September 26, 2012 - At the halfway point of the 2012 season, the Lindbergh High School football team captured its second win in front of a packed homecoming crowd Friday night when the Flyers knocked off Northwest 26-6.
The Flyers (2-3), perhaps a bit distracted with homecoming festivities, did not have a perfect game, but they got the job done.
"The kids played a little sloppy in the first half, but they came out and played a little better in the second half. But Northwest gave us everything we wanted," Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp told the Call.
All-around player Garrett Krueger got the home crowd revved up early with a 65-yard fumble return for a Lindbergh touchdown with 8:28 remaining in the first quarter.
But after 10 minutes of scoreless play, the crowd had the wind knocked out of its sails when Northwest ran one in past the defense with 10:01 left on the clock to tie the game at 6-6.
The two teams remained deadlocked until Lindbergh finally broke out and scored 20 points in the fourth quarter.
The sequence started with Krueger's second touchdown on a quick run with 4:54 left in the game. Then Dalton Scharbert snagged the ball for a 20-yard interception return at the 3:57 mark. About 90 seconds later, Carl Lovely ran in another to seal the victory.
Krueger had 28 carries on the night, which was good for 168 yards of total offense. Defensively, the DuPree brothers had a productive night as Jay DuPree had seven tackles and three assists while Ryan DuPree had six tackles.
The Flyers have endured some tough losses this season, but hope to further their cause and build on the momentum they have after a quality game against CBC on Sept. 14 and defeating the Lions on Friday.
"I am hoping that we do have some confidence building and I think that always helps," Beauchamp said. "You're in that situation and you get a little confidence and the offense gets rolling a little bit."
The Flyers will need all the momentum they can get as they prepare for the second half of the season.
They take on another tough team in Lafayette Friday at home.
Then the Flyers wills square off against Eureka, Marquette and Mehlville to close the regular season.
Beauchamp cited an all-around team effort as the key to the rest of the season.
"We're going to have to play better. We're going to have to get our offense going a little better," he said. "The defense is going to have to step up at times.
"I think it's one of those situations where we are just going to have to keep competing and getting better and improving. The key to any team is if you can play your best football at the end of the year."
Editor's note: This story was updated at 7:35 a.m. Sept. 26 to note that Lindbergh does not have two consecutive wins.