It’s rare in football to play the same team in back to back weeks, but that’s exactly what the Streets will experience on Saturday night when they travel to Worcester for a rematch with the Massachusetts Pirates at DCU Center (7pm YouTube). This past Monday, the Streets lost to the Pirates 70-51 at the Westchester County Center in a game that seemed to get away from New York right from the very start.
The Streets (3-2) went four and out on their first possession, fell behind Massachusetts (2-4) by multiple scores, and were never able to get back in the game.
“We left many points on the board by not executing,” said Streets Head Coach Rick Marsilio.
Offensively, quarterback E.J. Nemeth threw for 292 yards and seven touchdowns, four of them hauled in by Rob Jones, while also running in for a score, but there seemed to be times throughout the game where the Streets offense was just a little off. Whether it was a lack of protection up front or simply a lack of execution, it was not crisp offense that the Streets had exhibited for most of the season.
That will have to change on Saturday if the Streets are going to have a chance to come home with a win.
“We have to be more consistent and patient with our play,” said Nemeth. “We need to focus on being in the present and executing in the moment.”
On the defensive side of the ball, the Streets simply had no answers for Pirates quarterback Sean Brackett who threw seven touchdown passes, four of them to Marty Gilyard, and ran for a touchdown. In his first Arena Football game, former NFL star Dexter McCluster notched his first Arena Football touchdown catch as he had three receptions for 59 yards.
Aside from a couple of series, the Streets defense didn’t apply much pressure on Brackett, so on Saturday night they’ll need to bring the heat.
“We have to get things cleared up on they defensive end of things and I think we will pull out a win,” said Streets defensive lineman Herbert Moore.
While the Streets got back to work right away so that they could turn the page on Monday’s loss, what happened on Memorial Day will still be fresh in their minds with the unique opportunity to lose to a team one week and have a chance to beat the very same club the following week.
It’s a scenario that the Streets are embracing.
“It’s always tough to play a team two weeks in a row,” said Marsilio. “It’s going to be a great matchup and opportunity matchup once again. We are excited to have the opportunity to travel northward and meet the Pirates on their turf.”
With the NAL standings as tight as they’ve been this season, every game is important so the Streets have their sights set on regaining that winning feeling on Saturday night in the back end of their home and home with the Pirates.
This Saturday night, the Streets and visit the Massachusetts Pirates and you can watch the game on the NAL YouTube channel. Kickoff is at 7pm. The Streets return home on Saturday afternoon June 8th to battle the defending NAL champion Carolina Cobras in a 3pm kickoff. That game can be seen live on MSG Network.
New York Streets individual game tickets are available at ticketmaster.com. For season and group ticket information, call 1-833-697-8733 and choose extension one.