-- Milton Eagles (17-3) @ Lassiter Trojans (16-2) - Saturday 6pm at Lassiter
The 5A championship is a great matchup of powerful programs that are very balanced teams. These two aren't strangers, and Milton has gotten the best of Lassiter lately... winning 6-3 in their meeting in late March and knocking the Trojans out of last year's playoffs in the quarters. Both teams have rolled through the playoffs and had surprisingly lopsided games in the Semis: Milton's path was 8-7 OT over Walton, 8-3 over Ridge, and 12-3 over Etowah, while Lassiter hasn't even been tested with 12-4 over Northview, 14-1 over East Coweta, and an impressive 14-4 over Alpharetta.
The Trojans seem to be on a bit more of a roll than the Eagles, having won 9 straight since dropping back-to-back games to Milton and Lovett in late March. Their lopsided defeat of Alpha on Tuesday was an eye-opener: after getting down 0-2 quickly, the Trojans settled in and ran off 7 straight goals to take control of the battle. Milton hasn't looked as dominant since late April when they lost in OT to Alpha. Since then, they've won a pair of 1 goal games over Walton and lost in OT to Harrison.
Both teams always play tough schedules against the best in 4A/5A, but Milton has played a slightly tougher sched this year. Milton has played some tough out-of-state competition as well as facing 4A power Lambert. Additionally, their Area is tougher and deeper than the Trojans'.
Both teams seem to be well-balanced without any glaring weaknesses. The GLB doesn't always like the way All-State teams are chosen, but it is interesting to note that Lassiter had a 1st team All-State selection at every position, including All-American goalie Ryan Smith. His counterpart at Milton, Jackson Cate, has also been strong between the pipes this year, so it will be interesting to see who has the hotter hand.
This should be a great tilt and I'm sure "The Frank" will be packed. Give us your thoughts and predictions in the comments section.