Lindbergh football team bounces back with commanding win over Marquette

By STEPHEN GLOVER

After suffering a crushing 23-6 loss at Lafayette the previous week, the Lindbergh High School football team bounced back Friday night with a commanding 34-12 win over Marquette.

“The kids really came to play,” Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp said. “This was one of those games where you worry about the guys playing all four quarters.”

The Flyers (5-1, 3-1 Suburban West) were powered by a balanced attack and a defensive effort by linebacker Garth Sherman, who racked up nine tackles and one sack.

Lindbergh took a 6-0 lead when quarterback Kyle Portell connected with Sean Alexander for a six-yard pass with 2:30 left in the first quarter. Bryan Livingston’s point-after touchdown, or PAT, gave the Flyers a 7-0 lead.

Portell completed six of 13 passes for 59 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

“The one interception went right off someone’s hands,” Beauchamp said. “So you can’t really blame him too much for that one.”

Marquette (2-4, 1-3 Suburban West) bounced back when running back Matt Warrick grinded in an 11-yard touchdown run with 7:26 left in the first half to bring the score to 7-6.

The Flyers regained the lead with 1:57 remaining in the first half when Djaun Taylor scored on a seven-yard run. Lindbergh boasted a 14-6 lead going into halftime after Livingston’s PAT. Taylor finished the night with four carries for 17 yards and one touchdown.

“He’s a slammer. When you need yards, he and (Ryan) Campbell deliver one heck of a punch,” Beauchamp said.

Midway through the third quarter, Marquette trimmed Lindbergh’s lead to 14-12 on a 19-yard pass from Matt Seevers to De-Andre Cain.

Kevin Johnson gave the Flyers a 21-12 lead after scoring on a five-yard run along with a Livingston PAT with 3:36 left in the third quarter. Johnson racked up 56 yards rushing on 10 carries and one touchdown.

“Kevin’s been getting a lot of carries here lately and he put together a nice little run,” Beauchamp said. “He’s a quick kid that’s really tough to bring down.”

The Flyers continued to attack Marquette on the ground as Colton Doss blasted a three-yard touchdown run with 1:48 left in the third quarter to give Lindbergh a 28-12 lead after Livingston’s PAT. Doss finished the evening with 12 carries for 55 yards and one touchdown.

“Colton’s been a slasher for us all year long and he sees the field well,” Beauchamp said. “We’re excited about having him back there.”

Alexander and Portell connected again midway through the fourth quarter on a 14-yard touchdown pass. Alexander led the Flyers with three catches for 28 yards and one touchdown.

The Flyers return to action at 7 p.m. Fri-day when they play host to Parkway South (3-3, 3-1 Suburban West) in conference play. Parkway South handed Northwest a 37-20 loss at home last week, racking up 402 yards rushing. Parkway South’s Kevon McGrew carried the ball 21 times for 189 yards while Javon Coleman recorded 12 carries for 153 yards.

“Parkway South’s dangerous,” Beauchamp said. “We’re going to have to be ready to play some football because I look for it to be one heck of a game.”