Flyers play solid football in loss to Pioneers

By STEPHEN GLOVER

After posting shutouts in the first two games of the season, the Lindbergh High School football team put together one of its best defensive efforts in a 10-6 loss to Kirkwood.

Despite the loss, the Flyers played solid football, according to Lindbergh High head coach Tom Beauchamp.

“I felt like we played a decent game,” Beauchamp told the Call. “The kids played hard and really rose to the occasion. It was a good high-school football game.”

The Flyers (2-1, 2-1 Suburban West) held Kirkwood to its worst offensive showing of the year after the Pioneers had averaged 31.5 points in their first two games of the season.

Kirkwood took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Michael Harris connected with D’Marco Austin on a 54-yard touchdown pass with 5:31 to play in the quarter. The Pioneers extended their lead to 10-0 on a 30-yard field goal with 2:50 to go in the first quarter.

Lindbergh responded late in the second quarter with a 12-yard touchdown run by John Lane with 1:51 left in the half. Lane carried the ball seven times for 41 yards in the loss to Kirkwood.

“John’s a tough runner that’s gotten a lot faster this year,” Beauchamp said. “He’s got a great attitude and work ethic and we like how he runs with the ball.”

Lindbergh starting quarterback Zeke Scott completed eight of 20 passes for 111 yards and one interception.

“Zeke did a pretty good job,” Beauchamp said. “Kirkwood’s got a good defense and our offense did a good job. We just came up a little short in the end.”

Junior linebacker Garth Sherman led the Flyers with six tackles and one sack. He has 13 tackles, three sacks and one fumble recovery for the 2007 campaign.

“Garth had a great game,” Beauchamp said. “He only played half a game, so you’ve got to think that he had a good game.”

The Flyers are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Oakville for a pivotal Suburban West Conference game for both schools.

Oakville (1-2) is coming off a 32-20 win over Hazelwood West, which broke a two-game losing streak for the Tigers.

“Every game in our conference is important,” Beauchamp said. “The important thing is getting us back on track and getting back into that winning mode. We’re going to have to bring our ‘A’ game in order to be successful against them.”