Flyers defeat Parkway South 13-0 to win first conference title since 2003

Lindbergh's Tom Million, Austin Good and Matt Klingler take down Parkway South running back Gerard Graves in the Flyers' 13-0 win at Parkway South. The win wrapped up the Flyers' first Suburban West Conference championship since 2003 when they finished in a three-way tie with Mehlville and Kirkwood for the conference title.

Lindbergh’s Tom Million, Austin Good and Matt Klingler take down Parkway South running back Gerard Graves in the Flyers’ 13-0 win at Parkway South. The win wrapped up the Flyers’ first Suburban West Conference championship since 2003 when they finished in a three-way tie with Mehlville and Kirkwood for the conference title.

By STEPHEN GLOVER

Despite the mud and muck Friday night, the Lindbergh High School football team captured its first Suburban West Conference Championship since 2003 with a 13-0 win at Parkway South.

“The kids went out and played as hard as they could despite the weather,” Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp said. “I was really proud of how our kids played.”

The Flyers (7-0, 5-0 Suburban West Conference) took a 7-0 lead when quarterback Kyle Portell scored on a 7-yard run with 2:14 left in the first quarter. Portell carried the ball 11 times for 102 yards while also completing 4 of 11 passes for 54 yards.

“Kyle did a good job Friday night,” Beauchamp said. “The ball was wet and muddy and slipped through a couple of guys’ hands. But the thing about Kyle was that he was able to move the ball by himself.”

Lindbergh extended its lead to 10-0 when place kicker Eric Schwartz hit a 34-yard field goal with 2:03 remaining in the third quarter. Schwartz pushed Lindbergh’s lead to 13-0 when he nailed a 28-yard field goal with 5:08 left in the fourth quarter.

“Eric did a great job Friday despite all the mud,” Beauchamp said. “He’s very consistent and focused every time he goes out on the field.”

The Flyers return to action at 7 p.m. Friday when they play host to Mehlville in the first round of the Class 6, District 2 playoffs.

Mehlville (0-7, 0-6 Suburban West) is coming off a 38-16 loss at home to Marquette last Friday when the Mustangs racked up 449 yards rushing against the Panthers’ defense.

“We’ve talked to the kids that come this Friday, everyone’s going to be 0-0,” Beauchamp said. “I’m hoping that they take this to heart and come ready to play against Mehlville.”