GW won 33-14 against Parkersburg and 20-12 against Capital, each scrimmage lasting two quarters with starters playing about half the time. The starters accounted for all of the Patriots' points.
"I expect us to be clicking like that,'' Switzer said. "We're sharp in practice. Like I said, we have some young guys to work in, but we do have a lot of [returning] skill guys - guys who can run - which takes some pressure off me, and that's what I'm looking forward to seeing. You saw what we did in the first quarter against Parkersburg. When we get going, we can score quickly.''
Steve Edwards Jr., GW's coach, also liked what he saw from his players over the weekend in their final tuneup.
"Our big horses answered the call, and that's what they've got to do,'' Edwards said. "Ryan did what he does, and [fullback Dustin] Crouser had some nice runs and some nice linebacker play.''
Switzer realizes that Friday's opener at South Charleston won't be anything like last year's 61-0 romp at Steve Edwards Sr. Field in South Hills, when GW burst into a 42-0 halftime lead against the rebuilding Black Eagles.
This year, SC returns 14 starters, including a majority of its skill position players.
"They're going to be mad,'' Switzer said, "but we're not looking to blow them out. We weren't looking to blow them out last year. We just look to come and play like we normally play. It's up to them to stop us, and it's up to us to stop them.
"We just want to come out focused, and we want to make sure G-dub doesn't beat GW.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.