CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington's Steve Edwards Jr. has coached long enough to know that you can never look forward to "easy" games.
Despite visiting a winless St. Albans team that allowed 41 and 75 points, respectively, in its first two games, Edwards preached to his Patriots about taking control of Friday's game early and not giving the Red Dragons any confidence.
Edwards' message was heard loud and clear.
Jacob Jackson scored two touchdowns right off the bat and GW never looked back, gaining a 55-13 win over SA at Crawford Field.
After allowing a first down on an 11-yard run by SA running back Christian Jones on the first play from scrimmage, GW forced a three-and-out and countered with a nine-play, 76-yard drive capped by a Jackson 16-yard touchdown pass from Jon Alexander.
"Every game poses different problems," Edwards said. "I'm just thankful that our kids showed up business-like and got things going early. We needed to take control of the game early because we didn't want them gaining confidence. We preached it all week and the kids did a good job of following the game plan."
Jackson wasn't done making an impression on the game yet.
Five plays after his TD reception, he stepped in front of a Noah Reed pass and returned it 57 yards for his second score within three minutes.
"They ran a slant and I knew what they were going to do because we worked on it in practice," Jackson said. "I just jumped it and I was able to take it to the end zone.
"We prepared for them like every other team. Just because they were 0-2 we couldn't just show up. We want to come out every game and prove ourselves."
That's what GW (3-0) did, taking a 41-0 halftime lead on a Draven Riffe 6-yard run, an Alexander 1-yard run, Riffe's 52-yard screen pass from Alexander and a 30-yard touchdown grab by Austin Giacomo in the back of the end zone after Alexander scrambled and heaved a desperation pass as the horn sounded.