CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An insomnia epidemic among his football players would be just what the doctor ordered for George Washington Coach Steve Edwards Jr.
No. 9 Oak Hill (8-2) will visit No. 8 GW (8-2) at 7:30 tonight at Steve Edwards Sr. Field in the opening round of the Class AAA state playoffs.
"You can't go to sleep," Edwards said when asked what the Patriots' defense must do to stop the Red Devils' offense, which features three running backs who have combined for almost 3,000 yards. "You can't miss your assignments. You have to be where you are supposed to be. You have to play good, sound football.
"They are a real solid ball club. They are 8-2 because they are a good team. The run the ball real well. They have three solid running backs. It is a wishbone attack, but they are breaking the bone up a bit. It kind of looks like a wing-T. They run the powers and traps."
Oak Hill's ground game revolves around Jalen Jones, a 5-foot-7, 160-pound senior halfback. Jones has rushed 191 times for 1,535 yards and 20 touchdowns.
"Jones is as good of a back as anyone we have faced this year," Edwards said.
Jones is not the only option for the Red Devils, however. They also can hand the football to senior halfback Jarrell Green (5-6, 160) and senior fullback Kadrin "K.K." Goodman (6-0, 175). Green has carried 72 times for 737 yards and six scores. Goodman has rushed 122 times for 644 yards and 14 touchdowns.
"Jones and Green are more alike than Goodman," said Edwards, who compared Oak Hill to Cabell Midland and Paul Blazer of Ashland, Ky. "Jones is a little taller than Green, but they are very similar in their styles. Both are slashers and have good balance. You have to tackle them; they don't just go down.
"Goodman is a horse. He is a pretty big kid. He blocks real well, and he runs with some authority. They put pressure on you because they are making you honor every one of those running backs. It is a tough challenge. They have nice size up front, too. They do a good job of blocking."
Sophomore quarterback Deonte Scruggs (6-1, 160) has completed 34-of-64 passes for 521 yards and four touchdowns with seven interceptions.
Goodman and Green rank first and third in receptions for the Red Devils. Goodman has 14 catches for 223 yards and two touchdowns. Green has five receptions for 96 yards and one score.
Junior end Joey Re (6-2, 215) has six catches for 110 yards and one touchdown.
"They lull you to sleep with the run and try to hit you with the pass," Edwards said. "They are not a great passing team, but they do a nice job of fitting it in and fooling you with it. They also run a lot of gimmick plays. They keep you on your toes at all times."