Mammoths one-point short historic upset
MASSACHUSETTS- The Maine Mammoths (1-4) took a short trip to Worcester, Massachusetts to face the Massachusetts Pirates. The game was interesting all 70 minutes, but it did not go in the Mammoths favor after losing by one point in overtime.
Quarterback Jonathan Bane was 20-of-40 for 193 yards, four touchdowns, three interceptions, and one fumble. Bane also rushed four times for 28 yards, which leads the Mammoths this week. Fullback Desmond Maxwell rushed two times for six yards, received the ball two times for 19 yards. The leading receiver in this game was Edgar Poe Jr. with 10 catches for 71 yards and one touchdown. Wide Receiver Devin Wilson had a quiet game when it comes to receptions, but dominated in yards and touchdowns. He saw the ball three times for 50 yards and two touchdowns. One of those two touchdowns was in overtime to put the Mammoths up 43-36. The final receiver that saw the ball was Devante Jenkins with five receptions for 39 yards.
The Mammoths got things going without the clock even starting, putting the score at 2-0 on the opening kickoff. On the first defensive drive, the Mammoths held the Pirates to no points, then scored on a 19 yard touchdown pass to Devin Wilson to put the game at 9-0 early in the game. Kicker Henry Nell scored the rest of the points to give the Mammoths an 11-0 lead until the Pirates rushed for a short touchdown to put the score at 11-7 Mammoths with 2:22 to go in the first quarter. From here until halftime, the momentum shifted to the Pirates side, but the Mammoths still made it to 19 points to enter halftime. Kicker Henry Nell made 13 of the 19 points scored by the Mammoths in the first half. The Mammoths defense also helped out by not allowing the Pirates to score again.
The third quarter was all one-sided in the Pirates favor. The Pirates came back from a 7-19 deficit to make it 22-19 at the end of the third quarter. The first touchdown of the half for the Pirates went to Lavon Pearson for a 19 yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Sean Brakckett. Brackett would score the second touchdown of the quarter for the Pirates, grabbing their first lead of the night, as he scrambled for a three yard touchdown rush. The fourth quarter wasn’t going as planned for the Mammoths, as Bane threw two interceptions in a row on two different drives. Luckily for the Mammoths, Brackett threw an interception on one of those turnovers. With just a minute to go, the Mammoths were down 26-36 and the Mammoths were not looking to make any comebacks with the momentum. That all changed as Bane found Poe for a two yard touchdown pass to make the game 32-36. Something that has never been done in the NAL, or even any arena league, is a drop-kick after a touchdown. A drop-kick is a punt, but is only allowed after a touchdown and it’s worth two points instead of one point. Nell nailed a drop-kick to put the game in a closer situation 34-36. On the kickoff, Nell tied things up at 36 after he successfully attempted a deuce. The game would then go into overtime.
In overtime, the Mammoths got the ball first, but in the NAL, both teams have both possessions, even if the first drive is a touchdown. Both teams have at least one chance to score. The team with the highest score after that one drive for each team wins, or if it is a tie, then it is the next team to score wins. Bane and Co. travelled down the field and then aired a deep ball to Wilson over the wall for a 19 yard touchdown. Nell’s PAT was good to make the score 43-36. Once the Pirates got the ball, they almost instantly scored, throwing a deep ball to Lavon Pearson for 29 yards to be placed at the one yard line. On the next play, Brackett reached over the line to score a touchdown. On a very dramatic two-point conversion, the Pirates were stopped on an incomplete pass, but a defensive pass interference saved the day for the Pirates. On the next attempt from the one yard line, Brackett reached over the goal line again to successfully convert on the two-point conversion. The Mammoths ended up losing 43-44 in a heartbreaking loss.
Players of the Game:
Offensive Player of the Game: QB Jonathan Bane - 193 yards, Three touchdowns, Three Interceptions, One Fumble, Four Rushes for 28 yards
Defensive Player of the Game: DB Kiante Northington - one interception
Special Teams Player of the Game: Henry Nell - 3-of-3 PAT, 1-of-1 Drop Kick (First in NAL History), 2-of-2 FG (21 yards, 24 yards), 4 Deuces
The next Mammoths game is against the Jacksonville Sharks (3-3) at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on May 19 at 7:00 pm (E.T.).
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