Pirates Continue To Play Like A TEAM
Five days after a dominant 70-51 victory in New York the Massachusetts Pirates (3-4) continued to flash offensively as they routed the NY Streets (3-3) 68-53. Sean Brackett guided the Pirates with eight total touchdowns and 230 yards through the air. Mardy Gilyard lead the team in receiving with seven receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns and Phil Zolla Photography was there with My4one2 keeping our National Arena League Fans #LockedIN!
The Pirates started the contest on offense but failed to gain a first down resulting in a turnover at mid-field. The Streets capitalized as quarterback E.J. Nemeth found wide receiver Robert Jones for a 15-yard score. The Pirates responded with a score of their own, as quarterback Sean Brackett hit wide out Dexter McCluster in the back of the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown. The point after attempt by kicker Mike Weaver was unsuccessful. The quarter concluded with a stingy defensive effort from the Pirates after they stopped running back Robert Thomas short of the first down marker inside the five-yard line. The Streets lead 7-6 after the first quarter.
To open the second quarter the Pirates went on an eight play, 42-yard drive which was capped off by a one-yard rushing touchdown from Brackett. The drive was kept alive after NY committed two offside penalties. Weaver’s extra point attempt was no good once again. The following NY drive was stopped short after three straight incompletions from Nemeth resulted in another turnover on downs. Brackett then found Devonn Brown on the very next play which set the Pirates up with first-and-goal from the one-yard line. Brackett then punched it in himself for his second rushing TD of the game. Weaver’s kick was successful, thrusting the Pirate lead to 19-7. Nemeth threw a strike to Jones from 15-yards out for another NY touchdown, as Jones impressively held onto the catch after taking a hard hit as he landed. In the blink of an eye, Brackett led his offense on a two-play drive which resulted in a three-yard score from Quayvon Hicks, thanks in part to Gilyard, who made an acrobatic catch while flipping over the wall. Weaver again missed the extra point but made up for it as he hit a deuce on the following kickoff. A fourth-down pass interference call on defensive back Lawrence Austin extended the Streets final drive before the half, allowing Nemeth to dump it off to Devante Jenkins for a three-yard touchdown to lessen the deficit. The Pirates led 27-21 at halftime.
The Streets begin the second half with the ball as Nemeth quickly drove his team down the field. He connected with three different receivers on the drive leading to him sneaking in from two yards out to tie the score at 27. Brackett and company answered back with a touchdown as the reigning league MVP found Brown in the corner of the end zone for a quick 15-yard score. Pirates linebacker Kavika Luafatasaga intercepted Nemeth on the following drive and returned it from seven yards out for the first pick-six of his Pirate career. Nemeth came up short again on the next NY possession, throwing three incompletions on the way to another turnover on downs. The Pirates were granted the ball at the NY 15-yard line. Two plays later, Brackett hit Thomas Owens for a seven-yard touchdown to complete the third quarter.
Nemeth put his third-quarter struggles behind him and started the fourth quarter by leading the Streets on a four play, 30-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown to Jenkins. Brackett responded with a two-play drive that concluded with a 16-yard touchdown to Brown, making it their second time connecting for a score in the game. Nemeth answered with his third touchdown to Jones, this time from 31-yards out. After a failed NY onside kick attempt, Brackett connected with Gilyard from three yards out to extend the Massachusetts lead to 61-39 with just over three minutes remaining. Nemeth connected Edgar Allen Poe Jr from 19-yards out after the game was out of hand. The Pirates put the final lines in the road as Brackett found Gilyard for a 30-yard score as the clock ticked away. In the closing seconds of the contest, Nemeth connected with Jones once again for a 13-yard touchdown, which would mark the final score of the game.
Quarterback Sean Brackett brought his “A” game once again against the Streets. He completed 21 of his 25 passes for 230 yards and six touchdowns, and most importantly no interceptions. He added two touchdowns rushing as well. Nemeth finished 34 of 61 for 290 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. Jones led all receivers in the game with 15 receptions for 148 yards and three touchdowns.
The Pirates will enjoy a bye week before traveling to Orlando to play the Predators on June 15th at 7:00 pm.
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