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Massachusetts Pirates (3-4) at Orlando Predators (2-6)

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Saturday June 15, Amway Center, Orlando, FL 7:00 PM
PIRATES GAME NOTES & TRANSACTION UPDATE

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For the Record

Both Teams enter this game off a bye week. The Pirates are on a two game winning streak having defeated the New York Streets in a home and home series. With a victory the Pirates can reach the .500 mark for the first time this season. The Predators enter the contest after losing its last game to Jacksonville 48-20 on May 31.

Coming off the Bye Week
The Pirates are now a perfect 3-0 after bye weeks. Last season the Pirates defeated Columbus on June 16, 62-55 and on July 21, the Pirates bested Carolina, 56-53. Both wins were in the DCU Center. This season he Pirates defeated the New York Streets on the road on May 27 by a score of 70-51.

 Pirates Transaction Update 
This week the Pirates released defensive back Lashard Durr (5’11” 195 lbs.) Mississippi State. The team activated defensive lineman Du’Vonta Lampkin (6’4” 340 lbs.) Oklahoma from long term injured reserved and placed defensive lineman Joshua Augusta (6’4” 355 lbs.) Missouri on short term injured reserve.

The Last Meeting
The Pirates won the first ever meeting between the two teams in the DCU Center in Worcester back on April 27 of this season by a score of 45 to 12. The Pirates led 22-0 at the half and went on to claim their first victory of the season. Pirates’ fullback Quayvon Hicks led all rushers with 16 yards and five carries and a touchdown. Massachusetts quarterback Sean Brackett was 12 of 21 for 109 yards, with three touchdown passes with an interception. Thomas Owens recorded five receptions for 61 yards and a score. Prechae Rodriquez of Orlando led all receivers with nine catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. Predators quarterback Kyle Israel was 20 of 42 for 195 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Pirates’ defensive back Lawrence Austin led the winners on defense with five tackles and two interceptions.

The Series
The Pirates are 1-0 vs. Orlando. This will be the second and final regular season meeting between the Pirates and the Predators. This marks the Pirates first ever trip to Orlando.
 
The Coaches
Anthony Payton (3-4) is in his first season as Pirates Head Coach. Payton was the offensive coordinator of the Pirates last season and is now 1-0 vs. Orlando.
In 26 years of coaching this is Payton’s first time as a head coach. His professional coaching resume includes stops as an offensive Coordinator in 2016 with Portland in the Arena Football League and in the Indoor Football League with Spokane in 2017. Prior he worked as a wide receivers coach with Louisville in the AF2 and also in the AFL with Las Vegas and Buffalo.

Orlando Head Coach Doug Miller is in his first season in Orlando and enters at 2-6. (0-1 vs. Massachusetts) His coaching career includes stops as an offensive coordinator in the Arena Football League in Orlando, New Orleans and Tampa Bay. He also was an assistant coach for Florida in the UFL.

Individual League Leaders:
 
Sean Brackett
Pirates QB Sean Brackett leads the National Arena League in rushing touchdowns with seven on the season.  His passing numbers continue to improve after completing 42 of his last 50 throws in his last two games. Through seven games Brackett leads the NAL in completion percentage at 61.4. His overall totals are 124 of 202 (61.4%) for 1,287 yards, 28 TD’s and seven interceptions. 
 
Quayvon Hicks
Pirates fullback Quayvon Hicks does not have the most rushing attempts in the NAL (25) but he does lead the league in rushing yards with 86. Hicks also averages 12.3 rushing yards per game. Hicks is also tied for the league lead in kickoff returns for touchdowns with one this season.
 
Mardy Gilyard
Gilyard still hold the mark for best kickoff return average in the NAL at 25.6. Gilyard started the season as the Pirates kick returner and gained 230 yards on nine returns.

Bryan Hicks
Predators quarterback Bryan Hicks leads the National Arena League in passing efficiency with a rating of 118.2. In four games this season Hicks is 85 of 140 for 866 yards with 20 touchdowns and one interception.

Desmond Maxwell
Orlando fullback Desmond Maxwell has the most carries in the NAL with 34. This season he has gained 46 yards and has one rushing touchdown.

 

Michael Lyons

Predators’ wide receiver Michael Lyons tops the NAL with 9.25 receptions per game. In four games this season Lyons has 37 receptions for 372 yards with seven touchdowns and averages 10.1 yards per catch.

 

NAL Team Leaders

Passing Efficiency & Completion Percentage

As a team the Pirates lead the NAL in Passing Efficiency with a rating of 105.1. and Completion Percentage (61.2%).

The Running Game
The Pirates have the number one rushing offense with 170 yards and an average of 24.3 per game. The Pirates gain 2.9 yards per carry which is tied for best in the league. Their 19 rushing first downs are number one in the NAL.
 
Defending the Run
The Pirates also defend the run better than any team in the league allowing just 1.2 yards per carry and 8.0 yards per game. They have allowed just 56 yards rushing which is also tops in the league.
 

Interception Return Average
Massachusetts Pirates 12.0 per return
 
Fumble Return Average
Massachusetts Pirates 45.0
 
Fumble Returns for TD
Massachusetts Pirates 2 (three way tie)

Onside Kicks Allowed

Massachusetts Pirates 0 (tied)
  

Offensive Plays, Pass Attempts & Completions
The Predators have run 363 plays, the most in the league this season. They also lead the NAL in pass attempts with 302 and lead the league in completions with 168.

 

Up Next
The Pirates return home to the DCU Center on June, 22 at 7:00 pm vs. Columbus.
 
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. 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 508-452-MASS (6277). Follow the Pirates on Facebook at Facebook.com/MAPirates on Instagram @mass.pirates, as well as Twitter @mass_pirates.

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