CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With all the points and yards that George Washington's offense cranks out - much of it from Kennedy Award-winning running back Ryan Switzer - it's easy to overlook another facet of the Patriots' team.
GW can also play some pretty mean defense, evidenced by its work in Friday night's 35-10 victory over Hurricane in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs.
The Redskins, putting up more than 31 points and right about 400 yards of total offense per game, were held far under those averages with 10 points and 179 net yards.
And that's without perhaps the Patriots' top defensive player, senior linebacker and Division I recruit Dustin Crouser, who is out for the season with a knee injury.
"We played nice defense tonight,'' said GW coach Steve Edwards Jr. "If we play hard and get motivated to play, we're competitive - it doesn't matter who we've got or who we put out there.''
The win sends the No. 3 seed Patriots (9-2) into the quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday against No. 11 Lewis County (9-2) at Steve Edwards Sr. Field in South Hills.
GW became the only Kanawha Valley team to survive the first round of the playoffs Friday as the other three - Hurricane, Capital (AAA) and Buffalo (A) - all went down.
Capital fell to No. 10 seed Musselman 42-23 at Laidley Field, and Buffalo was blanked 38-0 by No. 3 Wahama at Point Pleasant.
Switzer and GW's newfound passing game eventually wore down the Redskins, but it was the Patriots' D that held its ground the entire way and allowed the offense time to get its act straightened out. The game was scoreless at halftime.
Hurricane couldn't get two of its most-trusted offensive weapons into the flow of the game, largely because of GW's defensive doings.
Elusive running back Steven Handley, who came into the game with 28 catches, had none Friday, and several times he was sent wide on running plays in an attempt to beat GW's defense around the corner.