While Etowah typically fields a strong lacrosse team, upstart programs like Cherokee, Creekview and River Ridge are still trying to find their place among the elite.
Etowah won back-to-back games against Cherokee and Kennesaw Mountain, but it will face Milton on Friday in the first of five games against ranked teams.
The Eagles (4-2) have lost just two games since Michael Cintineo took over as the coach, but both of those setbacks came against ranked opponents.
Etowah will face Milton, Walton and Peachtree Ridge in its next three games. Also remaining on the schedule are Johns Creek, North Gwinnett and Hillgrove.
Leading the Etowah attack this season have been Sean Smart, Will Sheridan and Blake Charitat. The play of Zach Lord, Wes Beaham, Josh Joyner, Alex Drosos and Josh Hanner has also been key.
Woodstock’s road isn’t as tough, but the Wolverines will have to play well against teams such as Roswell, Hillgrove, Etowah and Walton if it wants to qualify for the state playoffs.
Key players for the Wolverines include Zane Anderson and Brock Henson.
Cherokee, which also competes in Class AAAAAA, has struggled offensively. Aside from a 20-9 victory over Campbell, the Warriors have scored 22 goals on the season and not won another game.
Against Campbell, Spencer Ashley netted eight goals. Jarrett Ashley added five goals and three assists, while Austin Holmes had eight assists.
River Ridge is in a similar position, still chasing its first win of the season.
Thus far, the Knights have losses against Kell, North Paulding, Darlington and Creekview. Up next is a non-area match against North Cobb tonight.
Key players for River Ridge include J.J. Vienneau and Jordan Wade.
Creekview earned its only win of the season, 19-3 against River Ridge. In addition to the win, the Grizzlies (1-3) have suffered losses against Cambridge, Sprayberry and Pope.
Contributing in the Grizzlies’ win against River Ridge was Preston Quarles, who scored eight goals and assists on three more. Also key were Parker Quarles, who added four goals and seven ground balls, and Hudson Ray, who scored three goals.