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Flintridge Prep football falls to 0-3

Football: Rebels lose another long-distance road game, as All-Area back Stefan Smith is sidelined.

September 20, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

BORON — Just as the Flintridge Prep football team looked as though it was ready for a shootout with host Boron, everything came to a screeching halt for the Rebels.

Down by a score after the teams found the end zone on the game’s first three drives, Flintridge Prep saw All-Area standout running back Stefan Smith go to the ground with an injury, the Boron sideline cheer with questionable enthusiasm and the Rebels’ offensive firepower take a major hit.

The end result was Flintridge Prep never recovering in a 42-14 defeat to Boron and falling to 0-3 in the process.

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“I’ve done a poor job of preparing these boys for football,” Rebels Coach Antonio Harrison said. “The performance in the last three games is a reflection of my poor coaching and decision-making, thus far. I apologize to the boys, coaching staff, fans, school, my family and [the media] for having to drive out here.”

It was the second lopsided loss in three weeks, as Prep lost to Meadows of Nevada, 36-20. Consequently, both games featured lengthy road trips — roughly a 750-mile combined round trip — and both games saw Smith dinged up.

“He can’t be the whole team,” said Harrison of Smith, who was held to four carries for 16 yards and a two-point conversion due to what appeared to be a lower-leg injury. “We just can’t give all the burden to Stefan.”

Prep was held to just 206 yards of offense (83 yards passing on 16 attempts, 123 rushing on 35 plays), while the Bobcats (1-2) were every bit the faster and bigger team in gaining their first win and gaining 439 yards of offense.

“I put some tough teams on our schedule,” Harrison said. “This is where we need to be if we want to be the program I want us to be.”

On just the second play of scrimmage, Boron running back Jadrian Wiser scampered 42 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead. It was a sign of bad fortune to come for the Rebels, as Wiser had touchdown runs of 42 and 89 yards, a touchdown catch of 19 yards and an 89-yard punt return for a score all in the first half. He finished with 176 yards in nine carries, while running back DJ Payne, who threw the touchdown to Wiser, added 174 yards and two touchdowns in 16 carries.

The Rebels didn’t flinch, however, in answering Boron’s first score.

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