Prep football: GW stays hot, rolls past Riverside
QUINCY, W.Va. - There haven't been many bright spots for Riverside's football team this season and the trend continued against talented George Washington Friday evening.
The Patriots turned three first quarter interceptions into 21 points and never looked back in cruising to a 55-16 road win over the Warriors.
George Washington continued its march to the Class AAA playoffs in improving to 6-1, while Riverside dropped to 1-6.
"We were able to make some things happen, we were able to get out front and we were able to maintain that lead," said GW Coach Steve Edwards, Jr. "I was really happy with the way our kids played. They played four quarters, everybody got a chance to play tonight and everybody played hard. I'm proud of the way we played."
George Washington's defensive play made things much tougher on the Warriors who struggled against the Patriots' explosive offense.
Senior back Ryan Switzer had another stellar performance finishing with 331 yards on 21 carries, with touchdown runs of 3, 85, and 66 yards. Switzer also added a 61 yard punt return for a score in the third quarter.
Switzer had 185 yards and a pair of scores in the first quarter, in which the Patriots built a 28-3 lead.
"We had a great week of practice," said Switzer. "I know for me I had one of the best weeks preparing wise that I've had. I was proud of the team tonight, we came out and we started well.
"Our defense played pretty good and we were fortunate enough to come here and get the win."
After Switzer scored on the team's first possession, Jordan Clay got things rolling for the Patriots' defense when he picked off a pass from Riverside quarterback Trevor Rumberg and returned it 66 yards for a score to give GW a 14-0 lead with 5:52 to play in the first quarter.
Following a 39 yards field goal by Riverside's Derik Chestnut, a fumble and 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against George Washington on the ensuing kickoff set the Warriors up at the Patriots' 12 yard line, but Jacob Jackson ended the threat by picking off Rumberg in the end zone after two plays.
Three plays later Switzer broke free for an 85 yard TD sprint and the rout was on.
Clay collected his second interception of the evening on the first play of the Warriors next possession, setting up an 11-yard TD run by Jackson to end the scoring in the first quarter.
"We threw three interceptions and you can't do that with number seven (Switzer), number 32 (Dustin Crouser) and number two (Trevor Bell) playing," said Riverside Coach Ralph Hensley. "All three of them are really good athletes.
"They have some good athletes and their athletes made some really good plays. That was it."
Crouser finished with 78 yards on five carries, with TD runs of two and one yards, while Bell finished with 59 passing yards and an interception on just three attempts.
Rumberg finished just 3-of-16 passing for 59 yards, but the strong armed quarterback still impressed Edwards, Jr.
"He is a really good quarterback," said Edwards, Jr. "I really like that kid. He's a great competitor. He does a lot of nice things and we prepared for him accordingly.
"We knew that coming in and he's every bit of what we saw on film, but to our kids' credit they really played tough pass defense."
Riverside was led by William Jackson's 48 yards on 13 carries, while Thad Rumberg finished with 42 yards on six totes.
Aaron Halstead contributed a touchdown run of three yards for the Warriors, while Tyler Williams rumbled in from 15 yards.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 55, RIVERSIDE 16
First downs 19 12
Total yards 546 213
Rushes-yards 41-488 47-154
Passing yards 58 59
Comp-Att-Int 2-4-1 3-16-3
Punts-Avg. 2-21.5 7-32.9
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 5-33 5-47
George Washington 28 14 13 0 -- 55
Riverside 3 7 0 6 -- 16
GW - Ryan Switzer 3 run (Reed Deer kick) 8:25
GW - Jordan Clay 66 interception return (Deer kick) 5:52
R - Derik Chestnut 39 field goal 4:53
GW - Switzer 85 run (Deer kick) 2:31
GW - Jacob Jackson 11 run (Deer kick) 1:59
R - Aaron Halstead 3 run (Chestnut kick) 5:00
GW - Dustin Crouser 2 run (Deer kick) 4:37
GW - Switzer 66 run (Deer kick) 1:09
GW - Switzer 61 punt return (kick failed) 9:12
GW - Crouser 1 run (Deer kick) 3:15
R - Tyler Williams 15 run (pass failed) 4:42
Rushing: GW - Switzer 21-331, Crouser 5-78, Jackson 3-55, Clayton Anderson 6-19, Winsor Boggs 2-17, Trevor Bell 1-(-2), Austin Stone 1-(-3), Kaleb Mackey 1-(-3), Tanner Sorrells 1-(-4); Riverside - William Jackson 13-48, Thad Rumberg 6-42, Damarrie Lain 10-27, Williams 2-15, Halstead 3-9, Justin Burke 2-6, Trevor Rumberg 9-4, Austin Simmons 2-3.
Passing: GW - Bell 2-3-1, 58 yards; Sorrells 0-1-0. Riverside - T. Rumberg 3-16-3, 59 yards.
Receiving: GW - Jackson 1-44, Crouser 1-14. Riverside - Tim Womack 1-35, Lain 1-13, Marcus Reed 1-11.