For GW (6-2), the loss may surprisingly not hurt much in the ratings. Early projections have the Patriots falling only one spot to fifth, keeping them in the upper half of the field and staying in the home-field bracket. Of the seven state teams with two losses in AAA, GW has the best rating and stays ahead of them all.
"Just getting in the playoffs is the hardest part,'' said GW coach Steve Edwards Jr. "Then the thing you want to do is get the home field if you can. If you deserve it, you earn it, and you get it. If you don't, you won't. We certainly didn't do anything [Friday] to deserve anything.
"I told the kids [before the game] that this could be the difference between 9-1 and 8-2 or, shoot, 7-3 and 6-4. That's just the way high school football is. They're the ones who've got to answer the bell. We're going to prepare like we always prepare, and we've got another tough game next week.''
GW hosts St. Francis de Sales (5-4) of Columbus, Ohio, on Friday.
Hurricane appears likely to fall four spots after being ranked seventh last week prior to a 55-27 home loss to Spring Valley.
That would knock the Redskins out of the top eight and home-field advantage with two weeks left to play. They have dates left with Logan (6-2) and Cabell Midland (9-0), two teams they lost to last year.
Another team with a tough road ahead is South Charleston, whose quest to get back in the AAA playoffs hit a pothole with a head-scratching 7-6 loss at Ripley.
The Black Eagles (5-4) will likely be 19th in this week's ratings, three spots out of the final berth, with only Friday's game at Parkersburg (4-4) to conclude the regular season.
Two things are working against SC in its postseason bid: first, there are 19 teams remaining in AAA with three or fewer losses. That means 19 teams that can still finish 7-3 or better. Second, the Black Eagles won't be picking up a lot of bonus points from their defeated opponents. The five teams they've beaten have combined for just 10 wins all season - half of them by Capital.
About the only thing on SC's side is recent history. The last MSAC team to go 6-4 and not get in the AAA playoffs was Nitro in 1999.
The other Kanawha Valley team still alive for the postseason is AA Sissonville (4-4), which got back to .500 with a 72-12 pounding of Sherman.
Helping the Indians' bid is the fact only 15 teams in AA hold winning records with two weeks to go. They would have to win their final two games against Poca (2-6) and Braxton County (5-3) to retain their shot to get in the field.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.