by Andy Villamarzo

TAMPA- Anclote would head into Saturday's matchup against the Tampa Bay Patriots with Nate Munson at quarterback once again, but a few mistakes and missed opportunities inside the redzone ended up becoming the undoing for the Pirates in the first half of play. 

The Pirates would drive all the way down to the Patriots 1-yard line on their opening possession, only to be thwarted by the Tampa Bay defense and that ended up setting the tone for the rest of the contest. Though Munson threw for a season-high 149 yards through the air, the Pirates couldn't muster up any points, en route to a 50-0 loss to the Patriots at the Tampa PAL Center. The second half would be played under a running clock, per FFA rules. 

Munson led the Anclote offense on a very promising first drive of the game, which was fueled by some timely catches from wide receiver Alex Jennings. With the Pirates missing wide receiver Javaughn Johnson, due to a lingering shoulder injury, Jennings and Willie Jenkins Jr. stepped up admirably. The running game, however, was nearly non-existent as Tampa Bay loaded up the box and dared the Pirates to throw the ball. 

The Pirates fall to 3-7 in their first season in the Florida Football Alliance. Last time Anclote finished with seven or more losses was in 2011, when the Pirates finished 2-8. 

Pirates staff writer