Football Flyers end season on high note

By STEPHEN GLOVER

Although the Lindbergh High School football team did not win the Class 6, District 2 championship, the Flyers finished the 2007 season on a strong note with a 34-20 victory over Ritenour.

“With the situation being what it was, we knew that we would have to win and SLUH (St. Louis University High) lose to Vianney in order to have any chance of winning the district,” Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp told the Call. “The kids didn’t play well in the first half, but after the first kickoff of the second half, the kids flipped a switch and turned things on. It was unbelievable how they took things over.”

The Flyers (6-4, 4-3 Suburban West Conference) fell behind 6-0 when Ritenour’s Derrick Valley scored on a five-yard run with 8:13 left in the first quarter.

A failed two-point conversion by the Huskies provided the Flyers an opportunity, and Lindbergh quarterback Zeke Scott evened the score at 6-6 on a one-yard run with 3:04 left in the first quarter.

Place-kicker Bryan Livingston gave the Flyers a 7-6 lead on the extra-point field goal.

Scott completed 11 of 20 passes for 181 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

“Zeke’s now in the top three all-time passers in Lindbergh football history,” Beau-champ said. “He’s had one heck of a year.”

Ritenour took a 12-7 lead on a 47-yard touchdown when Huskies defensive back Jacob Myers intercepted a pass.

Valley brought the score to 14-7 with a two-point conversion with 9:33 left in the second quarter.

The Huskies extended their lead to 20-7 on a one-yard run by Valley with 11:03 remaining in the third quarter.

Lindbergh’s offense finally got back on track late in the third quarter when Scott hit Matt Farrell on an 18-yard touchdown pass. The senior wide receiver had three receptions for 42 yards and two touchdowns.

“Matt’s been very steady all year long for us,” Beauchamp said. “When the ball hits his hands, he’s going to make the catch.”

The Flyers evened the score at 20-20 on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Scott to senior wide receiver Charles Little with 2:06 left in the third quarter.

“Charles has been a defensive standout for us all year,” Beauchamp said. “He had great concentration on that pass and once he got his hands on it he turned it on.”

Lindbergh took a 27-20 lead midway through the fourth quarter when Farrell con-nected with Scott on an eight-yard pass. The Flyers extended their lead to 34-20 on a 46-yard pass from Scott to Haywood with 3:55 left in the game.

“Marcus is a good kid that’s been consistent all year long,” Beauchamp said. “He’s got some good wheels and when he turned it on, they were not going to catch him.”