Lindbergh Flyers rebound from first half, but not enough as Warriors prevail

Lindbergh High football team to tackle Eureka this Friday

Lindbergh High's Parker Powell, No. 4, gets off a pass as John Manestar, No. 70, holds off Fox High's Max Klug, No. 54, in Friday night's game at Fox. The Flyers fell 48-14 to the Warriors. Megan LeFaivre-Zimmerman photo

Photo by Megan LeFaivre-Zimmerman

Lindbergh High’s Parker Powell, No. 4, gets off a pass as John Manestar, No. 70, holds off Fox High’s Max Klug, No. 54, in Friday night’s game at Fox. The Flyers fell 48-14 to the Warriors. Megan LeFaivre-Zimmerman photo

By Robert Chalupny

After a treacherous first half Friday night against Fox, the Lindbergh High School football Flyers changed their game plan and were successful in the second half.

But the Flyers were not able to overcome the 42-point deficit they incurred in the first two quarters. The 1-6 Flyers outscored the 5-2 Warriors in the second half 14-6, but fell 48-14, dropping their fourth consecutive game.

Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp told the Call that he would take responsibility for part of what happened.

“Basically, I’m going to blame this one on me,” he said. “I didn’t have a very good defensive game plan, and I think that gave them some openings that they didn’t earn. So I should have made sure that that was better than it was.”

Malik Johnson and Jhavon Graves both scored for the Flyers in the second half, putting Lindbergh on the board. Lindbergh’s defense, after making some adjustments, did not allow any additional points in the second half.

“Thank goodness one of our defensive line coaches, Steve Fisher, came up with a great idea and we ran that and things went a lot better defensively in the second half,” Beauchamp said. “So it’s just a matter of changing a few things and, of course, the kids played much better in the second half.

“The first half, we were very lethargic.

When you’re having a rough season like this, one thing goes bad and it’s tough on them. It just kind of drops their spirits in a hurry.”

The key, according to Beauchamp, is to overcome the miscues.

“… We’ve got to overcome mistakes,” he said. “We’ve got to overcome some of the turmoil sometimes and just play ball and I think that’s — I hope — what we are learning at a young age … Some of these older seniors are battling, but we just don’t have enough around them to make it happen right now.”

“I felt like we were in it. And again, I think the boys got to take the good out of this — clean out the good and be ready to play next week and improve and keep working.”

The Flyers next will take on Eureka, a team that has been dominating its opponents all season long, at home Friday night.

“They are pretty salty, so we are going to have our work cut out for us,” Beauchamp said. “(The) good thing is they come over on our grass, instead of that synthetic stuff.

“So I don’t know if that will help us or hurt us, but at least it’s at our house, and I think the kids are always excited to play at our place … Hopefully, our kids can put one together.”