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Second-half rally comes up just short for Flintridge Prep football

Football: Rebels rally in second half, but ultimately fall to host Frazier Mountain, 36-29.

September 27, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

LEBEC — Flintridge Prep’s football team would just as soon forget about its first-half showing against host Frazier Mountain on Friday evening.

Characterized by miscommunication and infighting, the Rebels fell behind by 24 points.

Flintridge Prep was able to remedy its ills, putting together a spirited final 24 minutes. The first-half deficit proved too much to overcome on the scoreboard, but after the Rebels’ 36-29 loss to the Falcons, they most certainly found the silver lining in defeat.

“In the first half, we had guys, senior captains, juniors, stars, arguing, complaining, blaming each other,” said Flintridge Prep Coach Antonio Harrison, whose squad fell to 0-4. “I told them [at halftime], ‘Just go out and play as a unit.’

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“They answered the call. For the first time this season, they played together.

“We may not have a ‘W’ or a tally in the win column … but, for me, this is a great win for this team.”

Led by quarterback Andrew Tsangeos, the Rebels stormed out of the locker room and shut out the Falcons (4-1) in the third quarter, cutting the score to 24-16 heading into the fourth quarter and, overall, in the second half, outscored Frazier Mountain, 29-12.

However, Frazier Mountain finally countered with a Riley Daniels five-yard run for a 30-16 advantage with 8:16 to play in the game and, after an interception, scored on its next offensive drive via a Matt Regan three-yard run to essentially seal the game with a 36-16 tally with just 2:40 remaining.

Still, Prep kept swinging and put together a quick six-play drive to cut the score to 36-23 after Kyle Hamane ran in a score from six yards out. Prep then successfully recovered an onside kick. Tsangeos then drove his team 65 yards in 1:16, hitting receiver Riley Jones for a 13-yard score on the game’s final play.

A week earlier after a 42-14 loss to Boron, Harrison said one of his team’s and his coaching staff’s priorities was to get Tsangeos more involved. Tsangeos, who split time at quarterback against Boron, quarterbacked the Rebels throughout against Frazier Mountain, along with returning kicks and playing defensive back.

“Andrew is a heckuva athlete,” Harrison said. “He has the potential to be the best quarterback we’ve ever had at Flintridge Prep.”

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