Football preview: Hinsdale Central

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2012 record: 7-3 overall, 4-2 West Suburban Silver

2012 playoffs: Lost in Class 8A first round to Oak Park-River Forest 28-24

Head coach: Rich Tarka, entering third season

Game to watch: Hinsdale Central at Glenbard West 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28. In order to win the conference title, the Red Devils will have to beat the Hilltoppers, last year’s undefeated Class 7A state champions.

Who made the most of the offseason?

“Trevor Paul. He was the backup to Andrew Pyle at playing linebacker. He has worked hard every day. He has been more comfortable in the position. He got bigger. He got faster,” said quarterback Chase Hamilton.

What adjustments did the program make during the offseason?

“The way we lift is a lot different than last year. We went in for one hour before [practice] and everyone would do their thing. We’ve changed to a 30-minute program with stations. It’s high-tempo, fast-paced,” said Hamilton.

Who took the best trip during summer vacation?

“Ian Bunting and a few others, like Ben Stefani, went to Guatemala on a mission trip,” said coach Rich Tarka.

Who will be a difference maker this season?

“Chase Hamilton looks great. He has an excellent arm. He’s a good passer and understands the offense. He’s also a good runner that gives us an added dimension. He hit the ground running in June,” said Tarka.

— George M. Wilcox

WHAT I OVER MY SUMMER VACATION … Jacob White

This summer was filled with lots of football. I was fortunate enough to attend a good number of Midwestern college football camps. Football camps I attended included Illinois, Indiana, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Bowling Green and Toledo. It was very exciting to see different colleges and styles of coaching.

I was also very fortunate to be invited to the St. Charles Baseball Showcase. It was fun to play on the same team as many other great players that I have played against through my years of baseball at Hinsdale Central. I did not participate in any basketball this summer.

The Blackhawks’ parade was a memorable event this summer. The energy of the crowd at the parade was intense and it was exhilarating to be in a sea of red all cheering for the Stanley Cup. At that time, I no idea in a few weeks, I would find myself at an event that would place me in the same room as the Stanley Cup, posing for a picture while giving the Cup a kiss. Also this summer, I pursued one of my favorite activities: lifting weights in the Bouchard fitness center. — White is a senior fullback/linebacker.

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