Argos dominate over Dragons
by Jason Cahn
Freshman quarterback Austin Reed continued his red-hot start to the season, throwing for 274 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday night as the UWF Argonauts dominated the Virginia University of Lynchburg Dragons 69-0.
The Argonauts improved to 2-1 overall (1-0 GSC) while the Dragons fall to 0-4 on the season.
One of UWF’s very few slip-ups happened on the first play of the game where Reed’s pass was intercepted by Dragons free safety Marvin Grunshie.
“Yeah that wasn’t great and not how I planned it,” quarterback Austin Reed said. “But thankfully after we were able to bounce back and go down the field and score.”
The Argonauts went on to score a school record 69 unanswered points and dominate the Dragons on the ground, rushing for 222 yards on 39 attempts, while the UWF defense held the Dragons to negative 12 yards rushing for the entire game.
Junior running back Anthony Johnson Jr. led the Argos in rushing with 11 attempts going for 85 yards and one touchdown. Senior wide receiver Quentin Randolph led the Argos in receiving with three catches for 100 yards.
The Dragons were not able to get anything going on the ground or through the air. The Dragons quarterback finished the game going 16 of 24 for 123 yards with zero touchdowns.
The Argos led the Dragons in almost every statistical category. UWF held the ball for 34 minutes over the Dragons 27. The Argos amassed 351 total yards while the defense only allowed 139 yards.
Not only did the Argos defense post its fourth shutout in school history, they forced the Dragons to fumble a total of three times while recovering two of them.
One of the three turn overs came in the second quarter when Argo freshman T.J. Williams intercepted a pass and returned it for a 44-yard touchdown, making this the seventh pick-6 in program history.
Special teams got in on the scoring as well, with senior linebacker Nate Holloway blocked a punt and junior defensive back Marcus Clayton returned it for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
When asked about what he took away from the big win head coach Pete Shinnick said, “We have a saying, it’s how we play not who we play.” “We really harp on that, if we don’t make mistakes, we feel like we can play with anyone in the country.”
“We wanted to really just go in with a shutout mentality on defense, just swarm [the ball] and get after it as much as we possibly could,” coach Shinnick continued.
UWF will have their next two games at Blue Wahoo’s Stadium in Pensacola next Saturday against the Mississippi College Choctaws. Kickoff is set for 6PM and the Argos have their sights set on defending their home turf once again.