The Massachusetts Pirates will travel for the final time of the regular season when they head to Northern Arizona to play the Wranglers for the first time ever in their inaugural season. In his first year as head coach of the Pirates, former New England Patriot, Patrick Pass, will be taking on another first-time IFL head coach in Dominic Bramante. However, Bramante is no stranger to coaching indoor football. He has coached in the AFL, AF2, LSFL, and CIF, as well as being selected to coach in the 2004 U.S. Army All-American High School football game. He is also the first Native American, Otoe-Missouria tribal member to coach professional football.
Once again, Sean Brackett is quarterbacking the Pirates along with Alejandro Bennifield. The former NAL MVP will have some new weapons alongside him, such as running back Justin Stockton of Texas Tech. His receivers look to continue to make big plays including two receivers that were catching balls from Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks. Darren Carrington II was a target for Marcus Mariota at the University of Oregon and Laquvionte Gonzalez was catching passes from Johnny Manziel in 2013. They will have to be at the top of their game as they go up against a brand-new opponent in Northern Arizona.
The Wranglers are extremely deep at the defensive back position with 11 on their roster and two of them, Shaquan Curenton of Scottsdale Community College and Zachary Parker of Virginia State University, are extremely versatile and can play on both sides of the ball. On the offensive side, the Wranglers have two quarterbacks in Verlon Reed Jr. out of Ohio State University and Derrick Bernard of Sul Ross State University. They have plenty of skilled targets to throw to and many are big-bodied, physical receivers which is something that can really help an indoor football team. They have Terrance Bynum of Florida Tech who is 6’6” and 230 lbs. and can go up high and make tough catches. Along with Bynum, the Wranglers will be throwing to even more big bodies in 6’5” 245 lb. wide receiver Raymond Epps out of Arizona State University and 6’4” 217 lb. James Gardner out of Miami University Ohio. Both of these receivers have some sort of experience at the NFL level and can bring a lot of big plays to Northern Arizona. It will be fun to watch the matchup between these Wrangler wide receivers and the skilled defensive backs for the Pirates in Santos Ramirez, Aarion Maxey-Penton, Harlan Miller, Ahmad Dixon, Khalid Wooten, and Chucky Williams. The Pirates’ and Wranglers’ first-ever matchup will take place at the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona on August 15th, 2021.