The ending of many teams’ Spring Break and some rainouts cause a majority of teams to play no more than one game in the past week.
The number of teams though with a legitimate shot of being ranked this week increased.
The majority of the eight teams in last week’s rankings continued to win, and then teams like Haywood, who is now 5-2-1, and Jackson Christian, who is now 5-3-1, picked up multiple wins to show that they are among the best in the area, too.
Teams get into the heart of the district schedule beginning this week, so the top teams will begin to be revealed shortly.
So hoping the rain stays away this week, here is the new soccer Elite Eight:
1Madison (15 A-AA) (4-4) – The Mustangs got back into action Thursday night with a 2-0 win over Scotts Hill after having a two-week break with Spring Break. Madison will be tested this week with Lexington Saturday and JCM Tuesday. Last week: No. 2.
2Sacred Heart (D2-A) (5-3) – The Knights split a pair of games on the week with a win over Harding Academy and a loss to JCM. Sacred Heart gave up four goals in the second half against the Cougars. Last week: No. 1.
3USJ (D2-A) (4-5) – The Bruins split a pair of games this week with a district win over Tipton-Rosemark and loss to Bartlett in the Rivals Tournament. USJ has more games this weekend in the tough Rivals Tournament before hosting ECS Tuesday. Last week: No. 3.
4JCM (15 A-AA) (4-1) – The Cougars finally got back on the field on Thursday after a two-week break, and they came away with a 4-0 victory over Sacred Heart. JCM must now prepare to battle Madison on Tuesday. Last week: No. 7.
5TCA (15 A-AA) (5-1) – The Lions beat Liberty easily in their lone game on the week. TCA has two deciding matches coming up with Haywood on Friday and Jackson Christian on Tuesday. Last week: No. 6.
6Chester County (14 A-AA) (3-0) – The Eagles improved to 3-0 in District 14 A-AA South Division play with wins over McNairy Central and Lexington. If Chester County beats Fayette-Ware, it will win the No. 1 seed in the division and host the district tournament. Last week: Not ranked.
7Lexington (14 A-AA) (6-2-2) – The Tigers split against two District 14 A-AA South Division with a win over Fayette-Ware and loss in overtime against Chester County. Lexington has one district game remaining against McNairy Central. Last week: No. 4.
8Trenton Peabody (14 A-AA) (5-1) – The Golden Tide picked up a 1-0 win over Westview and 4-2 win over Ripley this week to stay on a five-game winning streak. Last week: No. 8.
Dropped out: Crockett County (2-3-1)
Teams eligible for the Dirty Dozen rankings are those who represent schools from The Jackson Sun’s 13-county circulation area: Madison, Gibson, Henderson, Chester, Hardeman, Haywood, Crockett, Weakley, Carroll, Benton, Decatur, McNairy and Hardin.
Michael Odom, 425-9754