Football Panthers defeat Lindbergh 14-10 to grab fourth win of the year

By STEPHEN GLOVER

In a game that generated just 310 yards of total offense, the Mehlville Senior High School football team grabbed its fourth win of the season in a 14-10 victory over Lindbergh.

The loss for Lindbergh (3-4, 3-4 Suburban West) marked a two-game losing streak for the Flyers, who have lost four of their last five games by an average of just 7.25 points.

Mehlville head coach Gary Heyde believes the Flyers are a much better team than their record shows.

“They (Lindbergh) very easily could have been 5-1 before our game,” Heyde told the Call. “This was a very good win for us.”

Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp believes that despite a strong effort by his team’s defense, the Flyers simply need to generate more offense.

“The defense did a good job, we just need to put more points onto the board,” Beauchamp said. “We’ve had a few tough ones lately, but in every single week in this conference, you’re going to have tough games.”

The Panthers (4-3, 4-1 Suburban West) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second quarter when senior quarterback Kevin Mahler scored on a one-yard touchdown run with 10:15 left in the first half. Mahler finished the evening with three completed passes on 12 attempts for 35 yards and two interceptions.

“We had a hard time with the coverage and getting people open,” Heyde said. “It was a tough night for Kevin because there was not a lot of protection and our receivers just couldn’t get open.”

Lindbergh tied the game 7-7 when running back Antwon Robinson scored on a 12-yard touchdown run with 3:51 left in the second quarter.

Robinson carried the ball five times for 38 yards in the loss to Mehlville.

“Antwon’s a junior that’s come on and earned some playing time,” Beauchamp said. “We felt it was time to give him a shot and we’re probably going to use him again this next week.”

Lindbergh extended its lead to 10-7 when senior place kicker Jason LoRusso nailed a field goal from 37 yards out with 14 seconds left in the first half.

“Jason’s got a great leg, and we’re not afraid at all to use that,” Beauchamp said. “He’s always focused and ready to play.”

The Panthers reclaimed the lead with 30 seconds remaining in the third quarter when Joel Fieseler hammered in a three-yard touchdown run to give Mehlville a 14-10 advantage.

The junior running back recorded 72 yards on 20 carries along with one of Mehlville’s two touchdowns.

“Joel really runs hard and gets a lot of our tough yardage,” Heyde said. “That was a real good drive for us and we had some real nice runs.”

Both Mehlville and Lindbergh are back in action this week as each team plays in its respective three-game district round-robin tournament.

Mehlville is slated to take on Fox (1-6, 1-6 Mississippi Area Conference) at 7 p.m. Friday on the road in Class 6, District 1 action.

The Warriors are coming off a 35-14 loss at Seckman.

“We just have to keep playing better each week,” Heyde said. “The key at this time in the year is to just keep improving.”

Lindbergh will play host to St. Louis University High at 7 p.m. Friday in the first round of Class 6, District 2 play. The Junior Billikens (4-3, 1-2 Metro Catholic Conference) are coming off a 42-7 thumping at the hands of CBC.

“The only games that count are these next three,” Beauchamp said. “SLUH is always well-coached with a lot of talent. But the key for us will be getting the offense rolling and limiting our mistakes.”