Grieb, SaberCats pound Predators, 60-40


Grieb, SaberCats pound Predators, 60-40


SAN JOSE San Jose registered their second consecutive win in front of a crowd of 10,302 on fan appreciation night at HP Pavilon, defeating the Orlando Predators (9-7) by a score of 60-40. The SaberCats played a great team game in all three facets of the contest in the victory.

OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet was excited about the progress his team has made in the past two games.

The guys are playing hard and were finally getting healthy. Weve had the same group now for about three weeks in a row and were getting better and better every week. We just want to continue to take one play at a time, believe in each other, and play hard.

San Jose started strong when QB Mark Grieb found WR James Roe for a nine-yard touchdown on the second play of the game. Orlando answered with a 40 yard drive to cut the lead to one at 7-6 midway through the quarter. The SaberCats next drive was thwarted by a Travis Coleman interception and Orlando took advantage of the turnover when QB Collin Drafts ran for a three-yard touchdown. On the ensuing drive San Jose drove the length of the field to tie the game at 13 on Roes second touchdown reception of the game.

The teams traded touchdowns before the Predators jumped ahead by six, 26-20, on a 35-yard touchdown reception by WR T.T. Toliver. San Jose FBLB Chad Cook responded with a rushing touchdown to give the SaberCats a one point lead with 4:48 remaining in the half. On Orlandos next drive San Jose defensive lineman Francis Maka tackled Drafts on fourth-and-goal to give the SaberCats the ball back. Chad Cook concluded the scoring with his second rushing touchdown of the season to take a 33-26 lead into halftime.

Orlando began the third quarter with a third touchdown strike from Drafts to Tolliver to tie the game at 33. The SaberCats answered when Ben Nelson hauled in a 16-yard touchdown reception from Grieb giving San Jose the lead going into the final quarter, 39-33.

The SaberCats defense forced another turnover on down on an Orlando drive that lasted 8:13 to regain possession at the beginning of the fourth quarter. After finding OL Mark Lewis for a long gain, WR Victor James found the end zone for his second rushing touchdown of the game to give San Jose their biggest lead of the game, 46-33. Orlando cut the lead to five with a 40-yard scoring strike from Drafts to WR Robert Quiroga with 8:21 remaining in regulation. The SaberCats responded with a 34 yard drive culminating in a touchdown pass from Grieb to Lewis to extend the lead to 13 at 53-40. The San Jose defense then collected its third turnover on downs and Grieb found WR Ben Nelson in the end zone for the final score of the game.

National Guard MVP Mark Grieb threw for 295 yards and five touchdowns and Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game Ben Nelson caught seven passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns. JLS Ironman of the Game WR Marco Thomas accumulated 251 all-purpose yards to giving the SaberCats good field position all night. Nelson caught seven passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns and Cook and James each had a pair of rushing touchdowns. WR James Roe also hauled in two scores and was encouraged by the momentum the team is building.

To turn it around, its time to believe, said Roe. Were starting to get a little bit of a momentum swing and guys are starting to believe. Coach is staying on us about being focused and taking it one play at a time, one game at a time, and just enjoying it.

Roe finished the game with six receptions for 69 yards receiving, putting him two receptions and 173 yards away from passing 800 receptions and 10,000 receiving yards for his career. Grieb now sits two touchdowns away from passing 800 passing scores for his career after his effort.

The victory keeps San Jose one game behind the Spokane Shock (8-8) for the final playoff spot in the National Conference. They currently are in a three-team tie with the Utah Blaze (7-9) and the Tulsa Talons (7-9). They travel to Spokane to face the Shock next Saturday at 7:30 PDT, for the second game between the two this season.

Courtesy San Jose SaberCats media services

AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league


AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league

LAS VEGAS -– Arena Football League Commissioner Scott Butera announced today that, for reasons unrelated to League operations, the owners of the San Jose Sabercats have notified him that they will no longer continue as members of the AFL.

Butera said that the League is working to secure a new long-term owner for the storied franchise, which played its first Arena game in 1995. He also extended the AFL’s deep appreciation to the SaberCats ownership group for all the contributions they have made to Arena Football.

“We have a remarkably loyal fan base in the San Jose area and we are working aggressively to secure new ownership for the franchise as soon as possible,” Butera said. “In the process of rebuilding, there is an evolution that brings change and growth. In the coming months, we will reveal a strategic growth plan for the AFL, including completion of agreements with a number of expansion opportunities.”

AFL media services 

SaberCats return 2012 leading receiver Samora Goodson


SaberCats return 2012 leading receiver Samora Goodson

SAN JOSE -- The SaberCats announced today that they have been assigned 2012s leading wide receiver Samora Goodson on a two-year contract. Goodson had a breakout season last year, his third in San Jose. The Arena Football Leagues free agency period for exclusive negotiations with players from a teams 2012 roster opened on Monday, Oct. 15 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 4.

"Bringing our leading receiver back from a year ago certainly bolsters our receiving corps," OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet stated regarding the addition. "Samora is a very talented, proven receiver who has exhibited big-play ability at this level.

Goodson (6-3, 205, SE Missouri State) appeared in all 18 games for the SaberCats in 2012, where he led the team in all receiving statistical categories but touchdowns. He caught a career-high 114 passes for 1,471 yards and 27 scores as he paced a deep stable of SaberCats receivers on the way to a 12-6 season and playoff berth. Goodson also proved his worth on special teams, as he recorded 12 total tackles (ten solo) on kickoff coverage.

The Hayward, Calif. native appeared in seven games for San Jose in 2011, after his season was cut short due to injury. He posted 46 receptions for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in the teams first season back since 2008. Goodson was a member of the SaberCats practice squad in the 2008 regular season and made the postseason roster in a year that saw San Jose fall in ArenaBowl XXII to the Philadelphia Soul. In between these two stints, Goodson played for the San Jose Wolves of the AIFA (Arena Football Indoor Association) in 2010.

Prior to his professional career the Californian played two seasons at Southeast Missouri State, where he tallied 37 receptions for 439 yards and four touchdowns in 22 appearances for the Redhawks. He transferred to Southeast Missouri State from Citrus Community College (Glendora, Calif.), where he earned All-Western State Conference and all-state honors.

Transaction: SaberCats are assigned WR Samora Goodson on a two-year contract.

Courtesy San Jose SaberCats media services