OAKVILLE • Tom Beauchamp will have a tough time Saturday morning. That’s when the Lindbergh coach and his staff review Friday’s game tape and get to point out all the things their football team did wrong.
It’s going to be quick film study.
Oakville, on the other hand, will wear out the rewind button.
The Flyers (1-0) were absolutely brilliant in nearly every facet of the game as they hammered Suburban West Conference rival Oakville 42-0 Friday at Oakville.
Lindbergh scored in practically every which way possible.
It scored on its first possession of the new season as senior signal caller Peter Simpson connected with senior running back Grant Krueger on a screen pass that went 25 yards for a touchdown. Simpson passed for two more scores, one each to senior wideout Blake Beauchamp and senior running back Blake Goodman. On the night Simpson was six for 11 for 178 yards and three scores.
“It was really fun,” Simpson said. “I was a little nervous before because it was the first game and all. But the line was blocking, and I was real comfortable back there.”
Senior defensive back Jack Mackey picked off Oakville junior quarterback Brendan Jost and raced 60 yards for a score.
Leading 28-0 at the half, Lindbergh sophomore Garrett Krueger took the opening kickoff at the start of the third quarter 98 yards for a touchdown.
Just when it appeared they might be done, the Flyers tacked on their final tally when junior running back Kevin Rogers rumbled 38 yards and dragged Oakville senior defensive back Javon Henderson with him the last five yards for a touchdown.
“You never know what you got until you get out there and see,” Tom Beauchamp said. “Oakville is always a quality team and when you beat a quality team that’s a good night. I think this team found its personality.”
As good as the night was for the Flyers, Oakville (0-1) lived a 48-minute nightmare. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Tigers. They turned the ball over three times, struggled in the passing game and were manhandled defensively.
“We definitely didn’t live up to our potential,” Oakville coach Arlee Conners said. “And it wasn’t one person, it was a lot of different guys.”
The Tigers played three different quarterbacks Friday. Henderson opened the night under center and gave way on a play or two to Jost. By the time the score was out of hand in the second half, sophomore Andy Oliver was running the offense.
If there was a teeny, tiny bit of a bright spot it was that the Tigers managed to move the ball on the ground in spurts. The offensive line was able to get into a groove, albeit short-lived.
“The problem was there were too many times they missed people,” Conners said.