Each team sports a pair of Division I recruits. Martinsburg boasts of receiver Cedric Brown, who's headed to Ohio University, and lineman Eugene German, bound for Charlotte, which is also the destination for GW linebacker Dustin Crouser, who is out following a midseason knee injury.
"We've got a couple guys who can run,'' Walker said, "but that being said, they're a great defensive football team and they've got a lot of speed. People are not able to get outside on them for a reason.
"Right now, my offensive philosophy it to try and take what they give us. We go into a game pretty much with the same game plan every week. Hopefully, we'll find a way to move the ball. They're solid up front and in the secondary and have played pretty good defense all year.''
Only five teams have scored more than two touchdowns in a game against George Washington, while Martinsburg has only three such games and has shut out four opponents. In fact, the Bulldogs have allowed just four TDs in seven games since their lone loss, a 36-33 setback at Westminster, Md., on Sept. 21.
Each side is used to playing in crucial games, too. For GW's senior class, this will mark the 11th playoff game over the last four seasons; for Martinsburg, it's postseason contest No. 13.
"We've played in a lot of big games ourselves through the summer,'' said GW coach Steve Edwards Jr., "and these kids have played in a lot of big games throughout their careers here at GW.
"We prepare like it's the next ballgame - we get ourselves ready. The hype of the game and the challenge of the game shouldn't and doesn't bother us. The kids have been through it. We've been preparing for this for a long time - going against a good, quality program at a quality place. We're looking forward to it.''
Walker, likewise, said he doesn't expect the moment to be too big for his players, who are chasing a mark of three straight titles that's stood for 42 years in West Virginia's largest class.
"That's not something we've really said to them as a team,'' Walker said. "We know they're aware of it. It's been mentioned before. Our approach has always been the opponent ahead, even though we've got a tough task ahead of us.
"GW was the preseason No. 1. Everyone penciled them in as state champs this year. We know how good a team they are, and they've got a lot of guys coming back. We've got our work cut out for us.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.