Pirates Earn OFF and DEF Player of the Week Honors
By: Nick Porter
May 6, 2021
The Indoor Football League announced its “Players of the Week” for Week Two, with two of the three players hailing from the Massachusetts Pirates. In a nail-biting contest, the Pirates fell to the Green Bay Blizzard on Sunday by a score of 40 – 36. Despite the loss, the team’s efforts did not go unnoticed, with Quarterback Alejandro Bennifield and Linebacker Tavarus Dantzler winning Offensive and Defensive Players of the week awards.
Defensive Player of the Week: Tavarus Dantzler
Danzler dazzled against the Blizzard, leading both teams with four tackles for loss, accounting for 24 yards lost, and 1.5 sacks, including a forced fumble midway through the 1st quarter. He centered a defense that was locked-in throughout, allowing only 2.1 yards per rush, 109 total yards, and holding the Blizzard to 3-of-12 on third-down conversions.
Offensive Player of the Week: Alejandro Bennifield
Leading the team with QB Sean Brackett injured, Bennifield delivered, accounting for all five of the Pirates touchdowns. He passed for 139 yards on 16-of-26 with one touchdown and no picks. He dominated with his legs as well, rushing for four touchdowns on only five carries, for a total of 28 yards. His play sparked the Pirates comeback attempt, bringing the team back from a 27-14 deficit in the third-quarter to take a 36-27 lead in the fourth, before eventually falling short in the final minutes.
This is the second Offensive Player of the Week awarded to the Pirates. Running Back Justin Stockton claimed the award for Week One following a memorable IFL debut where he logged 89 yards on the ground and added a touchdown.
Dantzler, Bennifield and the 1-1 Pirates are back in action this Saturday, May 8th, at 7:05 EST, facing off against the 1-0 Bismarck Bucks at the Bismarck Event Center.
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