Kickoff set for two p.m.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Florida Tech soccer staff welcomes North Greenville on Saturday for its annual Senior Day Game at Panther Stadium.
Kickoff between the Panthers and Crusaders is about for two p.m.
With two weeks remaining within the 2018 common season, Florida Tech is presently sixth within the Tremendous Area 2 rankings, the ultimate playoff place within the area. Subsequently, if the Panthers can win-out the subsequent two video games, towards NGU and Shorter on the street subsequent week, it is going to go an extended approach to solidifying their postseason destiny.
Regardless of the implications on regional standing, head coach Steve Englehart and the Panthers are approaching this recreation like some other.
“I think you have pressure to win games every week,” Englehart said. “In the big picture, this game is no more or less important than the first game of the year when you look at the regional rankings. I do know that our team really wants to win this game for the seniors on Senior Day.”
Sixteen gamers and one cheerleader might be honored on the sector previous to Saturday’s recreation as a part of Florida Tech’s Senior Day ceremony.
The Panthers who can be honored are defensive again Darion Andre, operating again David Bryant, vast receiver Terrance Bynum, defensive lineman Adonis Davis, large receiver Romell Guerrier, kicker Kyle Gullikson, linebacker J.T. Hassell, operating again Antwuan Haynes, defensive lineman Jimmy Hinel, offensive lineman Joe Laguna, kicker Zachary Leatherman, linebacker Richard Leveille, linebacker Marcus Pettigrew, defensive lineman Warren Powers, defensive again Renzo Salvador, and defensive again Xavier Story. Amber Palmer from the cheerleading workforce may even be acknowledged on the sector previous to kickoff.
“This senior class, like every senior class, is important to me for the same reasons,” stated head coach Steve Englehart. “They’ve sacrificed for the great of the varsity and their staff. They’ve been loyal. They’ve labored arduous to make this program profitable.
“Obviously, this group has been extremely productive when you look at some of the individual records they have set and how many games they have won.”
Heading into Saturday’s recreation, another win will give this senior group 27 for his or her profession, probably the most by any class in program historical past.
Florida Tech and North Greenville have cut up their two matchups. The Crusaders defeated the Panthers, 27-13, at Panther Stadium within the first-ever assembly three years in the past, through the first spherical of the 2016 NCAA Division II Playoffs. The Panthers evened the rating in 2017, besting NGU by a rating of 42-31 in Tigerville.
MEET THE CRUSADERS
North Greenville enters Saturday’s recreation with at Four-Four general and a Three-Three report in league motion. This whereas dealing with one of many prime 10 hardest schedules within the nation this season, in line with herosports.com, as seven of NGU’s 11 opponents this season at present have profitable data.
NGU, situated in Tigerville, South Carolina, is in its first season as a member of the Gulf South Convention and has been an NCAA Division II member establishment since 2001.
Jeff Farrington is in his sixth season as head coach of the Crusader soccer workforce. He’s 36-29 general and has led NGU to an NCAA Victory Bowl title in 2014 whereas taking this system to its second NCAA Playoff look in 2016. The Crusaders superior to the quarterfinals throughout the newest playoff run and completed with a 9-5 report.
The Crusaders have been picked seventh within the GSC Preseason Coaches Ballot previous to the beginning of the season, one spot again of Florida Tech.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP: PANTHER OFFENSE VS. CRUSADER DEFENSE
Florida Tech is averaging 25.7 factors per recreation and 354.zero yards of complete offense. The bottom recreation continues to be a bit down this season, averaging 117.1 yards per recreation, however the passing recreation has picked up the slack behind the good play of junior quarterback Trent Chmelik and is now averaging 236.9 yards via the air per recreation.
Chmelik is getting higher each week of the season, and final day trip he accomplished a career-high 25 passes to 10 totally different receivers towards West Alabama. He has accomplished 164 passes this season for two,117 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Brian Spurgeon, Jr. led Florida Tech with 5 receptions versus UWA, however it’s been Romell Guerrier who has offered the spark on the surface all season lengthy. Guerrier leads the GSC in receptions (47), receiving yards (762) and touchdowns (9), and is averaging 16.2 yards per catch.
Antwuan Haynes is the highest rusher for the Panthers with 618 yards and 4 touchdowns on 144 carries. This might be an additional particular senior day for Haynes, as he has an opportunity to develop into this system’s all-time main rusher and chief in profession dashing touchdowns towards NGU. He wants simply eight dashing yards and one dashing rating to realize each feats.
Haynes might be primed for an enormous day as he has had a number of success versus NGU up to now – dashing for 155 yards and a landing in 2016 after which recording 155 complete yards, on 94 dashing and 61 receiving, final season.
“We have to do a great job of running the football and the offensive line will be the reason we can or cannot run it,” stated Englehart. “Antwuan will be the beneficiary if we play well up front and are able to stretch the ball down the field to loosen up the box and coverage.”
North Greenville ranks fourth within the GSC in complete protection, permitting 359.1 yards per recreation to its opponents together with 142.6 on the bottom and 216.5 by way of the air, each totals rank close to the center of the league. Groups are averaging 24.eight factors per recreation towards the Crusader protection.
Dominique Hunt leads NGU with 56 complete tackles, together with 5.zero tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Aaron Watson leads the convention with 5 interceptions to go together with 12 move deflections and 7 cross breakups. Matthew Thomas has 38 tackles this yr with seven of these going for a loss, together with two sacks.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP: CRUSADER OFFENSE VS. PANTHER DEFENSE
North Greenville is averaging 21.1 factors and 333.6 yards of complete offense per recreation. The Crusaders’ rank second within the GSC in passing offense, behind solely Valdosta State, at 265.5 yards per recreation. Nevertheless, their dashing offense is final within the league in dashing at 68.1 yards a clip,
Regardless of the shortage of manufacturing on the bottom, Florida Tech just isn’t going to miss the NGU dashing assault.
“Our defense still needs to do a great job of stopping the run North Greenville can still hurt you with the run if you let them,” added Englehart. “With their passing game, our secondary has to execute at a high level and we have to get pressure on their quarterback. We need to make him uncomfortable in the pocket.”
EJ Humphrey and Dashonell Wright are the highest rushers for NGU. Humphrey has 264 yards and two touchdowns on 103 makes an attempt this season, whereas Wright is at 210 yards and two touchdowns on 44 carries.
Redshirt-senior quarterback Will Hunter leads the Crusader offense with 1,913 passing on 151-of-256 passing and 15 touchdowns. Hunter has thrown 11 interceptions this season, one thing that might be pricey towards a Panther protection that leads the GSC in turnover margin.
Lucas Catalfomo and Demajiay Rooks are the 2 receiving threats for NGU. Catalfomo has 556 receiving yards and three scores on 36 catches, whereas Rooks has a team-best 40 catches for 489 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Florida Tech ranks second within the convention in complete protection (344.9/recreation) and passing protection (186.Three/recreation). The Panthers are sixth within the league in rush protection, permitting 158.6 yards per recreation on the bottom, and fourth in scoring protection at 24.6 factors allowed.
The Panthers have pressured opponents into 18 turnovers this season, together with 10 picks. The protection additionally ranks third within the league with 2.44 sacks per recreation.
J.T. Hassell leads the protection and is making a robust marketing campaign for the GSC Defensive Participant of the Yr award. The senior leads the GSC in complete tackles (96) and tackles per recreation (10.9), and is fifth within the league in complete sacks (Four.5) and sacks per recreation (zero.50). He additionally ranks fourth nationally in pressured fumbles (zero.44/recreation).
Adonis Davis has 60 tackles on report this season and tops the GSC in tackles for loss (13.zero) and sacks (6.zero). Evan Thompson has 52 tackles this season and John McClure is second within the league with 4 interceptions to go together with 34 tackles.
– A lot of particular person data might fall over the subsequent two video games. A breakdown of the potential data could be discovered under.
– Guerrier wants three receiving touchdowns to interrupt Xavier Milton’s single-season document of 11 touchdowns
– Hassell wants 4 tackles to interrupt J.J. Sanders’ single-season report of 99 tackles
– Haynes wants eight dashing yards to interrupt Trevor Sand’s all-time mark of three,280 yards
– Haynes wants yet one more rating on the bottom to turn into the all-time chief in dashing touchdowns with 25
– Trey Schaneville wants three extra area objectives this season to set a brand new single-season report for made kicks with 13.–
Soccer single recreation tickets for this weekend’s recreation are nonetheless on sale. Tickets value $16 for grownup reserved seating and $14 for senior, baby and FIT worker reserved seating. Grownup common admission tickets are $12, whereas senior, baby, and FIT worker common admission tickets are $6.
For questions relating to tickets, please contact the FIT Ticket Workplace at (321) 674-6228 or e-mail [email protected]
Parking at the Palm Bay Magnet Excessive Faculty and adjoining parking areas is $5 per car, money solely. Common parking may be bought prematurely on a season foundation by means of 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 a tailgating permitted of any sort 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 is simply 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 is just not 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 11:15 a.m.
Meals and beverage can be obtainable on the market at 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 workforce, go to FloridaTechSports.com
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