LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — It's mid afternoon on a spring day and Antonio Harrison is seated in the Flintridge Prep weight room with a laptop computer.
The first-year Rebels football coach keeps his team busy with push ups and sit ups, then weight training, and after each series of exercises, he makes a note of each player's number of reps and weight lifted.
Right now, they're all just numbers on a spreadsheet, but Harrison's plan is for the steady growth of those numbers over the spring and summer to translate into better numbers on the field in the fall.
"Once they got back from Christmas break, I took it upon myself to open [the weight room] up and start putting together workouts for them and put us in a position to have a better season," said Harrison, who served as a first-year assistant coach on the 2009 Rebels team that went 2-7, 2-3 in the Prep League for fourth place, and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006. "It's going to be a huge step. ...Most football players, you've kind of got to live in the weight room, that's a huge component for football. I really wanted them to get in here, to know they can get bigger and stronger. Also it's a team bonding moment."