Male Athlete of the Week: Hosaflook happy to be a Falcon again
WOODSTOCK – Jordon Hosaflook feels like he is very much home again with his family – his Central Falcon family.
After being away from the area for three years, the Central senior has returned and has made a definite impact on the football field.
“As soon I moved back it fell right back into place,” Hosaflook said. “It felt like I never left. I picked right up from freshman year, everybody welcomed me with open arms.”
Hosaflook became the starting quarterback for Central in the preseason and has kept improving as the year has gone on.
In last Friday’s 44-12 victory over William Monroe, Hosaflook threw four touchdown passes and went 9 for 14 for 216 yards.
“I think we played really well as a unit,” Hosaflook said. “Everything was functioning pretty well. My line was blocking for me, so we could get the pass plays off. I think they kind of shut down our running game a little bit, but they just opened up the deep balls. It felt good to air it out and hit my receivers down the field.”
Hosaflook’s big game against William Monroe helped him earn The Northern Virginia Daily’s Male Athlete of the Week for the week of Oct. 19-25.
He said that the Dragons were concerned with the running game, like most teams have been, and that has helped the passing game have some success.
Hosaflook said it also helps having a strong offensive line and some good receivers, especially Tristan Rau and Varsey Bright.
“Varsey and Tristan, those guys have moves,” Hosaflook said. “They’re quick, they can catch the ball. And when they catch the ball, they get up the field and they make plays.”
Hosaflook said he always played at quarterback from the time he was little up through his eighth grade year on Central’s JV team. Then he moved to West Virginia and played for Liberty High School in Riley County.
Hosaflook said he played at wide receiver and safety. He said he enjoyed his time playing for Liberty and that the team had a good season his sophomore year, but he suffered a crack in his right hip and only played in two games last season.
Now Hosaflook is back where he started, and he said the transition back to Central was an easy one. He said the team feels like family to him, especially his fellow seniors.
“We’re a really close-knit group,” Hosaflook said of the seniors. “We all hang out on weekends. We’ll go out fishing, hunting and we all get along. … We’re just like brothers. We do everything together.”
Hosaflook said one of the biggest influences for him is his brother Grant, who graduated from Central in 2007 and played for the Falcons.
“He’s in the Navy now, and to me he’s Superman,” Hosaflook said. “I want to fill his shoes. I want to be just like him. He’s definitely pushed me, and I feel like he’s pushed me, in football especially.”
Hosaflook has thrown for 954 yards on 53 for 116 passing for the season with eight touchdowns and two interceptions.
Central coach Mike Yew said Hosaflook has progressed as the season has gone on.
“From coming in this summer, he had a chance to be around me with 7-on-7 stuff like that, but nothing beats game speed, game competition,” Yew said. “For him it was just making adjustments and learning what my expectations were. He’s taking it in stride, and we’re seeing a better product each week. The other night was probably the best game he’s played this year.”
The Falcons have won four games in a row, and Hosaflook said that the team has really come together and that’s been a big factor in their success.
“We had our rocky start, we didn’t have all of our guys in, but we definitely buckled down and we’ve bonded,” he said. “I feel like when we’re all on the same page, it gets us rolling a little bit easier.”
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