Steve Sanders Kansas City Chiefs

Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs are closing in on the playoffs. (Steve Sanders Kansas City Chiefs / December 4, 2013)

The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.



After beginning the season 9-0, the Kansas City Chiefs, who are coached by former Glendale Community College football player Andy Reid, have encountered a three-game losing streak. The recent struggles have coincided with the Chiefs falling out of first place in the AFC’s West Division.

Two of those defeats have come against the division-leading Denver Broncos, including a 35-28 home loss Sunday. The Broncos are 10-2 and own a tiebreaker over the Chiefs by virtue of winning both head-to-head meetings.

The Chiefs hold one of the two available wild-card spots with four games left in the regular season. They can sew up a playoff spot for the first time since 2010 with a victory Sunday against the host Washington Redskins and a loss or tie by the Baltimore Ravens or Miami Dolphins.

Reid, who played at Glendale college from 1976-77 and is in his first year with Kansas City after serving as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles the previous 14 seasons, said the Chiefs have the personnel to get back on track.

“I told the team this isn't college football. This isn't the end of the season,” Reid told the Associated Press. “Now it's important that we get ourselves back and ready to go and finish the season like we're capable of doing, and our guys, coaches and players, will do that.”

Kansas City will play three of its remaining four games on the road, beginning at 10 a.m. PDT Sunday against Washington (3-9). The Chiefs have won the past five games versus the Redskins, including a 14-6 victory in the last meeting in 2009.

Reid went 17-11 against Washington while coaching the Philadelphia Eagles.



Three members of the Flintridge Prep football team earned All-Prep League accolades.

Senior standout running back Stefan Smith and running back/linebacker Elliot Witter earned spots on the first team.

Smith rushed for 1,212 yards in 168 carries and scored 14 touchdowns. He caught 16 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns despite missing three games because of ankle and shoulder injuries.

Witter had 65 rushes for 304 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, he finished with 28 1/2 tackles

“Stefan put the team on his back and he did so many great things,” Flintridge Prep Coach Antonio Harrison said. “He will be tough to replace.

“Elliot is a guy who goes out there and grinds it out. You wish you had 11 players like him out there at the same time.”

Senior linebacker Brian Heintz was named to the second team. Heintz finished with 37 tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles.