The Massachusetts Pirates enjoyed their most productive offensive day of the season as quarterback Sean Brackett threw for 328 yards and seven touchdowns as the Pirates (2-4) defeated the New York Streets (3-2) 70 to 51 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY. It was the Pirates first road win of the season.
The teams swapped scores in the first quarter as Brackett connected with Mardy Gilyard from 11 yards out and Mike Weaver’s first PAT attempt as a Pirate was good giving the Pirates a 7-0 lead. Streets QB E. J. Nemeth found Rob Jones with a 16 yard strike to put New York down by one. Brackett came right back to Gilyard, this time from 38 yards for a 14-6 advantage. The quarter ended with Edgar Allen Poe pulling in a three yard pass and the Pirates held a one point, 14-13 lead after one quarter.
The Pirates owned the second quarter, outscoring the Streets 22-6 with Brackett scoring on a three yard run and going up top 45 yards to Devonn Brown to put Massachusetts out front 27-13. Nemeth notched a one yard run for six to close the score to 27-19, but the Pirates would add nine more points as Dexter McCluster recorded his first touchdown as a Pirate on a 40 yard pitch and catch with Brackett and fumbled snap by the Streets in their own end zone gave the Pirates two more and a 36-19 halftime lead.
The Pirates widened their lead in the third quarter as Brackett and Gilyard hooked up for the third time. The 12 yard play put the Pirates ahead 43 to 19. Jones second score of the game for New York, a 15 yard reception, put the Streets down 18 with 4:04 left in the quarter. Thomas Owens 11 TD catch gave the Pirates a 50 to 25 advantage after three quarters.
The Streets mounted a comeback in the final quarter as Jones pulled in a five yard pass from Nemeth but the Pirates kept pace as Quavyon Hicks scored on a 15 yard run giving Massachusetts a 57-33 lead. Devante Jenkins 14 yard TD reception saw the Streets down 57-39 with 8:16 left in the game. Then the Streets rolled the dice with an onside kick, but the ball was fielded by Hicks who returned it 13 yards into the end zone to give the Pirates a commanding 64-39 lead.
New York made it respectable as Jones caught his fourth TD of the game making the score 64-45. Jones finished the contest with eight receptions for 69 yards and four scores. Not to be outdone, Gilyard pulled in his fourth TD for the Pirates with 1:35 remaining as Massachusetts reached the 70 point mark for the first time this season. Gilyard ended the game with six catches for 99 yards and four touchdowns. The Streets capped the scoring as Nemeth found Tyler McDonald on a 23 yard play making the final 70 to 51.
Nemeth was 23 of 44 for 292 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions. Jenkins was his top target with 84 yards on six receptions and a score while Poe caught six balls for 81 yards and a TD.
Brackett enjoyed one of his finest passing games in two seasons in the National Arena League as he was 21 of 25 for 328 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions. Devonn Bown recorded 122 yards on seven receptions with a TD to go along with Gilyard’s four touchdown performance. Hicks was the games’ top rusher with 23 yards on two carries with a touchdown.
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