By Rob Disario- We all remember how the 2018 Massachusetts Pirates season ended: NAL MVP quarterback Sean Brackett injured in week 15 essentially ending the teams’ inaugural season championship dream. It appears Pirate ownership learned a valuable lesson and signed all-conference QB Alejandro Bennifield. After finishing his 2016 collegiate season with the second most single season touchdown passes in Tennessee-Chattanooga history, Bennifield attended mini-camp with the New Orleans Saints before signing with the Memphis Express of the now defunct AAF. It appears Bennifield will fill a much needed vacancy in the swashbuckling offense.
In an exclusive AFT interview, Pirates owner, Jawad Yatim was excited to talk about his recent quarterback add: "Having Alejandro here in Mass. is a big plus for our organization. The security of having 2 QB's on the roster that you fully believe in is an ideal component of a championship team. We still have to go out there and execute week in and week out, but we feel great about where our QB situation is at the moment."
On the other side of the ball, team management has gone out of their way to assure their defensive roster dominates the NAL. They signed explosive players such as Georgia Tech DB Lawrence Austin, former New England Patriot defensive lineman Joshua Augusta and Massachusetts local DB Jason Matovu. This defensive roster is sure to keep opposing teams points at a minimum.
Check out the Pirates v. Cobras opener on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA or streaming 7pm on Youtube Live.