Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 5 ; GW Grinds It out; Patriots Turn to Ground Game in Win over Ripley

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 5 ; GW Grinds It out; Patriots Turn to Ground Game in Win over Ripley

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GEO. WASHINGTON 45 RIPLEY 21

RIPLEY - For much of this season, George Washington has been at its best when it has thrown the ball around the field with sophomore quarterback Grant Wells and his weapons at receiver. Friday night, it was the running game that got the Patriots going as Aidan Johnson and Jonathan McClung helped to pave the way to a 45-21 road victory over Ripley.

"We came out and showed we can be balanced," said GW coach Steve Edwards Jr. "There are going to be nights when Grant has big days and there are nights like tonight where they're playing the pass heavy and we can run it. We blocked really well. We've seen good things from our backs this season, so it was good to build on that more.

Johnson carried the ball 16 times for 158 yards, including picking up more than 70 yards in the third quarter, while McClung had 53 yards and scored three times.

That running game helped the Patriots (2-3) take over from the end of the first quarter into the second half, as they went on a run of 31 unanswered points to put them in the driver's seat.

"It felt good to get back on the winning track tonight, Edwards said. "We went out and did what we needed to and got the job done in the running game. Those two really set the tone for us tonight.

Ripley opened the game in methodical fashion, taking more than seven minutes off the first-quarter clock on its opening drive.

Over the course of that drive, the Vikings used 16 plays to march 61 yards down the field - setting up their running game with R.J. Evans and Chase Morgan - before Brayden Campbell hit Anthony Jarvis with a fade pass for a 9-yard touchdown that put Ripley ahead 7-0.

"We knew they were going to try to pound the ball like they did. We told our guys to just bounce back and play our game, Edwards said. "We knew we played right into their hands on that first drive and we had to do something to get control. …

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