CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Secondary School Activities Commission won't release its first playoff ratings for the 2013 until next week, but a game tonight in Huntington could have far-reaching playoff implications.
South Charleston (1-1) is ranked ninth in the latest Daily Mail Class AAA poll, and visits Spring Valley (1-1) at 7:30 p.m.
"I think whoever wins this one is going to put themselves in a pretty good spot. They'll get some bonus points the rest of the way," Spring Valley Coach Brad Dingess said.
There's always a down side, though.
"Whoever loses it is going to be fighting the rest of the year," Dingess said. "With our small pod that we're in with the MSAC it's hard to get many bonus points. I mean, South Charleston went 6-4 last year and didn't get in.
"You're going to have to win seven games to get in the playoffs coming out of this pod, and if you want a home game in the playoffs you've got to win this game."
For the moment at least, first-year SC Coach Donnie Mays is more concerned with the challenge Spring Valley - a team that has beaten the Black Eagles in each of their past two meetings - presents his young offensive and defensive lines.
"Yeah, that Capital-Princeton game ought to be something," Mays said when asked of games with playoff implications this week. Princeton visits Capital tonight (See story, Page 1B).
On Spring Valley, Mays was less humorous.
"They're a physical group and we've got to give some of that physicality back to them. Otherwise it'll be like the last couple of years when we've lost to them," Mays said. "They punched us in the mouth."