"We felt we had to spread them out of the box a little bit and try to get our kids in space the best we could," Edwards said. "We had to make them play us a little honest, they weren't playing us honest at first. Things worked out for us. They've got a really good football team, we just had some things bounce our way and that happens sometimes."
Switzer added a 10-yard scoring scamper in the second quarter and ran in from 66 and 41 yards in the second half. GW quarterback Trevor Bell connected with Jacob Jackson for a 38-yard touchdown to finish off the Patriots' first drive of the third quarter.
"[This was a] big win for us," Edwards said. "You beat good quality programs and quality teams this time of year, it's huge. Our kids played with some good emotion and played like it was important to them. If we can continue to do that and keep our heads about us, we'll give ourselves a chance every weekend."
Wellman, who will attend West Virginia most likely to play linebacker, was limited to just 69 yards on 18 carries after averaging 217 yards and two touchdowns over his last three games.
Much of that was due to GW's own Division I linebacker Dustin Crouser, who clogged up the middle almost all night long.
Spring Valley's lone touchdown came on an 18-yard throw from backup quarterback Bryer Brewer to Adam Page.
The No. 13 Timberwolves dropped to 3-3, with all three losses coming to Class AAA top five teams (No. 1 Cabell Midland, No. 4 Huntington, No. 5 GW).
While Dingess said all three are tough teams, he added George Washington has the ability to beat anyone in the state.
"If you've got No. 7 you can beat anybody," Dingess said, referring to Switzer. "He's the difference in the ballgame. I thought we did a good job at the beginning trying to bottle him up, but if he gets out in space I don't think there's anyone in the state that can tackle him. They just do a great job with that."
A scary moment occurred when Spring Valley's Chase Lucas took a ferocious crack-back block from GW's Trevon Johnson in the third quarter. Lucas lay motionless on the field for several minutes and eventually had to be carted off the field.
Dingess said Lucas was responsive and had feeling throughout his body when he left the field. Lucas had already suffered a severe concussion this season and Dingess said he will most likely miss the rest of the year.