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by Jason Cahn

Homecoming is upon us! Saturday, October 5th the UWF Argonauts football team (3-1 GSC 2-0) will face off against the Delta State Statesmen (3-1 GSC 2-0) in their third Gulf South Conference match-up.  The game will be played at Blue Wahoo’s stadium and is sponsored by Pen Air Federal Credit Union.

When asked about the home crowd Argos head coach Pete Shinnick said, “We need a great crowd we really do. Our fans have been phenomenal the first two home games and we’ve loved it.”

After last week’s nail-biting overtime victory against Mississippi College, the Argos have their sights set on taking down their GSC rival. Both teams are currently tied for second in GSC rankings, both 2-0 in the conference and 3-1 overall.

Delta State is coming off an impressive victory against North Greenville University last Saturday 34-9 where they only gave up a total of 179 yards of offense.

UWF coming into this game with a red-hot passing attack led by freshman quarterback Austin Reed. Reed is leading the GSC in passing with 1028 yards averaging 257 per game and a conference high 10 touchdowns.

The offense showed great balance last week totaling 392 yards with having a perfect split 196 yards rushing and 196 yards passing.

Leading the wide receivers is senior Quentin Randolph, who is second in the GSC with 311 yards averaging 77.8 yards per game.

Sophomore running back Jervon Newton had a game high 100 yards on 19 attempts in last week game. Newton is averaging nearly four and a half yards per rush this season and looks to maintain his profound start to the season against Delta State.

On the other side of the ball the Argos look to bounce back after giving up 185 rushing yards to Mississippi College last week.  But the Argos pass defense was in mid-season form only giving up 42 pass yards.

The pass defense was led by senior linebacker Trent Archie and freshman linebacker Gael Laurent who both had a game high two sacks each against Mississippi College.

This will mark the fourth matchup between these two teams with Delta State having a 2-1 lead in the series. Coach Shinnick knows how close these games have been saying, “The three years we’ve played Delta State every game has been, I think, one of the better games that we’ve had throughout the season.”

Coach Shinnick continued, “We look forward to being at home. I think we’re playing well and I’m excited to see how it plays out.”

If the UWF pass defense can keep its form, and the offense keep its balanced attack, West Florida will find themselves in second place eyeing that number one spot in the GSC.

Kickoff for Saturday’s homecoming match-up is set for 6 p.m. at Blue Wahoo’s Stadium.

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