Growing pains are called that for a reason.
Simply put, there’s nothing enjoyable about them, as Shepard players found out again Friday night. The Astros were hoping their season-opening trouncing at the hands of visiting Brother Rice had merely been an anomaly.
Instead, it was an indicator of things to come, at least for another week.
A trip to Chicago Heights for a confrontation with Marian Catholic did Shepard absolutely no good in the rebuilding-confidence department; in fact, it made things worse. The Astros did score their first points of 2013, and Edgar Madrigal’s 22-yard field goal actually staked them to a 3-0 lead.
However, it was all downhill from there. A special-teams mishap by Shepard laid the groundwork for the Spartans’ go-ahead score, and the tandem of Ki-Jana Carter and Emilio Garza proceeded to make life miserable for the Astros the rest of the night.