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Andre Richie (12) rushing the ball against Hazelwood Central.

Andre Richie (12) rushing the ball against Hazelwood Central.

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Andre Richie (12) rushing the ball against Hazelwood Central.

Evie Reed

Evie Reed

Andre Richie (12) rushing the ball against Hazelwood Central.

Jake Wendel, Staff Writer

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Three games into the season, LHS Football is officially in full swing. After a season-opening 17-14 home victory over Oakville, the Flyers have since tackled increasingly difficult opponents in Jackson High School, resulting in a 49-19 defeat, and a 41-0 romping from Hazelwood Central last Friday. Ultimately, early season losses are nothing more than learning experiences; easy to shake off and move on from.

Early season injuries, on the other hand, can deliver a major blow to the team. In the game against Hazelwood Central, the team endured two lengthy injuries to two very key offensive players. Immediately following an explosive 30+ yard run, running back Jaron Heller (12) suffered a broken collarbone. Just a few plays later, lineman Jack Willie (12) tore not only his ACL, but his MCL along with it (a season ending injury). Willie was arguably the most skilled lineman on the roster, and his absence will be a major concern looking ahead to the rest of the season.

However, the team has provided its fans with an abundance of positive takeaways after the first few weeks of play. First of all, they won their first game of the year, a feat that required four tries last year. And along with explosive deep-threat receivers Eric Martell (11) and David Grenia (11), wide receiver Rico Payton (11) will be back from injury next week in the Parkway South game, according to running back Andre Richie (12).

Richie himself brings massive physicality to the table, along with high-level agility that makes him quite hard to stop once he gets going.

“We’re gonna keep pounding the football, keep getting stronger, keep lifting weights, and keep growing as a team,” Richie said.

The bottom line Richie gave was that the team keeps progressing and ‘the wins will start racking up.’

Football’s next fixtures include a game at Lafayette this Friday, September 9, then Parkway South on the following Friday, September 16, before their next home game on September 23. As if the matchup against rival school Mehlville was not a big enough reason to attend, September 23 also happens to be this year’s homecoming game. And after going two whole weeks without high school football, LHS fans should be itching to be at that one.

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