Austin Reed had a debut to remember.
Navarre’s own Quentin Randolph came through with a performance he’ll never forget.
The defense played well enough to keep Shorter off the scoreboard in the second half.
It all added up to a 42-14 win for the University of West Florida Saturday afternoon in Georgia.
This was UWF’s first win of 2019 and Reed tied a school record for touchdowns in a game, throwing for four and rushing for two. He threw for a career-best 364 yards, completing 24 of his 35 passes as the Argos won their Gulf South Conference opener.
Randolph caught one of those touchdown passes. The former Argos walk-on put together the kind of performance he’s been waiting for since last season when he enjoyed a breakout year.
The senior caught four passes for a career-best 117 yards. He also caught a touchdown pass in the second half that helped UWF (1-1) extend its lead to 28-14.
He was one of 10 Argos to catch at least one pass. Randolph has now caught at least three passes six times in his career.
UWF finished with 556 yards, the third-most in program history.
Tied at 14-14 at halftime, UWF dominated the second half, keeping the Hawks (0-2) off the scoreboard. Shorter managed 314 yards, with just 93 coming after halftime. The Hawks have now lost 41 consecutive games. Their last win was in 2015.
Chanler Ferguson dominated defensively, tallying five tackles and picking off a pass.
UWF is back home next week, hosting Virginia-Lynchburg Saturday at Blue Wahoos Stadium. It’s the first of three consecutive home games. Kickoff is 6 p.m.