After falling to Oakville, Lindbergh bounces back with 24-0 win over Lafayette

Flyers play Parkway South on Friday

By STEPHEN GLOVER

After suffering a heartbreaking 23-16 loss to Oakville early last week, the Lindbergh High football team bounced back Friday night with a 24-0 pounding of Lafayette.

The Flyers (3-2, 3-2 Suburban West) grinded down the Lancers with 215 yards rushing as Lindbergh took a commanding 14-0 lead after the first quarter.

“The kids played well,” Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp said. “They rose to the occasion and did a good job.”

Lindbergh took a 7-0 lead with 7:12 left in the first quarter as quarterback Robby Meeh connected with wide receiver Ryan Griffin on a 56-yard touchdown pass.

“Robby dropped back and got a good line of sight on where Griffin was going,” Beauchamp said. “It was an all-around nice play for everybody on our team.”

Meeh completed eight passes for 136 yards and one touchdown in the win over Lafayette. The senior quarterback has 698 yards passing and three touchdowns this season. Griffin’s touchdown was his third of the 2006 season. The senior wide receiver finished the evening with two receptions for 90 yards.

The Flyers extended their lead to 14-0 when junior linebacker Andrew Keltner intercepted a Chris Padgette pass for 30 yards and a touchdown. Keltner also recorded three tackles and four assists in the win.

“Andrew’s a really good linebacker, and it’s nice to know that he’s a junior and we’ll have him back for next season,” Beauchamp said. “He made a nice, heads-up football play.”

Meeh scored again for the green and gold in the second quarter as he scattered in an eight-yard touchdown run with 11:17 left in the first half.

“Robby’s a kid that knows what he has to do and goes out there and performs,” Beauchamp said. “He’s a player with good leadership on this team.”

The Flyers capped the first half and eventually the game with a 29-yard field goal by senior place kicker Jason LoRusso.

“Jason’s been very consistent for us this year,” Beauchamp said. “He’s got a good leg and his approach to the game has been excellent.”

The Flyers are back in action this Friday evening when they play host to Parkway South (0-4, 0-1 Suburban West).

The Patriots dropped the Flyers 7-6 last season, and Beauchamp knows that this team can’t take any chances against a conference opponent.

“They’re having a tough year, but that’s not to say that they don’t have some good ballplayers with some talent,” Beauchamp said. “We can’t think at all about taking a step back and looking past them.”

Lindbergh’s home game against Parkway South is slated for a 7 p.m. start.