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Long road for Flintridge Prep football in 2013

Football: Rebels will travel nearly 1,000 miles in four-week span in upcoming season that has them on road in seven of 10 games.

July 13, 2013|By Andrew Shortall,
  • File Photo: Flintridge Prep's Stefan Smith carries the ball against Mission Prep in a CIF Southern Section Northeast Division second-round football game at La Canada High School on Friday, November 16, 2012.
File Photo: Flintridge Prep's Stefan Smith carries… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

Each year, Antonio Harrison likes to schedule a game that requires an overnight stay for the Flintridge Prep football team. The Rebels coach may have outdone himself this year.

Harrison's squad will play seven road games — with one listed as a home game — this coming season. When Flintridge Prep devised its 2012 schedule, it signed one-year contracts, instead of the usual multi-year deals, which has led to a drastically different nonleague schedule for 2013.

"When we went through our struggles a couple years ago, we didn't want to lock teams into two years because we weren't sure what was going to happen with the football program, honestly," said Harrison — referring to the Rebels 1-9 season that was marred by two forfeits when a thin roster was decimated by injures in 2011.

Prep had to scramble a bit to find teams this year and, in order to lock teams in, had to agree to play road games a majority of the time.


Flintridge Prep opens the season with Army-Navy of Carlsbad for the second year in a row at Occidental College at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30, with a chance to avenge a 32-30 overtime loss a season ago.

After that, the Rebels won't return home for five weeks.

"I always want to have at least one long-distance travel game where we stay overnight; the other ones just happened to work out," Harrison said. "We were trying to claw around to get those teams booked. They wanted to play at their place and we had to oblige. I want to have half home and half away games, but it all works out, because the hardest place to win is on the road. It's going to be a huge character builder for us."

In that span, they will travel roughly 965 miles with more than half of that mileage coming in a 546-mile round trip for a 7 p.m. game with Meadows High of Las Vegas in week two on Sept. 7.

"I don't think they've ever traveled out of state, I have never heard of it," said Harrison, who also graduated from Flintridge Prep, of the football program. "The furthest we used to go was either Mammoth, Desert Christian or Ontario Christian."

After a week off, Prep heads out to Boron on Sept. 20 and Frazier Mountain a week later, 237- and 135-mile round trips, respectively, for both 7 p.m. contests.

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