Panthers Reveal First College Football Opponent

By  //  October 9, 2012

Coach Expects In-State Rivalry With Stetson

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech will host Stetson University in the Panthers’ inaugural college football game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at Palm Bay High School’s Pirate Stadium in Melbourne.

Florida Tech head coach Steve Engelhart said that Stetson will be the first-ever college football opponent for the Panthers next September. (Image by Derek Suomi)

Less than 100 miles separates the two universities who will meet on the gridiron for the first time.

“I think this game really fits both schools well,” Florida Tech head coach Steve Englehart said. “We are both going through some of the same challenges of starting a program. We recruit some of the same kids from the state of Florida. Furthermore, this is a game that can turn into a great in-state rivalry for years to come.”

The game will mark Stetson’s second football era since it last took the field in 1956. Previously, the Hatters played for 48 years, mounting a 155-127-27 (.545) record.

Starting in the Fall of 2013, they will compete in NCAA Division I’s Pioneer League under Head Coach Roger Hughes.

As a football-only member of NCAA Division II’s Gulf South Conference, Florida Tech is scheduled to play 10 regular-season games starting next fall.

Six of the games will be against fellow GSC members Delta State, North Alabama, Shorter, Valdosta State, West Alabama and West Georgia.

The Panthers are currently preparing for their inaugural 2013 season by holding practices and intrasquad scrimmages this fall.

The next intrasquad scrimmage is free and open to the public and will be played Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at Palm Bay High School’s Pirate Stadium.