Four weeks into the prep football season, and Capital is the last team standing in the Kanawha Valley. The last unbeaten team, that is.
When the Cougars polished off Princeton 49-7 Friday night at Laidley Field and Class AA Sissonville fell to Scott a few miles up Interstate 77, it left Capital (3-0) as the lone unbeaten in either Kanawha or Putnam county.
So what does that mean to Cougars coach Jon Carpenter?
"It means nothing right now,'' Carpenter said. "It don't get you anything. I'm sure that will change at some point but maybe, hopefully not.''
Capital began the weekend tied for No. 6 among Class AAA schools in the SSAC list of playoff contenders, and could remain there since four of the five teams above the Cougars also won on Friday, and co-No. 6 University beat 2-1 Wheeling Park.
But the Cougars remain ahead of some neighboring schools that perhaps received more attention in the preseason:
Not bad for a Capital program that didn't even reach the playoffs last year.
Carpenter, however, realizes that his schedule toughens up quite a bit in the coming weeks. Of the three teams the Cougars have beaten so far, only Greenbrier East (1-3) owns a victory. St. Albans and Princeton are both 0-4.
From here on out, Capital plays SC (1-3), Hurricane (2-2), Riverside (1-3), Cabell Midland (4-0), GW (3-1), Woodrow Wilson (3-1) and Huntington (4-0).
If the Cougars can extend that unbeaten record for a few more weeks, it will be a more impressive feat. It may even wipe out memories of last year, when Capital blazed to a 4-0 start, only to suffer a slew of injuries and wind up 5-5 and out of the postseason.
"Things can fall apart on you real quick,'' Carpenter said. "Our goal is to be that way [still unbeaten] when it's cold outside. We've got to keep our head down and keep working, and good things will happen to you.''
Good things have certainly been happening for freshman quarterback Tyhree Pratt, who had another solid outing for the Cougars Friday, throwing three touchdowns and running for another score.
Pratt, who was expected to alternate with returning starter Carrington Morris this season, is now the unquestioned option at quarterback, as Morris remains suspended and isn't expected to return this year.
In his first three starts, Pratt has hit on 28 of 44 passes for 594 yards and nine touchdowns with no interceptions. He's also run 30 times for 120 yards and three TDs.
Redskins eye redemption
Just two weeks ago, Hurricane was riding high at 2-0 but now figures to be in the middle of the pack of AAA playoff contenders after losing back-to-back games to Woodrow Wilson and GW.
The Redskins have a chance to get back up among the leaders, however, if only because they have games left against the likes of Capital (3-0), Spring Valley (2-2), Logan (3-1) and Cabell Midland (4-0). Wins over those opponents would loom valuable in the playoff ratings.