"They are hungry and as long as they stay that way, they will give us a chance," Edwards said. "They have come together, and I'm very pleased with their attitude. We just have to continue to grow and get better. We have room for improvement but they are giving me great effort."
The Patriots are coming off a bye, one that Edwards hopes didn't come at a bad time with GW playing so well out of the gate this season.
"Only time will tell whether it affects us one way or another," Edwards said. "I don't know if it will or not. We are trying not to let it. I don't think that's going to hurt us any, at least I hope not.
"We are dealing with 15-to-18-year-old kids. The kids are eager to play and looking to get back at it. That's a good thing. I've been really pleased with our focus so far. It's good to get some rest and get away for a little bit."
GW standout running back Draven Riffe is having a stellar season for the Patriots with 810 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns in four games, but quarterback Jon Alexander also has come on strong lately.
Alexander only threw three passes in the first game of the season against South Charleston, but is giving the Patriots a good balance of running and passing. The senior is 22-for-30 passing (73 percent), and has thrown six touchdowns against just one interception.
"We were fortunate to be able to bring him along a little slower than maybe people anticipated us to," Edwards said. "It's a process and he has been very patient with it. He is grasping the offense, and his confidence level is up.
"Things have fell into place for him and the offense. It's been good to watch him and the offense grow. He can run and throw the ball. It gives us another weapon and gives teams something else to prepare for.
It gives Draven and those guys the ability to run the ball even more effectively."