There are still numerous people wondering how a high school team with a 6-6 record got into the Virginia AAA state football semifinals.

Alger Pugh, whose unbeaten George Washington-Danville team must contend with surprising Mount Vernon this afternoon at 1:30 at W.T. Woodson, is not one of those critics.

"Mount Vernon is a well-coached, solid football team," he said. "They have a good offense, a good defense and they have some nice individual talent. I can't see any reason to dwell on their record compared to ours (12-0). From a football standpoint, the only thing that matters is who wins and goes on from here."

Such logic will dissuade few from arguing that GW-Danville has no more than a walkthrough before moving on to the state final. After all, in the past two years, Pugh's team has won 23 of its 24 games, losing only to Hampton, 15-9, in the state final a year ago. Despite losing 13 starters off that club, GW has averaged nearly 30 points a game while yielding just six.

"They might be just a bit better than last year's GW team," said Mount Vernon Coach Bruce Patrick. "Between (quarterback Percy) Moorman and (Bryan) Covington, they can be devastating on offense. We're obviously going to be outmanned, everybody knows that. We just have to play an error-free game, be conservative and sound in everything we do."

Covington, considered one of the most talented players in this part of the country, is Patrick's nightmare. "He can beat you so many different ways," Patrick said. "He averaged about 10 yards per carry, he plays defensive back and, according to our research, he's returned six punts and kickoffs for touchdowns."

Moorman, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior, concerns Patrick because of his ability "to put pressure on the corner and make things happen. He can run from there or he can air it out. And, he's got some good receivers, especially that 6-6, 210-pound tight end (Ferrell Edmunds)."