College Football

Rise to top didn’t happen overnight for Argos

Rise to top didn’t happen overnight for Argos

Practice on a field surrounded by trees. Scrimmages on campus and at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Workouts in the weight room. That was about the extent of what the University of West Florida football team did in its inaugural year. Former Navarre Raider Quentin Randolph and the fellow members of the original recruiting class weren’t sure […]

Argos looking to punctuate playoff run with D-II title

Argos looking to punctuate playoff run with D-II title

When Pete Shinnick began recruiting for the start-up University of West Florida football program five years ago, all the head coach had was a vision to sell to players. No Pen Air Field. No Darrell Gooden Center. And no history to talk about. Just a vision of the potential this program could achieve if the […]

UWF benefits from Santa Rosa County connection

UWF benefits from Santa Rosa County connection

Quentin Randolph isn’t shy about reminding Anthony Johnson Jr. who had the upper hand when they were playing football at rival Santa Rosa County schools. Playing for Navarre, Randolph and the Raiders dominated Pace in 2014, winning 49-21. That was Randolph’s senior year. Johnson was a sophomore at the time for the Patriots. “Of course, […]

Argos one win away from playing for national title

Argos one win away from playing for national title

On Saturday, the University of West Florida football team will stand on the doorstep of the NCAA Division II national championship game. The 20th-ranked Argonauts battle No. 2 Ferris State in a national semifinal at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Michigan. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. EST. It will be the third consecutive unbeaten team […]

Johnson sees patience in running attack pay off

Johnson sees patience in running attack pay off

It all came so easy for Anthony Johnson while he was at Pace. The yards. The big plays. The touchdowns. The glory of being a star running back. Johnson learned early in his football career at the University of West Florida that doing what he did in high school wasn’t going to be easy. “It […]

Argos ready for Elite Eight showdown with Bears

Argos ready for Elite Eight showdown with Bears

December football. Nothing beats it. Never mind that there is a chill in the air on a Wednesday evening at Pen Air Field in Pensacola. It’s no big deal for the University of West Florida as it prepares for its next NCAA Division II playoff game. “It’s awesome,” wide receiver Quentin Randolph said. “When the […]

Lights go out in Georgia: Argos stun No. 1 Valdosta

Lights go out in Georgia: Argos stun No. 1 Valdosta

Anthony Johnson Junior’s third touchdown of the day was his biggest. The Pace grad scored from a yard out with six seconds to play, lifting the University of West Florida football team to a heart-stopping 38-35 win over top-ranked Valdosta State Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. The score capped […]

Rematch with No. 1 Blazers up next for Argonauts

Rematch with No. 1 Blazers up next for Argonauts

It’s a rematch three weeks in the making. And this time survival is on the line rather than a Gulf South Conference championship. On Saturday, the University of West Florida football team battles reigning national champion Valdosta State in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. These two teams met Nov. 9 in […]

Randolph enjoys walk-on to wow moment

Randolph enjoys walk-on to wow moment

Quentin Randolph is two or three steps ahead of the West Alabama defender trailing him. He’s sprinting down the middle of the field in a tied game in the fourth quarter and the ball is sailing in his direction Saturday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Randolph preaches often that big-time players make big-time plays in […]

Navarre well-represented in NCAA football playoffs

Navarre well-represented in NCAA football playoffs

It’s NCAA playoff time for several former Navarre football players. Quentin Randolph is on a University of West Florida football team off to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the second time in its four-year history. UWF (8-2) faces Wingate (10-1)  at Noon EST Saturday in North Carolina. Randall leads the Argonauts in receiving with […]

Argos face Tigers with playoff hopes on the line

Argos face Tigers with playoff hopes on the line

Quentin Randolph started out as a walk-on at the University of West Florida and arrived on campus unsure of what to expect. The Argonauts were just getting off the ground with their football program at the time. Four years later, Randolph, a former Navarre standout who has become a go-to receiver, and his teammates will […]

Gutsy effort not enough for Argos in loss to Blazers

Gutsy effort not enough for Argos in loss to Blazers

Turns out, Valdosta State is as good as advertised. But that didn’t stop the University of West Florida from nearly pulling off an upset of the nation’s No. 1 team Saturday night at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium in Georgia. A gutsy second-half effort was almost enough to help the 20th-ranked Argonauts overcome a 20-point halftime deficit. But […]

Conference title on the line for the Argos

Conference title on the line for the Argos

It’s the biggest game in NCAA Division II football this week. The University of West Florida squares off with top-ranked Valdosta State Saturday at 7 p.m. EST at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium in Georgia. A share of the Gulf South Conference title is on the line. The game is set to be televised live on ESPN3. Ranked […]

Carter and the Tar Heels to battle Tigers on national TV

Carter and the Tar Heels to battle Tigers on national TV

Michael Carter and the North Carolina Tar Heels are on national television Saturday afternoon, taking on reigning national champion Clemson at Keenan Stadium in Chapel Hill. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. CST on ABC. Clemson is 4-0. The Tar Heels are 2-2 head into this Atlantic Coast Conference showdown. Carter, the all-time leading rusher at Navarre, […]

Home opener on horizon for Argonauts

Home opener on horizon for Argonauts

For the first time this season the University of West Florida football team is playing a home game. The Argonauts host the University of Virginia-Lynchburg Saturday at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. for the first ever meeting between the two schools. After crushing Shorter last Saturday, UWF faces a team that has […]

Argos torch Hawks in GSC opener

Argos torch Hawks in GSC opener

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 […]

Brahms soaring high in air, on field and in the classroom

Brahms soaring high in air, on field and in the classroom

Nick Brahms wakes up and is ready to attack the grind that is the life of a student-athlete. His first stop is the Auburn University Regional Airport. His preflight responsibilities are complete right around 7 a.m. and then Brahms is in the air for the next 60-90 minutes as part of his training within Auburn’s […]

Signing day serves as finish line to a long journey

Signing day serves as finish line to a long journey

Signing day takes a weight off the shoulders of athletes. It marks the moment in which all the work that went into the recruiting process pays off. Six Navarre Raiders signed national letters of intent last Wednesday. A seventh player, Mitchell Hunt, ended up signing with the NCAA Division II Harding. Three Division I football […]

Hering plays key role in Maryville’s success

Hering plays key role in Maryville’s success

Bo Hering had a different feeling about the 2018 season. He was confident Maryville College wasn’t going to endure another average year on the football field. “The team had a different feel to it. We wanted to be good. Everyone wanted to be here,” Hering said. “We had new leadership and worked hard in the […]

Smith playing pivotal role on offensive line at Ave Maria

Smith playing pivotal role on offensive line at Ave Maria

Entering his senior year at Navarre, LaMarcus Smith didn’t know if he would even play football after high school. “I was undersized and not really getting any looks,” Smith said. “I didn’t think I had a chance to play college football.” Two years later, the sophomore offensive lineman is in his second season at Ave […]

Turnovers doom Argos in Coastal Classic

Turnovers doom Argos in Coastal Classic

With a minute left, a glimmer of hope existed for the University of West Florida football team.  Down two, the Argonauts recovered an onside kick at their own 45-yard line. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Armani Peoples sacked Sam Vaughn, forcing a fumble. That was the dagger on a tough night for […]

Argos miss opportunities in loss to Wolves

Argos miss opportunities in loss to Wolves

Quentin Randolph jumped to make one those clutch catches he’s become known for during his breakout season at the University of West Florida. The former Navarre standout came down with the ball. He fell backwards and landed at the 16-yard line with under seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. The 36-yard catch brought the […]

Argos cash in on dominant performance

Argos cash in on dominant performance

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, […]

Vaughn example of depth, talent Argos have on their roster

Vaughn example of depth, talent Argos have on their roster

Sam Vaughn didn’t play a down of football in four seasons at Georgia. At least not in a game that mattered. His entire time was spent on the scout team. “I haven’t played since 2014. I’ve been in scrimmages here and there, but no one was coming after my head,” Vaughn said. One would be […]

Randolph steps up in Argos’ season-opening win

Randolph steps up in Argos’ season-opening win

Quentin Randolph leaped into the air and snagged the ball with authority. He landed inside the 10-yard line with a 29-yard clutch catch in the third quarter that gave the University of West Florida new life in a tightly contested season-opener against No. 22 Carson-Newman Thursday night. Randolph’s catch, one of a career-high four, set […]