Flyers kick off season with 32-7 win over Parkway South

Lindbergh to face McCluer North Friday night

By Robert Chalupny

Lindbergh High School varsity football fans have reason to remain optimistic about the 2013 season as their Flyers dominated Parkway South in Friday night’s season opener on the road.

The Flyers’ 32-7 victory over the Patriots showcased the depth Lindbergh has on offense with touchdowns from five different players.

The contest also highlighted the talented Flyers’ defense, which held the Patriots to just seven points.

Lindbergh Head Coach Tom Beauchamp told the Call that despite the quality game he’s not taking his eye off what needs to be done.

“They played a good game, obviously,” he said. “We’ve got some things we need to work on for next week. But the kids played hard on a hot, humid night and scored some points, so we are always excited to see kids win. And the defense played great, they held them to seven (points).”

Lindbergh’s Ben Kraft started the onslaught of scoring with 78-yard reception from quarterback Chuck Houska at 6:44 in the first quarter.

The Patriots answered with a touchdown from Jake Hayes at 1:42 in the first. That was the only time they saw the end zone other than on the horizon because Lindbergh’s defense wouldn’t give them anything after that.

Meanwhile, Houska completed three more touchdown passes in the second quarter to run away with the game — 22 yards to Conner Manley, 86 yards to Garrett Krueger and 28 yards to Logan Offner.

Jay DuPree, who also plays on both sides of the ball and was the leading tackler on the night, would add one more in the third quarter for the Flyers on a 16-yard run at the 6:14 mark.

Beauchamp said he’s going to focus on ironing things out in practice over the week.

“I think we made some mental mistakes,” he said. “We made some mental mistakes on both sides, you know, some misalignments, things you just want to iron out before week two and I think we can do that.

“Special teams played fairly well, but (we have) a couple things there to iron out … I think it’s one of those situations where no matter how good it is, you always find things you need to do better and that’s just kind of the nature of this beast.”

The Flyers will need to make sure they iron out all the wrinkles before they host a talented McCluer North team at 7 p.m. Friday.