CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington followed the action behind senior Jacob Jackson en route to a convincing 34-14 victory against Ripley Friday night at Steve Edwards Sr. Stadium.
Jackson, the team's newly anointed lead running back, rushed for 324 yards and scored three touchdowns. Since the team's starting tailback Draven Riffe suffered a high right ankle sprain in the Patriots' 60-54 win at Hurricane Oct. 11, Jackson, listed as a wide receiver, has handled the bulk of the rushing responsibilities for GW and done so impressively.
"All three weeks have been like this," GW coach Steve Edwards Jr. said of Jackson's performance. "We've been very fortunate. He's dynamite. He's a good football player and a good team player also."
Of his 36 carries, Jackson rushed eight times for 15 yards or more.
Jackson's dependability has proved pivotal in place of Riffe, who dressed Friday but did not play.
"Hopefully, we can get [Jackson] some help next week and maybe get Draven back a little bit," Edwards said. "I can't say enough for what he's been able to do and what he's doing. He's got some good blocking up front. Those guys are taking care of him.
"He's just doing a great job. He's a good football player. It's what we expected out of him. It might surprise other people but it's not surprising me or the coaching staff or team at all."
Jackson and the Patriots offense earned what they got against Ripley, who entered with plenty of talent in Trevor Tucker, Kade Harrison and company despite a 2-6 record.
"I kept trying to warn our kids and warn people," Edwards said. "They just see the No. 2 [Jake Martin]. When you watch [Tucker] and [Martin] on film, they're nice football players and they run a nice scheme. They do a nice job. They've got nice-sized kids. They've got a good football team."
Penalties and turnovers were costly for the Vikings as Ripley matched GW's effort but not its execution.
"I truly believe we can play with anybody in the state," Vikings coach Dave Tennant said. "I truly believe that. I believe we've grown as a team to do that.