COFFEE WITH COACH: Undefeated Florida Tech Travels To Face GSC Foe West Florida
By Alan Zlotorzynski, Space Coast Daily // October 1, 2016
Florida Tech 4-0 and ranked No.16
ABOVE VIDEO: Space Coast Daily has “Coffee With Coach Englehart” each week as the this week the Florida Tech Panthers look to move to 5-0 and 3-0 in conference play.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA– Last week Florida Tech went on the road to face Division I-FCS’s Presbyterian, and the Panthers were more than impressive in their 28-7 win.
Down 21-7, the Blue Hose were driving to cut the deficit to just a single touchdown when Jo Jackson was able to intercept a pass and bring it all the way back 83 yards for a touchdown. PC would be unable to get on the board again, and FIT now sits 16th nationally, the highest ranking in program history.
This week, the fourth year Panthers travel to Pensacola and know all to well how the first year team in West Florida feels. As a season of firsts continues for the inaugural West Florida Argonauts, they will host their first conference home game by welcoming in No.16, Florida Tech.
These two teams sit atop the league in offensive yards per game and both are the in the top three of defensive yards allowed in each game.
Sitting at 16th, FIT has the highest ranking in program history and just defeated a Division I-FCS team for the third time in its four-year existence.
The Panthers currently average 37.8 points per game and surrender just 8.8 points per game, both are top marks in the league.
UWF boasts the top passer in the GSC in Kaleb Nobles, and his two favorite targets (Ishmel Morrow and Anas Hasic) are the only two receivers in the conference to average more than 100 yards receiving per game.
Last week, FIT defensive back Jo Jackson became the first player in Panther’s history to intercept two passes in a single game in the win at Division I-FCS Presbyterian.
His second interception of the night helped seal the victory.
After PC’s touchdown drew them to within two scores, Jackson returned an interception 83 yards for a touchdown, bumping the Panther lead up to three scores in the fourth quarter.
It was FIT’s first pick six since its inaugural season in 2013. He also added four tackles and a pair of pass breakups.
#16 Florida Tech Panthers (4-0, 2-0 Gulf South) at West Florida Argonauts (2-2, 0-1 Gulf South)
Saturday, October 1 | 7:00 p.m. ET Blue Wahoos Stadium | Pensacola, Fla.
ABOVE VIDEO: Gulf South Conference defensive player of the week Joe Jackson talks with Alan Zlotorzynski of Space Coast Daily following practice on Friday.
Florida Tech By The Numbers
Rushing: Antwuan Haynes (232 yds, 7.0 avg, 2 TDs)
Passing: Mark Cato (1003 yds, 250.8 avg/g, 8 TDs)
Receiving: Kenny Johnston (10 rec, 295 yds, 2 TDs)
Tackles: Chris Stapleton (LB, 17 solo, 9 ast, 2.0 TFL/6 yds)
Sacks: Adonis Davis (DL, 3.0 sacks/22 yds)
Interceptions: Jo Jackson (DB, 3 INTs/121 yds)
West Florida By The Numbers
Rushing: Tim Bellinger (185 yds, 3.4 avg, 2 TDs)
Passing: Kaleb Nobles (1453 yds, 363.3 avg/g, 13 TDs)
Receiving: Ishmel Morrow (33 rec, 531 yds, 3 TDs)
Tackles: Joshua Smiley (LB, 15 solo, 13 ast, 1.5 TFL/8 yds)
Sacks: Andre Duncombe (LB, 4.5 sacks/29 yds)
Interceptions: Blake Norwood (DB, 2 INTs/20 yds)
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