Austin Reed turned Barron Stadium into his own playground Saturday, throwing for 364 yards and accounting for all six touchdowns in a 42-14 road victory over Shorter in the Gulf South Conference opener for both teams.
The redshirt freshman from St. Augustine made his first career start and didn’t disappoint, completing 24-of-35 passes while putting up the sixth-most passing yards by an Argonaut in program history. Additionally, his six touchdowns responsible for tied the school record set by current quarterbacks coach Kaleb Nobles against Missouri S&T in 2016.
UWF (1-1, 1-0 GSC) finished with 556 yards of total offense, including 140 on the ground. The total yards were the third-most in the school’s 39-game history.
The Argos came out on fire in the second half, led by Reed who completed all seven passes in the opening two possessions as UWF took command of the game. After halftime he was 13-for-16 for 217 yards with four passing scores on the first four possessions.
Quentin Randolph had a career day as well, hauling in four balls for 117 yards and a touchdown. His catches went for 44, 51, six and 16 yards apiece. Rodney Coates made seven catches to lead UWF as 10 different players caught at least one ball.
The running game was also strong, led by Anthony Johnson, Jr. who carried the ball 14 times for 72 yards with five of his touches resulting in first downs. UWF finished with 26 first downs.
Chanler Ferguson led a swarming defense with five tackles and an interception. Kedrick Bradley, Trent Archie, Terry Limehouse, Ty Cox and Ian Bush had four stops each.
Shorter (0-2, 0-1) managed just 93 yards of total offense in the second half to finish with 314. The Hawks have not won a game since midway through the 2015 season – a span of 41-consecutive games.
After the Argos held the Hawks on the first possession of the contest, the teams traded scores over the next four times. UWF’s touchdowns came on runs of one and six yards by Reed, while Shorter got a 65-yard run from Tupac Lanier and a 46-yard pass from Tyler Pullam to Andrew Warren to send the teams into the locker room tied at 14-14.
Reed connected with Kevin Grant from eight yards, Randolph from 51, Ka’Ron Ashley from 16 and Coates from 20 as UWF outscored Shorter 28-0 in the second half.
UWF will have three-consecutive games at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola, beginning next Saturday against Virginia-Lynchburg. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. and fans are asked to wear white for a White Out. Tickets are on sale by visiting GoArgos.com/FootballTix or calling 850-474-ARGO (2746).
***This report was provided by Brian Henry, head of UWF Athletics Communications