SaberCats lose shootout 76-69 to Barnstormers


SaberCats lose shootout 76-69 to Barnstormers


SAN JOSE - A Friday night shootout between the San Jose SaberCats (2-2) and Iowa Barnstormers (2-1) ended in a 76-69 victory by the visiting Barnstormers as the SaberCats fell to 2-2 on the season. SaberCats QB Mark Grieb finished the game with 391 yards and nine touchdowns through the air in the effort. The Barnstormers were led by QB Brad Banks who threw for 383 yards and 11 total touchdowns (10 passing, one rushing).OwnerHead Coach weighed in on the close loss after the game. You know, the guys battled and Iowa just made a few more plays than we did. Iowa played a great game and our guys fought but we just came up short.The SaberCats wasted no time scoring a touchdown in Griebs 100th consecutive AFL start on a 17-yard touchdown pass to WR Nichiren Flowers, who tied a single-game career high with four touchdown receptions. Iowa struck back with a touchdown of their own on a short pass to WR Errick McCown. The Barnstormers recovered a SaberCats fumble on the ensuing drive and turned it into a seven point lead after a two-play drive capped by a touchdown pass from QB Brad Banks to WR Todd Blythe. The SaberCats answered with the second touchdown pass of the game from Grieb to Flowers, made possible by a one-handed catch by Goodson on the previous play in a fourth and long situation and putting San Jose up 14-13.Following an Iowa touchdown and second missed PAT of the game, the SaberCats answered with an 18-yard connection from Grieb to FBLB Chad Cook. The teams traded touchdowns with the San Jose score highlighted by Grieb connecting with Goodson for a 23-yard touchdown to give the Cats a 28-27 lead. After Iowa regained the lead 34-28, OL Mark Lewis hauled in his second touchdown reception of the season to tie the game at 34 at halftime. SaberCats WR Samora Goodson finished with career-highs in receptions (10) and receiving touchdowns (2).After the game, Goodson was looking towards putting forth a stronger effort in coming weeks. Correct the mistakes. Its one of those things that is on our shoulders. We beat ourselves and its going to be on ourselves to fix what we did wrong.Iowa kicked off the second half with a touchdown on the first play regaining a seven point lead before Nichiren Flowers caught his third touchdown of the game in the corner of the end zone to knot the game at 41. Following another Iowa touchdown the SaberCats drove the length of the field scoring on a Chad Cook touchdown run, his eighth rushing touchdown of the season to knot the game at 48 following the third stanzaIowa struck back with a touchdown pass to WR Jesse Schmidt, who led the Barnstormers with 178 yards receiving on 12 receptions for six touchdowns. The SaberCats answered back quickly when WR Burl Toler caught his first career touchdown reception, a 47-yard connection from Grieb, to even the score at 55. An Iowa touchdown put the Barnstormers ahead by seven before the SaberCats answered with the fourth touchdown reception of the game for Flowers. The score tied at 62, Iowa connected on a deep touchdown pass, pulling ahead 69-62. An Iowa interception gave the Barnstormers the ball near midfield, and after advancing inside the 10-yard line, SaberCats DL Chris Perri forced a fumble that was recovered by San Jose. The Cats were unable to convert on a fourth down, and Iowa regained possession of the ball with less than three minutes remaining. Barnstormer QB Brad Banks rushed for a touchdown to extend the Iowa lead to 14 points. Grieb connected with Goodson for a touchdown to pull the Cats within seven with 28 seconds remaining. An unsuccessful onside kick attempt by San Jose allowed Iowa to run out the clock and preserve the seven point win.The SaberCats (2-2) welcome the Utah Blaze (2-1) for their first matchup of the season on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 PDT. It will be San Joses second divisional game of 2011.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.”

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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