canada africa partner reservation Massachusetts Pirates fall on the road to Iowa, 42-34 – Lowell Sun

Massachusetts Pirates fall on the road to Iowa, 42-34 – Lowell Sun

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Eugene Ford of the Massachusetts Pirates looks for a fan to give the ball to after intercepting the ball to end the first half during a game earlier this season at the Tsongas Center. (James Thomas photo)

Kyle King made a huge comeback for the Indoor Football League ages in the second half.

The Iowa quarterback threw a pair of touchdowns, while firing in for a third, during a huge 30-point swing in the second half as the host Barnstormers defeated the Massachusetts Pirates 42-34.

Massachusetts (5-2) held a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and built a 20-3 cushion with 10:00 left in the first half before Iowa (2-5) fought back.

Pirates quarterback Alejandro Bennifield sparked the offense by going 18-for-28 for 207 yards and two touchdowns. His long, 45-yard bomb to Teo Redding (4-for-83 receiving) gave Massachusetts a 13-0 lead. The signal caller also broke into the end zone with a pair of rushes, including an 8-yard bolt, to extend his lead to 27-12 with nine seconds left in the half.

But King rallied his troops. The QB found Keshaun Taylor (7-of-63 receiving) for his first of two end zone grabs from nine yards out at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 28-19 at intermission.

He continued to lead the way in the second half, breaking in with a two-yard strike, before finding Taylor again for his second TD pull, a 14-yard grab to claim a 41-28 lead with five minutes remaining to go. .

Pirates running back Jimmie Robinson went 9-for-26 rushing, including a two-yard TD to open the game. Thomas Owens caught Bennifield’s second touchdown pass on a 14-yard grab with 2:40 left, good for the 42-34 final.

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