"We haven't been playing very good defense of late,'' Edwards said, "but when our kids play hard, we can be a tough out.
"So that's what we're going to have to do - bottle this effort and keep working and don't dwell on this. Like I've said before, this is just one-tenth and now really next week is when it picks up.''
Riffe, who had run for 1,379 yards and 18 TDs in the team's first six games, played against Capital after missing three full games. He finished with 30 carries for 143 yards and his team's lone score.
"He was good enough to go,'' Edwards said of Riffe, who had been nursing an ankle ailment. "It's not going to be as flamboyant [against a team like Capital], because that's a good football team. You're not going to run all over them.''
Jacob Jackson, who had run for 900-plus yards in Riffe's absence, returned to his former position at receiver. He only touched the ball on offense thrice, catching two passes for 18 yards and running once for 2 yards - a play that was mostly negated by a holding penalty against GW.
The Patriots had won 28 of 34 games at their South Hills campus before Friday's loss.
South Charleston, the county's other entry in the AAA derby, gets to play its first game at Wheeling Island Stadium since the 2009 state championship game.
The No. 12 Black Eagles (7-3) draw a date against No. 5 Wheeling Park (9-1) in the first round, and selected Friday night to play the game at Wheeling Island Stadium.
SC won back-to-back titles in 2008-09 with current coach Donnie Mays serving as offensive coordinator.
The Black Eagles missed the postseason party in both 2011 and 2012.
"It's a great experience for our kids,'' Mays said on Saturday. "Our goal was to get to the playoffs and at 7-3, we accomplished that goal. We're looking to try and make a little bit of noise.
"Our kids are excited about the opportunity. It didn't matter if it was a home or away game. The fact we get to do it where the Class triple-A championship is played is a neat experience.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.
Counting the county playoff teams
A year-by-year look at the number of Kanawha County teams qualifying for the Class AAA football playoffs since 1991, when the postseason field was expanded from eight to 16 teams:
Total (67 appearances) - Capital 15, George Washington 11, South Charleston 9, Nitro 8, Riverside 7, Herbert Hoover 6, St. Albans 6, DuPont 5