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Shepard junior quarterback Quran McClellan will look to build on his strong spring season and help the Astros repeat as South Suburban Red champs. File photo

Shepard junior quarterback Quran McClellan will look to build on his strong spring season and help the Astros repeat as South Suburban Red champs. File photo

High School Football Preview: Shepard in unfamiliar spot as defending conference champ

ASTROS AT A GLANCE

CONFERENCE: South Suburban Red

HEAD COACH: John Rone

2019 RECORD: 6-4

2021 SPRING RECORD: 5-1

2021 FALL OUTLOOK: The Astros made history when they won their first South Suburban Conference Red championship ever and first league championship since 1993, when they played in the South Inter Conference Association North.

A ton of players who made that happen are back this autumn, including conference Player of the Year Kendrick Washington, who ran for 556 yards and nine touchdowns, and on the other side of the ball had four interceptions and a defensive touchdown.

All-conference players Jeremy Rowlett (a defensive lineman) and RaSand Hall (defensive back) are also back.

“We’re an overall young group but lucky in the fact that we have [junior quarterback Quran McClellan] and top two scorers returning,” Shepard coach John Rone said. “Although it won’t be easy and it will take a lot of work, with the players and staff that we have, we do think we can continue to build on the success we had over the spring.”

 

DID YOU KNOW?: Roy Williams, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound defensive end, is back in the fold. Williams is a Northern Illinois recruit who played one series in the spring before sustaining an injury.

—Jeff Vorva

 

Astros Schedule
Aug. 27 at Kankakee, 7

Sept. 3 at Plainfield East, 7

Sept 10 Lemont, 7

Sept. 17 at Richards, 7

Sept. 24 Eisenhower, 7

Oct. 1 Evergreen Park, 7

Oct. 8 at Oak Lawn, 7

Oct. 15 Reavis, 7

Oct. 22 at Argo, 7

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