DII Football Championship: West Florida dominates, earns first playoff victory in program's young history
West Florida is one of the youngest football programs in Division II football. And now, the Argonuats have one of the best winning percentages in DII Football Championship history, a perfect 100 percent after their 31-0 victory against Wingate gave them their first postseason win in program history.
The Argos began Gulf South Conference play last season. They finished with a 5-6 record, a very respectable finish in a conference often stacked with playoff-caliber talent. One season later, West Florida finished 7-3 and earned its first postseason bid in program history, one of four GSC teams represented in the DII Football Championship.
They now have the first DII playoff victory in school history and it came in dominant fashion.
Wingate actually won the time of possession in the first half, but West Florida came out ready to play. Before the second half started, the Argos had the Bulldogs in a 17-0 hole.
Red-shirt freshman Mike Beaudry led the way, throwing three touchdown passes to three different receivers. The defense continued to provide Beaudry and the Argos offense with chances all game. West Florida got to Wingate's Dylan Williams nine times, with Johnathan Coleman's two sacks leading the sack attack. Coleman was one of three Argos to register double-digit tackles. The immense pressure led to three interceptions, with Jalen Spencer pulling down two.
The Argos now sit at 8-3. They have their feet wet in the playoffs and face a familiar foe in the second round. In just their second season, West Florida is the fastest to win a DII playoff game, as now GSC foe West Georgia awaits. The two teams faced off just two weeks ago, with West Florida winning 34-29.