UWF football team faces key road test

It’s game day for the University of West Florida football team.

The 24th-ranked Argonauts are on the road today to take on West Georgia in a Gulf South Conference showdown. Kickof is 2 p.m. EST at University Stadium. in Carrollton.

Coming off a bye week, UWF (4-1, 3-0 GSC) is one of two unbeaten teams remaining in GSC play. It sits in second place behind reigning NCAA Division II national champion and top-ranked Valdosta State.

The Argos are facing off against a Wolves team that is 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference. UWG topped North Greenville 42-21 last week.

UWF last played on Oct. 5 when it made a statement in a 48-3 win over Delta State, holding the Statesmen to their lowest point total since 2002.

Willie Candler has thrown for a little more than 1,400 yards on the season for the Wolves, connecting seven times for touchdowns. Chauncey Williams is the top running back, rushing for 530 yards and nine scores.

The defense, which has given up 400-plus yards two of the last three weeks, is led by Chris Blackston (39 tackles). The Wolves allowed only 217 yards last week.

The Argos have continued to make strides on both sides of the football, cranking out 2,222 yards of offense and allowing 1,307.

The passing attack has been particularly impressive, with 10 players catching at least four passes. Austin Reed runs the attack behind an offensive line he calls the best in the country, throwing for four touchdowns twice.

“He’s making good decisions,” UWF head coach Pete Shinnick said. “He’s putting them in a place where his receivers can go get it.”

The defense, meanwhile, has forced a turnover in five consecutive games. UWF has forced at least one turnover in 38 of the 42 games in the history of the program.

These two teams have played four times in the four-year history of the football program at UWF. The road team has won each time, including last year when a battle of top-10 teams ended with a 27-7 win for the Wolves at Blue Wahoos Stadium.

Today’s game is the first of two consecutive road games for UWF. The Argos travel to Florida Tech next week before returning home Nov. 1 to face North Greenville.

Noteworthy

UWF has won its last four games, outscoring the opposition 186-38 during the stretch.

Austin Reed has completed 86 of his 140 passes for 1,290 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Anthony Johnson leads the ground attack with 249 yards and two touchdowns.

Navarre’s own Quentin Randolph has 13 catches for 311 yards and a touchdown, catching at least two passes in all but one game this season.

Chanler Ferguson leads the defense with 29 tackles. He has also picked off a pass. Trent Archie (28) and Gael Laurent (21) also have 20-plus tackles on the season.

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