The first place Massachusetts Pirates (4-1) look to run their home record to 3-0 this Saturday night at the DCU Center in Worcester as they host the Maine Mammoths (1-3) at 7pm. The Pirates are the top scoring offense in the National Arena League averaging 71.2 points per game and also look to remain perfect against Maine in the season series.
The Pirates enter into Saturday’s contest allowing 49 points per game. The team is a plus 6 in turnover margin and has 11 interceptions and three fumble recoveries on the season.
Offensively, Sean Brackett has thrown at least five touchdown passes in every game he has played. The Massachusetts quarterback is 66 of 115 with 21 TD’s against five interceptions. Devonn Brown leads the Pirates with 431 receiving yards and ten touchdowns while Lavon Pearson tops the team in receptions with 23. Recent addition Mardy Gilyard has burst on to the scene with six touchdown grabs in his first two outings. Dashawn Johnson and London Crawford each have 22 yards rushing for the Pirates.
Defensively, Kiante Northington leads the team in tackles with 25.5 to go along with four interceptions and five passes broken up. Fellow DB John Hardy-Tuliau has 20 tackles, four picks and four PBU’s. They will look to slow down Maine quarterback Jonathan Bane who threw for over 150 yards with three scores in a loss last week to Jacksonville. Devin Wilson was the Mammoth’s leading receiver in that game with five catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns.
In the first meeting between the two teams on April 7, the Pirates won their first ever game, 51 to 24 as quarterback Sean Brackett threw five touchdown passes. Wide out Devonn Brown finished with three receptions for 86 yards and three scores while fullback Dashawn Johnson scored on two short scampers.
The defense showed strength as it caused four turnovers and posted eight stops. Kiante Northington had two interceptions for the Pirates.
Maine kept the game close in the fourth quarter as they trailed by eight points before the Pirates pulled away. Jonathan Bane finished 12 of 32 with three touchdowns and three interceptions. Devin Wilson led the Maine receivers with six catches for 62 yards and two scores.