SaberCats fall to 5-5 with 76-68 loss to Utah Blaze


SaberCats fall to 5-5 with 76-68 loss to Utah Blaze


SALT LAKE CITY -- The SaberCats suffered their third consecutive loss at the hands of the Utah Blaze (5-4), 76-68 in front of 8,815 at EnergySolutionsArena as the Blaze were led by Russell Offensive Player of the Game QB Tommy Grady who threw for 319 yards on 23-of-32 passing and nine touchdowns. The loss dropped San Jose to 5-5 on the season.OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet was looking forward to his team getting things on course. Anytime you lose, you want to get it going in the right direction and win the football game. Nothings changed there and were just going to have to get better on the practice field and keep going after it.The two teams opened the game with an offensive assault, scoring on all five drives in the first quarter. SaberCats QB Mark Grieb, who threw for 323 yards and seven touchdowns, found WR Ben Nelson on San Joses first offensive play from scrimmage on a 13-yard pass while FBLB Chad Cook continued his outstanding play of late with another rushing touchdown, pushing his total to 21 on the season. Blaze QB Tommy Grady threw for 123 yards in the opening stanza on 10-of-12 passing for three touchdown passes, putting Utah ahead 21-14 early on.San Jose and Utah continued to exchange scores in the second quarter with the two quarterbacks continuing their impressive play. Cook once again showed his ability to get into the end zone with another rushing score while Nelson posted another touchdown grab. The Blaze responded with two touchdowns of their own as WR Chris Bocage hauled in touchdown passes from QB Tommy Grady. With the SaberCats driving with under a minute remaining in the half, Riddell Defensive Player of the Game DB Brandon Taylor intercepted a pass before the San Jose defense responded when DL Francis Maka recovered a bad snap for the second consecutive game giving the SaberCats the ball back. The offense scored on the following drive with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Grieb to WR Burl Toler to knot the game at 35 heading into the half.The SaberCats opened the second half with a score as QB Mark Grieb found WRDB Mervin Brookins for his first career touchdown reception on a 21-yard strike. Utah scored on their ensuing drive with a 23-yard pass to WR Ernie Pierce from QB Tommy Grady before Brookins hauled in another score on a 23-yard toss from Grieb. The Blaze were ignited by a 56-yard kickoff return by WR Chris Bocage on the ensuing kickoff. FBLB Chad Cook ran it in for his third rushing touchdown of the game before Grady spread the ball around to his receivers in the final quarter with WR Ernie Pierce (18 yards), OL Jason Boone (3 yards) and Alvance Robinson (47 yards) all recording touchdown receptions. WR Ben Nelson recorded two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter with the final grab putting San Jose down by one with 29 seconds remaining. The Blaze special teams came through in the clutch, however, blocking the ensuing extra point before Grady ran the ball in on an eight-yard scamper with five seconds remaining on fourth down after San Jose turned the ball over on downs to seal the victory for the Blaze.The loss snapped San Joses six-game winning streak against Utah. San Jose QB Mark Grieb posted his 44th career 300-yard passing game while WRDB Mervin Brookins notched career highs with 13 receptions for 152 yards and two touchdown catches in only his second game at wide receiver for the SaberCats. WR Ben Nelson posted single-game season-highs with nine receptions for 107 yards and a team-leading four touchdown grabs. FBLB Chad Cook upped his rushing touchdown total to 23 on the season.The SaberCats (5-5) return home to face the Georgia Force (6-4) on Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. PDT at HP Pavilion where they will look to snap their three-game losing streak.
Courtesy 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.”

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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