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Something new for Prep

Football: With new coach on board, Rebels to play nearly same nine-game schedule as last season.

July 03, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com

GLENDALE — Only one matchup on the Flintridge Prep football team's 2010 nine-game schedule is different from its 2009 slate, a second-week meeting with Grace Brethren, which replaced Villanova Prep.

First-year Prep Coach Antonio Harrison's comments on the change shed light both on where the Rebels have come from and where they hope to go.

"The contract was up and Villanova Prep wanted to look for another team — from our season last year, I don't blame them very much," said Harrison, who was on the Rebels' sideline as an assistant last season, in which the team went 3-6 with a 20-6 loss to Villanova Prep in the second week. "I will say that they might be lucky in moving away from us because we're going to be a different ball club."

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The Lancers will host Prep at Moorpark College at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 after opening the campaign at St. Genevieve at 7 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 11. Seven of Flintridge Prep's games will be Friday games, however, a bit of a change from seasons past.

From there, the Rebels travel to Campbell Hall for a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sept. 24 before wrapping up the nonleague portion of the schedule in their home opener against Malibu at Occidental College at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1. It's one of just three home games on the schedule for the Rebels, all of them at Occidental College.

Last season, the Rebels didn't get their first win until the fourth week, when they beat Malibu, 23-20, following lopsided losses against St. Genevieve, Villanova Prep and Campbell Hall.

"I definitely think [our nonleague schedule] will be a big determinant of what's gonna happen to us this year," Harrison said. "It will definitely let us know where we are before we hit league in terms of how much progress we've made from last year."

Following a bye week on Oct. 8, Prep League play will begin much how it ended last year — in a rematch with Chadwick, this time at home at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15.

The host Dolphins defeated the Rebels, 35-15, in the last game of the 2009 season to drop Prep to 2-3 in league and keep it from the CIF playoffs for the first time since 2006. The sting of that defeat, plus a perceived lack of respect from Chadwick, which drew delay-of-game penalties late in the contest so that its kicker could attempt a personal-long field goal and staged a postgame celebration that struck Harrison as entirely too prearranged and left a bad taste in the Rebels' mouth.

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