Quarterback Trevor Bell has been asked to do more in recent games for the No. 3-seeded Patriots (9-2), completing 39 of 57 passes for 570 yards and seven TDs over his last four games. That's more yards and TDs than he turned in over his first seven starts.
New fullbacks Trevon Johnson and Zack Malone have seen their carries and catches go up and Jordan Clay has 15 of his 28 receptions over the last four games.
"The thing about GW,'' Vincent said, "is that they've got [Switzer], but they've got other kids who can play. It's dangerous and scary to prepare for so many athletes.''
The wing-T attack of No. 11 seed Lewis County (9-2) will try to shorten the game and keep the ball in the hands of its own offense, utilizing a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Caleb Butcher (1,180 yards, 15 TDs) and fullback Mark Metzgar (1,014 yards, 15 TDs).
The Minutemen, who allow less than 12 points per game, also had a pair of defensive TDs in last week's 24-23 win at No. 6 University, a team they lost to 28 points in the regular season.
"I don't think we have any pressure on us,'' Vincent said. "We just want to do what we've been doing.''
The quarterfinal round hasn't always been kind to GW, especially against lower seeds.
The Patriots are just 2-3 in the quarterfinal round the past five years, losing twice at home as the top seed to No. 8s (East Fairmont in 2007, Brooke in 2010). Conversely, GW is 2-0 in the semifinals since 2007.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.