Stingrays make playoffs

Game will be played on Aug. 23, with time and place to be announced

Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 2:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 2:53 p.m.

Gainesville area football fans will get to experience a professional football playoff atmosphere when the Florida Stingrays of the Gridiron Developmental Football League host a playoff game next weekend.

Despite a 33-6 loss on the road Saturday to the Florida Panthers of Jacksonville in the last game of the regular season, the Stingrays (5-5) will host the South Carolina Bulldogs on Aug. 23 at a time and site that is yet to be determined. To find out what time and where the game will be played, visit the team's website at

"We are proud to have this opportunity to play a playoff game in front of our hometown fans," said Melanice Copeland, team general manager. "Because it is the beginning of the school year, we won't be able to play at Citizens Field like we have this past season."

Copeland said tickets to the playoff game will probably cost $5.

Copeland said the team will focus on fine tuning its offense during the practices leading up to the playoff game against the Bulls of Charleston, South Carolina, which finished in second place in the GDFL Midway Division with a record of 5-5.

The Stingrays finished third in the Gulfcoast Division.

Copeland said the Stingrays will be looking forward to advancing in the playoffs with a victory over the Bulls, and she hopes the community will come out and support the team.

"We have a great group of guys who play because they love the game, and they play hard for each other," Copeland said. "We are going to represent our city well. I can guarantee you that."

Copeland said the team will be led on offense by Anthony Gay, Miles Harris and quarterback Michael Tanner, who has passed for 122 yards per game. Tanner has also thrown five touchdowns this season.

Gay has gained 698 yards on the season, with a 7.3 yards-per-carry average. Harris has caught four touchdowns, and Deon English has 17 receptions for 214 yards, with one touchdown.

"If we can score some points and keep our defense off the field so they can rest, we will have a good chance to beat anybody in this league," Copeland said.

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