In last week's 35-34 overtime win against Raceland, Prince threw two first-half TD passes and ran for three scores in the second half and OT. Prince's 2-point conversion pass to Jordan Kennedy provided the winning margin.
"He was not expected to start for us this year,'' Love said of Prince, "but he's really gotten himself ready to go. I knew he was a good kid, but he just kind of appeared. He just kept working to put himself in position to be successful if given the chance. He deserves it. He's still in the developmental stage processing down and distance, this-type thing, but each week he's getting better.''
GW coach Steve Edwards Jr. thinks the Tomcats look about the same defensively, but appear a bit different on offense.
"They've got a lot of new guys, a lot of new names offensively,'' Edwards said. "They're using a little more option, a little shotgun-wing deal, pistol [formation] stuff. It's different.
"But one thing's the norm. They're very disciplined and well-coached and very good at what they do. Sound on both sides of the football, and their kicking game is better than the previous two times.''
Love is concerned with his defense, which has allowed 35.5 points per game in the win against Raceland and a 37-26 loss to Newport Central Catholic.
"We're very inexperienced defensively,'' he said. "We're giving up 34, 37, points and I'm the defensive coordinator, so that really stings. We've challenged the kids to do a better job of tackling. You go through growing pains when you lose so many kids, but nobody wants to hear that.''
The home-field advantage hasn't been so advantageous the first two games of the series, as GW won 18-14 in Ashland in 2011 and Paul Blazer prevailed last year in Charleston.
Edwards, though, is still wary of making the trek west.
"They're a very solid program,'' he said. "A lot of tradition, a lot of history. It's a neat place to play. People love their Tomcat football. They fill it up. There wasn't any difference in crowd enthusiasm for the scrimmage as it was for the home game. They like their football.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.