FLORIDA TECH @ WEST ALABAMA – SATURDAY AT 5 P.M.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA (Florida Tech) – Recent off its first Coastal Basic win, Florida Tech (6-2, Three-2 GSC) begins the ultimate stretch of the common season with an important GSC matchup towards West Alabama (5-Three, 2-Three GSC).
Kickoff between the Panthers and Tigers is Saturday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. ET at Tiger Stadium in Livingston, Alabama.
“This is a big week this week as we head to take on West Alabama,” stated head coach Steve Englehart.
“They’re an awesome soccer workforce regardless of their report. They (West Alabama) have been banged up early this season with (Harry) Satterwhite lacking some video games and (Qua) Boyd was banged up. However they’re getting more healthy now.
“This is also West Alabama’s homecoming game so they are going to be fired up for that game. For us, it’s tough going on the road in this conference, especially after going on the road to West Florida and the emotional victory there. Now we have to turn around and go to Livingston to face a really good UWA squad.”
Saturday’s contest has been designated the Florida Area Coast GSC-TV Game of the Week and might be reside streamed on ESPN3 and the ESPN App.
That is the ultimate of three scheduled nationally televised video games for the Panthers in 2018.
The Crimson and Grey have gained three of the first 5 video games in the collection with UWA, together with final season’s 41-39 thrilling victory over the undefeated Tigers at Panther Stadium.
The Panthers and Tigers have cut up the first two matchups in Livingston, with the house staff incomes the most up-to-date win, 35-45, throughout the 2016 season. The 2 groups have mixed to attain 310 factors over the 5 video games, with UWA outscoring Florida Tech, 174–136.
LAST TIME VS. TIGERS
Enjoying towards the prime group in the league, in addition to the GSC’s prime offense, the Panthers held their very own towards No. 18 West Alabama throughout the 2017 season.
Final yr’s matchup went right down to the wire, with Mark Cato scoring the game-winning landing to offer Florida Tech the lead with 51 seconds remaining. The Panthers then sealed the win when Joe Jackson picked off Harry Satterwhite on Florida Tech’s 27-yard line with 16 seconds to go, as the Tigers driving for an opportunity to tie or win the recreation.
The Panthers outgained the Tigers, 484-463, in the contest and compelled a season-best three turnovers towards UWA, together with two fumbles and an interception.
Each groups a quantity of key returners who had an impression on final season’s assembly.
On offense, Antwuan Haynes ran for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 20 carries, whereas additionally including 20 yards by way of the air on two catches. Romell Guerrier caught 4 passes for 41 yards in the win, whereas Brian Spurgeon and Terrance Bynum every had two catches in the contest.
For UWA, Satterwhite accomplished 22-of-40 for 342 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Tyler Rogers rushed for 52 and a landing on six carries in final yr’s recreation, and Qua Boyd caught 5 passes for 100 yards and a rating.
Evan Thompson led the Panther protection with eight tackles, together with 5 of the solo selection, whereas J.T. Hassell and Adonis Davis every recorded seven tackles. Patrick Banks had six tackles, one deal with for loss, and returned a fumble 30 yards for a landing.
Defensively for the Tigers, Jordan Jones, Dakota Dashing, and Terry Samuel all recorded 5 tackles, with Jones being one of three UWA gamers to document a sack in final season’s showdown.
MEET THE TIGERS
The West Alabama Tigers started enjoying soccer in 1938. Since then UWA has gained 4 GSC Championships, together with final season’s title as the staff completed 10-Three and 7-1 in league play.
Tigers’ coach Brett Gilliland is a former quarterback at UWA. He completed his profession with 6,699 passing yards and 43 complete touchdowns, 36 passing, throughout his three seasons in Livingston. He concluded his profession as the Tigers’ document holder in single-season passing yards (Three,213) and profession passing yards.
West Alabama is coming off a slender, 27-25, loss to No. Three West Georgia in its earlier contest on Oct. 20. Trailing 27-19, Satterwhite related with Tiger tight finish Qua Boyd on a 19-yard landing move with 1:08 to play however UWA then failed on the two-point conversion try. The loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Tigers.
West Alabama’s different two losses have come towards Valdosta State (24-58) and North Greenville (16-20).
UWA was picked to repeat as GSC Champions in 2018 by the league’s coaches. The Tigers acquired 62 factors, together with six first-place votes in the GSC Preseason Coaches Ballot.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP: PANTHER OFFENSE vs. TIGER DEFENSE
Florida Tech ranks sixth throughout the board in the GSC in complete offense (356.6), passing offense (229.9), dashing offense (126.eight), and scoring offense (26.1).
West Alabama leads the league in rush protection permitting simply 114.zero yards per recreation. The Tigers additionally rank fifth in the convention in complete protection (379.eight), sixth in scoring protection (25.Three), and seventh in passing protection (265.eight).
Trent Chmelik has began each recreation for Florida Tech this season. The junior quarterback has accomplished 139-of-231 for 1,824 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. He ranks second in the GSC in completion proportion (60.2%), third in passing effectivity (139.9), and is fourth in passing yards per recreation (228.zero).
“Trent has really been playing well for us this season,” stated head coach Steve Englehart. “He’s been putting in the work in practice, in the strength room and in film study. We put a lot on Trent in this offense. He makes all the calls and checks or kills plays on the field. Trent has worked his tail off, he takes every little thing to heart, and as a result, he has put himself in a position to succeed.”
Antwuan Haynes heads up the Panthers dashing assault with 575 yards and three touchdowns on 131 carries. The senior’s 71.9 dashing yards per recreation ranks sixth in the convention.
Guerrier has been on a tear this season and leads the GSC in quite a few classes, together with receptions (43), receptions per recreation (5.four), yards (687), yards per recreation (85.9), and is tied atop the league with 9 receiving touchdowns. He has caught a landing in all however two video games this season and surpassed the 100-yard mark 4 occasions.
“Romell Guerrier is having a great year for us as well,” Englehart added. “It seems like every game he’s running by someone on a vertical route that ends up being a touchdown. He’s really helping us stretch the field.”
The UWA protection is guided by 2017 GSC Defensive Participant of the Yr Terry Samuel, who has a team-high 67 tackles this season, good for second-most in the league. Tavaris Hutchinson can also be a drive for the Tigers and is tied for fourth in the GSC with 62 tackles.
Jordan Jones is second in the convention in tackles for loss with 10.5, whereas Nicarius Peterson is tied for second in the league with three interceptions, one of which he returned for a landing.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP: TIGER OFFENSE VS. PANTHER DEFENSE
West Alabama is third in the GSC in passing offense, averaging 248.5 yards per recreation, fourth in scoring offense (27.four), and fifth in complete offense (374.eight).
Florida Tech ranks second in the league in complete protection (339.eight) and passing protection (184.1). The Panthers are additionally fourth in scoring protection (24.zero) and sixth in rush protection (155.6).
“Our defense is playing great right now,” said Englehart. “Their forcing a lot of turnovers and are scoring. Coach Minter does an awesome job with them. They are playing with a lot of confidence right now.”
Satterwhite has accomplished 150-of-253 for 1,809 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. He ranks first in the GSC in passing yards per recreation (258.four) and is fourth in completion proportion (59.6).
Rogers leads UWA, and is fifth in the league, in dashing with 583 yards and 4 touchdowns on 111 makes an attempt. He’s averaging 64.eight yards per recreation, good for seventh in the GSC.
Christian Saulsberry is the Tigers prime receiving menace with 527 yards and two touchdowns. He’s tied atop the league with Guerrier with 43 receptions. Tyriq Martin and Qua Boyd are additionally threats to attain with the two combining for 11 receiving touchdowns this season.
GSC-leading tackler J.T. Hassell has 82 stops this season together with a league-high 55 solo tackles. He’s averaging 10.Three tackles per recreation, most in the league, and is fourth in sacks (four.5), tackles for loss (7.zero).
Adonis Davis is second on the staff, and eighth in the league, with 52 tackles. The senior defensive lineman leads the GSC in tackles for loss (12.zero), sacks (6.zero), and compelled fumbles (Three).
John McClure is tied for second in the GSC with three interceptions together with one he returned for a landing.
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