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Flintridge Prep football drops to 0-5

Football: Another big second half not enough, as Rebels lose to Heritage Christian, 47-20.

October 05, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

GRANADA HILLS — Maybe it’s time for Flintridge Prep football Coach Antonio Harrison to give an inspiring halftime speech before the game starts.

At least that’s what he joked after he saw his team put together an inspired performance in the second half for the second week in a row. It wasn’t enough to get the Rebels their first win, as their 20-point run was but a footnote in a lopsided loss, 47-20, on the road to Heritage Christian at Granada Hills High Saturday night.

“We’ve got to put it all together for four quarters, if we can do that we could be a pretty good football team,” said Harrison, whose team was down, 40-0, just 61 seconds into the third quarter and fell to 0-5 with Prep League starting next week against Pasadena Poly. “Right now, we’re allowing things to mentally get us out of sync and then we pull ourselves back together and we look great, but we need to be there from the beginning of the game.”

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Flintridge Prep’s late surge started 1:15 into the third quarter on an 83-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Kyle Hamane that came after Heritage Christian scored touchdowns on its first two plays from scrimmages in the second half — on runs of 48 and 35 yards — to build a 28-0 halftime lead to 40-0.

Following a Heritage Christian (3-3) turnover on downs, Flintridge Prep launched an 11-play touchdown drive. Rebels quarterback Andrew Tsangeos capped the 70-yard march with a five-yard scrambling touchdown run with 3:27 to go in the third quarter.

The good times kept rolling for Prep when Elliot Witter recovered an onside kick at the 50-yard line five seconds later. It only took four plays for the Rebels to push into the end zone, with Hamane taking a reverse handoff for a two-yard touchdown run. Stefan Smith, who didn’t suffer any setbacks to an injury he’s been dealing with for two weeks and ran for 64 yards on 11 carries, set up the score with a 28-yard run.

Any thoughts of a comeback were snuffed out by the solid connection of Heritage Christian quarterback Jacob Padilla and wide receiver Alex Alcala. The duo’s third touchdown link of the game came on a 12-yard screen pass and gave the Warriors an insurmountable 47-20 lead with 9:47 to play.

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