Programs to keep an eye on: Week 9

Article and photos courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution –> Original Article Here

New rankings for Week 9 were not released for this week at publishing time. Last week’s rankings peg the top teams as Lambert’s boys and Milton’s girls in 6A-7A and Westminster’s boys and Blessed Trinity’s girls in A-5A. According to the RPI rankings, Lambert’s boys and Blessed Trinity’s girls are the top overall teams.

Here are some programs to keep an eye on:

Cambridge Golden Bears (11-4)

Upcoming matches: at No. 6 Pope (12-5) on Saturday, North Forsyth (5-9) on Thursday, at No. 7 Milton (9-5) on April 28.

Notes: The No. 8 Golden Bears close the regular season playing two of their three final games against ranked teams on the road. The Bears are 1-4 against ranked teams this season, with the win coming against No. 10 Walton and the losses coming to No. 1 Lambert, No. 9 West Forsyth, and A-5A’s No. 3 Marist and No. 4 Buford. Of their three final regular season opponents, they played only one last year, beating Milton 10-6.

Cambridge Lady Golden Bears (11-5)

Upcoming matches: South Forsyth (9-3) on Tuesday, at No. 1 Milton (10-3) on April 28.

Notes: The No. 6 Lady Golden Bears end the regular season with an ideal test heading into the postseason in top-ranked Milton. But they head into next Tueday’s South Forsyth matchup having lost two of their last three, with a 23-0 win over Forsyth Central sandwiched in between the losses. All three losses were competitive — they lost to Jackson, Massillon-Ohio 8-7 in double overtime on March 30, 11-0 to No. 4 Mill Creek on April 13 and 8-7 to No. 2 North Gwinnett on Tuesday. Jackson, Massillon is undefeated and Ohio’s No. 1 team in’s RPI rankings, and North Gwinnett was also undefeated at the time the two played, so Cambridge has proven it can compete with the best.

Centennial Lady Knights (12-2)

Upcoming matches: No. 2 North Gwinnett (15-1) on Tuesday, Lakeside-DeKalb (0-3) on April 28.

Notes: The No. 9 Lady Knights have put together a strong campaign and are currently undefeated against Peach State teams, though the score of their game against Chattahoochee (7-4) on Thursday has yet to be reported. Their only losses came during a spring break event on April 1, when they lost to Charlotte CDS-North Carolina 17-11 and Weddington-North Carolina 11-9. Charlotte CDS is No. 6 and Weddington is No. 17 in the North Carolina RPI rankings. They beat No. 10 Kennesaw Mountain 16-8 on Tuesday, their only win against a ranked opponent. Six of their wins have come against teams with winning records.


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