshman season.

The senior said he was encouraged by his performance in Central’s final scrimmage this past weekend.

“Even Coach said that I had a pretty good practice last week and it carried over into Saturday,” Hosaflook said. “I felt really comfortable back in the pocket and my line was blocking really well so I could get the ball out.”

Hosaflook’s role with Central won’t be limited to offense this fall – he will also be the Falcons’ starting safety.

“I’ve just got to be really in shape, conditioned, you know,” Hosaflook said. “And being able to learn our defense, run the defense and also learn our offense, that’s kind of a challenge but it’s going pretty good.”

THIN UP FRONT: With a roster turnout below Central’s average this fall, depth could be a concern for the Falcons.

Yew said midway through fall camp that the Falcons are two-deep at all the skill positions and he doesn’t expect the team to run into depth-related issues there, but there remains a concern with the number of varsity-ready linemen, the coach said Tuesday.

Central has an experienced core of five starting offensive linemen in place – which includes returning starters in seniors Codey Heltzel and Todd Stocking and junior Alex Sibert – although the options behind those five are limited, Yew said.

“We’ve got a couple young kids. We’ve got two ninth graders that are playing JV football that if we get in a pinch and we feel like we need to bring them up, we can and they can get things done for us as well,” Yew said.

“If we get some injuries and things where kids are out then it will be tough for us,” he added.

FINAL TUNE-UP: Central played its final scrimmage of the preseason last Saturday when it participated in the Riverheads Jamboree and competed against Fort Defiance and James River. Yew said the Falcons were clearly a better team on the field Saturday than they were in their first scrimmage on Aug. 13.

“We were very satisfied with a lot of things we did,” Yew said. “Obviously we saw some things we still need to work on but we walked out of there feeling pretty good about where we’re at right now.”

Yew held particular praise for Hosaflook’s performance at quarterback over the weekend.

“I thought we threw the ball a lot better shorter. I always knew Jordon could throw the ball a country mile but he put pretty good touch on some of the short balls this time, which was a good improvement for him,” he said.

HOME SWEET HOME: By virtue of welcoming some new teams to its schedule, the Falcons will enjoy six home games in 2015 instead of the usual five.

Even more beneficial is the fact that the Falcons’ first three games this season are all at home, as Central hosts Skyline on Friday night, Stonewall Jackson on Sept. 4 and then Turner Ashby on Sept. 18. The Falcons, who are competing in Group 2A this season, have a bye on Sept. 11.

“Obviously the kids that are new, it will be a comfort level for them just not having to travel and go into another locker room, another field, and kind of being nervous, maybe they’ll feel a little more at ease being here in their own backyard,” Yew said.

One of Central’s road games includes a trip to Riverside, a new school located in Ashburn, on Oct. 16.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com