CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Four Kanawha Valley football teams, including three in Class AAA, have already locked up playoff spots and one more remains alive for the postseason, according to projections posted Sunday night on normally reliable WTOV9.com.
Capital (8-1), which will jump into the No. 3 position in this week's AAA ratings according to WTOV9.com, has already locked up home field in the first round prior to Friday's showdown at George Washington.
GW (8-1), set to be ranked No. 5 when the official SSAC listings are released on Tuesday, has also secured home field for the first round, while No. 12 South Charleston (7-3), which has completed its regular season, has clinched a spot in the bottom half of the 16-team bracket.
Hurricane (5-4) will come in at No. 18 this week according to WTOV9.com projections, and is not guaranteed a spot in the field even with a victory Friday at No. 13 Spring Valley (6-3).
Huntington and Martinsburg, ranked 1-2 in AAA, have already clinched the top two spots and three potential home playoff games, although the current order could switch if the Highlanders lose to Winfield (4-5) Friday. The Generals have already been eliminated.
Besides Capital and GW, AAA teams clinching one home game are No. 4 Point Pleasant and No. 6 University. Other than SC, teams simply clinching a spot heading into the final week of the regular season are Wheeling Park, Cabell Midland, Oak Hill and Morgantown.
Logan, at No. 15, will advance with a win Friday against Scott. The same status applies with wins for No. 13 Spring Valley, No. 14 Lewis County and co-No. 15 Hampshire. No. 18 Princeton remains alive, but a win against James Monroe does not carry a guarantee of qualifying.
In AA, No. 7 Sissonville (8-1) has only clinched a spot in the top 16 - and no home field yet - heading into Friday's game at Braxton County.