Lindbergh High football kicks off with 28-6 win over Parkway West

By Jeff Stahlhut

Every game is a big game when you’re the top dog.

Each opponent on your schedule circles your name. Each team wants to knock off the guy on top. So, for the 2003 Lindbergh Flyers football team, it’s important to be prepared for just about anything.

Last Friday night, the Flyers opened its season against the always tough Parkway West Longhorns and came away with a 28-6 win over a quality opponent. Despite the lopsided score, Flyers Coach Tom Beauchamp said the game was pretty close.

“It was even for quite a while, but as the game went on we gradually wore them down,” he said. “But West came ready to play and they are a pretty darn good team.”

Lindbergh got the scoring started early when quarterback Brock Bond found Chris Luebbert for a 73-yard touchdown to get the Flyers off to a 7-0 lead. Then, in the second quarter, Bond hit Andrew Spitzfaden for a 71-yard score to put the Flyers up 14-0.

From there, they would never look back.

Beauchamp said that even with the long touchdowns, Parkway West played a solid defense. “They played good defense — especially early in the game — and this game was more of a battle than the final score indicated,” he said.

Now the Flyers will go up against one of their biggest rivals in the Mehlville Panthers, who like Lindbergh are 1-0 on the young season after knocking off Parkway Central in the opener, 27-14.

The two teams met twice last season, splitting the games. Lindbergh, though, knocked the Panthers out of the playoffs en route to their appearance in the Class 6 Show-Me-Bowl. Little doubt exists that this is going to be a tough game for both teams.

“Mehlville will be in good form, and they have a good team,” Beauchamp told the Call. “They lost some guys off of last year’s team, but the kids they bring back are big-time players.”

Included in that group of returning stars for Mehlville is junior quarterback Ronald Roberts, a player that the Flyers will have to keep contained if they are to prevail.

“How do you contain him?” asked Beauchamp. “With a player like that you just have to try and limit the damage. He has a lot of ability and is going to be a factor, but our kids know that and are competitors. There is no doubt about that.”

Lindbergh and Mehlville will go at it on Friday night at Lindbergh High School, 4900 S. Lindbergh.

Game time is set for 7 p.m.