"I've watched his highlight reels before,'' Riffe said, "just to get an idea when I first came here how my holes were working, how the offense would work. So I actually learned a little bit just from watching him.''
If Riffe is able to crack the rare 2,000-yard barrier, GW would have produced four straight such runners - including three different individuals. Felix Mollett rushed for 2,024 yards in 2010.
"We're very fortunate, very lucky,'' said GW coach Steve Edwards Jr., "and our kids are doing a great job up front.
"We've been blessed with some kids who are unselfish up front and open up some holes and [running backs] who have some drive in them to get good, solid, positive yards, and have some ability and some talent. It's a credit to all those guys and those kids are the ones who are executing, and we just try to direct them in the right direction and hope they stay healthy.''
Edwards passes on a good deal of the credit for the exclusive 2,000-yard club to offensive line coach Jason Smith and his father, Steve Edwards Sr., who handles some of the other assistant coaching duties on offense.
"Coach Smith runs our offensive line,'' Edwards said, "and does a fantastic job. If there's anybody who does any better ... and Senior runs pretty much the rest of it. Those guys, there's a lot of good coaching experience right there.
"Smith's been there with me since - I want to say - 2002, been with me a while, a long time. He's had good opportunities [elsewhere], but he's been very loyal.''
The Patriots, tied for No. 2 in Class AAA, are idle this week and resume their quest for a playoff spot on Oct. 4 at Princeton.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.