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Second-half mistakes prove to be costly as football Flyers fall to Lafayette 33-17

After limiting opponents to 4.25 points a game this season, the Lindbergh High School football team gave up 33 points to Lafayette in a 33-17 loss Friday night.

“We played fairly well in the first half,” Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp told the Call. “In the second half, we had way too many mistakes. We’re going to have to go back to the drawing board now and get these guys keyed up again.”

The loss for the Flyers (3-2, 3-2 Suburban West) essentially puts them out of contention for the Suburban West Conference championship as Kirkwood currently holds a 5-0 record.

Lafayette struck first midway through the first quarter when Ian Moore caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Brian Muench with 7:46 left in the quarter. But Lindbergh responded four minutes and 25 second later when senior quarterback Zeke Scott connected with senior wide receiver Charles Little on a 27-yard touchdown pass to give the Flyers a 7-6 lead. Little’s touchdown catch was his lone reception of the game.

“Charles is a quality receiver,” Beauchamp said. “He’s got great hands and makes things happen. It was a beautiful play.”

Scott completed 10 of 30 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown.

“Zeke had an exceptional first half, but didn’t play as well in the second half,” Beauchamp said. “He got in the backfield and tried too hard to make things happen rather than take the sack and that’s probably my fault as a coach.”

Lindbergh extended its lead to 10-6 midway through the second quarter on a 36-yard field goal by junior place-kicker Bryan Livingston.

“Bryan’s got a great foot and has been hitting some big field goals for us this year,” Beauchamp said.

Lafayette regained the lead with 1:58 left in the first half when J.P. Bartmess pounced on a fumble in the end zone to give the Lancers a 13-10 advantage. But Lindbergh’s John Lane stymied the Lancers’ defense one second later on a 90-yard kickoff return with 1:57 remaining in the half.

“John got back there and got some good blocks, made a turn and was down the field,” Beauchamp said. “It was the first one we’ve went the distance on this season.”

But the third quarter was devastating for the Lindbergh defense as Lafayette’s Matt Brewer scored on a three-yard touchdown run with 10:14 left in the quarter. Lafayette’s Moore recorded his second touchdown of the game on a 27-yard pass from Nate Goro with 7:44 left in the quarter.

Lafayette’s defense came up big again in the third quarter when Brewer scored on a 50-yard fumble recovery to give the Lancers a commanding 33-17 win.

The Flyers are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Parkway South (2-3, 1-1 Suburban West). Parkway South is coming off a 49-24 win at Northwest, its best offensive showing of the season.

“Parkway South is always a well-coached team,” Beauchamp said. “It’s one of those situations where we’re going to have to grind it out and they’re going to want to win this game as much as we are.”

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