SaberCats fall to Command 57-41


SaberCats fall to Command 57-41

KANSAS CITY -- The San Jose SaberCats (9-5) fell to the Kansas City Command (3-10) on Sunday by the score of 57-41 in front of 4,258 fans at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Quarterback Mark Grieb finished 27-42 for 322 yards and five touchdowns.

San Jose opened the scoring after an interception by Tanner Varner, as Grieb picked out a wide open Samora Goodson for a five-yard score. The Command responded as quarterback Zack Eskridge scored on a keeper from one yard out which gave Kansas City a 7-6 advantage midway through the first quarter. Grieb then found James Roe for a 14-yard scoring strike to put San Jose back on top again, this time 13-7.

The SaberCats scored on their opening drive of the second quarter, as Grieb connected with Goodson once more, this time for a 20-yard score. After a missed extra point, it was 19-7 SaberCats but on the ensuing kickoff, Command wide receiver Jackie Chambers scored on a 57-yard return to pull Kansas City within five. After a four-and-out by San Jose, the Command took over at the one yard line and scored via another Eskridge one-yard run. San Jose answered right back as wide receiver Fred Williams made his first career touchdown reception when Grieb found him in the back of the end zone for a three-yard score, putting the Cats on top 25-21. It was 25-24 San Jose at the half after a James Wilhoit 41-yard field goal for the Command.

Kansas City took advantage of a San Jose mistake, as OJ Simpson scored on the opening kickoff on a net recovery to put them on top once again, 31-25. San Jose took the lead back after a successful drive was punctuated by fullback Reagan Mauias first career touchdown, as he scored from three yards out. Kansas City struck back immediately, as Chambers scored his second touchdown of the game, as he caught a 36-yard score.

Two consecutive Kansas City Command touchdowns by wide receiver Bret Smith put them on top by their largest margin, 17 points, 50-33. Grieb then connected with Goodson on a 20-yard score and coupled with a two point conversion, San Jose cut the lead to 50-41. They would get no closer, as Chambers scored once more, scampering 21-yards for his third touchdown of the game and the Command would hold on to win 57-41 for their third victory of the 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