Southern High School Notebook: Big Time Matchups All Around

(Photo Jesuit Dallas Athletics)

Last week’s action was highlighted by big time matchups all over the region. And perhaps none bigger than what went down in Boca Raton, Fla. on Saturday night.

Jesuit Dallas (Texas) is on their spring break trip, which has taken them to South Florida and pitted them against FHSAA 1A reigning undefeated champion St. Andrew’s (Fla.), who still hadn’t lost since 2020, in a battle of state champions.

The Rangers did what nobody has been able to do in nearly two years, beat the Scots. In the 12-8 victory, the Rangers’ offense gave the St. Andrew’s defense, headlined by senior LSM Sean Jordan (Harvard) and goalie Gunnar Schwarz (Navy), all they could handle.

Up 5-2 at the half. the Rangers were able to pull ahead 8-5 heading into the fourth quarter of play. The Scots did rally late, but the effort of Connor Knight (Richmond) helped fend off the late spark and secure the victory.

Senior McAllister Hobbs (Penn State) led the Rangers with a sock trick in the contest. The Scots saw junior Jack Schulte (Air Force) tally five points off one goal and four assists.

Episcopal Dallas, McCallie win Heavyweight In-State Battles

Two other big contests that went down last week included Episcopal Dallas (Texas) facing off against Highland Park (Texas), and McCallie (Tenn.) going head to head with Montgomery Bell (Tenn.). Both contests represented traditional state powers going against each other.

In what was a tight battle the whole way, ESD knocked off Highland Park 6-5 in overtime. Cooper Raney scored the game-winner to secure the win. He led the way for the Eagles with five points (3G/2A).

Behind a four-goal outing from Jack Forrester, the Blue Tornado took down the Big Red of Montgomery Bell, 10-7, in a battle between Tennessee’s best.

All Eyes on North Florida

Two of the biggest games in the Sunshine State last week took place in North Florida on Friday night.

In what can only be described as an offensive shootout, Creekside (Fla.) beat Jupiter (Fla.), 14-13, on Friday night to move to 8-2 on the season and earn their biggest win. Freshman Luke Dana had seven goals to lead the way for the Knights. Senior Jackson Bashaw had the same stat line for the Warriors.

In Jacksonville, Roswell (Ga.) and Ponte Vedra (Fla.) took the field in what was a battle between two of the best in the Peach and Sunshine States. The Sharks took the 5-4 halftime lead, but the Hornets offense got cooking in the second half and was able to jump out to 10-8 lead heading into the fourth and hold on for the 14-10 victory.

The Ponte Vedra loss was just their second on the season, having also lost to Plant (Fla.) earlier in the year. They beat North Carolina power Charlotte Catholic, 14-9, on Thursday and Charlotte Country Day, 12-11, earlier in the week.

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