Football Flyers defeat Francis Howell 22-14; set to face Oakville Tigers Friday night

By STEPHEN GLOVER

After trailing Francis Howell 14-13 at halftime, the Lindbergh High School football team hammered away nine points in the fourth quarter to come away with a 22-14 win Friday night.

“We made a couple of halftime adjustments and the next thing you know, we were shutting them down,” Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp said. “We had to get their attack under control and get to their quarterback.”

Lindbergh (2-0) jumped out to a 7-0 lead when senior quarterback Kyle Portell hit Connor Jones on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 6:17 left in the first quarter. Portell completed 11 of 23 passes for 145 yards passing and one touchdown.

“That was a play that we’ve been running in practice this past week,” Beauchamp said. “Connor ran a nice route, made some nice cuts and Kyle threaded the needle.”

The starting quarterback gave Lindbergh a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter on a one-yard touchdown run with 9:41 to play in the first half. Portell carried the ball 15 times for 36 yards rushing and one touchdown.

But Francis Howell was far from being out of the game when quarterback Brett Graves hit Corey King for a 31-yard touchdown pass with 1:36 left in the second quarter.

The Vikings took a 14-13 lead with 38 seconds to play in the first half when Graves hit Keith Brown on a 35-yard touchdown pass. Graves completed 7 of 19 passes for 123 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Lindbergh’s defense stepped up big in the fourth quarter when junior defensive lineman Tom Million recorded a safety with 11:41 remaining in the game.

“Tom’s a really good ballplayer,” Beauchamp said. “As soon as he saw the option thrown, he got to the guy and just drug him down.”

The Flyers finished off Francis Howell on a five-yard touchdown run by Eric Schwartz with 8:27 left in the game. The senior running back carried the ball 15 times for 73 yards rushing and one touchdown against the Vikings.

“Eric’s a hard runner that deceptively quick,” Beau-champ said. “He’s a kid that’s going to make things happen for you.”

The Flyers return to action at 7 p.m. Friday when they play host to Oakville. The Tigers (2-0, 1-0 Suburban West) are coming off a 22-19 win over Mehlville Friday night.