Hunterdon Central High School football standout Jason Cabinda will miss the next three games after having an appendectomy, head coach Matt Perotti said.
Perotti said he expects Cabinda to return for the NJSIAA’s Central Group V playoffs, but that he would miss eagerly-anticipated regular season games with Immaculata Friday night in Somerville, unbeaten Ridge at home Nov. 1 and the Nov. 8 game at Union.
A senior running back and linebacker, Cabinda has run for 790 yards and 10 touchdowns on 123 carries in addition to the outstanding defense he provides as an outside linebacker. Over the summer Cabinda made a non-binding commitment to play football at Syracuse next fall.
Now the Red Devils (5-1) have suffered their second major loss of the season. Senior quarterback Mike Knight suffered a broken fibula and lost for the season as he was sacked against Westfield Oct. 4. Knight threw for 578 yards and seven scores and was intercepted twice. Another player out is junior halfback Marqual Beckett, Cabinda’s backup. He hasn’t played since Sept. 27 because of post concussion symptoms.