CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For all the attention placed on Jon Alexander as the new quarterback at George Washington High School, the senior had precious little to do for the Patriots during their 34-27 win over rival South Charleston last Thursday.
In fact, it wasn't until less than 4 minutes remained in the first half that Alexander attempted his first pass, and he threw a total of three in the game.
The biggest reason for Alexander's lack of role in the GW offense was the success the team had running the ball. The Patriots had three runners eclipse the 100-yard rushing mark, led by senior Draven Riffe. He carried 28 times for 262 yards and three touchdowns, and led the way as GW pushed its lead to 34-14 by halftime.
"When you're running the ball like we were and opening holes like we were you just take it," GW coach Steve Edwards Jr. said. "We don't come in thinking 'We're going to throw this much or that much.' I mean, we just go.
"I don't know anybody else does it but our kids were performing up front and the guys were carrying the ball well. I didn't expect it to go the way it did."
Senior receiver Jacob Jackson, who was used on numerous counters and reverses, ran for 131 yards and two TDs on nine carries. Fullback Mason Blake had 13 carries for 115 yards.
The win was George Washington's fourth in a row in the series, their last loss against SC coming at home in 2009. The Patriots (1-0) are 28-19 all-time against the Black Eagles (0-1).
Alexander, meanwhile, was 1-of-3 passing for 7 yards and an interception. The Patriots, who moved up to No. 7 in this week's Daily Mail Class AAA Poll, play at Ashland Paul Blazer, Ky., Friday.
South Charleston slipped to No. 10, and plays host to St. Albans on Friday in the first game to be played on campus at South Charleston High School.
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HERBERT HOOVER junior running back Shaun Dotson ran for 174 yards and three touchdowns in the Huskies' 40-35 come-from-behind win over Scott on Friday night.
It was the first 100-yard rushing night by a Hoover back since Dotson ran for 133 yards against Sissonville on Oct. 13, 2012. Hoover averaged 151 rushing yards per game as a team last season, and rolled up 270 against the Skyhawks (0-1), who they trailed 29-13 at halftime Friday night.
Dotson, who also had 116 receiving yards, posted the highest single-game rushing total by a Huskies' back since Josh Mack ran for 175 yards against Scott on Oct. 14, 2011.
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WINFIELD'S 42-19 win over visiting Woodrow Wilson on Friday ended a three-year streak in which the Generals had lost their first game of the season.
Winfield senior quarterback Toby Show was 21-of-35 passing for 264 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted once. Ethan Copeland led the Generals with 161 rushing yards on 24 carries.
It was just Winfield's second win in a season opener since 2004. The Generals (1-0) play host to Cabell Midland (1-0) on Friday night.