"You never go in thinking you're going to score 61 points,'' said GW coach Steve Edwards Jr., "but when you do, it's a big plus. The key to the game, I thought, was we controlled the offensive and defensive fronts, controlled the line of scrimmage. We were more physical than they were, and that surprised me. We were consistently being more physical.
"When you've got talented guys like Switzer and Crouser and Hampton, and you can win up front, those guys get the chance to be athletic and do what they do, and that's scoring points.''
Meanwhile, the Black Eagles, who won consecutive Class AAA state titles in 2008-09 and reached the playoff semifinals last year, managed just 27 net yards on 34 first-half plays as they fell far behind.
SC alternated quarterbacks Drew Orcutt-Rosen and Jon Alexander with little success. In the first half, Orcutt-Rosen hit on just 2-of-13 passes for 18 yards.
The Black Eagles partly paved their own demise with unforced mistakes, including five bad shotgun snaps to the quarterback and three punts that went minus-1, 6 and 14 yards, setting up GW with good field position.
"It is what it is,'' said SC coach John Messinger. "Our youth really showed. We had two quarterbacks who had never taken a varsity rep, five, six receivers deep who had never taken a rep. Now that's no excuse, but that was a heck of a football team that beat us tonight. They're going to win a lot of games.
"We haven't had one like that in a long time, but we've got nine more and we're going to be all right.''
The Black Eagles finished with just 117 net yards, 83 coming on 39 carries. Orcutt-Rosen and Alexander combined to complete 7-of-22 passes for 34 yards.
SC's best scoring chance came with just over two minutes left when it relied on Ken Haynes (13 carries, 74 yards) to get a first-and-goal at the GW 5. However, the Patriots' reserves stonewalled Haynes on carries from the 2 and 1 on third and fourth downs, respectively, keeping the Black Eagles off the board.
SC went without one of its top players, running back-linebacker Trevond Reese, who sat out a one-game suspension carried over from last season and the fight following the Black Eagles' quarterfinal playoff game.
GW takes its show on the road next Friday to Ashland, Ky., to face Paul Blazer. SC visits Riverside next Friday.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.