This time, Spartans get breaks, beat Astros
The agents of misfortune suddenly got a few breaks to go their way.
And those circumstances were enough for Oak Lawn to overcome its sometimes-erratic performance Friday night and bag its first victory since opening week. By no means was it easy — host Shepard, in fact, held a 20-7 halftime lead — but the Spartans were glad to accept a 21-20 South Suburban Conference Red win under any conditions.
“Would you rather be lucky or good,” Oak Lawn coach Sean Lucas said with a chuckle. “We’ll take lucky this week.”
For sure, the Spartans had been anything but that in recent weeks. Most frustrating to them were losses to Argo and Eisenhower in Weeks 4 and 5, both of which were administered by just two points.
“We’ve been telling our players all year we’re a good team,” Lucas said. “We just had to prove it.”
Ironically, from a pure execution standpoint, Oak Lawn’s third-year leader thought his athletes had actually performed at a higher level versus the Argonauts and Cardinals than they did against the Astros. In Lucas’ opinion, the Spartans “didn’t play well at all [here].”