Dominant on both sides of the ball, West Florida steamrolled Shorter 51-7 on a ridiculously hot and humid Saturday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium.
The Argonauts rolled up 568 yards in their Gulf South Conference opener. Eleven players caught at least one pass and three running backs scored touchdowns.
And then there was the defense, which held the Hawks to just 125 yards. Shorter has lost its last 31 and hasn’t won a game since Oct. 3, 2015.
UWF (2-1) has never lost to Shorter (0-3) in its three years of existence and took advantage of its significant advantage in talent and depth to hammer the Hawks and bounce back from a 38-17 loss to Midwestern State a week ago in a battle of nationally ranked teams in Texas.
“You come into a game like this after a long road trip, and you really want guys to respond, you want guys to come back and play as high of a level of football as you possibly can,” UWF head coach Pete Shinnick said. “I feel like we did that. You see the depth that we have.”
Sam Vaughn, in his second start at quarterback since coming in for the injured Mike Beaudry early in the opener against Carson-Newman, won’t argue with that on a night when the 13th-ranked Argos kept their foot on the accelerator, scoring more than 19 for the first time in 2018.
“We have weapons across the board,” Vaughn said. “It really doesn’t matter who is in the game.”
Vaughn threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns, completing 25 of his 34 passes, including two in which he connected with Navarre’s own Quentin Randolph on back-to-back third-down conversions in the first half.
Making his first career start, Randolph caught three passes for 60 yards. His 22-yard catch late in the second quarter put the Argos in the red zone.
Anthony Johnson eventually scored on a 5-yard run with a little over a minute in the half to give UWF a 37-0 lead at halftime.
Randolph had multiple catches and at least 60 receiving yards for the second time this season. He had just three catches all of last year.
A 9-yard touchdown run by Jervon Martin with 4:29 to play in the third pushed the lead to 51-0, the first game with as many points in exactly a year when the Argos scored 51 against Chowan.
UWF now hits the road for three consecutive games, starting Saturday against Mississippi College.