GREENSBORO- The Carolina Cobras (2-1) opened their second home game of the season with a victory over the Massachusetts Pirates (2-1) 55-47. This win leaves the NAL with one undefeated team, which is the Columbus Lions (2-0).
The Cobras received the ball first and found a touchdown from Quarterback Charles McCullum to Wide Receiver Tyron Laughinghouse to put the Cobras up 7-0 early in the game. The Pirates wouldn’t back down, as they found Wide Receiver London Crawford for a touchdown with 5:35 to go in the first quarter. The following kickoff, Ali Mourtada made a deuce to put the Pirates on top 9-7. To end the first quarter, the Cobras found Fabian Guerra for a long 32-yard touchdown to put the score at 14-9 Cobras.
In the second quarter, the Pirates and Cobras started off with empty drives, but the Pirates returned a field goal for a touchdown, which helped them keep their lead with a 16-14 lead. A Pirates deuce makes it 18-14 for the Pirates with 9:10 left in the first half. An empty possession on the Cobras side gives the Pirates the ball with just over five minutes to go. This could be dangerous if the Pirates score a touchdown to go up by at least 10 or 11 points at halftime. Fortunately for the Cobras, the Pirates threw an interception which gave the Cobras the ball. McCullum threw an interception shortly after, but the defender thought he was down after the catch, which gave the Cobras receivers time to charge at the defender. Once the Cobras receivers got to the defender, the Pirates fumbled the ball, lost around 10 yards, and gave up a safety. After review, however, the receiver gave himself up after the catch and was ruled down. The score went back to 14-18. The Pirates kicked a field goal to go up 21-14 with under a minute to go in the half. There was still too much time for McCullum and his offense, which he proved that by finding Laughinghouse for another touchdown, which tied the game at 21 to end the first half.
To start the second half, the Pirates scored a touchdown in the first three minutes, however, the PAT was no good, which gives the Pirates a six point lead with a score of 27-21. McCullum found Tyrell Goodman for a touchdown in under two minutes to give the Cobras their first lead since early in the second quarter. Massachusetts found the end zone to regain the lead 33-28. After the deuce, the score is now 35-28. Jermaine Jones found the end zone for the first time of the night to make the score 34-35. The Pirates scored another touchdown, but a bad snap prevents them from extending their lead. To end the third quarter, the Cobras trailed the Pirates 34-41.
Two plays in the fourth quarter, Goodman found the end zone for another Cobras touchdown. The extra point was blocked and returned all the way inside the Cobras 10 yard line. Fortunately for the Cobras, the ball wasn’t returned for a two point play, keeping the score at 40-41. The Pirates scored their final touchdown with just under nine minutes to play, making the score 40-47 with the Pirates up by seven. In a few plays, the Cobras found Guerra for another touchdown, which made the game 47-47. An empty possession by Massachusetts gives Carolina an opportunity to score, which they did. A touchdown gave the Cobras a lead. The PAT was ruled as good, but the Pirates head coach did not like the call, which made him react in a negative way and resulted in him being ejected from the game with three minutes to go. The officials ended up reversing the call and called it no good. The score would then be 53-47 in Carolina’s favor. Craig Peterson attempted a deuce and made the deuce to put the score at 55-47 with 3:10 to go in the game. An eight point game is crucial in the final five minutes and the Cobras defense was aware of that. The Cobras defense forced an empty possession and ended the game from there. The final score in Greensboro, NC is 55-47.
The Carolina Cobras travel to Jacksonville, Florida next Saturday, April 28, 2018 to take on the Jacksonville Sharks (1-2) at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
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