Pirates Preview: Massachusetts Pirates (9-5) at Sioux Falls Storm (8-6)

July 15, 2023

Kickoff: The Pirates close the season in Sioux Falls against the Storm. This is the first meeting between the two teams this season. The Pirates won both match-ups against Sioux Falls last season winning 43-42 at home and 69-55 on the road. With a win, the Pirates would host a first round playoff game next week. Here are three keys to tonight’s game. 1. Come out firing: The Pirates have to be aggressive…


Pirates Preview: Massachusetts Pirates (9-4) at Northern Arizona Wranglers (6-7)

July 8, 2023

Kickoff: The Pirates continue their west coast swing to end the season tonight in Norrhern Arizona against the Wranglers. The Pirates lost a tough one last week at Arizona, 52-43. It was a game marred with controversy after some issues between the teams. As for the Wranglers, the Pirates are only facing them for the second time. Massachusetts beat NAZ in their only meeting in 2021 51-16. Here are three keys…


Pirates Preview: Massachusetts Pirates (9-3) at Arizona Rattlers (9-4)

July 2, 2023

Kickoff: The Pirates wrap up the regular season on three game road trip starting tonight in Arizona against the Western Division leading Rattlers. The Pirates last played last Friday at home beating the Tulsa Oilers 43-24. The Pirates are 2-1 all-time against Arizona. Here are three keys to the game. 1. Russo or Bennifield? Both played last week with the return of Alejandro Bennifield from injury. I would play both…


Pirates 43, Oilers 24: Pirates rely on offensive attack to earn 5th straight playoff berth

June 24, 2023

Ryan Martin NEFJ Correspondent WORCESTER – With the Indoor Football League standings and recent history in their favor, the Massachusetts Pirates earned their fifth consecutive playoff berth with a 43-24 win against the Tulsa Oilers Saturday night. After going 1-3 to start the 2023 IFL Season, the Pirates (9-3) have now rattled off eight straight wins, while Tulsa (1-12) dropped their ninth consecutive game. FINAL: @mass_pirates 43, Oilers 24 Pirates…


Pirates Preview: Tulsa Oilers (1-11) at Massachusetts Pirates (8-3)

June 24, 2023

Kickoff: The Pirates are back after having a bye week last week. They will look to finish the home schedule undefeated tonight against the struggling Tulsa Oilers. The Pirates won the first ever meeting between two teams last month, 49-28. Here three keys for the Pirates tonight. 1. Keep the good times going: The Pirates have been the best team in the IFL the past six weeks and they will look to…


Pirates show the IFL they are the real deal with 72-58 statement win

June 4, 2023

By Tony Catalina WORCESTER – On an unseasonably cold June day in Worcester, two high-flying offenses were on fire at the DCU Center. The Pirates won an old fashioned 72-58 shootout against the IFL’s best team,  the Frisco Fighters. The two high-powered offenses lived up to their billing as two of the best in the league by getting off to fast starts. On the first drive of the game quarterback…


Pirates Preview: Frisco Fighters (8-1) at Massachusetts Pirates (6-3)

June 3, 2023

Kickoff: The Pirates host the best team in the IFL tonight in the Frisco Fighters. Frisco is 8-1 on the season and already have a win over the Pirates, a 56-39 win on April 15th in Frisco. The Pirates have won three straight thanks to an explosive offense and a defense that is playing much better of late. The Pirates are undefeated at home and lead the all-time series between the…


Pirates Preview: Massachusetts Pirates (5-3) at Tulsa Oilers (1-7)

May 27, 2023

Kickoff: The Pirates will look to make it two wins in a row when they visit the Tulsa Oilers for the first time. This will be the first meeting between the two teams. Here three keys to the game. 1. Keep it rolling on O: Pirates’ quarterback Anthony Russo was 17 of 22 passing for 228 yards and seven touchdowns in last week’s win over Quad City. The offense is…


Pirates Preview: Quad City Steamwheelers (6-2) at Massachusetts Pirates (4-3)

May 20, 2023

Kickoff: The Pirates will look to stay undefeated at home when they host the Steamwheelers at the DCU Center tonight. The Pirates are coming off of a disappointing blow out road loss at Iowa last Saturday. The Steamwheelers defeated the Pirates 49-44 in the first meeting on April 22nd. https://twitter.com/mass_pirates/status/1659953979978141696?s=46&t=0-klhPVppXQ66vGpXhGesA Here are three keys to tonight’s game. 1. Defense needs to rebound: The defense needs to bounce back after a…


Pirates Preview: Massachusetts Pirates (4-2) at Iowa Barnstormers (0-6)

May 13, 2023

Kickoff: The Pirates will look to pick up their fifth win of the season tonight when they visit the winless Iowa Barnstormers. These two teams met two weeks ago with the Pirates winning handily 56-36. Here are three keys to the game. 1. Build off of last week: The Pirates won their first road game of the season last week. There was some good and some bad but the bottom…