Pirates survive late 23-22 over the Oilers

May 26, 2024

Image courtesy of the Mass Pirates LOWELL: The Massachusetts Pirates lost a heartbreaker last week to Northern Arizona 41-40 on a last second interception. Fast forward to a week later and it was the Pirates who made a play late to win a game.  Thanks to a game dealing interception by defensive back Cyrus Fagan, the Pirates prevailed 23-22 and improved 6-3 on the season. Massachusetts had pulled ahead late…


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

May 25, 2024

The Pirates will look to snap their two game losing streak when they host the Tulsa Oilers this evening at Tsongas Arena. Coming off of losses to Iowa and Northern Arizona, the Pirates need a win badly.  Tulsa has lost its last three games. The Oilers are 3-5 and are in fifth place in the East. Both teams need a win to keep pace in the Eastern Conference.  The Pirates are…


Pirates Preview: Massachusetts Pirates (5-1) at Iowa Barnstormers (1-5)

May 11, 2024

The Pirates and Barnstormers will meet for the second time this season. Massachusetts won the first meeting at home on 54-29 on April 12th. The Pirates lead the all-time series 4-2.  Here are three keys to the game for the Pirates. 1. Pound Thomas and Robinson: The Pirates rushing attack has been one of the best in the IFL. Tavion Thomas is averaging 69.5 yards per game. Jimmie Robinson is…


Pirates Preview: Massachusetts Pirates (4-0) at Quad City Steamwheelers (1-2)

April 20, 2024

The Pirates kick off a three-game road trip tonight against the Quad City Steamwheelers at the Vibrant Arena at the MARK in Moline, Illinois. The Pirates are coming off of a 54-29 victory against the Iowa Barnstormers. Quad City enters the game with a win against Sioux Falls to open the season but they have lost their last two games against Green Bay and Frisco. The last time these two…


Pirates Preview: Iowa Barnstormers (0-2) at Massachusetts Pirates (3-0)

April 12, 2024

The Pirates return off a bye and will look to improve to 4-0 when they host the winless Iowa Barnstormers in Lowell. Massachusetts has won in a variety of ways thus far this season. They look like the early favorite in the IFL. Massachusetts is currently tied with the Vegas Knight Hawks for the best record in the league at 3-0.  Here are three keys to the game.  1. Shake…


Pirates Preview: Massachusetts Pirates (9-7) at Sioux Falls Storm (9-7)

July 22, 2023

Kickoff: The Pirates open round one of the IFL Playoffs with a trip back to Sioux Falks to take on the Storm. The Pirates are on the road after losing 62-59 last week to Sioux Falls. It will not be easy but the Pirates know what to expect and they know they can win in this building. Here are three keys to tonight’s game. 1. Defense needs to play well: Sounds…


Road woes prove to be costly as Pirates lose to Storm

July 16, 2023

Image courtesy of the Massachusetts Pirates The Massachusetts Pirates finished the regular season with a tough 62-59 loss last night to the Sioux Falls Storm. With the loss, the Pirates will now be on the road next week for the first round of the IFL playoffs. The Pirates will have to go back to Sioux Falks to take on the Storm again. Massachusetts got off to a great start last…


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…