HURRICANE — George Washington’s Grant Wells once again showed his dual-threat ability at quarterback.
Wells raced 66 yards for a score with 2:21 left in the fourth period to secure a 24-16 win for the Patriots over Hurricane on Friday night at Redskin Stadium. He took the snap in the shotgun, couldn’t find any receivers open, so he pulled the ball down and took off down the right hash mark. He had space to get the first down, then used a cut left and hit open field to go the distance.
“A nice run. We were able to bust one,” Patriots coach Steve Edwards Jr. said. “Got the ball in the right hands.”
On its previous possession, George Washington fumbled the ball away at the Hurricane 28 and the home team recovered. The Redskins then drove for the TD, the score coming on a 5-yard run by workhorse back Christian Hill. He kept the drive alive earlier with a 33-yard run down to the GW 18. However, the Redskins missed the extra point and then the Patriots marched to the decisive score.
“Tickled to death. Got out with a win,” Edwards said.
Wells finished with 172 yards passing and 121 rushing.
GW evened its record at 3-3 as it battles to secure a West Virginia Class AAA playoff spot. Hurricane, ranked No. 11 coming in, also is 3-3.
Hill, an 180-pound junior, darted and dashed his way to 242 yards on 39 attempts.
“He’s really good. He has the ability to find holes,” Edwards said. “He can make something out of nothing. We were worried about him all night.”
The Patriots used one long drive and a special-teams score in the first period for a 10-7 lead at halftime. Michael Hughes connected on a 35-yard field goal on GW’s first possession for a 3-0 lead. After a Hurricane score, Isaac Isabell took the ensuing kickoff and raced 94 yards down the right sideline for a TD.
The Redskins marched 65 yards for a TD on their first possession, twice converting on fourth downs. A roughing the punter call against the Patriots gave the Redskins new life at the visitors’ 35. On a fourth-and-6 at the 26, a GW lineman jumped offside. On the next snap, a fourth-and-1, Hill picked up 14 yards for a first down. He capped the drive with a 3-yard TD run.
Hill got the call 10 times for 47 yards on the drive and finished the half with 120 yards on 23 rushes.