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Flintridge Prep football hopes road to Nevada leads to redemption

Football: Along with St. Francis, Hoover, Crescenta Valley, Rebels take to road in hopes of picking up first win of 2013.

September 04, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • The Flintridge Prep football team looks to pick up its first win of the 2013 season on the road at Meadows of Nevada.
The Flintridge Prep football team looks to pick up its… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

The following are previews of the area's upcoming high school football games this week.

After what happened in the Flintridge Prep football team’s zero-week opener, perhaps the best thing is for it to get away. The Rebels are taking a long road trip to Meadows High in Nevada and hope to return with their first win in tow.

Prep looks to do so after a gut-wrenching 42-41 loss to Army-Navy Academy. The Rebels held a 29-10 halftime lead at Occidental College, but saw it disappear when they were outscored, 32-12, in the second half.

“We’re back to business as normal, we looked at the mistakes we made, made corrections and we’re back to working hard,” said Flintridge Prep Coach Antonio Harrison, highlighting his team’s 10 penalties for more than 100 yards as what hurt it most. “Like one of our coaches Glenn Beattie says, ‘There’s always a chance to redeem yourself in football, there’s always next week.’”

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Harrison has seen some film on Meadows, which opened 2013 with a 45-0 loss to Linfield Christian, and expects a competitive game when it kicks off Saturday at 7 p.m.

“They’re very similar to us, a private school and small numbers,” Harrison said of Meadows, which carries 37 players according to MaxPreps.com. “We’re expecting a good game and we’re not taking anything for granted against anyone this season.”

Senior Kyle Law will get the start at quarterback for Flintridge Prep. The competition for the signal-caller job is still open, but sophomore Andrew Tsangeos will be shifted to the backfield out of need this week, with one or two backs unable to make the trip.

Rebels running back Stefan Smith will likely play another big role Friday. He produced 394 total yards from scrimmage (304 rushing on 19 carries, 90 receiving on three catches) and five touchdowns against Army-Navy.

St. Francis at Chino, 7 p.m.: With a top-10 ranking in the CIF Southern Section Western Division, the No. 9 Golden Knights will look to start moving up the ladder with a game against Chino Friday.

With Chino coming off a 33-6 home loss to Diamond Ranch, St. Francis is looking to keep the heat on its opening-day opposition and start strong coming off a 4-7 season.

Chino is one of two upcoming opponents St. Francis didn’t see last year. Chino enjoyed an 8-3 season last year, but graduated 36 seniors from that team and also has a new coach on board.

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