Football Flyers fall to Eureka

Lindbergh set to tackle Marquette Friday

By Robert Chalupny

The Lindbergh High School football team took its second consecutive loss Friday night, falling 20-0 to 5-2 Eureka.

After the loss, the Flyers drop to 2-5 overall with a conference record of 1-4, which puts them in seventh place in the Suburban West Conference.

The Wildcats struck early when Brett Geisz carried in a touchdown at the 7:17 mark of the first quarter. Then Eureka’s Adam Yancey struck early in the second quarter, putting the Wildcats up 13-0.

About five minutes later Geisz carried in his second touchdown of the night, putting his team up 20-0 going into halftime.

“We couldn’t stop the run on the ground. It was wet and mushy, and we just didn’t do a good job stopping them,” Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp said about the defensive lapses in the first half.

The Flyers’ defense rallied in the second half, allowing no more points. But Lindbergh could not put up any points on the scoreboard.

“Offensively, we couldn’t get anything going,” Beauchamp said.

One bright spot in the game was the defensive play of Ryan DuPree, who broke the school record for tackles with 14, according to Beauchamp.

The Flyers need to regroup quickly as they prepare to take on conference opponent Marquette (3-4) Friday night.

Then they will host another conference game with Mehlville, giving the Flyers the opportunity to finish the regular season with two conference wins. That would boost them to a 3-4 conference record.

Depending on what Oakville and Fox do in their last two games, Lindbergh still could make it into the upper half of the conference, which gives the Flyers a chance to host the 10th game — the first playoff game.

Beauchamp said his squad has “a ton of heart,” but it is a matter of putting all the pieces together.

“We just got to come back in and open up the drawing board and come up with a good game plan,” he said. “Half the battle when you’re not having as good a season as you want to have is the psychological part of the things.

“You get the kids believing in themselves and they start playing better and good things happen.”