By Tiffany Williams –
Sunday night the Massachusetts Pirates played the Green Bay Blizzard at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Sunday nights game was just less than 24 hours after a Mass shooting at the hotel the Pirates were staying at.
First quarter started with the Green Bay Blizzard getting an early 3-0 lead off a field goal. The Massachusetts Pirates however ended the 1st quarter with Alejandro Bennifield making a quarterback sneak touchdown and the kick after was good for a 7-3 Pirates lead.
The 2nd quarter started with Green Bay Blizzard, Trevon Saunders getting a kick return touchdown for a 10-7 Blizzard lead. Alejandro Bennifield got his second touchdown of the night, the kick after was good for a 14-10 Pirates lead. Green Bay kicker, Henry Nell on a kick scored a deuce making it a Blizzard 15–14 lead. Blizzard then got a two point safety for a 17–14 lead. Green Bay kicker, Henry Nell got a two point field goal to end the second quarter and first half with the Green Bay Blizzard leading the Massachusetts Pirates 20-14.
In the first half, the Green Bay Blizzard offense just could make any plays against a Massachusetts Pirates defense. For the Blizzard, Momodou Mbye a Pawtucket, R.I. native who attended URI was a defensive threat for the Massachusetts Pirates in the first half.
Kerrion Moore, running back for the Green Bay Blizzard scored the first touchdown of the 3rd quarter to make it a 27-14, Blizzard lead. Pass from Alejandro Bennifield to Demarcus Ayers in the end zone was good for a touchdown. Making it a 27-20 Blizzard game. Massachusetts Pirates defense Martrell Spaight and J.D. Griggs got a 2 point safety to make it a 27-22 Blizzard game. Alejandro Bennifield got his third touchdown of the night to end the third quarter with the Massachusetts Pirates taking a 1 point, 28-27 lead over Green Bay Blizzard.
The fourth quarter, Massachusetts Pirates defense got their second two point safety of the game, making it a Pirates 30-27 game. Alejandro Bennifield got a quarterback sneak for his fourth touchdown of the night, making it a Pirates 36-27 game. Under four in the fourth and Eric Thomas Jr. got a touchdown for the Blizzard making it a 36-34 Pirates game. With 32.3 seconds remaining in the game, Blizzard QB, Damion May got off a botched snap to Kezlow Smith for a touchdown and Green Bay Blizzard took over the lead for a 40-36 game final.