Football Flyers defeat Parkway South 21-14, will face Mehlville Friday night

By STEPHEN GLOVER

With the hopes of a Suburban West Conference football championship still alive, the Lindbergh High School Flyers defeated Parkway South 21-14 Friday night.

The win by the Flyers (6-1, 4-1 Suburban West) kept them in a second-place tie with Mehlville (5-2, 5-1 Suburban West) with Lafayette (6-1, 5-0 Suburban West) sitting atop the conference standings. Lafayette would have to lose at Parkway South or at home to Marquette and the Flyers would need to win at Mehlville for Lindbergh to share the conference championship.

“Anytime you have a conference game against a team like Parkway South, you’ve got to be ready to play,” Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp said. “I thought that at times we played very well, but we had individual errors that we have to clean up this week.”

Lindbergh found itself down 7-0 when Parkway South’s Kevon McGrew scored on a one-yard run with 9:19 left in the first quarter. A “roughing-the-kicker” call against Lindbergh just a few plays earlier set up Parkway South at the Lindbergh 14 for the eventual score.

But the Flyers trimmed the Patriots’ lead to 7-6 on a 16-yard run by Mike Heumann with 5:17 left in the first quarter. Heumann carried the ball two times for 23 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards in the win.

“Mike’s been consistent for us all year long,” Beauchamp said. “When he gets his hands on the ball, he makes things happen and has never let us down yet this year.”

The Flyers took a 9-7 lead with 11:20 left in the second quarter when Bryan Livingston nailed a 33-yard field goal.

“Bryan’s a good ballplayer,” Beauchamp said. “He’s one of those blue-collar players that does everything you ask of them.”

With 22 seconds left in the first half, Parkway South quarterback Scott Sommerfield hit John Barnabee with a 24-yard pass to give the Patriots a 14-9 lead at halftime.

Lindbergh wide receiver Sean Alexander brought the game to 15-14 when he scored on a 40-yard pass from quarterback Kyle Portell with 5:28 remaining in the third quarter. The Flyers tried to take a 17-14 lead, but the two-point conversion failed.

“Sean is a talented and tall kid with really good hands,” Beauchamp said. “He’s really become a gamer for us and we continue to look for big things from him this year.”

The Flyers put away the game with 8:18 left in the fourth quarter when Alexander caught his second touchdown of the night from Portell on a 15-yard toss to give Lindbergh a 21-14 lead after the point-after touchdown attempt failed.

Alexander recorded two catches for 55 yards while Portell completed six of 12 passes for 114 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

“Kyle didn’t have a very good first half,” Beauchamp said. “But he was nearly perfect in the second half. Kyle’s a very capable young man with a lot of talent.”

“This was a situation where we missed a couple of opportunities to take the lead and needed to score,” Beauchamp said. “The kids needed to take the bull by the horns and they did.”

The Flyers’ schedule gets about as difficult as it could get as they begin play in Class 6, District 2 action at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Mehlville. Besides Mehlville, the Flyers’ district includes Ritenour (4-3, 4-3 Suburban North) and St. Louis University High (5-2, 2-2 Metro Catholic).

“The only thing that would be comforting to me is if all four teams could advance,” Beauchamp said. “This district is very talented and it ought to be exciting over the next couple of weeks.”