A ruling is anticipated this week, perhaps as early as today, on the status of Watkins, who attended eighth grade twice, once in West Virginia and once in Maryland.
"Looks like it paid off for us,'' said Logan coach Gary Mullins. "I thought that our blocking was tremendous. Every player was blocking at their best.''
George Washington coach Steve Edwards Jr. was hopeful Riffe could return soon, perhaps for Friday's game at Parkersburg.
However, he thought his team could draw inspiration for its solid effort at Midland. Besides Jackson, Austin Giacomo played a vital role with two runs for 54 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown and three catches for 68 yards, including scoring receptions of 19 and 31 yards from Jon Alexander.
"I hope so,'' Edwards said. "Our kids expect to perform whoever's out there. We don't worry about who we don't have. You've got to worry about what you've got and work with what you've got, and that's what our kids did. I was proud of the way they responded.
"We knew all week what we were going to have to deal with here, and we didn't do a good job in the beginning. They caught us a little off guard and that happens - man, it's football. One game doesn't define our season one way or the other, unless you let it. That's what our goal is - not to let this do anything but give us a little more drive and understanding that you can't give things up and make it tough on yourself.''
GW's defense, after a slow start, wound up stopping Midland's offense more often than not. On 19 plays, the Knights' ball-carrier was held to a gain of 1 yards or less, with eight of those plays resulting in minus yardage.
Of course, the ones Midland hit were often home runs - bursts of 72, 67, 64 and 52 yards (all but one for a TD) and other gains of 26 and 20 yards.
Dontae Hendricks (130 yards), Teran Barnitz (114 yards) and Kasey Thomas (103 yards) all reached the century mark and all had at least one run of 64 yards.
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