Photo courtesy of GoArgos.com

by Christian Skewes

Saturday, November 2 the West Florida football team will face the North Greenville Crusaders in GSC conference play. This game marks Hall of Fame weekend at Blue Wahoos stadium and is the second to last regular season home game for UWF.

Coming off of big back-to-back road wins against Gulf South opponents West Georgia and Florida Tech, the Argos (6-1 GSC 5-0) are looking to do it again at home this week. On a current six game winning streak with an undefeated record against in conference opponents, West Florida is stacking up to be a powerhouse team in the GSC.

The Crusaders (3-5 GSC 2-4) lost their last match up against Valdosta State but plan on bringing a challenge for UWF.

Now in week nine of the regular season, the confidence and momentum from last week’s game has shown to be a factor in practice this week.

“Coming off another win against a good GSC opponent really gave us a sense of pride,” Argo Nickelback Trent Archie said. “Big wins like that really boosts our confidence and mentality and makes us want to do it again this week!”

Defensively speaking, the West Florida starting 11 was firing on all cylinders in last week’s 38-14 rout of Florida Tech. According to Archie, believing in the system and sticking to the script was the secret to their success.

“We had to do what we always do: believe in each other and do our jobs on the field,” Archie said. “When we do that everything falls into place.”     

North Greenville runs a spread offense but is known to throw in some pro style formations also. Known for having a solid running game, the Argo defense is looking forward to facing off against them.         

“We’ve faced offenses like this before so it’s business as usual for us,” Archie said. “We just have to stay disciplined, a win here is important to us because it makes us one step closer to our goal of being a top contender in the playoffs. So we just have to focus and really lock in this week.”      

On the other side of the ball, the West Florida offense is coming back from another top notch performance. Amassing two passing and three rushing touchdowns in last week’s game, the offense has really come together and proven to be a force to be reckoned with in.         

“We ran the ball extremely well and passed the ball effectively,” Argo offensive lineman Joe Wintrick said. “We always want to be balanced in our attack. Young (Shomari) Mason our freshman running back is continuing to make the most of his touches and we are so excited to for his future.”          

Against Florida Tech, Mason put up 10 rushes for 103 yards and a touchdown. His longest carry of the game was a 61 yard touchdown rush.

Coach Pete Shinnick and the West Florida offense will have to lean on his athletic ability once again if they look to win this week.

NGU runs a 4-3 defensive front but is known to move a linebacker outside of the tackle box into a flex position. Notorious for getting to the passer in record time, the Argo offensive line will have their hands full with this defensive unit.

“They have a pretty good sized defensive line,” Wintrick said. “They have some players with size and length so we’re looking to run the ball like we have and keep our quarterback protected.”        

With only a few more games left in the regular season; Wintrick, Archie and the rest of the UWF football team are looking forward to staying perfect against in conference opponents and making a run to the playoffs.         

“We always pride ourselves on practicing with meaning and purpose,” Wintrick said. “We treat every week the same no matter the opponent!         

Wintrick continued, “A win here is the next step to winning conference and making the playoffs! We are treating this game like a must win situation.      

The opening kickoff against the Crusaders is at 4 p.m. November 2 at Blue Wahoos stadium.

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