The Patriots had two more possessions after Yongue's final TD, but neither crossed into Ashland territory. The first ended with a punt on fourth-and-30 from the GW 19 and the second was halted with a sack of quarterback Trevor Bell on fourth-and-33 from the Patriots 25.
GW's offense was behind the 8-ball all night, starting with the absence of Switzer, who ran for 211 yards and a TD in the win at Ashland last year.
The Patriots lost fumbles at their own 27 and 28 and receivers flat-out dropped at least four of Bell's passes. Bell finished 9 of 18 for 81 yards.
"We didn't take advantage of some opportunities we had,'' Edwards said, "and we gave them some opportunities. That's the way football is. That's the way the game goes. The ball doesn't bounce your way all the time. I thought our kids played hard. We came up short, that's all.''
GW didn't exactly light up the stat book, either, finishing with 69 yards rushing and 162 overall. Crouser, who ran for 150 yards and two TDs at SC last week, managed 49 on 11 carries and Jacob Jackson 38 on 10 attempts. Bell was sacked five times - all in the second half - for losses totaling 43 yards.
The Patriots didn't convert a first down until just six minutes remained in the game, and wound up 1 of 8 on third down.
Both of GW's scores were bunched into the second quarter on back-to-back possessions. It needed to cover only 38 yards for its first TD after forcing a short punt, with a trick play resulting in a tailback pass from Jacob Jackson to Austin Giacomo for a 6-yard score.
The second march went 56 yards, with a Bell pass to Jordan Clay covering 18 yards. Jackson scored on a 4-yard run. Clay ended with four catches for 57 yards.
"They've got a heck of a football team,'' Hart said, "and the Switzer kid's an unbelievable talent. They had a safety and some other kids nicked up, so it was tough on them, but I thought our kids showed a lot of heart in the second half.
"We told them at halftime, 'Just make up your mind to win the game, or else you're not going to win the game. It's all in your mind.' Because we played poorly in the first half, and the second half, we got after it pretty good. We controlled the ball and kept the football away from them. They can't score if we have the ball.''
Baker, Ashland's freshman tailback, was bottled up for three quarters, but broke loose late and ended up with 89 yards on 23 totes. Elam was 5 of 7 for 63 yards.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.