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Florida Tech Panthers Host No. 8 Valdosta State For Homecoming Today At 1 p.m. |

Florida Tech Panthers Host No. 8 Valdosta State For Homecoming Today At 1 p.m. |

sixth all-time assembly between the Panthers and Blazers

Florida Tech (5-1, 2-1 GSC) hosts undefeated No. 8/9 Valdosta State (6-Zero, Four-Zero GSC) on Saturday, Oct. 13, for what ought to be a highly-contested Homecoming Recreation at Florida Tech Panther Stadium. Kickoff between the Panthers and Blazers is about for 1 p.m. (Florida Tech picture)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech (5-1, 2-1 GSC) hosts undefeated No. 8/9 Valdosta State (6-Zero, Four-Zero GSC) on Saturday, Oct. 13, for what must be a highly-contested Homecoming Recreation at Florida Tech Panther Stadium. Kickoff between the Panthers and Blazers is about for 1 p.m.

INSIDE THE SERIES
This would be the sixth all-time assembly between the Panthers and Blazers with VSU holding a Four-1 edge within the collection. Together with Saturday’s matchup, 4 of the six video games between Florida Tech and Valdosta featured a ranked Blazers squad.

Florida Tech’s lone win within the collection got here in 2016, the final time the groups met in Melbourne. The Panthers gained that recreation, 38-20, over No. 14 Valdosta State at Panther Stadium.

VSU has scored 30 or extra factors in every of its 4 wins within the collection and has outscored the Panthers, 184-116, over the primary 5 video games. The profitable staff within the collection has scored 38 or extra factors in every of the 5 earlier conferences with the bottom output for the dropping workforce at 14 factors.

The Blazers gained the closest assembly within the collection 31-29 in 2014, in Melbourne, and gained the most important margin at 52-14 within the first assembly between the groups in 2013, in Valdosta.

LAST TIME OUT
Florida Tech used a 74-yard fumble restoration landing to anchor a second-half comeback towards Mississippi School final Saturday, a recreation by which the Panthers gained 31-24 at Panther Stadium.

Trailing 21-10 within the third quarter, the Panthers reduce the deficit to 4 factors on Dezmond Morgan’s defensive landing. The Crimson and Grey proceeded to outscore MC, 14-Three, the rest of the sport to enhance to 5-Zero all-time towards the Choctaws.

Trent Chmelik threw for 184 yards and a landing, and picked up 70 yards on the bottom within the win. Brian Spurgeon, Jr. completed with 4 catches for 86 yards, whereas Damien McGheemade 4 receptions, together with a spectacular landing seize within the fourth quarter, for 52 yards towards the Choctaws.

Antwuan Haynes rushed for 112 yards and one landing on 15 carries. The senior operating again now ranks No. 2 in program historical past with Three,067 dashing yards. Haynes joined former teammate, and Florida Tech all-time main rusher, Trevor Sand (Three,280) as the one Panthers to earn Three,000 or extra dashing yards in a profession.

J.T. Hassell broke a single-game defensive document for the second week in a row, recording a school-record 20 tackles versus the Choctaws.

After enjoying towards Mississippi School’s triple-option offense, which places a whole lot of pressure and a pounding on the protection, head coach Steve Englehart stated the protection wanted a number of days to readjust and get again to their regular defensive preparations.

“It took the guys a couple days to get the defense playing the way they need to play and get their reactionary stuff back,” stated Englehart. “Clearly there was plenty of runs proper at you final week (towards Mississippi School), numerous read-run conditions the place a number of the reactionary stuff left as a result of the defenders solely had one job to do throughout that recreation.

“Overall, I thought we had a really good week of practice and the defense is really up for the challenge that Valdosta State presents, and I think our offense is up to the challenge knowing that we’re going to have to score some points.”

Trent Chmelik threw for 184 yards and a landing, and picked up 70 yards on the bottom within the win. (FIT Picture)

MEET THE OPPONENT: VALDOSTA STATE BLAZERS
VSU is coming off a 59-28 win over Delta State final weekend. The Blazers and Statesmen have been tied 28-28 at halftime earlier than VSU exploded for a 31-Zero second half for the win. Sophomore quarterback Rogan Wells threw for 4 touchdowns and ran for 2 within the win, whereas the VSU protection held Delta State to only 121 yards of offense within the second half. It’s the fifth-straight recreation that the Blazers have scored 50 or extra factors.

Valdosta State is in its 37th yr of intercollegiate soccer and owns an general report of 286-126-Four.

VSU head coach Kerwin Bell is 19-7 at Valdosta State in his third season, after having fun with a robust begin in 2016 with an 8-Three report in his preliminary marketing campaign and a berth within the NCAA playoffs. He’s 1-1 all-time towards Florida Tech.

VSU leads the nation in scoring offense at 55.Three factors per recreation and has scored over 50 factors every of the final 5 video games with a season-high 63 factors at Mississippi School (Sept. 29).

The Blazers are eighth within the AFCA ballot and rank ninth within the D2Football ballot. It marks the primary time since 2013 VSU has been ranked within the prime ten in each polls in the identical week.

LAST TIME VS. VALDOSTA STATE
Florida Tech was defeated 42-14 the final time it confronted Valdosta State on Oct. 28, 2017.

The Panthers have been restricted to 307 yards of offense, the second fewest of the season, and had three turnovers, whereas VSU racked up 423 yards of offense.

Guerrier caught 4 passes for 66 yards and a landing within the loss and Brian Spurgeon hauled in two passes for 60 yards. Haynes led the FIT floor recreation with 59 yards on 18 carries.

Hassell and Evan Thompson notched seven tackles in final yr’s assembly, whereas Adonis Davis, Ian Pittman and Theirry LaFortune all collected a Zero.5 sack, apiece.

VSU’s Rogan Wells accounted for all six of the Blazers’ touchdowns within the recreation. The quarterback accomplished 16-of-27 passes for 238 yards and two scores, and ran for 76 yards and 4 touchdowns on the bottom.

Florida Tech was defeated 42-14 the final time it confronted Valdosta State on Oct. 28, 2017. (Valdosta State picture)

INSIDE THE MATCHUP: FLORIDA TECH OFFENSE vs. VALDOSTA DEFENSE
The Panthers are sixth within the league in passing offense with 215.5 yards per recreation, whereas additionally rating seventh in dashing at 119.5 yards. Florida Tech is averaging 26.Three factors per recreation, additionally good for sixth within the GSC this season.

That scoring output might have to be elevated if the Panthers are going to stick with the excessive powered VSU offense.

“We are going to need to be more aggressive on offense this week,” Englehart said. “We have to stretch the sector and hold them off stability, and perhaps that may get them on their heels a bit. That’s the primary factor. We’ve to go after them on offense. We simply can’t sit there and maintain the ball and hope our protection goes to cease them. We now have to have the ability to rating loads of factors.

“I hope it doesn’t turn into a shoot-out and that we’re the only ones who are scoring. But we need to be aggressive and go after them, and make some big plays.”

Chmelik is having a superb yr beneath middle for the Panthers and ranks second within the GSC in completion proportion at 61.5 %. Guerrier leads the league in receptions per recreation (5.Zero), and is second within the convention in touchdowns (6), receiving yards (456), and receiving yards per recreation (76.Zero).

VSU is permitting 19.Zero factors per recreation to its opponents, good for third within the GSC. Groups are averaging 172.7 passing yards and 154.8 dashing yards towards the Blazer protection.

Iseoluwapo Jegede has been a drive defensively for the Blazers and is tied for first within the league with Four.5 sacks. Jameon Gaskin is his workforce’s prime tackler with 40 tackles, together with Four.Zero tackles for loss and one sack. Taurus Dotson is tied for second within the league with three interceptions.

Valdosta State is in its 37th yr of intercollegiate soccer and owns an general report of 286-126-Four.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP: VALDOSTA OFFENSE vs. FLORIDA TECH DEFENSE
VSU leads the GSC, and ranks 12th within the nation, in passing offense (304.7) and ranks second within the league in dashing offense at 237.7 yards per recreation. The Blazers have the highest scoring offense within the nation at 55.Three factors per recreation

Rogan Wells, who has been named the GSC Offensive Participant of the Week 4 occasions this season, ranks first within the league in a number of classes. He leads the GSC in passing effectivity (172.7), passing yards (1,595), yards per recreation (265.8), and yards per completion (15.95). Wells ranks first within the nation in passing touchdowns (23) and factors chargeable for per recreation (27.Zero).

Lio’undre Gallimore has 17 catches this yr and is the GSC’s prime receiver with regard to complete yards (495) and yards per recreation (82.5). Fellow wide-out Brian Saunds paces the league, and ranks sixth nationally, with eight landing catches. Operating again Jamar Thompkins is first within the league in dashing yards (583) and second in dashing touchdowns (5).

“On defense, we’re going to have to put pressure on Rogan Wells,” Englehart stated. “We will’t simply sit again and let him decide us aside. He’s an excellent quarterback so we undoubtedly have to put strain on him, do it on the proper occasions, and blend up our coverages to offer them totally different appears. We additionally simply can’t give them the deep ball. We have now to ensure we’re maintaining the ball in entrance of us.

“We know they’re going to get plays, going to get first downs. We just can’t give them the big strikes down the field.”

J.T. Hassell and Adonis Davis, two of the higher defenders within the nation, will have to be as much as the duty towards the Blazer offense. The Panther duo ranks within the prime three within the GSC in sacks, solo tackles, tackles for loss.

Hassell ranks first within the nation in solo tackles per recreation (8.2) and is second within the nation in pressured fumbles per recreation (Zero.67). The senior linebacker additionally leads the GSC, and ranks ninth nationally, in complete tackles per recreation (11.5). He’s additionally second within the league in sacks per recreation (Zero.75) and third in tackles for loss per recreation (1.2).

Davis, then again, leads the GSC in sacks per recreation (Zero.83) and tackles for loss per recreation (1.5). He’s additionally third within the league in solo tackles at Four.5 per recreation. John McClure is tied for third within the league with three interceptions and 6 passes defended.

“On defense, we’re going to have to put pressure on Rogan Wells,” Englehart stated.

HALFTIME ACTIVITIES
It’s going to be a busy halftime on the soccer recreation. Florida Tech might be recognizing the Pi Kappa Alpha Alumni and the Squamish Membership Alumni, who’re every celebrating their 50th anniversaries on the college. The Homecoming Courtroom will then take the sector the place the Homecoming King and Queen might be introduced and Florida Tech Scholar Actions will current the United Means with a donation on the sector. Halftime will come to an in depth with a joint efficiency from the Florida Tech cheerleaders and the Pep Band.

MAKE-A-WISH
Florida Tech’s Scholar-Athlete Advisory Committee is raffling off a signed Florida Tech Soccer jersey with proceeds benefitting the Make-A-Want Basis. Any donation is sweet for a raffle ticket. The profitable raffle ticket shall be pulled and introduced between the third and fourth quarters.

TICKETING INFORMATION
Soccer single recreation tickets for this weekend’s recreation are nonetheless on sale. Tickets value $16 for grownup reserved seating and $14 for senior, youngster and FIT worker reserved seating. Grownup basic admission tickets are $12, whereas senior, youngster, and FIT worker basic admission tickets are $6.

For questions relating to tickets, please contact the FIT Ticket Workplace at (321) 674-6228 or e-mail AthleticsTickets@match.edu.

PARKING INFORMATION
Parking on the Palm Bay Magnet Excessive Faculty and adjoining parking areas is $5 per car, money solely. Common parking could be bought prematurely on a season foundation via the Florida Tech Ticket Workplace. Parking attendants will direct followers to the parking areas. Parking tons open two hours previous to the sport. There isn’t any tailgating permitted of any variety in these tons. PBMHS is a tobacco-free campus.

Parking at Florida Tech is freed from cost and free shuttle service is offered to and from Palm Bay Magnet Excessive Faculty.

TAILGATING INFORMATION
Tailgating is just permitted on Florida Tech’s campus in designated areas and begins at 9 a.m. each residence recreation day. There isn’t a cost for tailgating.

Alcohol and grilling are solely permitted within the designated areas of FIT campus. Open hearth grilling just isn’t permitted within the parking storage. There’s an space put aside for tents within the Panther Den, situated to the east of the Varsity Coaching Middle on the southwest nook of FIT’s campus.

The Panther Prowl, the identify of the workforce’s pregame stroll from the Denius Scholar Middle to the Varsity Coaching Middle, will start at about 10:15 p.m.

Meals and beverage shall be obtainable on the market on the concession stand at Florida Tech Panther Stadium. Outdoors meals and beverage aren’t allowed contained in the stadium.

For the newest information, updates and knowledge on the Florida Tech soccer staff, go to FloridaTechSports.com. Followers also can keep up-to-date on the newest Panthers information by following Florida Tech Athletics on Fb, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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