It never happened. Handley managed just 10 yards on seven carries.
Receiver Koi Turner, the No. 4 receiver in the Mountain State Athletic Conference, caught only two quick-hitch passes for 5 yards. He came into the game with 53 receptions, 773 yards and seven TDs.
Because of GW's defense and a conservative game plan, Skins quarterback Austin Hensley, who led MSAC schools and all AAA playoff passers with 2,156 yards, threw only 10 passes and completed five for 44 yards - almost 100 under his previous season low (143).
"Everybody talks about their offense and how explosive it is,'' said Hurricane coach Jeremy Taylor, "but their defense is really good. They're exceptional defensively. We tried to mix up a few things - and actually popped a couple things - but they've got the speed to run us down, or at least run us out of bounds.''
With a large assist from its defense, GW is plus-12 in turnover ratio this season (23 takeaways, 11 giveaways).
At this point, Edwards isn't quite sure what his team will see this week from Lewis County, which upset No. 6 University on Friday 24-23.
"I don't know much about them,'' Edwards said Friday night, "other than they beat a good University team at University. Coach [Eddie] Vincent does a good job getting his team ready, and I'm sure he'll do the same this week. We're just tickled to get another shot. We get to dress and play again next week.''
The Minutemen, who lost to South Charleston 45-18 in the first round of the 2009 playoffs, have relied on their ground game and defense much of this season. They had a pair of defensive TDs against University.
Lewis features a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Caleb Butcher (139 carries, 1,180 yards, 15 TDs) and Mark Metzgar (148 carries, 1,014 yards, 15 TDs). Braden Montgomery (603 yards, eight TDs) doesn't pass much, but he did hit 3 of 4 for 95 yards on Friday.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.