Argos face Mississippi College Choctaws in GSC match up
by Jason Cahn
Saturday, September 28th the UWF Argonauts (2-1 GSC 1-0) will look to defend their home turf when they battle the Mississippi College Choctaws. The Argos are looking to continue their hot-streak after their record setting win against the Virginia-Lynchburg Dragons last week.
Mississippi College is looking to go 2-0 in the GSC after its victory over GSC rival North Greenville 39-27.
For last week’s game, the word of the week was “dominate” which the Argos did scoring a team record 69 points and their defense posting a shutout. They were dominant in every phase of the game, scoring on defense, offense and special teams.
Though it’s early in the season, this locker room feels this season can be special. When asked about the team’s mindset after a big win senior receiver Quentin Randolph said, “It’s a big boost because wins are hard to come by. It’s a great feeling to win. We are entering conference play from here on out, so we know the stakes are high. Each time we win we begin to believe a little more.”
The Argos defense will have their toughest test yet, as they attempt to slow down Choctaws quarterback Detric Hawthorn, who is a threat both passing and rushing.
Last year’s matchup the Argos were able to limit Mississippi College’s passing but gave up a game high 263 rushing yards.
The Argos run defense showed their power after roughing up the Virginia-Lynchburg offensive line, holding them to a season low negative 12 yards rushing.
But after a shutout last week, the Argos defense is looking to keep that momentum going.
Senior wide receiver Quentin Randolph said, “The word of this week for our team is Consistency. We want to consistently dominate teams in that fashion.”
Freshman Austin Reed continued to impress last week in his first game at the Blue Wahoo’s stadium passing for 274 yards and three touchdowns. The young quarterback had an early mistake throwing an interception on the first pass of the game but torched the Dragons every series after.
Argos running back Anthony Johnson Jr had 11 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown in last week’s game. Johnson Jr is averaging an impressive 6.2 yards per rush this season and looks to continue unlocking his potential against the Choctaws.
After the first three weeks, the Argos offense is averaging 41 points a game while their defense is only allowing 11.
If UWF can stay consistent and dominate on both sides of the ball, after Saturday they will improve the overall record to 3-1 and 2-0 in the GSC.
On Saturday, the Argonauts and Choctaws will take the field at Blue Wahoo’s Stadium at 6 p.m.