Florida Tech Takes On Warner For Homecoming Today
By Florida Tech // October 26, 2013
FOOTBALL PEP RALLY SET FOR 4 P.M.
WHEN: SATURDAY, OCT. 26
WHAT: Warner (0-8) @ Florida Tech (2-5), 1 p.m. (HOMECOMING)
WHERE: Palm Bay High School’s Pirate Stadium, Melbourne, Fla.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech hopes to celebrate Homecoming by notching its first-ever consecutive victory versus in-state, NAIA foe Warner University.
FIT is 1-1 versus non-conference, in-state opponents this season after opening the year with a 20-13 home triumph over D-I FCS Stetson and falling at NAIA Ave Maria two weeks ago, 45-41.
WU also lost to AMU four weeks ago, 27-3. Saturday marks another road test for the winless Royals who are 0-6 away from home this year. Florida Tech is 2-1 at home, and had its first-ever GSC league win last week, 28-24 over Shorter.
Florida Tech will welcome alumni back to campus over the next couple of days for Homecoming Weekend.
The weekend will begin for athletics on Friday with the Panther Club Tip-Off Luncheon presented by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne at 12 p.m. in the Hartley Room.
CBS Sports Network analyst Pete Gillen is the featured speaker for the ticketed event. Head men’s basketball coach Billy Mims and head women’s basketball coach John Reynolds will preview the upcoming season.
A free football pep rally is scheduled on Friday from 4-5 p.m. at the Pantherium in front of the Denius Student Center. Head coachSteve Englehart and two players will talk about Saturday’s first-ever Homecoming Game against Warner University at 1 p.m. ET at Palm Bay High School’s Pirate Stadium. Tickets are available for the game and can be purchased online at FloridaTechSports.com, by dialing 321-674-6228 and at the Clemente Center Box Office on Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
On Friday at 7 p.m., the volleyball team will host Sunshine State Conference counterpart Eckerd College at the Palm Bay High School gym. The Panthers enter the game with a 14-6 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the SSC. They are coming off a 3-1 victory at Barry University on Wednesday. Admission for Friday’s match is free.
The men’s and women’s tennis teams will host their annual alumni matches on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the Florida Tech Tennis Courts.
At 9 a.m. at the Florida Tech Boathouse at the Anchorage, the men’s and women’s rowing teams will dedicate two new eight-person rowing shells in recognition of FIT Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer T. Dwayne McCay and his wife Mary Helen McCay. After the boat christening ceremony, the annual alumni races involving the men’s and women’s crews will occur at10 a.m.
Coming off their first Gulf South Conference win, the football team will play Warner at 1 p.m. at Pirate Stadium. Nearly one week ago, the Panthers clawed back from a 24-7 fourth quarter deficit to beat Shorter University 28-24. FIT scored three touchdowns in just over nine minutes to seal the thrilling win. During halftime on Saturday, one fan will have a chance to win a brand new Audi A4 courtesy of Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne.
On Sunday, the softball team will host its annual alumni game at 12 p.m. at Nancy Bottge Field. Admission is free.
Tailgating for Saturday’s football game will begin at 10 a.m. in the designated parking lots south of University Blvd. on the FIT campus. At about 10:15 a.m., the Panther Prowl will occur with the FIT cheerleaders and Pep Band leading the team from the Denius Student Center to the Varsity Training Center where the Panthers will board the busses to Pirate Stadium.
Free fan shuttles to Pirate Stadium will begin at approximately 11 a.m. and fans can take the shuttles back to campus when the game ends.
Parking on campus is free for home football games. Parking is also available at Palm Bay High School, and in the parking lots at the northwest corner of Babcock Street and Eber Blvd. for $5 per car.