"It's not like they're completely one-dimensional [with Riffe],'' Salmons said. "You can't be out of position because they'll throw it over the top and they have the ability to spread the field.
"Of course, they want to get the ball to [Riffe] - he's a good high school running back. He's a different kind of back - he just keeps his feet moving and follows his blocking extremely well, and his speed's deceiving. You've got to tackle him. That's the key. We didn't do our jobs at times [against Capital] and it was the simple things that hurt us. That's why it was upsetting. We didn't squeeze it defensively. They understand that now.''
Midland, meanwhile, prefers to keep it on the ground even more than GW.
The Knights average better than 50 rushing attempts per game, led by Kasey Thomas (850 yards, 13 TDs), Teran Barnitz (611 yards, seven TDs), Dontae Hendricks (556 yards, five TDs) and Alex Childers (375 yards, three TDs).
George Washington is coming off its worst defensive performance of the season, a 60-54 win over Hurricane in which it allowed 386 yards rushing to a Redskins team averaging 162 yards on the ground coming into the contest.
Edwards said his squad was feeling the effects of a physical game against Princeton from the week before it played Hurricane, and had several players leave last Friday's game with injuries.
"We were already a little nicked up,'' Edwards said, "and then it got physical [against Hurricane]. Those things happen. Every week around here with the schedule we play, there's some hitting going on. We got some guys with more than just their feelings hurt.
"But nobody's going to feel sorry for us. We'll try to get those [injuries] taken care of, and I expect we'll have everybody back by Friday.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.