So what happens when a team plays well enough to get themselves into the rankings, but no one plays poor enough to deserve to fall out?
That was a predicament this week.
The McNairy Central girls’ soccer team picked up three wins in the North Side Shootout, and the Lady Bobcats have one loss on the season. That loss is to No. 2 Lexington 4-0.
But who falls out to make way for McNairy Central?
No one took bad losses, and I have always said that teams will not be punished for playing tough out-of-area competition in tournaments.
So the result is two teams tied at No. 8.
The rankings will begin to settle this week with some big matchups like No. 2 Lexington vs. No. 5 Chester County (Tuesday), No. 5 Chester County vs. No. 7 McNairy Central (Thursday); No. 6 Peabody vs. No. 8 Westview (Tuesday) and No. 8 Madison vs. Liberty (Tuesday).
So here are the new rankings:
1USJ (D2-A) (9-3) – The Lady Bruins took a big step in trying to reach their goal of earning the No. 1 seed in the Division II-A West Region tournament with a win on the road over St. George’s. Results: Beat Dyersburg 9-0; Beat St. George’s 1-0. Last week: No. 1.
2Lexington (14 A-AA) (8-2-1) – After a busy weekend a week ago, the Lady Tigers played once this week, and that one match was an easy win over South Side. Lexington hosts Chester County on Tuesday with a chance to claim the No. 1 seed in the division on the line. Results: Beat South Side 10-1. Last week: No. 2.
3Jackson Christian (15 A-AA) (6-4) – The Lady Eagles took this past week off, but they did receive a forfeit win over Ripley. They have one match on the schedule this week, and that is Friday against Liberty to open the new soccer stadium. Results: Beat Ripley (forfeit). Last week: No. 3.
4TCA (15 A-AA) (8-1-1) – The Lady Lions picked up two shutout wins against district foes on the week. TCA has this coming week off before trying to end the season strong for a good seed in the postseason. Results: Beat Haywood 9-0; Beat Adamsville 4-0. Last week: No. 5.
5Chester County (14 A-AA) (4-2-2) – The Eaglettes played a tough schedule in the North Side Shootout over the weekend with two quality opponents less than 24 hours apart. Results: Beat Adamsville 3-0; Beat Obion County 6-1; Lost to Henry County 2-0; Lost to Fairview 2-0. Last week: No. 4.
6Peabody (14 A-AA) (10-1) – The Lady Tide outscored three opponents 23-1 to pick up three victories. The team’s biggest test of the regular season is Tuesday against Westview. Results: Beat McKenzie 8-0; Beat Gibson County 10-0; Beat Crockett County 5-1. Last week: No. 8.
7McNairy Central (14 A-AA) (6-1) – The Lady Bobcats picked up three wins in the North Side Shootout to enter the standings. A win on Tuesday over Chester County will give the team the No. 2 spot in the division. Results: Beat South Side 5-2; Beat Westview 1-0; Beat South Gibson 6-2. Last week: Not ranked.
t8Madison (15 A-AA) (7-5-1) – The Lady Mustangs were another team that had a tough schedule in the North Side Shootout. Madison opened the week with two district wins to set up Tuesday’s match against Liberty for the No. 1 seed. Results: Beat North Side 6-0; Beat JCM 13-0; Beat Munford 3-2; Lost to Fairview 2-0; Lost to St. Benedict 6-0. Last week: No. 7.
t8Westview (13 A-AA) (8-3) – The Lady Chargers played three tough teams in the North Side Shootout and went 1-2. Westview has another quality team coming on Tuesday with a match against Trenton Peabody. Results: Beat South Gibson 2-1; Beat Millington 2-0; Lost to McNairy Central 1-0; Lost to St. Benedict 2-1. Last week: No. 6.
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