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Chad Cosse, Michael Davis, Jared Lebowitz and Mark Verso notch All-CIF

Two St. Francis Golden Knights, a Flintridge Prep Rebel and a Glendale Nitro make All-CIF honor roll.

January 14, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Glendale wide receiver Michael Davis, who's headed to play football at Brigham Young University, was crucial to the Nitros, who won the city championship for the first time since 2003.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Glendale wide receiver Michael Davis,… (Photo by Libby Cline )

Following a 2012 season in which the Flintridge Prep and Glendale High football teams put together historic campaigns, the history continued Monday.

For the first time since the 2008 season, a Rebel and a Nitro were rewarded with All-CIF recognition, as the teams were released Monday across all divisions.

Flintridge Prep senior linebacker Chad Cosse was named to the All-CIF Northeast defensive first team, Glendale senior receiver Michael Davis was tabbed to the Southeast first-team offense and, despite a losing season, St. Francis’ tradition of All-CIF selections continued with senior quarterback Jared Lebowitz and senior kicker Mark Verso notching first-team offensive Western Division nods.

“He always came up big,” said Flintridge Prep Coach Antonio Harrison of Cosse, who was a middle linebacker and tight end. “Point blank, every team had to account for him on offense and defense.”

Flintridge Prep went 6-5 for its first winning season since 2007, took second in the Prep League to advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and defeated Ribet Academy in the opening round for its first playoff victory since 2003.

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A major reason for the Rebels’ success — which came just a year after a one-win season — was Cosse, who was also an All-Prep League and All-Area selection.

Cosse, the first Rebel bestowed with All-CIF honors since running back Joel Bryant in 2008, had 67.5 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 12 tackles for a loss and blocked two kicks.

“The defense went through him and then [Dylan] Colliflower,” Harrison said.

He was also pivotal on offense, hauling in two touchdown catches, but more importantly was a phenomenal blocker in the Rebels’ wing-T offense that produced a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Kurt Kozacik and Stefan Smith.

Smith had 1,700 total yards of offense and 26 touchdowns, as well as seven interceptions on defense, but was absent of All-CIF recognition.

“I was surprised, as well, that Stefan wasn’t there,” Harrison said. “If it was up to me, he would’ve been up there.”

Davis, who’s headed to play football at Brigham Young University, was crucial to the Nitros, who went 3-7, defeating both Hoover and Crescenta Valley to win the city championship for the first time since 2003.

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