Tech Takes On Newberry Today On Road

By  //  September 14, 2013

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TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR West Alabama GAME SEPT. 19

GAME WINNING TOUCHDOWN!

ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech quarterback Sean Ashley scores the game winning TD on a 3-yard run with 1:09 left in the game last week as the Panthers beat Stetson, 20-13 for their first-ever win. (Rhett Lighthall video)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – One week after Florida Tech made its much anticipated home debut, and exciting come-from-behind 20-13 victory over Stetson, the Panthers will play their first NCAA Division II opponent on the road at Newberry College in South Carolina on Saturday.

Xavier Milton hauls in Florida Tech's first touchdown in program history against Stetson on Sept. 7. Tech went on to beat the Hatters 2-13. (Amanda Stratford image)

Xavier Milton hauls in Florida Tech’s first touchdown in program history against Stetson on Sept. 7. Tech went on to beat the Hatters 2-13. (Amanda Stratford image)

“We hope our first meeting against Newberry will be the first of several meetings,” head coach Steve Englehart said. “About eight hours separates the two schools. It will be an important regional game for us as we move forward.”

Newberry opened its 100th season of football this fall and last week scored five rushing touchdowns on the way to a 35-32 win over the Elizabeth City State Vikings.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Setzler Field, and you can follow all the action right here ON SpaceCoastDaily.com via Live Stream and updates on SpaceCoastDaily.com.

TICKETS REMAIN FOR FLORIDA TECH’S NATIONAL TV GAME ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 19

Florida Tech will host the defending Gulf South Conference Champion West Alabama in a nationally televised contest Thursday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET and single-game general admission tickets remain for the first-ever meeting on the gridiron.

Florida Tech's first-ever game was standing room only in the 6,000 seat Pirate Stadium, and the atmosphere was charged with the passion, excitement and unconditional loyalty from the Panter faithful. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

Florida Tech’s first-ever game was standing room only in the 6,000 seat Pirate Stadium, and the atmosphere was charged with the passion, excitement and unconditional loyalty from the Panter faithful. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

Approximately 1,000 seats are available in Sections 1, 8, 9 and 10 at Palm Bay High School’s Pirate Stadium. Single-game general admission tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for FIT faculty and staff with school ID, seniors ages 65 and above, children ages 5-16 and active duty military with ID. Children under five years of age are free.

Tickets for next Thursday and all five remaining home games are available online at FloridaTechSports.com, by dialing 321-674-6228 and at the Clemente Center Ticket Office Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

FIRST-EVER GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE

The game against West Alabama is the Panthers’ first-ever Gulf South Conference contest. In this week’s American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches’ Poll, the Tigers rank No. 12. In their season-opener last weekend, they defeated Clark Atlanta 42-6.

The Panther defense swarms Stetson's Dre Long last Saturday at Pirate Stadium as Florida Tech defeated Stetson 20-13. (Amanda Stratford image)

The Panther defense swarms Stetson’s Dre Long last Saturday at Pirate Stadium as Florida Tech defeated Stetson 20-13. (Amanda Stratford image)

After the opening 11 minutes of the first quarter, they had already constructed a 21-0 lead. On Saturday, West Alabama will play at NCAA Division I-AA McNeese State.

FIT won 20-13 over Division I-AA Stetson in its first-ever game in front of a sold out crowd on Saturday at Pirate Stadium. Trailing 13-6 with 10:25 to play, the Panthers scored two touchdowns in the final six minutes, 25 seconds.

They racked up 441 yards to the Hatters’ 188. They also held a 206-71 edge in rushing yards. Xavier Milton caught 10 passes for 151 yards and one touchdown, the first in program history. J.J. Sanders finished with 10 tackles, two were for a loss.

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