The Massachusetts Pirates will play its first ever road game when they travel to face the NAL’s defending champion in the Jacksonville Sharks, Saturday night at the JAX Veterans Memorial Arena. Last week the Sharks were successful on the road in game one of their title defense with a 41 to 38 come from behind victory over the Carolina Cobras.
Massachusetts is 1-0, winning its home opener last week over the Maine Mammoths 51 to 24 in a game that saw the Pirates defense dominate with eight stops, which included three interceptions and a fumble recovery. Three of the caused turnovers led directly to Pirate touchdowns.
In the Sharks victory Quarterback Patrick McCain threw three touchdown passes, two of them to Jamar Howard, and kicker Nick Belcher accounted for 11 points with two field goals, a duce and three extra points.
The Pirates will look for quarterback Sean Brackett to continue his solid play as he was 10 of 26 for 169 yards and five touchdown passes in week one. Three of those scores went to wide receiver Devonn Brown who finished as the teams’ leading receiver with 86 yards. The Pirates also ran for 60 yards with Dashawn Johnson leading the way with 23 yards on six carries and two touchdowns.
The Massachusetts defense also sacked Maine quarterback Jonathan Bane twice, allowed just five first downs and supplied constant pressure leading to three picks, one by John Hardy-Tuliau and two by Kiante Northington.
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