In their final regular-season matchup, the Massachusetts Pirates will host the Iowa Barnstormers on Phoenix Field at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts on August 21st, 2021. Pirates head coach Patrick Pass, former New England Patriots player, will be closing out his first regular-season against a familiar face in former Massachusetts Pirates head coach, Ameer Ismail. Ismail led the Pirates to an 11-5 record in their first year in the NAL in 2018 and went on to win NAL Coach of the Year that season.
Sean Brackett will go up against his former head coach and the Iowa Barnstormers defense. The defensive backs for the Barnstormers are skilled and extremely lengthy. This is a trait that is becoming more and more prevalent in defensive backs all-around professional football. Iowa has three defensive backs that are over six feet tall in Jeremy Gloston at 6’2”, Jourdan Wickliffe at 6’1”, and Jamal Marshall at 6 ‘3″. This should be a great matchup with the Pirates’ wide receivers in Darren Carrington II, Laquvionte Gonzalez, R.J. Shelton, and Thomas Owens, Martavis Bryant, and Bryan Miller.
The Pirates’ stout defense will look to stop the talented Barnstormers’ offense. Chucky Williams, Khalid Wooten, and the Pirates’ defensive backfield will be matched up against some skilled receivers. Carrington Thompson, Tristan Payton, Ryne Griesenauer, Brandynn Clark, Raheem Harvey, and Connor Hollenbeck are the pass-catchers for the Barnstormers. Harvey is returning for his third season with the team contributing to the Barnstormers’ United Conference championship and United Bowl championship wins. Reigning IFL MVP Daquan Neal will attempt to put together another spectacular season. The Pirates aggressive defensive line will be going after Neal for four quarters. The group of Youhanna Ghaifan, Willie Yarbury, R.J. Roberts, and J.D. Griggs will look to disrupt this Barnstormer offense as much as possible with linebackers Tavarus Dantzler and Martrell Spaight behind them as well. This is a great matchup that will be an exciting way to finish off the 2021 IFL regular season for both teams.