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Rebels stopped by rival

Football: Flintridge Prep falls, 20-0, in Prep League contest against Pasadena Poly.

November 04, 2011|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
(Tim Berger/Staff…)

LOS ANGELES — Since Flintridge Prep and Pasadena Poly participated in the CIF Southern Section Division XIII championship game in 2003, the rivalry has tilted heavily in Pasadena Poly's favor.

It's something the Panthers are well aware of, though standout running back Harrison Hodgkins doesn't put much stock into the recent dominance.

"It's less about the rivalry and more about the spirit of the game," said Hodgkins, who had three touchdowns Friday night to lead Pasadena Poly to a 20-0 Prep League victory against Flintridge Prep at Occidental College.

Harrison was the center of attention, as the senior running back rushed for two touchdowns and caught one to help the Panthers improve to 6-3, 2-2 in league. Hodgkins rushed for 129 yards in 19 carries and finished with 174 yards of total offense.

For good measure, he had an interception in the fourth quarter to preserve the Panthers' first shutout since a 28-0 nonleague home win against Sage Hill on Oct. 7.

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Flintridge Prep lost its eighth consecutive game to fall to 1-8, 0-4. The Rebels have lost four in a row against the Panthers and dropped to 1-8 in the rivalry since 2003.

On a slick field that was wet from a pair of pregame storms, the Rebels committed four turnovers. Two came deep in Pasadena Poly territory.

Flintridge Prep quarterback Clayton Weirick completed 19 of 40 passes for 188 yards and three interceptions.

"We had a ton of chances and didn't capitalize," Flintridge Prep second-year Coach Antonio Harrison said. "Hats off to Poly. They came to play in a rivalry game.

"We didn't capitalize on their mistakes. Every time we'd get rolling, then they seemed to stop us in our tracks."

Flintridge Prep charged into Pasadena Poly and got a first down on a seven-yard run from running back Stefan Smith in the first quarter. However, the Panthers jarred the ball loose and Pasadena Poly linebacker Brad Olson recovered at the 37-yard line.

Hodgkins then broke through three tackle attempts and scored on a 43-yard run to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 4:12 left in the first quarter.

"I had tunnel vision when I ran on that play," Hodgkins said. "The things I did were because of my line, who made some great blocks and opened up holes."

Hodgkins then made it 13-0 on a 37-yard run with 4:07 remaining in the second quarter. Hodgkins finished the first half with 122 yards rushing in 13 carries.

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