Argos open Gulf South Conference play against Blazers

Gulf South Conference play begins Saturday night for the University of West Florida football team.

The Argonauts will welcome Valdosta State to town. The perennial power Blazers find themselves in an unusual spot with an 0-2 record. The Argos are 2-0.

Valdosta hasn’t lost three consecutive games since 2013 when it lost to North Alabama, Delta State and UNC-Pembroke, which was coached by current UWF head coach Pete Shinnick at the time.

The Argos, meanwhile, are aiming for their first 3-0 start in the two-year history of the program. UWF lost 42-28 to VSU on the road last season.

UWF is coming off a 51-23 win over Chowan Saturday night. Its air attack was on full display as Mike Beaudry threw for 149 yards and three touchdowns, including two touchdown passes to Ka’Ron Ashley.

The Argos also got their running attack going, crossing the 100-yard mark for the first time this season. They finished with 133 yards and Chris Schwarz led the way with 58 yards and a touchdown.

UWF gave up 335 yards but made big plays when it mattered.  Josh Marshall returned an interception for a touchdown in the win. Reggie Barnes led the team in tackles with 7.5.

VSU comes in off a 30-24 loss to 2016 national runner-up North Alabama. The Blazers are averaging 319.5 yards per game. Rogan Wells leads the way as a dual threat quarterback. He has thrown for 196 yards and two scores and has rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown.

Noteworthy: Mike Beaudry has completed 31 of his 53 passes for 341 yards in two career starts. He has thrown five touchdown passes and has been picked off just once…Antoine Griffin is the leading receiving threat for UWF, catching 10 passes for 143 yards….The Argos have forced four turnovers…Reggie Barnes leads the defense with 18 tackles and two sacks…UWF is 7-6 all-time, including a 4-2 mark at home.

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