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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 10:30 am

Mitchell Fraboni has always been equipped with the high-performance engine, but now he has all of the add-on accessories needed to become a top-of-the-line-model player.

“He’s fast and furious,” Mountain Pointe defensive back coach Zac Griffin said. “I think the motor has always been there, but what you are seeing is the offseason work paying off. He is stronger and he improved his technique. He is using his hands and getting his hips around so he can get the edge. When I coached him as a freshman you could see the motor, but technique has taken him to the next level.

“He’s all over the place.”

It might be the understatement of the Pride’s season as Fraboni seemingly has a hand in so many of Mountain Pointe’s lineups.

He is a Division I talent when it comes to being a long snapper, he plays on all but one special team’s unit and he is a tight end in short yardage situations. He has three blocked punts, all of which have led to Pride touchdowns, and his biggest impact comes as a defensive end.

As the Pride (7-0) prepares to host Brophy (2-4) on Friday, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Fraboni will no doubt continue to be a disruptive force to the Broncos’ offense as he has been all season.

“There are probably better defensive linemen out there, but there aren’t too many kids who come as hard as him,” Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds said. “When someone comes that hard it creates problems for you.”

Fraboni has an interception, two fumble recoveries and a pass defense, but what he really provides is a relentless approach that wears down the opposition.

“Fraboni is all over the field,” Pride coach Norris Vaughan said. “He never stops. He makes plays he isn’t supposed to make because of sheer hustle. He is aggressive, quick, and strong. Stronger than size would lead you to believe.

“If you don’t hustle and if you are not aggressive you’re probably not going to play for us. We don’t have to worry about that with Fraboni.”

The senior was in the defensive rotation last season, but he has been one of the breakout stars for the nationally-ranked Pride. He isn’t one to talk about himself, but he is smart — he is hoping to play at Lehigh — enough to take advantage of his best attributes.

“I have to use my quickness,” Fraboni said. “I have to work hard and use my quickness. When they do try to run the ball, I get physical and do what I can.”

The quickness allows him to be one of the team’s most versatile players as he plays on every special team unit other than kickoff return.

“I do take pride in it,” Fraboni said. “We are taught to keep working no matter what. Special teams is one third of the game and that’s how you have to look at it because if you don’t you can lose the game.”

Fraboni showed that firsthand against Chandler when he had two blocked punts against the Wolves that led to short-field drives and helped the Pride out to a quick lead.

“I was just in the right place at the right time,” Fraboni said.

That’s one way to look at it, but most others see it another way.

“Mitch does things that most guys his size can’t do, or at least they should be able to,” junior center Collin Lambdin said. “He’s an insane athlete.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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