Argos return home to face Crusaders

After three weeks on the road, the University of West Florida football team is back at home.

The 20th-ranked Argonauts welcome North Greenville to town Saturday for a 4 p.m. Gulf South Conference showdown at Blue Wahoos Stadium.

UWF is riding the high of a six-game winning streak, allowing just 54 points during the streak.

The Argos (6-1, 5-0 GSC) have given up only 19 points in the last three games and have forced four or more turnovers in the last two games.

Trent Archie leads the defense with 37 tackles and five sacks. He’s forced three fumbles as well. Six players have at least 20 tackles on the season.

“Knowing the guy next to me can make a play as well as I can, it adds a sense of trust,” Archie said in an interview earlier this season. “It’s worked out for us.”

This is a team that is also clicking on offense, scoring 30 or more in its last three outings, with Austin Reed throwing for 1,552 yards and 17 touchdowns. Reed has rushed for six scores.

Kevin Grant has been one of Reed’s top targets, catching five touchdown passes.

North Greenville (3-5, 2-4) has struggled lately, dropping two of its last three, but gave reigning national champion Valdosta State all it could handle last week.

The Crusaders led the top-ranked Blazers 9-0 at halftime and were up 15-14 late in the fourth. A touchdown with 49 seconds remaining dashed the upset bid.

London Johnson has thrown for 452 yards and six touchdowns. Dre’ Williams leads the ground game with 412 yards and a touchdown. Chancy Haney has been dominant defensively, recording 46 tackles and 8.5 sacks.

NGU is averaging 316.2 yards per game and allowing 362.1.

Noteworthy

UWF is averaging 405.7 yards per game and giving up 262.6.

Shomari Mason has rushed for more than 100 yards twice this season, churning out a season-best 103 yards against Florida Tech last week.

Navarre’s own Quentin Randolph has 16 catches for 346 yards and a touchdown. He’s had eight games in his career where he’s caught at least three passes.

The Argos have forced 17 turnovers, including 10 in the last two games.

In the four-year history of its program, UWF is 28-16, including a 12-7 record at home.

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