A very formidable foe
At a press conference held in November 2017 Jawad Yatim, Founder, Owner, General Manager and Director of Player Personnel of the Massachusetts Pirates announced his team would begin its initial season in the spring of 2018. On April 7th, 2018 the Pirates took the field at the DCU Center in Worcester and arena football had returned to the city.
After winning its opener against the Maine Mammoths the Pirates hit the road for three straight games. When the team returned to the DCU Center their record stood at 3-1 and the National Arena League knew it had a force on its hands.
The Pirates would only lose one regular season home game and earned the top seed in the post season playoffs with an 11 and 5 record. A late season injury forced quarterback Sean Brackett to miss the post season and the Pirates playoff run lasted only one game.
Despite missing almost three regular season games, Brackett was named the league Most Valuable Player. Wide receiver Devonn Brown and offensive lineman Cornelius Lewis earned All-NAL first team honors while lineman Fred Ruff and Brackett were named to the second team. Defensively, defensive back Kiante Northington, who led the league with 12 interceptions and the Pirates sack leader, defensive end JD Griggs,were All-League first team honorees while linebacker Nick Haag and DB John Hardy-Tuliau were named to the second team.
Head Coach Ameer Ismail was the NAL Coach of the Year and even the team’s mascot, “Arthur” was honored as the league’s best.