SaberCats top Soul 68-61 on last-minute score


SaberCats top Soul 68-61 on last-minute score


SAN JOSE In a rematch of ArenaBowl XXII, the SaberCats (5-2) earned a 68-61 victory over the Philadelphia Soul (1-5) for their third consecutive win. San Jose never trailed in the game as MVP of the Game QB Mark Grieb passed for 221 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another in the win for his 100th career regular season victory with the SaberCats before 8,663 fans at HP Pavilion.OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet was glad to come out on the winning end and was pleased to see his team continue to come together. I thought the guys played hard, they hung in there and they found a way to win the football game. Were starting to grow as a team and hopefully we continue to grow and get better.The game began with the San Jose defense picking up where they left off in Tulsa, forcing the Soul into a missed field goal that SaberCats WRDB Mervin Brookins returned 29 yards. Four plays later, FBLB Chad Cook scored on a four-yard run, his 15th rushing touchdown of the season. Philadelphia answered when QB Justin Allgood found Offensive Player of the Game WR Donovan Morgan in the back of the end zone to even the score at seven. The SaberCats responded quickly, needing just three plays to regain a seven point lead on a 27-yard touchdown pass from QB Mark Grieb to WR Nichiren Flowers and taking a 14-7 lead into the start of the second quarter.After the Soul got within a point, it took Grieb just one play to find Ironman of the Game WR Chido Nwokocha downfield for a 45-yard touchdown, the longest reception of his career. Philadelphia again closed within one point when WRKR Keith Stokes recovered a fumble forced by San Jose DB Jamario ONeal in the end zone, ONeals second forced fumble in as many games. The Cats advanced to the Philadelphia one-yard line on a connection from Grieb to Flowers, and two plays later Flowers found the end zone on a one-yard touchdown run. K Juan Gamboa capped off San Joses scoring with a career-long 38-yard field goal as the Cats took a 31-20 lead into the half.A six-yard touchdown pass from Grieb to Flowers and an ONeal interception return for a touchdown gave the Cats a 45-20 lead midway through the third period. San Jose FBLB Matt Castelo finished a defensive stand by the SaberCats, sacking Soul QB Ryan Vena and forcing a turnover on downs. Following a Grieb interception, Philadelphia scored to cut the lead to 45-27 at the end of the third quarter.Grieb found Nwokocha for a diving catch over the boards in the corner of the end zone to put the Cats up 52-27 to start the fourth quarter. A Philadelphia touchdown brought the Soul within 18, but Cook found the end zone for his second rushing touchdown of the game, extending his season-long streak of consecutive games with two touchdowns to seven. Philadelphia WR Donovan Morgan hauled in his second touchdown pass of the game to cut the San Jose lead to 59-41. Two touchdowns by the Soul cut the lead to single digits at 62-54 with 47 seconds remaining in the game. The teams traded touchdowns in the final minute for a final score of 68-61.Grieb earned his 100th career regular season victory last week over Tulsa, following it up with his 100th win with the SaberCats on Friday night. DB Jamario ONeal had his first career interception and interception return for a touchdown in the game. San Jose defenders were a regular presence in the Philadelphia backfield as they applied pressure throughout the game on both Soul quarterbacks.San Jose (5-2) heads into their first bye week before hosting the Arizona Rattlers (5-0) in Week 9 at HP Pavilion on Saturday, May 7th at 7:30 p.m. The game will feature the top two teams in the West Division with the SaberCats leading the all-time regular season series 15-14.

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