A season removed from reaching the semifinals in CIF Southern Section Division I eight-man football, Flintridge Prep returned a couple of key players in John Lytle and Nick Davis to provide leadership.
Lytle and Davis provided that and more for the young Rebels, who lost many of their key starters to graduation.
Lytle and Davis were recognized for their work Monday after the CIF Southern Section office unveiled its teams for divisions I and II. The duo was bestowed with Division I recognition after helping the Rebels qualify for the playoffs.
“We had a pretty young team and they showed how to do things,” Flintridge Prep coach Russell White said. “They were definitely big parts to the team.”
Lytle, a junior quarterback, completed 172 of 303 passes for 2,147 yards with 30 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He finished with 31 total touchdowns and earned his second straight All-CIF accolade.
“He came off a great season the year before and he continued to make progress this year,” White said. “He’s learned a lot about what it takes to play quarterback and you do go through the ups and downs.
“I thought John learned his craft a little better.”
Davis, a senior receiver, caught 52 passes for 797 yards and nine touchdowns.
“He’s just a solid contributor,” White said. “He knew how to catch the ball and make a lot of things happen.
“He’s the kind of player who I wish I had for another year.”
Flintridge Prep finished 4-6 and lost to Upland Christian Academy, 48-28, in the first round of the playoffs.
Faith Baptist’s Robert Garcia was named the division’s player of the year after helping his team win the CIF crown.