What some might see as an opportunity, Spring Valley coach Brad Dingess views as an albatross - of sorts.
For the third time in a little less than a year, Dingess and his Timberwolves (3-2) are preparing to go against George Washington (4-1) and speedy tailback Ryan Switzer. The two sides lock up at 7:30 tonight at Steve Edwards Sr. Field in South Hills.
Since they've already gone against Switzer twice and realize what doesn't work, might the Wolves try a different approach this time? A new wrinkle or two in the defensive game plan?
In a word, no.
"I don't know if that's a good thing that you've got to defend him that many times,'' Dingess said. "I'd rather not be playing against him again.''
Last year, Switzer and the Patriots conquered Spring Valley twice. In the regular-season game, Switzer carried 19 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns (15 and 53 yards) as GW won 39-20.
Then, in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs, GW earned a 42-7 victory as Switzer broke off scoring runs of 48, 47 and 55 yards. He finished with 169 yards on just nine attempts.
"I don't know if you can contain him or whatever,'' Dingess said. "You want to limit his big plays. You know he'll get two, three a game. You can't let him have five, six like he normally gets a game. He's going to get his touches and get his plays. You want to make sure the other people on the team don't beat you.''
Spring Valley comes into the contest riding a three-game winning streak and holds the distinction of being the last Mountain State Athletic Conference team to beat GW. The Timberwolves won 24-21 in overtime in 2009 at Edwards Field. (GW built a 27-game regular-season winning streak before falling to Ashland, Ky., in September).