GAME STATS: RUSHING – Florida Tech-Trevor Sand 9-116; Mark Cato 19-63; K. Walters Jr. 5-49; Davis Fluker 4-34; Kaleb Leach 5-8; Gary Holmes 1-6; Jomo Daniels 2-3; Sean Ashley 1-minus 1. PASSING – Florida Tech-Mark Cato 7-15-1-191; Dan Masteller 6-8-0-62; Sean Ashley 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING – Florida Tech-Xavier Milton 3-114; Justin Arcune 2-37; Aaron George 2-27; Collin O'Neal 2-4; Kenny Johnston 1-41; Gabe Hughes 1-18; Terrance Bynum 1-9; Kaleb Leach 1-3.

Florida Tech Defeats Stetson 54-12 In Season Opener

By  //  September 6, 2014

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Florida Tech 54, Stetson 12 (Final)

ABOVE VIDEO: The second season of Florida Tech football could not have started any better for Panther head coach Steve Englehart as his team dominated Stetson 54-12 Saturday night at Spec Martin Stadium.

ABOVE VIDEO: Trevor Sand rushed for 116 yard on 9 carries as the Florida Tech Panthers defeated the Stetson Hatters 54-12 in Deland.

ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech quarterback Mark Cato was 7 out of 15 passing for 191 yards and a TD as he lead the Panthers over Stetson 54-12. Cato put on a show in his first collegiate start. He connected with Xavier Milton for a 69-yard touchdown on his first passing attempt. That completion was longer than any passing touchdown in the team’s inaugural season last year. Cato went on to run for two scores and threw for another touchdown in the game’s first 15 minutes.

ABOVE VIDEO: The Panthers celebrate their shellacking of the Stetson Hatters 54-12 at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium in Deland.

Byron Matthews and his mom enjoy the Panther's big 54-12 win over Stetson. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

Byron Matthews and his mom enjoy the Panther’s big 54-12 win over Stetson. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

ABOVE VIDEO: The Florida Tech Panthers opened their 2014 season against the Stetson Hatters with a big 54-12 win at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium in Deland.

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The Florida Tech Panthers lead the Stetson Hatters 37-0 at halftime.

ABOVE VIDEO: Health First’s Dr. E. Schuyler DeJong, Florida Tech’s head team physician, during the Panther’s 2014 season opener against the Stetson Hatters at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium in Deland.

ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech dominated Stetson during the first half of the Panther’s season opener against the Hatters in Deland.

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The Florida Tech Panthers open their 2014 season as they take on the Stetson Hatters on a rainy evening at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium in Deland. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

ABOVE VIDEO: Stetson fans get pumped up for the Hatter’s 2014 home opener. 

ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech scores on an early TD strike as the Panthers open their 2014 season when they take on the Stetson Hatters at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium in Deland.

ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech makes field goal to take a 16-0 lead vs. Stetson. Florida Tech just scored on a 22-yard TD pass to extend the lead to 23-0 in the first quarter! Go Panthers! 

DELAND, FLORIDA – The Florida Tech Panthers will open their 2014 season when they take on the Stetson Hatters at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium in Deland. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. 

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Last season the Panthers won their first-ever game against Stetson 20-13, scoring the winning touchdown with just 1:09 left to play. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

Last season the Panthers won their first-ever game against Stetson 20-13, scoring the winning touchdown with just 1:09 left to play. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

Last season the Panthers won their first-ever game against Stetson 20-13, as Sean Ashley scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:09 remaining in the game. 

The turning point in the game came before the FIT winning drive. Stetson returned a kickoff for an apparent touchdown after the Panthers tied the game with 6:25 left.

The return was nullified by a penalty and, three plays later, Stetson turned the ball over.

Florida Tech is a member of the Gulf South Conference, affiliated at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level.

The Hatters compete in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision and are members of the Pioneer Football League.

Florida Tech Football Games On WFIT 89.5 FM

In addition to following the game action on SpaceCoastDaily.com, Florida Tech football games this fall can be heard for the first time on the new Official Radio Partner of the Panthers, WFIT 89.5 FM.

WFIT will carry 10 of the Panthers’ 11 games on the radio dial starting with FIT’s season opener on Saturday at 7 p.m. against Stetson. All 11 contests can be heard at WFIT.org and through the free TuneIn Radio app.

Steve Englehart

Steve Englehart

“This is a great opportunity for our program and it’s a great opportunity for WFIT,” head coach Steve Englehart said. “We’re happy to have WFIT as a member of our football family. We might attract new fans that are interested in Florida Tech, but have never seen us play. This opportunity will give them a taste of college football in Brevard County and hopefully they will in turn come see us play.”

Jerry Durney and Paul Van Scott will host a pregame show 30 minutes before kickoff and a postgame show at the conclusion of each game.

With road games in four states and two cities in Florida outside Brevard County, the Panthers’ mission this fall is “Enlarging Our Territory.”

“Being broadcast on WFIT helps in our season mission,” Englehart said. “We’re excited about this new partnership.”

The new partnership begins on Saturday with the second meeting between the Panthers and Hatters. Nearly one year ago, Sean Ashley leaped into the end zone with 1:03 remaining to give FIT a thrilling 20-13 win in its inaugural game at Palm Bay High School’s Pirate Stadium.

Englehart returns 23 starters from 2013, including seven All-Gulf South Conference honorees.

Florida Tech Football WFIT Radio Schedule

• Sept. 6 – at Stetson 7 p.m.
• Sept. 13 – vs. Ave Maria 6 p.m.
• Sept. 20 – vs. Tarleton State at AT&T Stadium 6 p.m.
• Sept. 27 – at Bethune-Cookman 4 p.m. (Online and TuneIn Radio app only)
• Oct. 2 – vs. Delta State* 7 p.m.
• Oct. 11 – at West Alabama* 7 p.m.
• Oct. 18 – vs. North Alabama* 6 p.m.
• Oct. 25 – vs. Mississippi College* 1 p.m.
• Nov. 1 – at Shorter* 12 p.m.
• Nov. 8 – at West Georgia* 2 p.m.
• Nov. 15 – vs. Valdosta State* 6 p.m.

All times listed are official start times for the games and are listed in Eastern Time. Home games are in bold and are played at Palm Bay High School’s Pirate Stadium.
* denotes Gulf South Conference game


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