Week Six Preview: Mammoths vs. Pirates

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Maine looks to break Pirates win streak

PORTLAND- The Maine Mammoths (1-3) look to have a better game this time against the Massachusetts Pirates (4-1). This is the second meeting between these two teams. The Pirates defeated the Mammoths the first time 24-51 in Week One of the 2018 NAL season. The Mammoths look ready to improve on last week's loss and come up with a huge road victory over the Pirates.

Last week, the Mammoths hosted the Jacksonville Sharks (2-3) in Cinco-de-Mayo Night, but lost in a second-half battle. The Mammoths were almost shut out in the first half, but got things going as soon as halftime concluded. Quarterback Jonathan Bane threw for just over 150 yards, three touchdowns, one interception; four rushes for 31 yards and one fumble. Wide Receiver Devin Wilson played with all of his heart against his former team, grabbing himself five receptions for 57 yards and two touchdowns.

The Mammoths defense struggled to stop Jacksonville last week, not getting a single turnover, but that doesn’t mean that the Mammoths played bad. In the first half, the Mammoths defense completely shut out the Sharks offense, forcing a lot of stops and turnover on downs. The Mammoths are a second half team, and they proved that against the Sharks, getting 14 points in the third quarter and another 14 points in the fourth quarter. This offensive boost also shifts the momentum and helps the defense get ready to force a turnover. The defense alone didn’t force a turnover last week, but the special teams sure did. On a kickoff, the Mammoths went to strip the ball out of the Sharks returner’s hands and ended up recovering the ball, giving the Mammoths a better opportunity of closing the gap and making the game closer than what it was.

Devin Wilson will have an incredible game this weekend, like always. Look for him all over the field as he will be open and make great catches over the wall, like he normally does. In the past two games, Wilson has made what seems to be an endless amount of catches over the wall, whether it’s for a touchdown, first down, two-point conversion, or whatever the play is. Wilson is always there to step up and make incredible plays.

Saturday's game will be shown on YouTube Live and will be posted on the team’s social media pages. That will provide all the information on how to watch the game live on your phone or your computer.

The Mammoths are on the road next week, facing the Jacksonville Sharks on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm (ET) at DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.

ABOUT THE MAINE MAMMOTHS
The Maine Mammoths are members of the National Arena League (NAL). Founded in 2017, the Maine Mammoths will play their inaugural season in 2018 at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, ME.  Mammoth Season Ticket Memberships are on sale now call (207) 228-1138 or visit mainemammoths.com. Follow the Mammoths on Facebook at facebook.com/mainemammoths, twitter.com/mainemammoths and, instagram.com/mainemammoths.

ABOUT NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE
The National Arena League was founded in 2016 and hosted its inaugural season in 2017 as the premier league in arena football. The National Arena League will kick off its second season in April of 2018. For more information regarding expansion opportunities or partnerships, contact Commissioner Chris Siegfried at chris@nationalarenaleague.com or Expansion Chairman Jeff Bouchy at jeff@nationalarenaleague.com. For more information about the NAL visit www.nationalarenaleague.com, facebook.com/nationalarenaleauge, twitter.com/NALfootball, Instagram.com/natiionalarenaleague.

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