Despite 13-6 halftime lead, Lindbergh Flyers fall to SLUH 20-13


After taking a 13-6 lead at halftime against St. Louis University High, the Lindbergh High School football team went scoreless in the second half in a 20-13 loss to the Junior Billikens.

“It was a frustrating game,” Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp told the Call. “Overall, I thought we played a good game, but it was frustrating.”

Lindbergh (4-4, 4-3 Suburban West) fell behind 6-0 when SLUH quarterback John Swanston tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Eric Devlin with 8:01 to play in the first quarter.

But the Flyers took a 7-6 lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Zeke Scott to wide receiver Michael Heumann with 4:28 left in the quarter.

Heumann racked up 20 yards receiving and his second touchdown of the season.

“Michael’s a good ballplayer that’s been playing well all year long,” Beauchamp said. “It’s one of those situations where he’s been doing his job quietly all year long.”

Scott also was solid, completing 15 of 28 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

The senior quarterback also threw an interception and carried the ball seven times for six yards.

“When he’s on, he’s a very solid passer,” Beauchamp said. “SLUH has a good defense, and he did a good job of putting the ball where he needed to put it.”

Lindbergh took a 13-6 lead near the end of the first quarter when Marcus Haywood picked up a fumble in the end zone.

The senior defensive back finished the evening with the fumble recovery and four tackles.

“Marcus was sitting right there waiting for the ball when it came out,” Beauchamp said. “He then came out of the pile with the ball.”

Both teams went scoreless in the second quarter, but it was SLUH’s Ronnie Wingo who tied the game at 13-13 on a 51-yard touchdown run with 5:37 remaining in the third quarter.

Wingo gave the Junior Billikens a 20-13 lead midway through the fourth quarter on a six-yard touchdown run with 6:13 left. Wingo hammered the Flyers’ defense for 166 yards rushing on 28 carries.

Lindbergh looks to bounce back at 7 p.m. Friday when they play host to Vianney (4-4, 0-3 Metro Catholic Conference).

The Golden Griffins defeated Ritenour 40-29 Friday despite falling behind 22-0 in the first quarter.

“We’re going to be in a situation where we have to play good football and win these next two games,” Beauchamp said. “SLUH and Vianney are in the driver’s seat, but it’s the playoffs and anything can happen.”