Football Flyers fall to Lafayette in overtime

By ROBERT CHALUPNY

The Lindbergh High School Flyers faced the Lafayette Lancers in their first home game of the season Friday night, but couldn’t squeeze out the win in this football classic that ended in overtime with Lafayette on top 24-21.

Each team scored a touchdown in the last three quarters of the game, making it a close contest from beginning to end, but the difference came down to two drives in overtime.

The Lancers (2-0) had possession to start and kicked a 27-yard field goal the gain the lead. The Flyers drove back down, but could not capitalize on a 42-yard field goal attempt by Jordan Harmon.

Despite the result, Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp was proud of the performance by his squad.

“The kids played very well. It was a great game,” he said. “It was a great high school football game and they played pretty darn good, (but) we didn’t do some things well that we need to do better at …

“We’ve got to improve, but we’ve got some guys that have to develop some more and we’ve just got to keep improving,” he added.

Scoring for the Flyers (1-1) were Garret Krueger, Chris Kew and Blake Beauchamp.

The Flyers’ attack was somewhat balanced with 71 yards rushing, but it was still dominated by the dangerous passing game of veteran quarterback Peter Simpson, who has 11 completions of 28 attempts for 238 yards on the season.

It was a solid game on both sides of the ball for Flyers.

“We played real well on defense. They had a real good offense and we did some pretty good things,” Beauchamp said, noting that the defense gave up just two of three Lancer touchdowns. The third came on an interception return.

“Overall, it was a pretty good game and we’ve got to improve on some things. Pete (Simpson) had a good game. Grant Krueger had a nice game. He did some things well,” Beauchamp said. “We dropped a few balls we shouldn’t have dropped and we let them catch a few balls they shouldn’t have caught. So we’ll have to work on that.”

The Flyers will try to move past Lafayette as they travel to Fox this Friday.

“They’re solid,” Beauchamp said of the Warriors. “They played Parkway South. That was pretty good game. They won 19-7. I don’t know what they did (Friday), but Parkway’s usually pretty good, so I have got to believe they’re all right.”

Ritenour shut out Fox 39-0 Friday night.