With four games to go in the regular season, the Streets are right in the thick of the race for the final NAL playoff spot as they get set to host the Massachusetts Pirates Friday night at the Westchester County Center (7pm MSG). Despite a six game losing streak, the Streets (3-7) are tied with the Columbus Lions for 4th place so each game is critical towards punching a ticket for the post-season.
The playoff push starts against a Pirates team that the Streets have lost to twice this season.
“We’re looking forward to having Massachusetts back in New York,” said Streets Head Coach Rick Marsilio.
Former Syracuse quarterback and Brooklyn native David Legree is set to make his sixth start of the season. He has thrown for 1429 yards and 33 touchdowns while also rushing for 116 yards and six touchdowns. Devonte Jenkins has 60 catches for 681 yards and 16 touchdowns but the Streets are also hoping to welcome back another important offensive weapon on Friday.
Wide receiver and kick returner extraordinaire Rob Jones is expected to make his return while the offensive line has lost two more players.
“We do get Rob Jones back this week after missing the last several weeks with an injury,” said Marsilio. “Unfortunately, we will be down two more starters this week losing Deshawn Byrd with a season ending injury and Jason Townson for two weeks.”
Despite missing some time, Jones has 55 catches for 688 yards and 15 touchdowns. His return would the “big three” back together as Edgar Allen Poe has 60 catches for 666 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Defensively, linebacker Anthony Johnson leads the Streets with 28 tackles and also has an interception while defensive back Denzel Thompson has 23.5 tackles to go along with three interceptions.
For the Pirates, former Columbia quarterback Sean Brackett is having an outstanding season throwing for 1,419 yards and 42 touchdowns while also rushing for nine scores. Marty Gilyard is the Pirates’ leading receiver with 56 catches for 668 yards and 21 touchdowns. Defensively, Massachusetts is led by defensive back Lawrence Austin who has 51 tackles and eight interceptions.
Friday should be a festive night in White Plains on the day after the Fourth of July as the Streets are having a special “Red White and Blue” promotion. All fans wearing red, white and blue will be able to purchase tickets for $10. Individual tickets are available for Friday’s game as well as the Streets’ final regular season home game on Sunday July 21st against the Carolina Cobras at ticketmaster.com or at the County Center box office. For season and group sales information, please call 1-833-697-8733 and choose extension one.