This Friday, two District 9-6A rivals will battle at Curtis Middle School as the Allen Eagles host Dallas Jesuit. The clash between these two teams offer some intriguing matchups. The Rangers will have their hands full with Bellarmine Commit, Connor Coltharp. Chris Surran's defense will attempt to keep Coltharp under wraps while simultaneously ensuring his attention doesn't allow midfielders like Clay Cutler and Isaiah Hines to have success. Moran and the Ranger defense will certainly be tested by Coltharp and company. It will be intriguing to see how Jesuit will try to contain Connor. Will they be slow to slide with Andrew Patton on the ball? Or will they be quick to double to get the ball out of Coltharp's stick? Regardless of how they approach the individual matchup vs. Coltharp, the Rangers will need to pressure the ball with their athletes and play great team defense behind the ball to give Will Moran the low percentage shots any goalie would want to see.
Conversely, how will Coach Blummer handle the Ranger midfield? Ben Bishop (St. Johns Commit), arguably on of the top defensemen in the state, will have his work cut out for him regardless if he is responsible for Jacob Jackson at the midfield or for Peter Buell at attack. Allen will need to be on the hands of Jackson and fellow midfielder Sam Teachout in order to limit their time and room opportunities. Lastly, watch out for Jesuit attackman Zachary Rilley. The senior is crafty, sneaky, and plays with the fire of an old Ranger, Buck McClure.
This North District battle has the makings to be an awesome game and it is a great way to kick off the month of February!