Shepard overruns Perspectives Charter-Calumet
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media October 26, 2012 11:40PM
6A FIRST-ROUND RESULTS
No. 16 Rockford Auburn (5-4) at No. 1 Cary-Grove (9-0) (SAT.)
No. 9 Glenbard South (6-3) at No. 8 St. Patrick (6-3) (SAT.)
No. 13 Hyde Park (6-2) at No. 4 Crystal Lake Central (7-2) (SAT.)
No. 5 Grant 59, No. 12 Lake View 0
No. 2 Lakes 35, No. 15 St. Viator 13
No. 10 Lake Forest 42,
No. 7 Rolling Meadows 24
No. 14 Notre Dame 46,
No. 3 Grayslake North 27
No. 11 Steinmetz 26, No. 6 Foreman 12
No. 1 Oak Forest 29, No. 8 Hinsdale South 0
No. 5 Shepard 23, Perspectives Charter 6
No. 2 Richards 36, No. 7 Lincoln-Way North 14
No. 6 Morgan Park (6-3) at No. 3 Lemont (8-1) (SAT.)
No. 8 Springfield (5-4) at No. 1 Crete-Monee (9-0) (SAT.)
No. 5 Bloomington (7-2) at No. 4 Richwoods (7-2) (SAT.)
No. 7 Normal (6-3) at No. 2 Ottawa (9-0) (SAT.)
No. 6 Normal West (6-3) at No. 3 Rock Island (7-2) (SAT.)
Updated: November 29, 2012 6:36AM
Taking on Perspectives Charter-Calumet in the first playoff game in the state to kick off, Shepard turned Friday into a night of firsts.
Behind a 20-point second quarter, the Astros won a road playoff game for the first time in program history and earned their first postseason win of any kind since 1991 with a 23-7 Class 6A first-round victory at Gately Stadium.
“We have a group of kids with the right attitude,” Shepard coach Dominic Passolano said. “We have lots of leaders. This team deserves everything they’re getting.”
The Astros (7-3) will meet Oak Forest in Round 2. Perspectives fell to 7-3.
Hurt by early flags — seven offensive penalties on the Astros’ first three drives included two that wiped out touchdowns — Shepard was clinging to a 9-7 lead before a 6-yard touchdown run by Devon Landfair with 1:55 left in the first half.
After the Warriors turned the ball over on downs at their own 41, Jimmy McClinton (14-of-20 passing, 121 yards) hit Londell Lee (7 catches, 79 yards) twice for 29 yards to set up Landfair’s 12-yard TD run for a 23-7 lead with six seconds left before the break.
Landfair, who did most of the Astros’ running after Larenzo Lashley suffered an early ankle injury, carried 24 times for 115 yards.
“Those touchdowns were really big for momentum,” Landfair said. “I felt like I really had to step up and play hard.”
The Astros defense took over from there. After the Warriors’ Lonnie Washington ran 11 times for 142 yards in the first half, including a 55-yard TD run, Shepard held him to 48 yards on 16 second-half carries.
“We’ve hung our hats on our offense all year,” Passolano said. “In the playoffs, if your ‘D’ can play like that and you can run the ball, you can win.”
After the Warriors blocked a 62-yard field-goal attempt and returned it to the Shepard 26-yard line early in the third, the Astros held them to minus-3 yards on four plays.
The Astros made another fourth-down stop at their 20 in the fourth quarter.
“We made history,” Shepard defensive lineman Harry Green said. “I kept telling myself before the game that someone was going to have to carry me off the field because I was going to give it all I had, and I did.”
Tommy Eyer made a 41-yard field goal and McClinton threw a 7-yard TD pass to Lee in the first half for Shepard.