CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In two seasons as the starting quarterback for the high-profile George Washington High School football team, Trevor Bell has received more than his fair share of criticism.
As the Patriots senior enters the final regular-season game of his varsity career, the much-maligned signalcaller has learned to shut out the voices and move forward.
Bell shouldn't hear much entering Saturday's game against Parkersburg (4-5) at UC Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
"I love my team and I tell myself before every game that I'm going to do everything I can to not let them down," said the 5-foot-9, 155-pound Bell. "That's who I play for."
Saturday's game against the Big Reds represents a chance for the Patriots to improve their postseason stock, which means getting as many home playoff games as possible.
Win, lose or draw, the Big Reds will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Parkersburg hopes to not only seize the opportunity to damage GW's playoff positioning but add to some impressive numbers of its own.
Senior running back Adam Lindamood, the younger brother of former Parkersburg standouts Joey - a Big Reds assistant coach - and Matt Lindamood, enters the game with 1,202 yards on 181 carries and 14 touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Aaron Roberts has thrown for 1,099 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions.
The defense has been the issue for Coach Don Reeves' team, which has not surrendered fewer than 21 points in any game and is giving up an average of 29.2 per contest.
That could be good news for the Patriots, who have another regular-season chance to show off their offensive diversity, which includes Bell's arm.
His responsibility in the success of the Patriots (7-2) expanded 10-fold during last week's 49-20 win over Columbus, Ohio-based St. Francis DeSales.
During most of the 23 games he has played for GW, Bell's job description was to hand the ball to 2011 Kennedy Award winner Ryan Switzer. Switzer ran for 2,785 yards last season in leading the Patriots to the Class AAA state championship game, proving that a winning plan.
As teams attempt to corral Switzer, the Patriots are diversifying their attack.