As it attempts to rebuild in the offseason, the key for the Flintridge Prep football team will be numbers.
Not so much in the sense of statistical prowess or points scored, but simply as far as able bodies. The Rebels were forced to cancel two games last season, in which they finished 1-8, mainly because of injuries and small roster size that left Prep without enough available players to adequately field a team.
Over the spring, the Rebels' returning players campaigned hard to bring out more of their classmates, and have successfully recruited more than half a dozen new players to either fill out the varsity ranks or to bolster depth at the junior varsity level of the program. Both teams are up to about 30 players and counting, a notable improvement from last year.
"The boys did an excellent job of recruiting people here on campus who either used to play and don't play any more or who have never played before," Rebels third-year Coach Antonio Harrison said. "It takes some time and that's what we're trying to get a lot of people to understand — it's not going to be a quick fix, the only thing we can do to encourage guys to come out is to start winning. Once you start winning, people will come out on their own."