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After injury, Hinsdale South's Frank Cabrera ready for football season

Hinsdale South senior offensive lineman Frank Cabrerra lines up for a drill during a practice on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013.
Matthew Piechalak –
Hinsdale South senior offensive lineman Frank Cabrerra lines up for a drill during a practice on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Matthew Piechalak –

DARIEN – Frank Cabrera's football career started as a seventh-grader at Eisenhower Junior High, but 2012 was the year to remember. With Cabrera helping pave the way on the offensive line, Hinsdale South raced out to a 4-0 start on the way to ending a six-year playoff drought. Unfortunately, Cabrera missed the postseason with an ankle injury, but he hopes to lead the Hornets back to the second season again this fall.

Rossi: Does it make you come back hungrier after you have to sit and watch the team make the playoffs?

So hungry. I'm so ready for this. I can't wait for my first game. I played most of the games [last year] until I got hurt in the middle of the season, then I was out for the rest of the year. I'm just hoping this year I don't have any injuries and I can play all season.

Rossi: How did the team progress during preseason practices?

We progressed pretty good, going hard every play. We just have to keep going and keep getting better. I'm expecting a lot out of us.

Rossi: How do you like running a no-huddle offense all the time?

It's no-huddle offense the whole time. We've done this for a couple years now so conditioning is really all it is and I feel our team is good enough for it.

Rossi: As players, have you talked about your goals for this season?

Just to try to have a better season than last year. More wins, less losses.

Rossi: Where do you feel you've personally improved since last season?

I feel I've gotten a lot stronger. My stances have gotten a lot better and I feel like I can handle a lot more now.

Rossi: What are most looking forward to in your first game this season?

Just hitting people. Knocking them on their butts. That's what I'm most looking forward to.

Hinsdale South at Romeoville
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: 100 N. Independence Blvd., Romeoville
2012 records: Hinsdale South 6-4; Romeoville 0-9
Outlook: A big 39-0 win over Romeoville in the 2012 opener helped propel the Hornets to a 4-0 start and an eventual playoff berth. They will be looking for a similar result Friday night, but there will be a few things to keep an eye on. Jake Czajkowski will make his debut at quarterback after seeing a little time at that position last fall. Czajkowski and the offense won't have 2012 all-conference running back Arian Toney at their disposal as he is expected to miss several games with a Lisfranc injury in his foot. Michael Fassero is expected to be the primary back in Toney's place.

"Michael Fassero has done a really nice job for us stepping in and getting it done. He worked his butt off in the offseason and developed himself physically. Even though it hurts to miss a guy like Arian [Toney], an all-conference running back, we're confident that Fassero and our other guys can get it done." Mike Barry

Yards gained by running back Arian Toney last season
11: Starters returning this season, five on offense
36: Combined 2012 win total of opponents on the Hornets' 2013 schedule


Aug. 30 at Romeoville, 7 p.m.

Sept. 6 at Downers Grove North, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 13 Willowbrook, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 21 at Proviso East, 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 27 Addison Trail, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 4 at Leyden, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 11 Hinsdale Central, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 18 Morton, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 25 at Downers Grove South, 7:30 p.m.

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