by Andy Villamarzo

TAMPA- After being outscored 82-3 in the first two meetings against the Tampa Bay Patriots, the Anclote Pirates were hoping to pull off a miracle in Tampa at the PAL Center. 

The miracle didn't happen, but the Pirates played hard down to the bitter end, as Anclote fell 44-14 to Tampa Bay, thus ending the team's season. Anclote reached the postseason for the first time since 2013 and saw some positives from players during the game. 

Quarterback Nate Munson capped off a solid season for the Pirates, completing 15 of 32 passes for 160 yards and threw a touchdown to Alex Jennings in the fourth quarter. Jennings had played a tremendous role at wide receiver for the Pirates the last three games and had another big night versus the Patriots. The safety-turned-receiver caught six passes for 56 yards and was arguably one of the top 2-way players. Donshaw Inmon scored on a 6-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to help cut the game to 30-6. 

Jansen Murray played tough at running back with Inmon, catching one pass for 29 yards and helping out with pass blocking. Many players had to step up and play both ways due to low numbers, including Andy Villamarzo, who caught four passes for 60 yards and recorded three tackles, forced and recovered a fumble. Munson led the team with nine tackles on the night. 

The Pirates head into the off-season with some optimism, but a solid core of players returning with some others joined on could mark a positive return for Anclote heading into the 2018 FFA season. 

Pirates staff writer