UWF football defeats Missouri S&T in first home game

Brooke Weber

Staff Writer

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The University of West Florida football team remain undefeated after winning the inaugural home game, 45-28, against Missouri University of Science and Technology, Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium.

UWF’s offense started out with a gain of 33-yards after quarterback, Kaleb Nobles, connected with freshman wide receiver, Tate Lehtio. However, it was freshman kicker, Autsin Peffers, that first put the Argonauts on the scoreboard, following a 36-yard field goal.

Nobles completed a 14-yard pass to junior wide receiver, Ishmel Morrow, to give the Argos a 10-0 lead against Missouri S&T.

Following Morrow’s touchdown, Missouri S&T went four and out, giving UWF’s offense another chance to score with 1:10 left in the first quarter. Nobles completed a 28-yard touch down pass to senior wide receiver, Anas Hasic, giving the Argos a 17-0 lead against Missouri S&T.

Sophomore wide receiver, Antoine Griffin, put the Argos in a 24-0 lead when he completed a 40 yard pass from Nobles, 12:37 into the second quarter after Missouri S&T quarterback, Tyler Swart, was intercepted by sophomore defensive back, Blake Norwood.

“We know that we can never be content with being up 24 to nothing, so no matter the score, we could have 60 they could have 10, were going to keep pushing,” Griffin said. “Were going to go out there and dominate no matter what.”

Head Coach Pete Shinnick said the key to success was the guys kept believing, and kept playing hard the entire time.

Missouri S&T retaliated after Swart, rushed for one yard to get the Miners on the scoreboard. However, after the Argos went 23-yards in three plays, Andrew Bogaenko, punted the ball to the Missouri S&T seven-yard line, and Braxton Graham returned the ball for a 93-yard touchdown, making the score 24-13.

The Argos took a 31-13 lead 7:16 into the second quarter, when Nobles completed a 67-yard touchdown pass to Hasic.  At the end of the second half the score was 31-20. Nobles said it definitely was a close game.

“Coach Schinnick always tells us at half time that this is your chance to set a new identity for yourself, as far as coming out as a second half team, and dominating the third quarter,” Nobles said. “The third quarter is really when you can put the game away.”

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In the third quarter, Nobles completed two touchdown passes, the first to Griffin, a 35-yard pass, and the second to freshman wide receiver, Kevin Grant, a two-yard pass that made the Argos take a 25-point lead with a score of 45-20.

Missouri S&T put their final points on the scoreboard 10:48 into the fourth quarter, when Swart successfully completed a 2-point conversion to Graham, following a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver, Logan Armontrout.

The ball went back to the Argos during the second to last series for Missouri S&T, when Norwood had his second interception of the game.

“We have been practicing that route all week,” Norwood said after two interceptions in the inaugural game. “I just had to stick my hand out, and get it.”

UWF had 24 first downs, 17 penalties and six fumbles in the game, three of which were lost. Missouri S&T had 19 first downs, 11 penalties and four fumbles, only one that was lost.

“No disrespect to Missouri S&T, but they are in the game because of us,” Shinnick said. “We have to go out and play smart, but I’m extremely impressed and proud of our guys for continuing to fight, it worked out well.”

The offense ended with 503 total yards. Hasic ended the game with two touchdowns, for a total of 137 receiving yards. Morrow had one touchdown with a total of 162 receiving yards. Griffin, had two touchdowns, for a total of 126 receiving yards, and Nobles had 503 passing yards.

Nobles said he does not ever recall ending a game with over 500 total passing yards.

“I don’t think he has played perfect yet, but he’s put us in a really good situation to be where were at right now,” Shinnick said. “Which is 2-0 and very satisfying.”

The Argos remain undefeated following the 45-0 shut out at Ave Maria, and after beating the Miners with a final score of 45-28.

“We know that we can never be content with being up 24 to nothing, so no matter the score, we could have 60 they could have 10, were going to keep pushing,” Griffin said. “Were going to go out there and dominate no matter what.”

 

 

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Antoine Griffin after game interviews on Saturday

 

 

Head Coach Pete Shinnick said the key to success was the guys kept believing, and kept playing hard the entire time.

“No disrespect to Missouri S&T, but they are in the game because of us,” Shinnick said. “We have to go out and play smart, but I’m extremely impressed and proud of our guys for continuing to fight, it worked out well.”

“I don’t think he has played perfect yet, but he’s put us in a really good situation to be where were at right now,” Shinnick said. “Which is 2-0 and very satisfying.”

Pete Shinnick, after game interviews on Saturday

 

 

“Coach Schinnick always tells us at half time that this is your chance to set a new identity for yourself, as far as coming out as a second half team, and dominating the third quarter,” Nobles said. “The third quarter is really when you can put the game away.”

Nobles said he does not ever recall ending a game with over 500 total passing yards.

Kaleb Nobles- after game interviews on Saturday

 

“We have been practicing that route all week,” Norwood said after two interceptions in the inaugural game. “I just had to stick my hand out, and get it.”

Blake Norwood- after game interviews Saturday