Then it got worse for the Big Reds.
After a three-and-out, they punted it back to GW and on the first play Switzer ripped off a 63-yard scoring run.
Lindamood returned the ensuing kickoff to his own 43 and Parkersburg made it to the GW 39 in the final minute running a hurry-up offense, but Patriots linebacker Zach Malone put a stop to that, picking off a Roberts screen pass and returning it 59 yards for a TD with 40 seconds left before halftime to make it 34-7.
The final stats belied the outcome of the game.
Parkersburg led in first downs 19-9, ran 75 scrimmage plays to GW's 26 and held a time of possession advantage of about 39 minutes to nine. It's just that six of GW's plays covered a total of 280 yards - the four Switzer TD runs and Bell completions of 50 yards to Jacob Jackson and 30 yards to Trevon Johnson.
As long as the Big Reds didn't turn the ball over (they threw three interceptions and lost a fumble), they managed to pound it down the field almost every time.
"Defensively, we were not very good today,'' Edwards said. "You look at the score and wonder how, but they kept the ball too long. Lindamood's a good back and they did what they needed to do. They have good size on the line, and they outmanned us a little bit.
"Very lethargic. I wasn't proud of our performance today other than we won the football game, and got the job done, but we weren't pretty doing it. Credit our kids for fighting through it, but we've got a lot of work to do.''
Bell, 0-of-3 passing at halftime, wound up 4 of 7 for 105 yards for GW.
The game also marked the end of an era for Parkersburg's running Lindamood family, as senior Adam Lindamood completed his career following older brothers and fellow 1,000-yard PHS rushers Joey and Matt.
"We knew we had to control the game by running the ball,'' Reeves said. "Our problem right now is throwing the ball. We gave it to him 40 times last time, and  more today. I'm proud of him. The bad part about it: He's the last of the Lindamoods.''
The game had been moved to Laidley's artificial turf from GW's Steve Edwards Sr. Field's grass surface following last week's heavy rain and snowfall.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.