As the Pirates get ready for their fourth game of the season they continue to write their record book which is filled with “firsts.” At seasons end the team’s accomplishments will be filed away and become memories and maybe even trivia answers. Who wants to wait that long? Are you “that” fan who knows everything Pirates?
Try your hand at these questions to see if you know the answers.
Who scored the first touchdown in Pirates history? That honor goes to wide receiver Devonn Brown. Brown caught a 38 yard TD pass from Sean Brackett in the first quarter against Maine on April 7. That also gives you the answer as to who threw the first TD pass. It was not the first score in Pirates game however as that distinction is held by Maine WR Devin Wilson. Wilson caught a strike from Johnathan Bane on the first play from scrimmage in the first ever game for both teams.
Let’s keep it on the ground. Who scored the first ever rushing TD for the Pirates? That would be Dashawn Johnson. The fullback powered his way into the end zone from two yards out against the Mammoths.
Time for some defense. Who recovered the first fumble in Pirates history? Kaelin Burnett fell on a lose ball in the fourth quarter in the 51-24 victory over Maine. There were also three interceptions in that contest, but who had the first? That honor went to Kiante Northington as he picked off Bane in the second quarter. He also came up with a pick near the end of the game making him the first Pirate to have two interceptions in one contest.
The National Arena League is all about scoring, so who had the first pick-six for the Pirates? That did not occur until week two when John Hardy-Tuliau intercepted Patrick McCain of Jacksonville and he returned it 30 yards in the 63-56 victory over the defending champs for the Pirates first road victory in the history of the franchise. (That answers another question for you)
Staying with the defensive theme, which Pirated had the first return of a missed field goal for a touchdown? It’s almost a trick question as the return came at the end of the Jacksonville game. Nicholas Belcher attempted to win the game on the final play by kicking a 50 yard field goal, but the attempt was blocked by Bill Vavau (which gives you the info on who has the first blocked field goal in franchise history) and it was returned five yards for a touchdown by Toby Jackson.
When it comes to the Pirates kicking questions the answer is Ali Mourtada as he had the first kick off and PAT vs. Maine, made his first field goal of 26 yards against Jacksonville and hit his first duce in a 55-47 loss to Carolina in week three. He had three of the two point kicks in that game for those who want to use that fact at a later time.
Much more of this story has yet to be written as the Pirates are still waiting on the recovery of an on-side kick, a safety, a two-point defensive score on a missed conversion, a one-point special teams score or UNO, a fumble return for a touchdown and a successful two-point conversion. It’s only a matter of time before the next member of the Pirates etches his name into the record book.