The Massachusetts Pirates (6-4) extended their win streak to five games after defeating the Columbus Lions 61-37 over the weekend, but they will need to shift their focus onto the New York Streets (3-7) as they prepare to battle on a short week of rest. The Streets have lost their last six games. The game will take place this Friday at 7:00 pm at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY.
Streets quarterback David Legree has been at the helm of the New York offense over the last six games and has been a bit underwhelming in the passing game. He is completing 48% of his passes and has thrown for 888 yards, 19 touchdowns, and five interceptions. Legree does most of his damage with his legs as he holds the top spot in the National Arena League in rushing with 162 yards and six touchdowns. On the other hand, Pirates QB Sean Brackett has been the main piece that has guided the Pirates impressive turnaround. He is in second place in the NAL in touchdowns with 42 and completion percentage at 63%. He’s also tossed for 1,919 yards and 10 interceptions while rushing for 91 yards and nine touchdowns.
The focal point of the Pirates rushing attack is fullback Quayvon Hicks. He is second in rushing in the league as he’s totaled 127 yards and five touchdowns. His physical, downfield style of running makes it difficult for defenders to bring him down. For New York, Robert Thomas gets the majority of the looks in the backfield. In seven games he has 66 yards and two touchdowns.
Saying New York is stacked at wide receiver would be an understatement. All of their receivers have at least 55 receptions, 660 yards, and 15 touchdowns. Devonte Jenkins has caught 60 balls for 681 yards and 16 touchdowns while Edgar Poe Jr has hauled in 60 passes as well and has totaled 666 yards and 15 touchdowns, Rob Jones leads the trio in yards with 688 while only catching 55 balls and has also scored 16 touchdowns. For the Pirates, Mardy Gilyard has excelled all season long. He is currently tied for first place in the NAL with 21 receiving touchdowns while hauling in 56 throws for 668 yards. Alongside the speedy Gilyard stands Thomas Owens, who is coming off of a monstrous four-touchdown performance in his previous game against Columbus. In total, Owens has 43 receptions for 407 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Pirates defense is led by Lawrence Austin and JD Griggs. Austin, who picked off two passes against the Lions, is second in total interceptions in the NAL with eight. He also has 51 total tackles and 18 pass breakups. Griggs leads Mass in both tackles for loss and sacks. On the season he has 15.5 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, five pass breakups, five quarterback hits, and a forced fumble. New York's Omari Manhertz, like Griggs, leads his squad in tackles for loss and sacks. His 17.5 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and a forced fumble make him a player the Pirates must game-plan around.
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