Lindbergh’s defense carved up in first loss of ’08 season

By STEPHEN GLOVER

After reeling off four straight wins, the Lindbergh High School football team’s defense was carved up Friday night by Lafayette’s Tyler Rigman in a 23-6 defeat.

Rigman completed 14 of 19 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns.

“I think that basically if you take away the first six minutes, we win the game 6-3,” Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp said. “But then again, every coach would like to pick and choose their minutes. The kids played pretty hard and had a real gut check in the second half.”

Lafayette jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Rigman connected with Ian Moore on a 21-yard touchdown pass with 7:24 left in the first quarter. The Lancers struck again 22 seconds later when Rigman nailed Jordan Levy with a 27-yard touchdown pass with 7:02 left in the quarter.

Rigman’s third and final touchdown came with 55 seconds left in the first quarter when he threw a 67-yard bomb to Levy to give Lafayette a commanding 20-0 lead.

“I was very impressed with Rigman’s play,” Beauchamp said. “We didn’t get to him as much as we would have liked to in the first half, but we did get to him a bunch in the second half. We ended up sacking him five times in that game.”

Lindbergh got on the scoreboard in the third quarter when quarterback Kyle Portell connected with Brian Livingston on a 37-yard pass. Portell completed 21 of 52 passes for 329 yards, one touchdown and five interceptions.

“Those interceptions look a lot worse than they were,” Beauchamp said. “The thing about Kyle is that he let those interceptions run right off his back like water. But he kept getting the ball into people’s hands.”

Lafayette finished the game with a 22-yard field goal by Nick Aussieker with 2:12 left in the fourth quarter.

The Flyers return to action at 7 p.m. Fri-day when they play host to Marquette (2-3, 1-2 Suburban West), which lost a heartbreaking 28-26 decision at Northwest last week despite a 130-yard rushing effort by Matt Warrick.