By RJ Ciancio
Director of National Arena League coverage
Sean Brackett and the Massachusetts Pirates traveled to New York to take on David Legree and the Streets as the league continued its playoff push.
William Deane’s opening kickoff went out the back of the endzone for a touchback sett Brackett and company up at their own five. New York assisted the the Pirates by giving Massachusetts 20 yard of penalty yardage in two plays. On second and ten Brandon Ivory stuffed the Pirates quarterback after just gaining two yards. The Pirates were soon faced with a crucial fourth and seven. Mike Weaver’s field goal attempt was no good giving New York the ball at their own ten.
The beginning of the New York drive nearly ended after a ball was tipped and caught by LJ Castille. On the next play Legree found Edger Allen poe for a New York first down. On third and nine Legree found Edger Allen Poe from 19 yard out for the touchdown. With the extra point good New York lead seven to zero.
Deane’s kickoff went out the back of the endzone for a touchback. Brackett started the drive off string by finding Marty Gilyard for a first down on two straight plays. On the ensuing play Brackett found Devonn Brown for a touchdown and with the Weaver extra point good the game was tied at seven.
Weaver’s kickoff went out the back of the endzone for a touchback giving the Streets the ball at their five. The Pirates defense forced a third down and three early on in the drive. This was no issue is Legree found his target the first down. After back to back fumbles off the snap the quarter ended with the score knotted up at seven. On third and nine Legree was dropped by JD Driggs and Toby Johnson for a loss, making it fourth and 17. New York brought out Willaim Deane who missed the field goal attempt.
With the ball on their own five the Pirates began their drive. Brackett found Thomas Owens on two straight passes, moving the chains. Massichusets capped off the drive when Brackett found Brown for a touchdown and with the Weaver extra point good, the Pirates lead 14 to seven.
The Weaver kickoff split the uprights for a decue making it 16 to seven. Legree took almost no time to respond as he found Rob Jones for a 45 yard touchdown and with the extra point good the Streets were only down 16-14.
Deane’s kickoff went through the uprights for a deuce tying the game up at 16. With the ball at their own ten, Brackett and company began their drive. Brackett quickly found Mardy Gilyard for the Pirates first down. A New York Streets pass interference call gave the Pirates a first down. This drive came to an abrupt halt as the Streets intercepted a Brackett pass in the endzone giving New York the ball.
Legree found Poe for a first down to start the drive. A pass intended for Rob Jones drew a pass interference call, moving the sticks. On the ensuing play Legree found Poe for a Streets touchdown. With the two point conversion attempt no good the Streets lead 22-16.
William Deane’s kickoff went out the back of the endzone for a touchback. Brackett began a no huddle drive that ended in a Pirates touchdown. With the extra point good the pirates lead 23-22.
Weaver’s kickoff resulted in a touchback. The Streets drive began with a Legree run of nine yards. Some of that rushing damage was undone by a Toby Johnson sack, making it third and eight. A short loss of yardage made it fourth and eight at the one minute warning. On fourth down Legree found Poe for a 42 yard touchdown! With the extra point good the Streets lead 29-23.
The Pirates drive began at their own five following a touchback. Masichusets got off to a slow start and soon faced a third and ten which came up just short. On fourth and one Brackett gain two yard and a first down. With eight seconds left the Pirates converted a first down with two seconds left on the clock. The Pirates went for the treasure as Brackett scrambled for a touchdown form 12 yards out as time expired. With the extra point good the Pirates lead 30-29.
Mike Weaver’s kickoff to start the second half went out the back of the endzone giving New York the ball at their own five. The Streets were giving some breathing room after a Pirates face mask penalty as New York was given a first down. Two plays later Legree found Poe for a Streets first down. A Legree quarterback sneak lead to a touchdown pass. With the extra point good the Streets lead 36-30.
Deane’s kickoff went out the back of the end zone giving the Pirates the ball at their own five. Brackett gained a first down via an Owens reception to start the drive. On the next play Bracket would find Gilyard for a touchdown. With the extra point good the Pirates lead 37-36.
Weaver’s kickoff went out of play giving the Streets the ball at their own five. The drive got off to a quick start as Legree found Poe for a 26 yard gain. Legree and company were able to draw a penalty giving New York a first down. The Streets evade disaster as they recovered their own fumble, losing six yards. An illegal hands to the face call gave the Streets another first down. On third and goal from the three Legree was dropped for a 22 yard loss. The William Deane field goal attempt was no good.
The Pirates gained a quick first down off of a Brackett pass. An offsides call gave the Pirates more yardage as time expired in the third quarter as the Pirates lead 37-36. Brackett began the final quarter of play with a first down pass to Owens and one play later Mardy Gilyard ran the ball in for the score. With the extra point good the Pirates lea 44-36.
After a weaver touchback the Streets drive began on their own drive with a David Legree run.
On second down JD Griggs sacked Legree for a five yard loss. On a fourth and seven deep inside thier own territory a Divid Legree pass sailed out of bounds giving the Pirates the ball at the New York 13.
With a short field Brackett looked to extend the Pirates lead. The New York defense did their best to hold Massachusetts but it was to no avail as Brackett threw for yet another touchdown. With the extra point good the Pirates lead 51-36.
The kickoff was returned by Rob Jones out to the New York 17. Devante Jenkins reeled in a David Legree pass which set up a touchdown pass to Rob Jones. With the extra point good, the Pirates lead 51-43.
Deane’s kickoff resulted in yet another touchback as the Pirates looked to once again make it a two score game. However, New York recovered a fumble, giving them amazing field position.
Legree looked to make the most of this golden opportunity, but the Pirates defense was set on holding strong. However, even the strongest break as David Legree ran the ball inf or the score. With the two point conversion no good the Pirates lead 51-49.
The Deane kickoff went out the endzone for a touchback. An incomplete long bomb set up a second and ten as the clock hit the one minute warning. On a major fourth and ten Brackett’s pass sailed out of bounds giving New York the ball and the momentum with 44 seconds left.
With tension mounding New York looked to be running out of opportunities. A Legree pass found the arms of Devante Jenkins as it lead to a third and goal from the three. The quarterback keeper lost the Streets a yard making it fourth down and goal from the three. William Deane kicked a field goal making it 52-51 New York with three seconds left.
This lead wasn;t to last Mike Weaver made a game winning field goal as time expired giving the Pirates the 54-52 win. You can see my interview with Mr. Weaver here: https://www.facebook.com/ArenaFootballTalk/videos/2558909337473009/