Kettering Alter found things tough the past two years in their season opener against crosstown rival Fairmont.

While a 21-7 win will be something sophomore lineman Derrick Shepard Jr. will remember, the game also proved to be his coming out party as the 6-foot-3, 315-pound Shepard will be a prospect to watch in the 2022 recruiting class.

What did the win mean to Shepard?

“This is my first year because I missed the game last year because I had shoulder surgery,” said Shepard. “This felt good as it’s always good beating the people across the street and a rival.”

As for his game, Shepard knows there is still plenty of work to do if he wants to reach his goals.

“I still have a lot of work to do and a lot to learn,” he said. “My dad played in the NFL and my goal is to be better than him. I know it’s a long process.”

What does Shepard hope to show this season?

“I just want to ball out, play football and let my game get my name out there,” he said. “As a team we want to build, get stronger and make it to state.”


Dave Berk

Team publisher and recruiting analyst for from 2002-2017. Founded Dave Berk Consulting (, a football recruiting consulting company focused on helping families through the recruiting process in 2016. Founded First Star Football Report in fall of 2018. Has appeared on national, regional and local television and radio including NFL Network, FOX Sports Radio, Sporting News Radio, 700 WLW, 980 WONE, WCPO CH9 and more. Provided recruiting analysis for FOX Sports Ohio weekly high school game of the week in Southwest Ohio area and was an analyst for the Time Warner Sports (Spectrum Sports) Ohio National Signing Day show.