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Rebels keep heads held high in return

Football: In first game in three weeks, beleaguered Prep squad gives its all in loss.

October 22, 2011|By Andrew Shortall
(Libby Cline Special…)

LA CANADA -- Almost the entire Flintridge Prep football team was hobbling while walking through the post-game handshake line with Viewpoint Saturday night.

The Rebels kept their homecoming and Prep League game, hosted at La Cañada High, close in the first half, but their lingering injuries caught up with them in the second half in a 38-7 loss. Despite the scoreboard, Prep's post-game huddle with Coach Antonio Harrison was upbeat.

“This is the proudest I've been of them all year,” said Harrison, whose team was forced to forfeit two games this season because of low numbers due to injuries and hadn’t played in three weeks due to a forfeit and a bye, consecutively. “This is the best they've played, even better than the Bell-Jeff game they won. Every time they hit a wall, they overcame it... I told them to hold their chins up.”

Flintridge Prep (1-5, 0-2 in league) got on the board for the first time since Sept. 9 on Saturday when quarterback Clayton Weirick scored on a one-yard sneak on fourth down and goal with 8:31 left in the second quarter.

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“It felt so good [to score],” said Weirick, who completed 14 of 24 passes for 141 yards and two interceptions and ran the ball six times for 35 yards and a touchdown. “It had been a while since I had pads on. It felt amazing just to be on the field.”

The score was sparked when Weirick hit his tight end, Daniel Jung, with an 11-yard pass with 50 seconds left in the first quarter for the Rebels' first first down of the game. Prep kept the ball rolling in the second quarter, as Weirick found Jung again for a 17-yard screen pass. Kurt Kocazik ran the ball 23 yards on four carries and Dylan Colliflower ran the ball another two yards to set up Weirick's score.

“We had to knock the rust off a little bit,” Harrison said. “It's been three weeks since we've played a game and we've been practicing against air.”

The touchdown brought the game to 10-7, after Viewpoint (5-2, 1-1 in league) had scored on a 17-yard run from running back Dakota Williams and turned a Rebels fumble at their own 29-yard line into a 22-yard field goal, giving the Patriots a 10-point lead seven minutes into the opening quarter.

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