Rise to top didn’t happen overnight for Argos

Practice on a field surrounded by trees. Scrimmages on campus and at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Workouts in the weight room. That was about the extent of what the University of West Florida football team did in its inaugural year.

Former Navarre Raider Quentin Randolph and the fellow members of the original recruiting class weren’t sure what to think about the future.

A national championship? It didn’t even cross their minds in the fall of 2015.

“It wasn’t on my mind at all,” said Randolph, a walk-on who would eventually land a scholarship. “The only thing on my mind was how I was going to get through a year of fully padded practice and no football games. But once we made it to the second year (of football), we felt anything was possible.”

That second year Randolph is referencing is 2017. The Argos went 5-6 in their inaugural season in 2016 but made a surprise run to the NCAA Division II national championship game the next year and finished as the runner-up.

Two years later, on a chilly December evening in Texas, UWF finished the job, winning its first title in just its fourth season of football.

Read the full article in the Jan. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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