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Mass Pirates Players Sweep Honors in National Arena League
Three Massachusetts Pirates named Players of the Week in the league
Bones Bagaunte (6'3" 190 lbs) of Upper Marlboro MD, wide receiver for the Massachusetts Pirates, has been named Offensive Player of the Week. Bagaunte has 49 receptions for 532 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. In seven games this season Bagaunte is number one in the league with 114.6 all-purpose yards per game. This is the second time he has been named a player of the week.
Bagaunte was recruited by the University of Cincinnati where he earned 2nd team All Big East honors as well as freshman All-American honors his first year. He set a school record with 13 touchdowns and recorded a 210 yard receiving game which put him at 4th in all time school history. After college, he started his career playing for the Omaha Beef of Champions Indoor Football and then with the Nebraska Danger and the Kansas City Command.
Kiante Northington, (5'9" 185 lbs) a native of Louisville, KY, a DB was named Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. He leads the league with ten interceptions and tops the Pirates with 19 passes broken up.
Northington starred at Division 1-FCS Eastern Kentucky University appearing in 46 games totaling 207 tackles and 6 INT's over his career. He was named a 2016 2nd Team All OVC performer as a senior after an impressive 2016 season highlighted by a solid performance against BIG 10 Purdue University, in which he logged 11 tackles and a forced fumble against the Boilermakers.
Foxboro, Ma. native Ali Mourtada was named Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time this season. He played football for the Warriors of Foxboro High School before competing collegiately at Pace University, where he set the school record with a 52-yard field goal his freshman year. Following Pace University, Mourtada played at Assumption College as a graduate transfer where he finished the season with 21 touchbacks, including 5 in one game against St. Anselm as their kickoff specialist. Following college Mourtada has spent time in the AFL and IFL with the Las Vegas Outlaws and Wichita Falls Knighthawks. Most recently Mourtada worked out for the Cleveland Browns and was selected to participate in the 2017 Spring League, which included players such as Greg Hardy and Ahmad Bradshaw, along with fellow Pirate Kaelin Burnett.
"We are very proud of Bones, Kiante, and Ali. They are guys who came in and worked hard and have been consistent for most of the year," said Jawad Yatim, President of the Massachusetts Pirates. "Kiante has been one of our most valuable players and he should be considered for a lot of off season awards this year along with Bagaunte who since being inserted in our lineup has produced in every game he's appeared in. Bagaunte's veteran leadership along with some of our other players has really rubbed off on our younger guys. Ali has been getting better and has dedicated himself to being more consistent so it's rewarding to see him be recognized for that and we hope it continues. It should be an interesting end to the season as we move towards the playoffs."
Fans can also enjoy the games on NESN (New England Sports Network) which is televising all eight (8) Pirates home games during the 2018 season on tape-delay on NESNplus. Each of these games will also air on NESN National and on NESN primary during the week.
NESN is also airing an all access show on the team with behind the scenes footage.
NESN will also be airing multiple thirty minute documentary specials beginning in May, following the Pirates as they navigate through their first season of action. The audience will get an in depth look at the lives of the players, coaches and front office members who are at the forefront of Massachusetts' newest professional sports franchise.
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