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Head coach: Dom Passolano
Assistant Coaches: AJ Porter, Kris Korhonen, Chris Lewis, Ryan McGuire, Gary Korhonen, Brad Sievers, Mike Murphy, Clint Connelly, Brenden Meany, Rich Murphy, Joe Krawisz, Jnaye Bridgeforth, Ray Farris
How they fared in 2016: 7-4 (4-2 South Suburban Red Conference), made the 2016 Class 6A state playoff field, defeated Morgan Park then lost to Rock Island in second round action.
2017 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 25 – vs CICS Ellison
Sept. 1 – vs Fenton
Sept. 8 – vs Oak Lawn Richards
Sept. 15- @ Reavis
Sept. 22 - @ Evergreen Park
Sept. 29 – vs Oak Lawn
Oct. 6 - @ Hillcrest
Oct. 14 - @ Eisenhower
Oct. 20- vs Argo
Biggest storyline: Can the Astros win the South Suburban red and make another run in the IHSA state playoffs?
Names to watch this season: Junior WR Rishard Blake, Senior WR Nieko Carter
Biggest holes to fill: Who will play quarterback for the Astros this fall?
EDGY's Early Take: Shepard and head coach Dom Passolano posted a strong 2016 campaign after a few years missing out on the state playoffs. The Astros welcome back 13 starters (7 offense 6 defense) along with a deep and very talented junior class. Look for Shepard to again challenge for the top of the South Suburban Red conference and beyond in 2017.