In week two, GW running back Wesley Graves tied his personal best with a five-touchdown performance against Amherst County. Last Friday, he did himself one better.
The five foot, 11-inch, 220-pound senior ran for six scores as the Eagles offense overwhelmed Jefferson Forest, beating the Cavaliers 50-21.
“He’s got the power, he’s got the vision, he doesn’t get run down in the open field,” GW Head Coach Nick Anderson said of his three-year starter. “Someone needs to take a look at him, I think.”
Graves’ first score came on a six-yard run late in the first quarter on the Eagles second possession. On their next possession, Graves made a nifty one-handed catch on a short pass, and ran it in from 35 yards out to put the Eagles up 14-0.
A third Graves touchdown made it 21-0. But Jefferson Forest embarked on a 6:20 drive, capping it with a short touchdown run with 19 seconds left in the first half. That made it 21-7 GW at the break.
The Cavaliers continued their offensive momentum in the second half. They scored on their first possession to make it 21-14. But the Eagles offense continued their onslaught. Graves’ fourth touchdown midway through the third quarter made it 28-14 GW. His fifth touchdown came with an incredible cutback move. The 31-yard score put the Eagles back up by three touchdowns.
Jefferson Forest managed a score late in the third quarter to keep things interesting, but the Eagles offense scored twice in the fourth. With the exception of a kneeldown on the final play of the first half, the Eagles scored touchdowns on seven consecutive possessions.
Graves finished the night with 217 yards on 22 carries. His six touchdowns gives him 13 in only three games. It was the 16th 100-yard game of his career, and the third time he’s eclipsed the 200-yard mark. He is 42 yards away from 3,000 career rushing yards.
Graves wasn’t the Eagles only offensive weapon. Junior quarterback Shakobe Hairston had 80 yards on 12 carries, and passed for 53 yards. Senior Shawn Watlington had two long kickoff returns. Junior tailback Willie Edmunds ran 11 times for 64 yards and a touchdown.
The Eagles defense was boosted by interceptions from Aaron Younger and Watlington. They got sacks from Rahmel Goode and Jalen Strange.
GW (2-1) will now enjoy a week off before traveling to Dry Fork Sept. 27 for their Piedmont District opener against the Tunstall Trojans.