LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — The Flintridge Prep football team can't take the next step forward without taking a few chances.
That would seem to be the rationale of Coach Antonio Harrison as he begins to put his stamp on the program in the first season of his head coaching tenure by trying to push the envelope a bit more on both sides of the ball.
On the surface, Harrison, who served as an assistant under Perry Skaggs last season, won't be drastically altering either the traditional Wing-T offense that the Rebels have long favored or their basic 4-4 defensive scheme. But he strongly believes that being too conservative on defense and not varied enough in its offensive playbook was a big factor in Prep's 3-6 finish and failure to make the CIF playoffs with a 2-3 mark in the Prep League a year ago.
"The biggest difference is we're not going to be a conservative defense anymore," said Harrison, whose team, which is ranked eighth in the CIF Southern Section Northeast Division, opens its season with a nonleague game at St. Genevieve at 7 p.m. on Saturday. "We're going to blitz the hell out of everybody, we're going to get after the quarterbacks and we're going to be nasty and aggressive.