Breaking It Down: When broke the pregame huddle on the word "homewreckers," the tone was set for Saturday's game at Reavis. Shepard spoiled Reavis' homecoming festivities with a dominating 50-26 victory over the Rams. The game was tied at 7-all at the end of the first quarter, but after that, it was just about all Astros.
Shepard quarterback Jimmy McClinton was practically untouchable, accounting for five touchdowns on 237 total yards. His first TD scramble was for 55 yards. He ran in a pair of scores from a yard out, both in 4th-and-goal situations. McClinton also connected with Londell Lee for a 64-yard touchdown pass and found Martice Weatherspoon for a 3-yard score. McClinton and Weatherspoon connected on a two-point conversion attempt early in the third quarter to put the Astros up by three scores, at 36-20. Brandon Lucas added a 2-yard touchdown run and Adam Turwon ran in from 28 yards.
The score at the half was 28-14 Shepard, but the Astros posted 15 points in the third quarter to secure the victory. An incompletion on a fake punt by Reavis gave Shepard a very short field. The Astros also recovered an onside kick to lead to a score.
Reavis quarterback Moses Morales had a 9-yard touchdown run, a 55-yard TD pass to Adam Salameh and a 20-yard TD pass to Daniel Dysklewicz. Salameh added a 31-yard touchdown run late in the game. The Rams missed two extra points—one was blocked and one sailed wide left.
Patch MVP: Shepard QB Jimmy McClinton was 10-of-15 passing for 167 yards and two touchdowns and also threw for a two-point conversion. He also had 10 carries for 70 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Shepard Stat Pack: Kevin Martin had four carries for 65 yards and a touchdown; Londell Lee had two catches for 71 yards and a touchdown; and Martice Weatherspoon had four catches for 35 yards, a touchdown, and a two-point conversion.
Reavis Stat Pack: Moses Morales was 2-of-6 for 75 yards and two touchdowns passing. He had 24 carries for 96 rushing yards and a touchdown. Adam Salameh had 19 carries for 65 yards and a rushing TD. He was on the receiving end of a 55-yard TD pass.
Quotable: Shepard coach Dominic Passolano (via e-mail) on McClinton's impressive performance: "Overall it was not a very consistent effort on our part. Offensively, Jimmy McClinton is improving and had a great game. He did a great job of making things happen and has come a long way. Defensively, we need to get better quick because Geiter (Eisenhower’s QB) is one of the best players in the conference and will be tough to contain."
Team Records: Shepard improves to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the South Suburban Red. Reavis falls to 0-5 and 0-3.
What's Next: Both teams hit the road Friday, Sept. 29. Reavis travels to Richards and Shepard plays at Eisenhower.
Notable Scores: (Friday) Evergreen Park 33, Richards 0; Bradley-Bourbonnais 24, Thornwood 21 (OT). For more scores, visit IHSA Scorezone.