SaberCats add QB Philyaw


SaberCats add QB Philyaw

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The SaberCats today announced the addition of ten-year Arena Football League veteran quarterback Raymond Philyaw."Raymond has been one of the top quarterbacks over the last decade in the Arena Football League," said OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet. "His level of understanding of the game and veteran presence will be an asset to our team."
Philyaw (6-0, 215, Northeast Louisiana) has played ten seasons in the AFL. Over the course of his AFL career he has amassed 26,000 yards and over 500 touchdowns, and he has the leagues best all-time touchdown-to-interception ratio at 8.6-to-1. Philyaws overall record is 63-48 and he has led four different franchises to the postseason, posting an 8-6 record in postseason play. He also spent the 2011 season as the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans VooDoo.Philyaw last played for the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings in 2010, where he completed 148-230 passes for 1,839 yards and 43 touchdowns to just five interceptions. In 2008 with the Cleveland Gladiators, Philyaw established a career best in completion percentage (69.5) in leading the team deep into the playoffs.After an injury-plagued 2006 season for the Kansas City Brigade, Philyaw rebounded with a career-year in 2007. That season, he posted career highs in completions (371), pass attempts (538), passing yards (4,375) and touchdowns (85), while leading the team to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth.Philyaw played two seasons with the Chicago Rush in 2004 and 2005. He orchestrated playoff runs in both years with the team and recorded a 19-11 record, combining to throw for over 6,500 yards and 119 touchdowns.Philyaw began his AFL career, with the Albany Firebirds in 2000, before the team relocated to Indiana. He took over as the teams starter in 2001 and racked up 3,518 yards and threw 68 touchdowns to only three interceptions, completing 68.3 percent of his passes. Philyaw remained the teams starting quarterback through 2003, and finished his Firebirds tenure with a 24-22 record with two playoff appearances, including a 2001 conference championship run.Philyaw began his professional playing career in the Canadian Football League where he played two seasons for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1997-1998 as a member of their practice squad.The Shreveport, La. native was a standout at Northeast Louisiana (now Louisiana-Monroe) and was inducted to the universitys athletic hall of fame in 2009. Philyaw concluded his collegiate career as the schools all-time leader in passing yards (7,061) and touchdowns (52).Raymond Philyaw
Position: QB
Height: 6-0
Weight: 215 lbs.
Born: July 30, 1974 in Shreveport, La.
Hometown: Shreveport, La.
Last Team: Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings (AFL)
College: Northeast Louisiana
AFL Experience: Ten years

Instant Analysis: Cowboys hand 49ers worst loss in four-year history of Levi's


Instant Analysis: Cowboys hand 49ers worst loss in four-year history of Levi's


SANTA CLARA – The 49ers’ streak of consecutive close losses came to an end on Sunday.

No, the 49ers did not pick up their first victory of the season. Rather, the Dallas Cowboys blew out the hapless 49ers on Dwight Clark Day at Levi’s Stadium.

After their NFL-record streak of five straight defeats by three points or fewer, the 49ers were dealt an embarrassing 40-10 loss to drop their record under first-year coach Kyle Shanahan to 0-7.

It was the worst loss in the four-season history of Levi’s Stadium. The previous-worst defeat for the 49ers since the move from Candlestick Park was a 41-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints last season. The 49ers have lost 10 consecutive home games over the past two seasons.

The 49ers and Cleveland Browns, also 0-7, are the only winless teams remaining in the league.

The poor showing – and inability to slow down Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott – put a damper on a festive day for the 49ers, as Clark was recognized for his contributions to the dynasty of the 1980s.

Clark, whose leaping 6-yard touchdown catch in the NFC Championship game against the Cowboys, catapulted the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. Now 60, Clark is battling ALS. He delivered remarks to his former teammates and the crowd during a halftime ceremony.

But when the second half opened, Elliott had a 72-yard touchdown reception from Dak Prescott to give Dallas a 27-3 lead. Elliott had a big day against the 49ers, as he also rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 26 rushing attempts.

The Cowboys did not need much of an opening, but they took advantage of some critical 49ers miscues in the first quarter.

After the 49ers’ defense forced a three-and-out on the opening drive with DeForest Buckner swatting down two passes at the line of scrimmage, rookie Trent Taylor gave it right back when he fumbled a punt.

The Cowboys took over and drove 20 yards on three plays with Elliott scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run.

On Dallas’ next possession, 49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson surrendered 17 yards on a pass-interference penalty. Then, Robinson’s illegal contract penalty nullified a 15-yard loss for intentional grounding.

Elliott, again, wasted little time as he scored on a 25-yard touchdown to give the Cowboys a 14-0 lead with 7:57 remaining in the first quarter.

Rookie C.J. Beathard was beat up in his first NFL start after taking over for struggling veteran Brian Hoyer last week.

Beathard, a third-round draft pick from Iowa, completed 22 of 38 passes for 235 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Beathard also rushed five times for 30 yards and touchdown.

But Beathard was under constant harassment, as he was also sacked five times for minus-48 yards and lost two fumbles.

Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster started as he made his first appearance since the opening game of the season, when he sustained a high right ankle sprain. But Foster exited in the third quarter with a ribs injury to his right side.

Foster recorded five tackles, including one for a loss, in his most extensive playing time of the season.

Right tackle Trent Brown left the game in the second half and was diagnosed with a concussion. Brown was pass through the NFL’s concussion protocol in order to be cleared for the 49ers’ game next Sunday at the Philadelphia Eagles.


--Fullback Kyle Juszczyk (back) and pass-rusher Aaron Lynch (calf) were among the 49ers’ seven inactive players.

--Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who came into the game with a league-leading 8.5 sacks, moved to the other side of the line and beat left tackle Joe Staley for a sack-strip to thwart a 49ers scoring chance late in the first half.

Earthquakes secure spot in playoffs with clutch goal in stoppage time

Earthquakes secure spot in playoffs with clutch goal in stoppage time


SAN JOSE — Marco Urena scored in the third minute of stoppage time and the San Jose Earthquakes secured a playoff spot with a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United on Sunday in their regular-season finale.

San Jose (13-14-7) needed a win for the final spot in the Western Conference after FC Dallas' 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy. It's an unexpected run for the Earthquakes, who fired coach Dominic Kinnear midway through the season.

In the build-up to the winner, San Jose goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell sent a long ball that was chested by Victor Bernardez and headed to Quincy Amarikwa inside the 18-yard box. Minnesota goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth pushed Amarikwa's shot wide but San Jose star Chris Wondolowski chased it down for a feed to an open Urena in front of goal.

The Earthquakes have won seven of their last nine home games — with every win coming by one goal.

Wondolowski gave San Jose a 2-1 lead in the 55th with an easy redirection of Danny Hoesen cross at the back post.

Minnesota (10-18-6), which has lost nine of its last 12 road games, tied it at 2 in the 81st on Francisco Calvo's header off the crossbar.