CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Just three weeks into the season, it seems like teams in both the MSAC and Class AAA around the state are aligning themselves into the haves and the have-nots.
Think not? Try some of these numbers on for size.
Three-time defending champion Martinsburg is one of eight AAA teams to vault to a 3-0 start, and those teams should be near the top of the heap when the SSAC releases its first set of playoff ratings on Tuesday.
But the Bulldogs haven't joined the points party quite yet, with wins of "only'' six, 14 and six points so far. Some of the other top AAA contenders have been on a comparative rampage.
Two other AAA unbeatens trying to get to that elite level of annual contenders, Logan (3-0) and Point Pleasant (2-0), meet on Friday in Logan County. The Wildcats' points for/against ledger reads 130-13 and the Big Blacks' 133-21.
Those numbers above don't even account for 2-0 teams like Capital, Oak Hill and Wheeling Park - which have all flashed impressive numbers - or a bushel of 2-1 teams such as MSAC members Hurricane, Princeton and South Charleston, who have lost only to one of the aforementioned unbeatens.
The 15-member Mountain State Athletic Conference, in fact, could sport up to eight teams in the top 20 of the AAA playoff ratings.
There are still several tasty matchups remaining in the MSAC regular season, starting Friday with Midland at Huntington and Princeton at Hurricane.