It's been a long time since George Washington had to bounce back from a regular-season loss.
Try nearly three years.
That's the hand that's been dealt to the Patriots, as they try to rebound from a 21-14 loss to Ashland Paul Blazer (Ky.) on Friday, which ended their regular-season winning streak at 27.
The last time GW fell in the regular season was a 24-21 home loss to Spring Valley in overtime on Sept. 18, 2009.
Since then, the Patriots posted back-to-back perfect 10-0 regular seasons and captured a pair of Mountain State Athletic Conference championships in 2010-11.
Coach Steve Edwards Jr., however, doesn't think there will be a lingering hangover from Friday's setback, in which GW was held to 156 net yards without tailback Ryan Switzer.
Switzer, last year's Kennedy Award winner as the state's top player, sat out the game with a concussion, but is expected to return for Friday's game at St. Albans.
"Shoot, no, it won't [bother me],'' Edwards said of the defeat. "I've lost 62 ballgames, something like that.
"Our kids will be OK. They're resilient. We played hard. We've suffered through some adversity and we've only played two ballgames. We just add that to the pile, and build from it.''
And if Switzer returns to the lineup and is his same old, explosive self, will GW return to its previous form?
"Maybe,'' Edwards said. "You never know.''
Ashland coach Leon Hart felt that GW didn't change its game plan much minus Switzer, but left the door open as to whether the Patriots were easier to defend without Switzer.
"To be honest, they didn't change much,'' Hart said, "and we didn't change much. We were running the same game plans. You've got a guy who's good enough to [commit to] North Carolina - he's a difference-maker in the ballgame. Now whether he's a difference-maker here or not tonight, I don't know.