Flyers keep their playoff hopes alive

By STEPHEN GLOVER

The Lindbergh High School Flyers knew they had to defeat Vianney Friday night to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Flyers did just that in a 26-7 pounding of the Golden Griffins, which keeps them alive in the race for the Class 6, District 2 football championship.

“The kids played real well and I was really proud of them,” Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp told the Call. “One of the big things was that we didn’t have many mental breakdowns.”

The Flyers took a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter when fullback Zach Zimmerman hammered in a one-yard touchdown run. Zimmerman carried the ball seven times for 22 yards.

“Zach’s a real steady player that runs with a low center of gravity,” Beauchamp said. “He’s a great kid that everybody looks to for leadership and always goes out there and gets the tough yards for us.”

Lindbergh increased its lead to 14-0 midway through the second quarter when quarterback Zeke Scott nailed down a 31-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Matt Farrell. Farrell racked up 60 yards receiving on two catches and one touchdown. He has 23 receptions for 339 yards and five touchdowns this season.

“Matt has great hands and runs good routes,” Beauchamp said. “Zeke hit him with a pass over the middle and he put on a couple of moves and was off to the end zone.”

Scott completed nine of 17 passes for 265 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

“Zeke’s been consistent for us all year long,” Beauchamp said. “I thought he threw the ball well and that’s not a bad game for a high school kid.”

The Flyers upped their lead to 20-0 in the third quarter when running back Antwon Robinson scored on a four-yard run with 5:00 left in the quarter. Robinson carried the ball 20 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

“It seems like the more you give Antwon the ball, the better he gets,” Beauchamp said. “He’s usually one of the workhorses for us in the backfield.”

Vianney finally got on the scoreboard with 1:33 remaining in the third quarter as Matt Grimes scored on an 11-yard run. But Lindbergh recorded the final touchdown when Robinson scored on a 13-yard run with 3:36 left in the game.

The Flyers are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Ritenour. The Huskies (2-7, 2-5 Suburban North) dropped a 26-0 decision on the road at St. Louis University High.

“Ritenour’s played good competition all year long and we expect a good battle from them,” Beauchamp said. “We’ve got our work cut out for us because they’re actually capable of putting a lot of points on the scoreboard early.”