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Massachusetts Pirates Look Ahead to a Victory over Lehigh Valley to Secure a Home Playoff Game
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The Pirates may enter the game without starting quarterback Sean Brackett who left last week's game in Jacksonville with a sprained ankle and his status will continue to be evaluated as we approach Saturday's game. Bracket was 8 of 12 for 96 yards and two touchdowns before being injured in the second quarter of a 45-36 loss to the Sharks. Backup Darron Thomas was 7 of 17 for 75 yards with five interceptions and two touchdowns in relief. Lavon Pearson led the Pirates receivers with eight catches for 86 yards and a touchdown while Mardy Gilyard had two TD receptions on five catches for 62 yards.
The Pirates offense in approaching 80 touchdowns passes on the season as Brackett and Thomas have combined for 78. Devonn Brown continues to lead the team with 24 TD receptions and 1,037 receiving yards. Lavon Pearson has the most receptions on the team with 76. Pearson and Mardy Gilyard are approaching 20 touchdown receptions as Pearson has 19 and Gilyard 18.
Defensively Kiante Northington leads the National Arena League with 11 interceptions. He also leads the Pirates with 21 passes broken up. John Hardy-Tuliau continues to be the top tackler with 61.5. Linebacker Nick Haag has 11 tackles for a loss while JD Griggs is the team's sack leader with seven.
A win on Saturday will guarantee the Pirates a home playoff game on August 11th and they are still in contention for a first place finish with a victory over the Steelhawks and a Jacksonville loss to Maine.
Jawad Yatim is a former arena football quarterback who is President of the team and has put together a winning operation. To create a successful team Jawad recruited Head Coach Ameer Ismail to lead the talented team of players. In this inaugural season the Massachusetts Pirates are positioning themselves as contenders for a league title and recently added two former NFL draft picks to their defense. The Pirates have signed defensive back Khalid Wooten and defensive end Sam Montgomery.
"As the regular season winds down our goal is to be playing the best football we have been played all year as we head into the playoffs. We have been working hard in practice and really have been trying to focus on some of the smaller details that have been hindering us lately, said Jawad Yatim, President of the Massachusetts Pirates. "We have a different sense of urgency around us these days, as we are all excited to be participating in the Massachusetts Pirates first playoff run. The first step is to handle business this weekend in the finale at home against a hungry Lehigh Valley team looking to finish the season on a positive note. We'd like to play a complete four quarters and build momentum heading into the NAL Semi-finals."
The Pirates final regular season game will be in Worcester at the DCU Center where the team has a 6-1 home field advantage.
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 is airing multiple thirty minute documentary specials, following the Pirates as they navigate through their first season of action. The audience gets 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.
About Massachusetts Pirates
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