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LHS falls to Lafayette in last game of season

The 2023 Lindbergh High School varsity football team. Photo courtesy of the team.

The Lindbergh Flyers put up a good fight, but in the end came up short, falling to Lafayette 34-24 on Oct. 20, ending the regular season at 5-4.

Lindbergh head coach Nathan Norman said his team played pretty well, but a couple of miscues was the difference in the game.

“We knew going into the game that Lafayette was having a good year and are very explosive on offense,” Norman said. “We knew we were going to have to limit our mistakes and for the most part we did that. We stalled a bit on offense and gave up one or two big plays. That was the difference in the game.”

The Flyers took a 7-3 lead early in the first quarter when Owen Norman connected with Terrell Watts for an 18-yard touchdown. Watts finished the game with three catches for 34 yards.

After the Lancers responded, taking a 10-7 lead, Norman connected with Chris Marko for a 60-yard touchdown pass, to give Lindbergh a 14-10 lead.

Lafayette would take the lead back in the second quarter, going up 17-14.

Lindbergh’s offense stalled in the second quarter, giving the Lancers the ball back. Lafayette extended the lead on a Zae Jones 26-yard touchdown run. Lafayette led 24-14.

The Flyers responded on the next possession, as Connor Latham scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, cutting the lead to 24-21 with 25 seconds to go in the quarter.

The Lancers added a field goal at the end of the first half, extending the lead to 27-21.

In the second half, the defenses tightened. Lindbergh was able to get a 28-yard field goal from Zach Earley to get within three points at 27-24.

Unfortunately, Lafayette was just too much on offense, as Jack Behl connected with Robby Preckel for a 31-yard touchdown, bringing the score to 34-24 in favor of the Lancers.

The Flyers continued to move the ball, but couldn’t get into the endzone, as the Lancers defense tightened to hold the lead.

Norman finished the game 12 for 19 passing. He finished with 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

“He’s our senior quarterback and three-year starter,” Nathan Norman said. “You don’t want to put pressure on a kid, but in order for us to be successful, he’s going to have to have those games.”

Marko finished with 5 catches for 89 yards in the loss.

Tyler Westrich added a pair of sacks defensively.

Lindbergh will now turn its attention to the playoffs.

The Flyers will have had a week off before traveling to Jackson on Nov. 3 – after The Call went to press. Jackson is 8-1 on the season and has won eight straight games.

“They are always a well-coached team and very disciplined,” Nathan Norman said of Jackson. “It will be a tough challenge for us.”

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