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Another Saturday night home game, another thrilling victory for the Hillsdale College football team.
the last two games have been pretty crazy around here,” Tim Hornak said
with a laugh. Hornak is a 6-foot-5, 270-pound starting sophomore left
tackle for Hillsdale from Muskegon Catholic Central.
On Sept. 10,
Hillsdale took advantage of a roughing-the-kicker penalty on the final
play and made the second field-goal attempt in a 34-31 win against rival
Grand Valley State.
On Saturday night, the Chargers did it again,
this time pulling out a 40-34 victory in three overtimes against
visiting Ashland in the second-longest game in school history.
is a BIG part of the Chargers’ success, having added 45 pounds to his
6-5 frame since leading MCC to a Division 8 state championship in 2008.
local players enjoying Hillsdale’s wild season are Ben Jones, a fellow
Muskegon Catholic graduate who plays tight end in short-yardage
situations; and Aric Geerlings, an East Kentwood graduate and Norton
Shores resident who is a second-team linebacker.
Hornak and his
twin brother, Jon, were recruited by Hillsdale where their uncle, Grand
Haven native Pat Hornak, is the team’s tight ends coach and director of
Jon Hornak decided to focus on hoops and is a forward for the Aquinas College basketball team.
boys always have had great coordination and athletic ability for their
height. Now that Tim has added plenty of “good weight,” as he calls it,
he has earned the starting spot at the key left tackle position.
tackle is considered the most important of the five offensive line
positions because that lineman must block defenders who are coming from
the side of the field a right-handed quarterback can’t see — known as
the blind side. The left tackle faces the top pass-rushers, which has
made them a valuable commodity at all levels.
For example, the two
highest-paid NFL players last year were quarterbacks. Atlanta’s Michael
Vick and Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck received $23.1 million and $19
million, respectively. The next two highest-paid players were left
tackles: St. Louis’ Orlando Pace, at $18 million, and Seattles’ Walter
Jones, at $17.7 million.
“It’s totally different than high school
where I was run-blocking straight ahead on every play, going downhill
and trying to drive my guy back,” said Hornak, 20, the son of Mike and
Tina Hornak. “Now, my first step is back and I’m pass blocking on most
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