The No. 1 West Florida Argonauts defeated the No. 13 Texas A&M-Commerce Lions, 35-17, on Sept. 18, as Matthew Postins of the College Football America Yearbook staff covered the game in Commerce, Texas.
Postins’ photo gallery is on our Facebook page and photos of the game could end up in the 2022 edition of the Yearbook. The photos may also be used by the American Football Coaches Association for its web site, social media and publications.
The Argos (3-0) are the defending national champions, having won the 2019 title and after the NCAA canceled the 2020 postseason due to COVID-19. UWF looks like it has picked up right where it left off, though the Lions (1-2) held steady with the Argos through the half, as the two teams were tied at 14-all.
But, in the second half, the Argo defense made adjustments and held the Lions to just 67 total yards, while the offense scored 21 unanswered points.
UWF quarterback Austin Reed threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Shomari Mason rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown. Jervon Newton and Anthony Johnson Jr. also each rushed for a touchdown as the Argo had 169 total rushing yards. Trent Archie had eight tackles and two sacks, while Stephon Williams had eight stops and a sack as well.
A&M-Commerce, which is also ranked No. 21 in the AFCA Division II poll, saw Lions QB Jaiave Magalei throw for 159 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Running back E.J. Thompson rushed for 46 yards and a touchdown, while Chance Cooper caught five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown. Dominique Ramsey had eight tackles to lead the Lions’ defense.
The game was a rematch of the 2017 national championship game, which Texas A&M-Commerce won, giving the Lions their second national title (they won their first in 1972).
The College Football America 2021 Yearbook features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.