Last week, DeSales held Switzer to 85 yards on 16 carries. Meanwhile, Bell completed 14-of-17 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. He came into the game just 39-of-78 for 568 yards and six touchdowns in eight games.
However, there is some risk with the reward Bell brings.
He had an ill-advised pass returned 23 yards for a touchdown and an intentional grounding penalty that eventually turned a first-and-goal at the DeSales 8-yard line into a fourth-and-goal from the 34.
"We told him, 'Hey man, be a little smarter with it. Just keep going, you just have to keep working,' " GW Coach Steve Edwards Jr. said.
"Me being a senior, I have two years of experience and I know an interception's not the end of the world," Bell said. "I know I hurt my team. It was one of those things where I know I can come back and I know my teammates have the ability to pick me right back up."
On GW's first play after the interception, Bell hit senior wide receiver Jordan Clay for a 19-yard gain. During that drive which resulted in a touchdown, Bell connected with Clay for 29 yards on a fake punt.
"Trevor threw the ball right where it needed to be," Clay said. "The coaches gave him the opportunity to throw and he stepped up and put the ball where it needed to be. He had a great game."
Clay was his favorite receiver, catching 10 passes for 136 yards. He had caught only 15 in the previous eight combined.
The coaches and players chalked up the passing game's success to game planning against their out-of-state opponent.
However, it could become a more permanent fixture as the Patriots hope to play their last game of the 2012 season Dec. 1 at Wheeling Island Stadium.
Switzer, who will play collegiately at the University of North Carolina, is one of the state's most dangerous offensive players. As teams continue to stack the line of scrimmage to contain him, Bell will find more opportunities through the air.
And, the rest of the Patriots could benefit handsomely from the changes.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.