SLUH hands football Flyers 24-7 loss

Lindbergh to face Vianney Friday night


The 2006 season has not been kind to the Lindbergh High School football team.

The Flyers (3-5, 3-4 Suburban West) have lost five of their last six games, including their last three.

Lindbergh’s 24-7 loss at home Friday night to St. Louis University High marked the Flyers’ first loss in Class 6, District 2 play and potentially could mark the end of any postseason hopes.

“Anytime you lose the games that we’ve lost, it’s a tough, tough ballgame,” Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp told the Call. “We just have not been putting things together in the right order.”

Of their five losses this season, the Flyers have lost by an average of just 9.2 points per game. Despite the setbacks, Beauchamp believes Lindbergh has the chance to finish the season with two more wins and get the Flyers back to the .500 mark.

“These kids are tough and have a lot of character,” Beauchamp said. “We’re now playing for pride and character, and I have faith in our kids to pull it together.”

Against SLUH, the Flyers held the Junior Billikens scoreless in the first half until John Swanston scored on a one-yard run with 10:47 left in the third quarter.

Lindbergh responded midway through the third quarter when Antwon Robinson scored on a seven-yard touchdown run with 6:19 left in the quarter. The junior tailback carried the ball three times for 23 yards against the Junior Billikens.

“Antwon’s a kid that’s been getting some reps lately,” Beauchamp said. “He’s got good quickness and good strength and has been playing really well.”

The Junior Billikens scored again in the third quarter on a two-yard touchdown pass from John Swanston to Eric Devlin with 2:28 left in the quarter. SLUH added to its 14-7 lead when place kicker Max Wheeler nailed a 42-yard field goal with 11:07 left in the game.

Lindbergh’s hopes of a comeback were shot down late in the game when Kaelan Mayfield ran back a 63-yard interception with less than three minutes remaining to give the Junior Billikens a commanding 24-7 lead.

The Flyers are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Vianney (3-5, 0-3 Metro Catholic Conference) with the goal of avenging last season’s 23-19 loss at home to the Golden Griffins.

“Vianney’s had some struggles, too, this season,” Beauchamp said. “We can’t come into the game and not be focused. Our offense is also going to have to step it up and play better.”