Lindbergh rolls over Francis Howell 34-7

Oakville Tigers next up for Flyers football team

By STEPHEN GLOVER

Like a freight train on a non-stop schedule, the Lindbergh High School football team rolled over another opponent from the Gateway Athletic Conference, posting a 34-7 win over Francis Howell Friday night.

“A lot of the credit in our wins has to go to our offensive line,” Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp said. “Without the offensive line, we couldn’t have gotten our passes off and broke through the holes that they created for us.”

The Flyers defeated Fort Zumwalt South of the GAC 43-0 in the season opener.

Lindbergh wasted little time getting on the scoreboard Friday when Colton Doss ripped a 47-yard touchdown run with 8:51 left in the first quarter with Bryan Livingston recording the point-after touchdown, or PAT. Doss led the Flyers with nine carries for 75 yards in the win.

“Colton’s a dynamic back,” Beauchamp said. “He got some good holes and got into the mix. But once he got into the open, he’s tough to catch.”

The Flyers extended their lead to 14-0 when quarterback Kyle Portell connected with Sean Alexander on a 58-yard pass with 3:45 left in the quarter. Livingston recorded the PAT.

“Kyle dropped back and threw it out there and really threaded the needle,” Beauchamp said. “Sean got a step ahead of the defensive back and once he got the ball, he was tough to catch.”

Francis Howell cut Lindbergh’s lead to 14-7 when Camron Cathcart caught a 22-yard pass from Jake Ksiakiewicz with 8:40 remaining in the quarter.

But Lindbergh increased its lead to 21-7 when Livingston caught a 16-yard pass from Portell with 2:01 left in the first half.

“Bryan had a great game on Friday,” Beauchamp said. “Bryan actually picked off a pass in the second half for a touchdown. I think he had one heck of a night.”

The Flyers scored again in the second quarter when Mike Heumann caught a 25-yard pass from Portell with 59 seconds left in the half.

“This is two weeks in a row where he’s made some big catches for us,” Beau-champ said.

Portell finished the evening with 12 of 28 completed passes for 247 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

“I really believe that Kyle played well, but he had some stuff called back in that game,” Beauchamp said. “He’s part of a group of guys that really worked their tail off this summer.”

Livingston scored his second touchdown of the game midway through the fourth quarter on a 32-yard interception with 6:58 left in the game. Livingston led the Flyers with five tackles and one interception.

The Flyers are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Oakville (0-2, 0-1 Suburban West Conference) for a conference meeting with the Tigers.

Oakville is coming off a 13-7 loss at Mehlville as the Tigers rushed for just 11 yards against the Panthers.