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ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech’s Sean Ashley completes a pass during a Panthers drive.

ABOVE VIDEO: The home crowd cheers on the Panthers.

ABOVE VIDEO:Florida Tech head football coach Steve Englehart talks about his team’s performance in defeating Stetson 20-13 in the program’s first-ever game.


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

ABOVE VIDEO: Touchdown Panthers! Florida Tech ties Stetson 13-13 with 6:26 remaining in the fourth quarter.

ABOVE VIDEO: Third quarter action – Stetson 10, Florida Tech 6.

ABOVE VIDEO: On the Panther sideline – Stetson 10, Florida Tech 6, third quarter.

ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech’s Brion Ashley hits on a 40-yard field goal to make the score Stetson 10, Florida Tech 6.

ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech forces Stetson to punt on first series of the third quarter.

ABOVE VIDEO: First half report by Ron Lighthall. Hatters 10, Panthers 3 at the half.

ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech’s first ever score – a 49-yard Brion Ashley goal. Hatters 10, Panthers 3 at the half.

ABOVE VIDEO: First Quarter Live Update. Stetson 7, Florida Tech 0

ABOVE VIDEO: Hatters on the move.

ABOVE VIDEO: Panther first down.

ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech fans are pumped up!

ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech Live Game Update with Giles Malone and Ron Lighthall.

ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech’s first-ever coin toss.

ABOVE VIDEO: Here come the Panthers!


ABOVE IMAGE: The “Panther Pride” signs are arriving at Pirate Stadium in Palm Bay in preparation for the 7 p.m. kick off.

ABOVE VIDEO: The Florida Tech Tailgate Party continues. 


ABOVE IMAGE: SpaceCoastDaily.com’s Ron Lighthall talks with the Alpha Tau Omega tailgating contingent.

ABOVE VIDEO: The Florida Tech Ambassadors were out in force showcasing the campus to prospective football recruits from around the country.

ABOVE VIDEO: Fans of all ages are having a blast dancing with the Florida Tech mascot.

ABOVE VIDEO: Panthers shake Dr. Catanese’s hand and touch the Panthers nose.

ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech President Dr. Tony Catanese talks about the tradition of the “Panther Prowl.”

ABOVE VIDEO:The “Panther Prowl” was a big hit.


ABOVE IMAGE: Panther team togs are a hot commodity right now at the first football Gameday at Florida Tech.

ABOVE VIDEO: The Florida Tech football team heads to the “Panther Prowl.”

ABOVE VIDEO: The Florida Tech Pep Band Drum Line will perform tonight as the Panthers take on Stetson tonight in the first-ever college football game in Brevard County.

ABOVE VIDEO: The Florida Tech assistant coaches after the pregame meal, and talk about their team’s preparation.

ABOVE VIDEO: The Florida Tech players look loose as they enjoy their pregame meal of mostly carbs to fuel up for the game which kicks off at 7 p.m. at Pirate Stadium.

ABOVE VIDEO: Dr. Schuyler DeJong of Health First Medical Group and Florida Tech Team Physician talks about the team’s overall health for tonight’s game. Dr. DeJong is an orthopedic surgeon who is subspecialty trained and board certified in sports medicine, whose practice focuses on sports medicine, including both surgical and non-surgical treatment of joint injuries and other musculoskeletal problems.

ABOVE VIDEO: Tailgating at its finest as the Panther faithful get pumped up.

ABOVE VIDEO: The excitement is building as the Panther faithful are gathering on the Florida Tech campus to Tailgate before the school’s first-ever football game. Above,  Mr. and Mrs. Garret, the parents of Keith Garrett, a 6-2, 310-pound freshman defensive lineman from Satellite Beach, Fla.; and Mr. and Mrs. Sadler, the parents of Chris Sadler, a 6-0, 240-pound freshman offensive lineman from Lake Gibson High in Lakeland, Fla. are all predicting victory over Stetson.

ABOVE: More Florida Tech Tailgating – Excitement building for the Panther faithful as Mr. and Mrs. Sands are here to support their son Trevor, a 5-11, 205-pound freshman fullback out of Seminole, Fla. (Seminole Senior HS).

ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech students get psyched for tonight’s Florida Tech vs. Stetson football game.


BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — Florida Tech’s inaugural football season kicks off at 7 p.m. tonight at Palm Bay High School and high excitement is in the air all across Brevard County.

Sean Ashley zeroes in on a wide receiver during practice last Saturday at Panther Field. (Amanda Stratford image)
Sean Ashley zeroes in on a wide receiver during practice last Saturday at Panther Field. Ashley will start at QB for the Panthers tonight vs. Stetson tonight. (Amanda Stratford image)

All day and until the game is over, a team of 10 SpaceCoastDaily.com reporters, videographers, photographers and digital editors are covering all the pre-game action on the Tech campus, on the team bus, in the locker room, in the stands and on the field, so stay tuned to SpaceCoastDaily.com for the very best coverage of the sights and sounds of Brevard County’s first-ever collegiate  football game.

In their inaugural game tonight, Tech will play another first-year program, Stetson University from NCAA Division I-AA. Stetson previously played football from 1901-56. Less than 100 miles separates the institutions.

“Tonight’s first-ever game is sold out and this will be a special night for Florida Tech,” said Matt Kilcullen, Florida Tech’s Assistant Vice President for Athletic Fundraising.

PANTHER PROWL SET FOR 4:15 p.m. The Panther Prowl, which is the name of the student walk from the student center to the Varsity Training Center on campus, will begin around 4:15 p.m. The walk will be a site to see. The drum line of FIT’s Pep Band and Varsity Cheerleaders will lead the team. The walk will go past the Aquatic Center and touch the nose of the Panther statue. The walk will then proceed through the tailgating area, culminated with a song by the band.