No. 1 UWF Defeats North Greenville

October 10, 2021

Top-ranked UWF compiled 443 yards of offense and scored on its first four possessions to squash North Greenville, 52-10, at Younts Stadium Saturday night.

The Argonaut defense made play after play, beginning on the first series when Shea Campbell intercepted Kaelan Riley. That led to a 8-yard Shomari Mason score a play later.

NGU marched down the field and scored eight plays later on a Dre’ Williams 7-yard run. But that excitement for the home team was short-lived as Austin Reed needed just two plays as he connected with Rodney Coates for a 69-yard strike down the middle of the field for a 14-7 lead.

The Crusaders got a 49-yard field goal to get within 14-10 but never scored again.

Reed connected with Coates and David Durden before halftime to extend the lead to 28-10 at halftime.

The second half was more of the same. After receiving the opening kickoff, UWF capped off the drive with a 30-yard Griffin Cerra field goal. Anthony Johnson, Jr. stepped in front of a Crusader receiver at the 46 and followed some blockers in front of the UWF sideline for a pick-6.

Ka’Ron Ashley hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth before Mason scampered through the Crusaders for a 57-yard score with 7:10 remaining.

Mason finished the day with a career-high 108 yards on 10 carries. It was the third 100-yard game of his career. The 57-yard rushing TD is tied for the second-longest rushing score in program history.

Reed threw for 294 yards on 21-of-33 with four touchdowns – the fourth time in five games this season he has thrown as many. Coates was his favorite target, finishing with 123 yards on six catches while being thrown to three other times.

The UWF defense finished with four sacks, three additional tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries, three pass break-ups and two interceptions. Will Breland was credited with seven tackles to lead the Argos. D’Anthony Bell and Jerquan Newton had six tackles apiece.

UWF (5-0, 2-0 Gulf South) finished with 443 yards of total offense. The Argonauts had 149 yards rushing between five running backs ands Reed.

NGU (3-3, 0-2) compiled 291 yards of total offense, with Riley throwing for 166 yards on 16-of-35. Cale Swift led the team on the ground with 43 yards on five carries. Leading rusher Williams entered the game averaging 106 yards per game but was held to 39 on 10 carries in the first half. He left late in the opening half with an injury and did not return.

After playing four road games in six weeks, UWF will return to Pensacola for home games at Blue Wahoos Stadium the next two weeks. This Saturday they will play host to No. 13 West Georgia (5-1, 3-1) at 4 p.m.

Photos courtesy Morgan Givens/UWF for, click to enlarge.


One Response to “No. 1 UWF Defeats North Greenville”

  1. NPC on October 10th, 2021 6:21 pm

    Is there another national title on the horizon? We know one sport that won’t see that trophy this year.

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