Just got off the phone after a wide-ranging conversation with Huntington coach Paul McDermott, who reports that Shamel Bratton will be playing on Saturday when his two-time defending Class B state champion Blue Devils, who are ranked No. 1 in the STX/Inside Lacrosse preseason national poll, host John Jay at 2 p.m.
McDermott said Bratton is “all better” after he had experienced some inflammation after injuring the shoulder playing football. Bratton then decided to end his basketball season in mid-January to help the shoulder heal.
Bratton and his twin brother Rhamel, who also plays midfield, are bound for defending national champion Virginia.
McDermott, meanwhile, had already heard our reports that John Jay will be without Maryland-bound all-America defenseman Ryder Bohlander, who will be attending the wedding of his brother, Mike, the strength-and-conditioning coach at Pace. “I don’t blame him,” McDermott joked.
Check back for a complete report on what John Jay can expect from Huntington and what McDermott and the Blue Devils expect to see from John Jay in what could be a state semifinal preview.