GW then bunched three TDs into the first 4:39 of the fourth quarter - a 5-yard Johnson run, a 13-yarder by Switzer (who leaped into the end zone from the 3) and a 39-yard pass from Bell to Switzer.
Hurricane hardly had the ball in that stretch. Three plays into its first drive of the fourth quarter, Pate lost a fumble at his own 34. After GW turned that into a TD and a 21-3 edge, Switzer recovered his own onside kickoff at the 50. Two plays later, he caught a TD toss from Bell.
"We did a lot of good things in the second half,'' said GW coach Steve Edwards Jr. "It wasn't making major changes. We told our kids they were playing hard. They just had to play harder. We got the football to start the second half, and we told them we have to make a statement and get a little momentum going.
"[The revised] offense was effective, and it's got to be effective. To make that work, other kids have to step forward and make those plays work. Trevon Johnson made plays. Trevor Bell made plays. We had guys make plays, and that's what makes those things work. There's no great wizardry on our part.''
When Switzer caught the 39-yard TD pass with 7:21 left in the game, the dam had finally burst all over Hurricane.
The disheartened Redskins were hit with eight second-half penalties, including lining up offside three times. They also had two players ejected in the final minutes, which led to the teams not shaking hands at game's end.
"Nothing good was going to come out of it if we shook hands,'' Taylor said. "I told our athletic director and their athletic director that. It was no disrespect to them or their school.''
Hensley finished 5 of 10 for a season-low 44 yards. His fewest previous total was 143 yards in a loss to Spring Valley. However, he did lead Hurricane on the ground with 51 yards on nine carries. Pate added 49 on 12 attempts, including a late 9-yard TD run.
"I knew going in we had to play a darn-near perfect game,'' Taylor said, "and they'd have to give us a cheap one. Things go a little bit here and a little bit there, and it's a different ballgame. In the end, they just overwhelmed us eventually. You can only hold players like that back for so long. That's why they're No. 3 in the state.''
Hurricane was content to play a conservative offense in the first half, and came up with several defensive stops that kept the game scoreless at the break.
All four of GW's possessions in the first half reached into Hurricane territory, but the first three ended with punts and the final one resulted in a fourth-down hook-and-lateral play that was snuffed out for a 2-yard gain to the Redskins 36 with 34 seconds left before halftime.
Hurricane's Hensley, who led the MSAC in passing with 2,156 yards in the regular season, was 2 of 5 for 10 yards at the half.
The Redskins did employ several different formations, lining up in the full house, double wing, stick-I and four wide. However, they managed just three first downs and 28 net yards at the break. They ran it 17 times out of 22 snaps.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.