Big plays boost Shepard over Reavis
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media September 28, 2012 11:46PM
Shepard's Lorenzo Lashley takes a short reception for a long touchdown. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 1, 2012 6:28AM
Shepard wide receiver Londell Lee showed on Friday night why he should be considered one of the premier deep threats in the Southland.
Lee caught two touchdowns and rushed for another, rolling out big plays like William Shakespeare to lift Shepard to a 49-27, homecoming win over Reavis in Palos Heights.
Lee caught touchdown passes of 25 and 22 yards, his 10th and 11th of the season, from quarterback Jimmy McClinton (7-for-15, 102 yards, 2 TDs). His rushing touchdown on a 62-yard reverse up the right side showcased the senior’s speed.
“I think when we show our heart, our skill and ability comes into play,” Lee said. “Everyone remembers homecoming, and this game means a lot to everyone.”
Lee wasn’t the only Shepard player taking part in the big-play party. Running back Larenzo Lashley rushed for 191 yards on 13 carries, highlighted by touchdown jaunts of 47 and 61 yards.
“We know we have explosive kids, and we wanted to take advantage of that,” said Shepard coach Dom Passalano, his team improving to 4-2, 3-0 in the South Suburban Red. “Our success is built on Jimmy, Londell and Larenzo. You’re grateful for those types of kids because they don’t come around very often.”
For Reavis (4-2, 1-2), a 21-14 halftime lead came crumbling down five minutes into the third quarter after a Lashley fumble recovery on an errant lateral turned into a McClinton 4-yard touchdown run for a 28-21 Shepard advantage.
Reavis had a chance to tie the game at 28 after an 83-yard halfback option heave from Moses Morales to Tyler Wetzel stunned the Shepard defense, but a botched snap on the extra point left the Rams with a one-point deficit.
Reavis quarterback Jose Romero bruised for 167 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries.