Friday, July 5 Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY 7:00 PM

By Mick Moninghoff
July 3 2019
Worcester, MA

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For the Record
The Massachusetts Pirates can clinch a playoff berth with a victory over the New York Streets on Friday. The Pirates are on a five game winning streak which is the longest in franchise history.

Pirates Transaction Update
The Pirates have activated WR Tavares Martin Jr., 6’1” 177 lbs.; Washington State
The Pirates have released DL Joshua Augusta, 6’5” 365 lbs.; Missouri.
Placed WR Dexter McCluster, 5’8” 168 lbs.; Mississippi, on Short Term Injured Reserve
Placed LB Tavarus Dantzler, 6’3” 250 lbs.; Bethune Cookman, on Short Term Injured Reserve.
Kicker Tyler Rausa announced his retirement. He was on Team Suspension.

 Last Week
Wide receiver Thomas Owens had three touchdown receptions and returned an onside kick for a score as the Massachusetts Pirates defeated the Columbus Lions 61 to 37 at the Columbus Civic Center. Owens had 110 yards on eight receptions. Quarterback Sean Brackett finished the night 20 of 30 for 205 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. Defensively for the Pirates, Lawrence Austin had 4.5 tackles to go along with two interceptions. For his efforts Austin was named the leagues’ defensive player of the week for the second straight week.

The Streets are coming off their sixth consecutive setback, a 51-45 loss to the Jacksonville Sharks in White Plains. Quarterback David Legree was 13 of 33 passing for 218 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. His leader receivers were Edgar Allen Poe with six catches for 104 yards and a score, and Devonte Jenkins pulled in five balls for 75 yards and three touchdowns. Chris Hemphill and Anthony Johnson each had six tackles. Johnson added a half- tackle for a loss and an interception.

The Last Meeting
Massachusetts 68 – New York 53, June 1, DCU Center, Worcester, MA
QB Sean Brackett guided the Pirates with eight total touchdowns and 230 yards through the air. Mardy Gilyard led the team in receiving with seven receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, Pirates linebacker Kavika Luafatasaga intercepted E.J. Nemeth and returned it from seven yards out for the first pick-six of his Pirate career. Nemeth finished 34 of 61 for 290 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. NY’s Robert Jones led all receivers in the game with 15 receptions for 148 yards and three touchdowns.

The Series
This will be the third meeting between the Pirates and the Streets. The Pirates lead the series two games to none. The Pirates won the first ever meeting in White Plains on May 27, 70-51 and June 1 contest (68-53) in Worcester. The final meeting this season will take place July 27th in Worcester.

The Coaches
Anthony Payton (6-4) is in his first season as Pirates Head Coach and is 2-0 vs. New York.  Payton was the offensive coordinator of the Pirates last season and is now 1-0 vs. New York.
In 26 years of coaching this is Payton’s first time as a head coach. His professional coaching resume includes stops as an offensive Coordinator in 2016 with Portland in the Arena Football League and in the Indoor Football League with Spokane in 2017. Prior he worked as a wide receivers coach with Louisville in the AF2 and also in the AFL with Las Vegas and Buffalo.

New York Head Coach Rick Marsilio (3-7) is also in his first season and now 0-2 vs. the Pirates. Marsilio gained experience as a Head Coach in the AIF (American Indoor Football).  In 2016 he was the Head Coach in Harrisburg, PA with the Central Penn Capitals and in 2015 with the York, PA Capitals.  Marsilio was also on the staff with the Harrisburg Stampede for eight seasons, starting as a quarterback/wide receiver coach and working his way up to Offensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach.

Offense vs. Defense
The Pirates are fourth in the NAL averaging 48.4 points per game while allowing 46.0 per contest, third best in the league. New York ranks second in the league, scoring 50.2 points per game and gives up 56.5 a night; sixth in the NAL.

Turnover Margin
The Pirates and Streets are tied for third in the league in turnover margin at 0.

Individual League Leaders:

Sean Brackett
Pirates QB Sean Brackett continues lead the National Arena League in rushing touchdowns with nine on the season.  His Passing numbers now through ten games are 185 of 293 (63.1%) for 1919 yards with 42 touchdowns and ten interceptions.

Mardy Gilyard
Gilyard leads the NAL in total touchdowns with 24. He also leads the league with 144 points and points per game with 14.4. He also leads the NAL with the highest kick return average at 27.1.

Mike Weaver
In five games, Weaver leads all kickers in scoring average, netting 8.6 per game.

Lawrence Austin
The Pirates defensive back leads the NAL in interception return yards with 125. He also is tied for the league lead with two interception returns for touchdowns. Austin has the most solo tackles in the NAL with 45.

David Legree
Streets quarterback David Legree leads the National Arena League in rushing yards per game with 19.3, total rushing yards with 116 and rushing attempts with 42. He also leads the NAL in yards per completion with 13.7.  His passing numbers in six games this season are 65 of 134 for 888 yards with five interceptions and 19 TD’s while completing 48.5% of his passes.

Rob Jones
The Streets wide receiver kick returner Rob Jones leads the league in all-purpose yards per game with 129.9. He also tops the NAL with 98.3 receiving yards per game and has a missed field goal return of 43 yards, longest in the league.

NAL Team Leaders

The Running Game
The Pirates have the number one rushing offense with 243 yards and an average of 24.3 per game. The Pirates gain 3.1 yards per carry which is best in the league. Their 17 rushing touchdowns lead NAL. The Pirates also have gained 29 first downs rushing, most in the league.

Defending the Run
The Pirates also defend the run better than any team in the league allowing just 1.2 yards per carry and 8.0 yards per game. They have allowed just 80 yards rushing which is also tops in the league.

Kickoff Return
Massachusetts top the league in kick return yardage 385 yards. The Pirates lead the NAL lead in kickoff returns for touchdowns with two.

Passing Efficiency and Passing Completion Percentage
The Pirates lead the league with a Passing Efficiency rating of 106.6 and a Completion Percentage of 63.0%.

 Interception Return Average
The Pirates lead the league at 12.2 per return.

Fumble Return Average
1. Massachusetts Pirates – 45.0

Fumble Returns for TD
1. Massachusetts Pirates – 2 (4 way tie)

4th Down Conversions
1. NY Streets – 17-35 (48.6%)

Red Zone Offense
1. New York – 34-40 (85%)

Total First Downs
1. New York 192

 First Downs Passing
1. New York – 140

Missed Field Goal Return Yards
1. New York – 43 yards

Fewest – New York 57 for 327 yards – 32.7 yards per game
Most – Massachusetts 78 for 517 yards – 51.7 yards per game

 Up Next
The Pirates next game is July 13 vs. Jacksonville in the DCU Center at 7:15 pm.

The Massachusetts Pirates are members of the National Arena League (NAL). The Pirates play all home games at the DCU Center located at 50 Foster St. Worcester, MA. 01608. For more information on the Massachusetts Pirates please call (508) 452-MASS (6277), email [email protected] or visit Single game tickets are available online at or the DCU Center Box Office. For group outings please call 508-452-MASS (6277). Follow the Pirates on Facebook at on Instagram @mass.pirates, as well as Twitter @mass_pirates.