Pirates Take First Trip to Maine

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The Massachusetts Pirates will make their first ever appearance in the Cross Insurance Center in Portland, ME. this Saturday night when they look to sweep the season series from the Maine Mammoths.  The Pirates are looking to end a two game slide while the Mammoths have lost their last three games.

If the first two meetings are any indication, fans should expect the game to be decided in the final seconds. In the first ever National Arena League game for both teams on April 7, the Pirates used four turnovers and eight stops on defense to defeat Maine 51-24. Still Maine trailed by eight points in the fourth quarter before the Pirates pulled away.

In the May 12 match up Massachusetts had to come from behind in overtime on a touchdown run and a two point conversion plunge by quarterback Sean Brackett as the Pirates escaped with a 44-43 victory. Kicker Henry Nell nearly stole the game as he accumulate 19 points.

Against the Mammoths this season Brackett is 29 of 58 for 344 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Wide receiver Devonn Brown has six receptions for 110 yards and three TD’s while teammate Lavon Pearson has added seven catches for 101 yards and three scores.  Defensively DB’s Kiante Northington and Cheathem Norrils both have a pair of interceptions.

In head to head play thus far Mammoths QB Jonathan Bane is 32 of 71 for 283 yards with six interceptions and seven touchdowns. WR Devin Wilson has nine receptions for 111 yards and four scores while wide out Edgar Poe has 11 for 94 and a pair of scores.

Through eight games the Pirates are led on offense by Brown with 619 yards and 12 touchdowns on 31 receptions. Pearson has the most receptions with 38 along with 481 yards and 10 TD’s while Mardy Gilyard also has 10 scores on 37 catches and 366 yards.  Brackett is 130 of 215 for 2,070 yards, 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He is also the Pirates leading rusher with 68 yards and three TD’s while fullback Deshawn Johnson has added 44 yards and five touchdowns.

The Pirates defense has a league leading 21 interceptions. Northington and John Hardy-Tuliau each have six. Hardy-Tuliau leads the team with 34.5 tackles while Northington is right behind with 32. Nick Haag and J.D. Griggs share the team lead in sacks with four.

For the Mammoths in 2018 Bane’s passing numbers are 109 of 224 with 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also is the Mammoths top rusher with 86 yards and one TD.  Wilson tops Maine in receiving yards and touchdowns (373/11) on 30 receptions while Poe has 37 grabs for 310 yards and eight scores.  Nell has been one of the most consistent kickers in the league hitting on six of nine field goal attempts.  Defensively Keiron Jones has 27.5 tackles and two interceptions while Nikolas Sierra has 19.5 stops, two sacks and two fumble recoveries.

 

WEEK 9 MATCHUP

 

 PIRATES (5-3) at MAINE (1-5)

Saturday, June 2, Cross Insurance Center, Portland, ME 7:00 pm

 

PIRATES

MAMMOTHS

REGULAR SEASON SERIES LEADER

PIRATES lead 2-0

STREAKS

L2

L3

LAST WEEK

L 47-42 Jacksonville

BYE

LAST REG. SEASON MEETING

5/12/18 Pirates 44 – Mammoths 43 OT

TOTAL OFFENSE 

275.7 YPG

191.0 YPG

TOTAL DEFENSE

192.0 YPG

199.3 YPG

POINTS SCORED – AVG. (RANK)

53.3 (3)

35.0 (5)

POINTS ALLOWED – AVG. (RANK)

44.7 (4)

44.8 (5)

TURNOVER MARGIN

+8

-3

The Massachusetts Pirates are members of the National Arena League (NAL). The Pirates play all home games at the DCU Center located at 50 Foster St. Worcester, MA. 01608. Pirate Nation Season Ticket Memberships for the 2018 season are now available. Pirate Nation Memberships start as low as $60.00. To become a Pirate Nation Season Ticket member or for more information on the Massachusetts Pirates please call (508) 452-MASS (6277), email contact@masspiratesfootball.com or visit www.masspiratesfootball.com. Single game tickets are available online at ticketmaster.com or the DCU Center Box Office. For group outings please call Kara Mancini at 508-929-0125 or email kmancini@dcucenter.com. Follow the Pirates on facebook at facebook.com/MAPirates on Instagram @mass.pirates, as well as Twitter @mass_pirates.

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