Sabercats drop finale to Tampa Bay 57-44


Sabercats drop finale to Tampa Bay 57-44

TAMPA, Florida -- The SaberCats (7-11) suffered another late loss at the hands of the Tampa Bay Storm (7-11), 57-44, after WR Hank Edwards caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from QB Matt Grothe with eight seconds remaining in front of 10,738 at the St. Pete Times Forum.OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet was disappointed with the difficult loss that ended the SaberCats season. Its always tough anytime you lose. A loss is a loss whether you lose in the last second or they're beating you the whole game. Were going to have to put our heads together and correct things.The SaberCats opened the game with the ball, but turned it over on a muffed snap that Storm DB Michael Hawthorne returned 34 yards for a touchdown, giving Tampa Bay an early 6-0 advantage. San Jose responded quickly as QB Mark Grieb put together a four-play 41 yard drive that saw San Jose score on a 10-yard pass to WR James Roe. Three plays later, Storm QB Matt Grothe connected with WR Amarri Jackson for the 35-yard touchdown, who finished the game with 112 receiving yards on eight receptions and four touchdowns. Chad Cook would tack on his 30th rushing touchdown of the year, as San Jose took a 14-13 lead into the second quarter.It was a big second quarter for WR James Roe, who on his third catch of the game became the 11th player in AFL history to surpass 10,000 career receiving yards. Grieb would later find WR Ben Nelson for an eight-yard touchdown, making it 21-16 in San Joses favor. WR Amarri Jackson posted the Storms next two scores, but WR James Roe would notch his second touchdown reception in between Jacksons touchdowns. On the touchdown pass, Grieb became the AFL single-season record holder for passing yards. The record was originally set by former Milwaukee Iron QB Chris Greisen who threw for 5,146 yards in 2010. He finished the contest with 315 passing yards, pushing his season total to 5,312. Tampa Bay took a 29-28 lead into the second half.The Storm came out hot in the second half as WR Amarri Jackson caught his fourth touchdown of the game on a 39-yard pass from QB Matt Grothe. The connection of Grieb to Roe proved successful again, cutting the Storm lead to 36-35. The San Jose defense forced Tampa Bay to turn the ball over on downs and on 4th-and-15 of the ensuing drive, Grieb found WR Marco Thomas for a 25-yard touchdown. Storm QB Matt Grothe proved tough, rushing the ball in from three yards out, putting Tampa Bay up 43-41. K Juan Gamboa missed on a 26-yard attempt before the Storm drove deep into San Jose territory where DB Eddie Moten came up with a big play, intercepting the ball with 3:26 remaining. With just :36 left in the contest, Gamboa connected on a 27-yard field goal, but Tampa Bay moved quickly with no timeouts remaining where WR Hank Edwards found paydirt to seal the victory. WR James Roe finished the game with eight receptions for 98 yards and four touchdowns, with his career totals now standing at 818 receptions for 10,057 yards and 248 touchdowns. Grieb now sits at 42,128 yards and 810 touchdown passes. WR Ben Nelson surpasses 1,000 yards for the season, doing so in only 11 games. It marked the fifth consecutive season he has reached 1,000, finishing 2011 with 1,019.National Guard MVP of the Game: San Jose WR James RoeRussell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: Tampa Bay WR Amarri JacksonRiddell Defensive Player of the Game: Tampa Bay DB Michael HawthorneJLS Ironman: San Jose WR Marco ThomasNiFTy Playmaker of the Game: San Jose Mark GriebCutter Catch of the Game: San Jose WR James Roes catch, putting him over 10,000 career receiving yardsSpalding Highlight of the Game: Tampa Bay DB Michael Hawthornes 36-yard fumble return for a touchdownABOUT THE SAN JOSE SABERCATSThe ArenaBowl XVI, XVIII and XXI champion San Jose SaberCats (7-11) opened the 2011 season against the defending ArenaBowl champion Spokane Shock on March 11 with a victory as they returned to the Arena Football League for their 15th season in 2011. The SaberCats began play in 1995, playing their home games at HP Pavilion. Fans and sponsors can go to or call 408-673-3400 to sign up to receive the latest news and updates about the SaberCats, as well as to purchase 2012 season tickets tickets. Make sure to follow the SaberCats on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news on the team.

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.”

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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