Florida Tech To Play In Futures Bowl Today
By Ryan Jones // November 22, 2013
Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II Futures Bowl to be played in Philippi, W.Va.
ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech head coach Steve Englehart surprises his team after last Saturday’s game with the announcement that the Panthers will be playing in a post season bowl game.
MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech has accepted an invitation to play in the first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II Futures Bowl (ECAC), announced by ECAC Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss Monday evening.
The Panthers will oppose fellow first-year NCAA Division II football program Alderson Broaddus tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET at AB Stadium in Philippi, W.Va.
“It’s both a privilege and an honor to be invited to play in a postseason game,” head coach Steve Englehart said.
“Playing in such a game will be a great experience for our young men. I want to thank both the ECAC and Alderson Broaddus for making this experience possible.”
The Panthers (4-7) and Battlers (4-6) concluded their respective inaugural regular seasons last Saturday. Florida Tech solidified a winning record at home with a 17-3 victory over Webber International behind a stifling defense.
The unit surrendered just 177 yards of total offense, 12 first downs and forced six three-and-outs out of 14 possessions. It also compiled a season-high eight sacks.
Alderson Broaddus lost 41-17 to Cumberland University for its third straight loss on Saturday. Cumberland rushed for 409 yards on 56 carries and limited Alderson Broaddus to 50 yards on the ground. The Battlers, however, found success in the air, where they totaled 292 passing yards.
“We are excited to give these deserving student-athletes of two first-year ECAC affiliated programs the opportunity to continue their seasons,” McGinniss said. “These rising programs had significant initial success and they will look to build on that success with a game like this as they move their programs into the future.”
BOTH TEAMS PLAYED WARNER
Florida Tech, a football-only member of the Gulf South Conference, and Alderson Broaddus, an independent in football, played a common opponent earlier this season in Warner University.
The Panthers defeated Warner 37-3 in their Homecoming Game on Oct. 26 at Pirate Stadium. The week prior, Alderson Broaddus defeated Warner 51-14 in Lake Wales, Fla.
Saturday’s game marks the Panthers’ third contest against a first-year program in their inaugural season. FIT defeated NCAA Division I Stetson University 20-13 in its inaugural game on Sept. 7 and beat Warner later in the season.
ECAA COMPRISED OF OVER 300 NCAA MEMBERS
Now in its 75th year of inception, the ECAC is comprised of over 300 NCAA members from the Division I, II and III levels. Member schools range in location from Maine to North Carolina and west to Colorado.
In the current academic year, the nation’s largest and only multi-divisional conference will host over 100 championships in 37 men’s and women’s sports, and sponsor over 5,800 varsity teams and 111,000 male and female student-athletes.
Tickets for Saturday’s game are $10 for reserved chair-back seats and $5 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Alderson Broaddus athletic office at 304-457-6262.
A live video stream and live stats of the game will be available courtesy of Alderson Broaddus at GoBattlers.com, and may be also accessed at SpaceCoastDaily.com. Jim Mitchell and Paul Van Scott will provide live commentary of Saturday’s game at FloridaTechSports.com/live.