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May 15, 2024 – Indoor Football Competition (IFL)
Massachusetts Pirate News Report

The Massachusetts Pirates will look for their 11th straight home win Saturday afternoon at 1:05 at the Tsongas Center when they take on the Northern Arizona Wranglers. As the Pirates approach the midway point of the season, they are 5-2 and tied with the Green Bay Blizzard for the second spot in the Indoor Football League’s Eastern Conference. Overall, the Pirates have the fourth-best record in the IFL. The Wranglers are on a two-game losing streak with a 4-3 record. They are currently tied for third place in the Western Conference.


The series:

The Pirates all-time series with the Wranglers are tied at one game apiece.

The last meeting: 7/8/2023 – Findlay Toyota Center, Prescott Valley, AZ

The Pirates’ comeback failed, losing 37-32 to the Northern Arizona Wranglers. Massachusetts jumped to a 14-0 lead when quarterback Anthony Russo connected with wideout Isaac Zico on a 26-yard scoring play and running back Jimmie Robinson added a 20-yard touchdown run, but the Wranglers scored the next 37 points and then held stand. for a five-point win.

Russo finished the game 6 of 14 passing for 70 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Alejandro Bennifield was three of five passing off the bench for 62 yards and two scores. He also ran twice for 17 yards. Robinson led the Pirates with five carries for 20 yards and a touchdown. Zico led all receivers in the game with five receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Defensive back Kenneth Durden, making his first start for the Pirates, led the way with nine tackles and three passes broken up. Momodou Mbye had an interception and Lorenzo Hernandez added a sack.

The last timeout:

Massachusetts was held to just six points in the second half as Iowa came from behind to upset the Pirates 42 to 34 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Pirates quarterback Alejandro Bennifield scored two rushing touchdowns in the first half as the Pirates held a 28-19 lead at halftime. In the second half, the Pirates offense stalled and Iowa took its first lead of the game with 13:03 remaining when Robert Washington found the end zone from five yards out. Gabriel Rui’s PAT made the score 33-28. Rui connected with his second “deuce” of the night, increasing the lead to 35-28.

The Pirates scored their first points of the second half with 2:40 to play when Bennifield found a wide-open Thomas Owens from 14 yards out. Those would be the last points of the evening, because the next point was not good, making the final score 42-34.

The Pirates outgained Iowa 241 yards to 162. Bennifield was 18 of 28 passing for 209 yards with two touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores. Jimmie Robinson led the Massachusetts running attack with 25 yards on nine carries with a touchdown. Robinson also has six receptions for 34 yards and wideout Teo Redding added four catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Matt Elam recorded nine tackles for the Pirates, while Guy Thomas had five stops, including three tackles, for a loss with a sack.

Last Saturday, the Wranglers took their game to the limit at home, but ran out of time, losing to the Bay Area Panthers 39-36. Trailing 33-27 with 4:39 remaining in the game, Axel Perez kicked a 45-yard field goal to put the Wranglers down by three. The Panthers answered with a 24-yard touchdown run by Shane Simpson for a 39-33 lead. For Simpson it was his fourth score of the match. With 34 seconds left, Wranglers quarterback Joshua Jones connected with Tosin Oyekanmi on a 14-yard scoring play, but those were the final points of the game.

Jones was 17 of 26 passing for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He was also his team’s leading rusher with 36 yards on eight carries and two scores. His top target was Kobay White with four receptions for 47 yards. Perez connected on three of four field goal attempts and Wallace Cowins led the defense with four tackles and one assist.

Team Stats: (including IFL rankings)

The Pirates are ninth in the league scoring 41.9 points per game. The Massachusetts offense is averaging 223.4 yards per game, which is eighth-best. The Pirates defense remains one of the best in the league, allowing a career-low 181.1 yards per game. The 37.9 points allowed per game ranks second. The Pirates also rank second with just 115.6 passing years per game. Massachusetts’ defense also ranks second in fourth down conversion defense as opponents are successful just 27.3 percent of the time.

Northern Arizona is seventh in the league scoring 44.1 points per game while allowing 42.6 points (6th). The defense leads the league with five forced fumbles. The Wranglers offense also ranks fourth in passing at 231.6 yards per game and third in passing at 165.3 yards per outing. The edge in the kicking game belongs to the Wranglers, as they have made eight of 12 field goals, while the Pirates have made only three of 10.

Players to watch: (includes IFL rankings)

Jimmie Robinson of the Pirates is one of the best backs in the IFL. Robinson has rushed 74 times (2nd) for 296 yards (4th) and averaged 43.9 yards per game (5th). He scored five rushing touchdowns. Robinson leads the IFL with 137.8 all-purpose yards per game. Teammate Tavion Thomas has rushed 28 times for 139 yards and scored four times. His five yards per carry ranks fifth, while his 46.3 yards per game ranks seventh.

Northern Arizona quarterback Joshua Jones has rushed 54 times for 239 yards (8th) and his nine touchdowns rank him 10th in the IFL. He averages 34.1 yards per game.

Fans will see two of the IFL’s best quarterbacks on Saturday. The Pirates’ Alejandro Bennifled is 75 (6th) of 117 (8th) for 837 yards (7th) and 17 touchdowns (6th). Bennifield is averaging 139.5 passing yards per game (8th) with an efficiency rating of 167.0. He completes 64.1 percent of his passes. He has also rushed for nine touchdowns this season. Jones of the Wranglers is 97 (4th) of 146 (4th) for 1,126 yards (3rd) with 21 touchdowns (3rd). He completes 66.4% of his passes (6th) for 160.9 yards per game (3rd) with an efficiency rating of 174.6 (3rd). Jones ranks third in total offense, averaging 195.0 yards per game.

The Pirates Teo Redding is their top receiver with 25 receptions for 313 yards and seven touchdowns. He is averaging 44.7 yards per game, while John Maldonado leads the Wranglers with 23 catches for 302 yards, seven scores and 43.1 yards per game.

Kick returners Jimmie Robinson and Arsiah McCorker will put their skills to the test. Robinson has returned 19 kicks (5th) for 379 yards (5th) for an average of 19.8 per return (10th). The Wranglers’ McCorker has returned 24 kicks (2nd) for 454 yards (3rd) with two touchdowns (1st) of 18.9 yards per return. He also ranks third in the IFL with 119.3 all-purpose yards per game.

Defensively, the Pirates’ Calvin Bundage is fourth in the IFL with 33 solo tackles. His total of 38 ranks tenth and his 6.3 tackles per game is eighth. The Wranglers’ Shannon Reid has 27 assists and is seventh. He has 32 total tackles and ranks sixth with 3.5 sacks.

Guy Thomas of Massachusetts is tenth with six tackles for a loss. Northern Arizona’s Tramond Lofton is seventh with seven TFLs and he leads the IFL with four forced fumbles.

Pirates defenseman Eugene Ford is third in the league with three interceptions. He has defended 11 passes (2nd) and broken up seven (3rd). Travion Banks of the Wranglers is first with 13 passes defended and first with ten passes broken up. He is also fourth with three interceptions.

The coaches:

This is Rod Miller’s first season as Head Coach of the Massachusetts Pirates and he is the sixth Head Coach in franchise history. He is also the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. He leads 5-2 against Pirates. Miller was the defensive coordinator for the Vegas Knight Hawks last season. His last stint as head coach was in Bismarck from 2019 through 2022 before the Bucks ceased operations. Miller also served as a head coach in the China Arena Football League with the Qingdao Clipper. Previously, he managed the Omaha Beef, the Trenton Steel and the Laredo Rattlesnakes.

Les Moss is entering his third year as Northern Arizona’s head coach. In 2022, Moss led the Wranglers to their first IFL National Championship. Prior to the Wranglers, Moss was the Head Coach of the Iowa Barnstormers in 2021. Moss was hired as the Quarterback and Running Back coach for the Arizona Rattlers for the 2020 season, but the season was ultimately canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. .

Moss served as the assistant head coach and general manager of the Arena Football League’s Albany Empire from 2018 to 2019. He began his career in indoor football in 1988. Some of his coaching highlights include serving as the Jacksonville Sharks Head Coach and Director of Football Operations (AFL) from 2010-2016. Moss led the Sharks to two Arena Bowl appearances, including the 2011 title, as well as two additional Conference Championship appearances.

About the Massachusetts Pirates The 2021 United Bowl Champions; Massachusetts Pirates are members of the Indoor Football League (IFL) and play their home games at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. For more information about the Massachusetts Pirates, call (508)452-MASS (6277), email (email protected) or visit http://www.masspiratesfootball.com. Follow the Pirates on Facebook at Facebook.com/MAPirates, Instagram @mass.pirates and Twitter @mass_pirates.

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