Football Flyers come up short against Lafayette

Lindbergh to face Eureka Wildcats Friday night

By Robert Chalupny

After a vigorous comeback attempt by the the Lindbergh High School varsity football team in the second half of Friday’s game, the Flyers fell just short of their goal, losing 23-21 to the Lafayette Lancers.

Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp told the Call that if players had put together four quarters of solid football, the result would have been different.

“It was a tale of two halves,” he said. “I mean, we played poorly in the first half and in the second we came out and played how we knew we could play. So, again, we gave them too much in the first half and we couldn’t come back from it. They are a good ball club.”

Lafayette scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, the first from Evan Scales and the second from Eric Yarbrough.

That stopped the scoring until about 1:30 left in the first half when the Lancers added three more points with a 42-yard field goal from kicker Jake Reynolds.

So the Flyers headed to the locker room at halftime scoreless and with a 17-point deficit to recover — and they almost did.

Reynolds added another field goal on the Lafayette opening drive in the second half before Lindbergh would take over and start its run at closing the gap.

Lindbergh marched down the field and completed the next drive with a 2-yard touchdown run by Jay DuPree.

The Flyers scored again when Ben Kraft ran long on an 85-yard pass play from quarterback Chuck Houska to bring the Flyers within 6 with 10 minutes still left to play in the fourth quarter.

With four minutes remaining in the game, Lindbergh took one more hit, giving up a 37-yard field goal.

Lindbergh’s Garrett Krueger scored with two minutes to go in the contest, but that was the end of the scoring.

The Flyers have played a very tough schedule and have been in some close games throughout the season. Fans would agree that their 2-6 record doesn’t do justice to the season they have had, but team members know they can still turn things around, according to Beauchamp.

“Anytime you have a few losses, the kids get a little worried about the end result, but they still know they are a good football team and they just need to cut out the mistakes,” Beauchamp said.

For the Flyers to pull out a win next week would be huge as they face the 5-1 Eureka Wildcats, who lead the Surburban West Conference.

Eureka was handed its only loss by No. 7-ranked CBC and the Wildcats have outscored their opponents 207-122 this season.