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To the Editor:
I was very glad to read in the Standard that Ron Hornbeck was selected as a member of Carrollton High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame. I am a 1967 graduate of CHS and Mr./Coach Hornbeck was a big part of my years there. He was an excellent teacher – I acquired a love of math in his algebra class and went on to become a math major in college and an actuary.

He was also an excellent coach with a real knowledge of the game, particularly football. One area that wasn’t covered in the story I saw was his ability to scout other teams. His knowledge of the game, plus his math skills, helped him see tendencies in other teams they probably didn’t even know they had. Knowing those tendencies was a huge help to us in playing (and actually beating) those teams. One year Coach Hornbeck scouted Springfield and saw that they never ran the ball inside the tackles. We moved everyone except Rocky Maple outside their offensive tackles; they never ran inside; Rocky had a great game; and we beat Springfield.
Thank you Coach Hornbeck.

Scott McClester
Florham Park, NJ

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