Flyers get much-needed win over Northwest Lions

Lindbergh set to tackle Lafayette Friday night

By Robert Chalupny

The 2-3 Lindbergh High School varsity football team got a much-needed win Friday night over the 2-3 Northwest Lions.

The 27-12 victory was Lindbergh’s first since the opening game of the season and comes after three tough losses that could have gone either way.

Flyers head coach Tom Beauchamp said it was the right result, but knows his team could have done more.

“It’s a win. That’s what we needed, a win in the win column,” he said. “I felt like our kids played pretty hard, but we had some glitches.

“We had a day off school this week and for some reason no matter what you do, it’s always a distraction to the kids. I think that the kids played a very solid team, and I think that the opponent put up a heck of a fight. It was a battle.”

Lindbergh’s Carl Lovely started the scoring for the Flyers early in the second quarter, leaving both clubs silent until the second half, when Ben Kraft and Garrett Krueger — last week’s Fox 2 Athlete of the Week — both scored in the third, while the Flyers allowed one to Northwest’s Adam Roth.

Lindbergh’s Logan Offner added another in the fourth quarter and Northwest plotted one more in the end zone.

The win for the Flyers not only saved them from going 1-4 to start the season, but it also came in just in time to keep the players on their toes.

“I think it’s always important to get a win. Wins are what fuels kids and shows success,” Beauchamp said. “And I think that’s one of the things they are out there for … (A) win puts better spin, a better light on things, and I think the kids needed that win for morale.”

Looking back at the first half of the season, those three tough losses were against McCluer North, Oakville and CBC, while the Flyers won the opener against Parkway South.

“The first half we battled and we played some very good teams and we were in every game,” Beauchamp said. “It’s one of those things that every game we were in, it could have went either way.

“And I think that’s important for the kids to know, but I think the second half we need to win the games we are in instead of ending up on the other end of it …”

The Flyers are spending the week getting ready for another tough matchup on the road against 4-1 Lafayette, which defeated Oakville last week 21-7.

“Lafayette’s a good ball team. They’ve got a lot of weapons and they got the head coach back after being sick, “Beauchamp said. “It’s always an emotional thing to get a guy back and so it’s going to be a battle. We are going to have to come ready to play and be prepared.”