CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington was gaining ground all over the place Friday night.
Draven Riffe ran for 205 yards and three touchdowns and the Patriots rolled up 484 yards on the ground in registering a 69-9 victory over winless Riverside at Steve Edwards Sr. Field.
The win allowed the Patriots (4-0) to remain unbeaten, and just as important, separate themselves from some of the other top contenders in Class AAA.
Coming into the game, GW was tied with three other teams at No. 2 in the playoff ratings behind Huntington, and all three of those teams lost Friday -- Cabell Midland, Martinsburg and University.
"It's way early yet for that,'' GW coach Steve Edwards Jr. said of his team improving its potential playoff status, "but I'm glad the kids won.
"We got another win tonight and that's what we wanted to do, and it seems like we came out fairly healthy. Our spirits are good right now and we're getting ready to hit a nice six-game stretch where it's going to be really tough, so we're getting ready to find out a little more and more what we're made of and where we're at.''
The Patriots took command right at the outset Friday, scoring touchdowns on each of their seven first-half possessions to build a 49-6 lead at the break. They ran only 23 plays but amassed 449 total yards.
Riffe scored on runs of 37, 45 and 21 yards, and Austin Giacomo caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from Jon Alexander and scored on a 4-yard run. GW's other first-half TDs came on Jacob Jackson's 60-yard run and fullback Zach Malone's 30-yard burst.
"There were even a few times where I could have had more long runs,'' Riffe said somewhat sheepishly. "My line had holes on the outside, but I cut it up and it was my fault. Other than that, we did pretty good.''
Alexander also looked sharp on his few pass attempts, going 5 of 5 for 135 yards and a pair of scores. He found Tanner Sorrells on a 35-yard TD toss in the third quarter. GW's other touchdowns came from fullback Mason Blake and backup running back Ryan VanHoose on short runs.