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.”

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