At first glance, you'd think tonight's game pitting Hurricane at George Washington has to be a high-scoring one.
The Redskins, after all, average 43 points and the Patriots 39. Plus, in five of their six combined games, opponents have scored at least 21 points.
However, Hurricane had trouble getting anything going in two games against GW last year, and that figures to be the sticking point tonight as a pair of 2-1 Class AAA teams vie at Steve Edwards Sr. Field in South Hills. Kickoff is set for 7:30.
"I kind of hope [it's high scoring] because it means we're scoring,'' said Redskins coach Jeremy Taylor. "I hate to put our defense out there like that because we're pretty young. But if it's a shootout, I think we have a chance. If we can get points on them, it says something.''
Hurricane faced GW and talented tailback Ryan Switzer twice last year and came up empty on offense each time.
The Redskins were held to a net of 110 yards in a 35-0 regular-season loss, and managed just 183 yards in a 33-6 second-round setback in the playoffs.
Switzer, meanwhile, eclipsed those totals all by himself. He carried 17 times for 195 yards and three touchdowns in the first meeting and, in the postseason, added 245 yards and four scores on 26 rushing attempts.
"This kid can flat-out fly,'' Taylor said of Switzer. "It's amazing to watch him run the ball. He's a kid that comes along every 20 years or so. I played against [DuPont's] Randy Moss, who was 6-5 and could run and jump - just a freak of nature. But [Switzer] gets that big jump and goes.
"You can't take anything away from their offensive line, either. He gets to the second level and it's tough for anybody to tackle him. There's a reason he's going to North Carolina besides a great education. The reason they want him is he's fast, he's smart and he's got vision like nobody else.''
GW coach Steve Edwards Jr. was happy his team - and Switzer - got their timing back in last week's 68-23 conquest of St. Albans. Switzer, one of several injured Patriots, played only half of one quarter in GW's first two games because of a concussion.
"It sure was nice,'' Edwards said. "We had most of our guys back. We didn't have everybody back, but we're getting to where we feel comfortable with our lineup. A lot of kids we had called on earlier to do some jobs they hadn't normally done are getting better at doing a nice job.''