Shepard’s Lee smashes records in win over Evergreen Park
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org October 12, 2012 11:44PM
Updated: November 15, 2012 6:33AM
Shepard senior Londell Lee wanted to make the final regular-season home game of his high school career a special one.
He wound up making it historic.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound wide receiver/defensive back smashed two school records during Shepard’s 62-24 South Suburban Red victory over Evergreen Park.
His 266 yards receiving broke the mark of 189 that he set three weeks ago. He also set a new school standard with 520 all-purpose yards.
Quarterback Jimmy McClinton (6-of-6, 266 yards) broke the school record for passing yards, while the Astros erased the previous mark for points scored in a game.
Shepard (5-3, 4-1) is looking good points-wise for at least an at-large berth in the state playoffs for the fourth season in a row.
What a night.
“Oh, man. I just wanted to leave with a bang,” Lee said. “I wanted to play as hard as I could. This was my last guaranteed time to play on this field and I wanted to take full advantage of it.”
The show began on Shepard’s second play from scrimmage when McClinton passed to Lee on the right side and he took it 99 yards for a touchdown.
For a while, the fireworks went back and forth, with Evergreen Park (5-3, 3-3) finally forging in front 17-14 on a 27-yard field goal by Jeremy Esparza with 6:02 left in the first half.
Shepard, though, would strike twice in the final 5:46 on TD passes of 70 and 51 yards from McClinton to Lee.
“I couldn’t ask for better balls thrown from a quarterback,” Lee said. “Perfect. It was his night. He put them right on the spot.”
Larenzo Lashley scored two touchdowns during Shepard’s second-half runaway on runs of 23 and 10 yards, while Lee capped his night with a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Keyshawn Carpenter’s 46-yard run and a 22-yard TD pass from Brandon White to Michael Reuter were the top highlights for Evergreen Park.