SaberCats fall to Mustangs 81-68


SaberCats fall to Mustangs 81-68

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. The San Jose SaberCats (8-4) fell to the Milwaukee Mustangs (4-7) 81-68 in front of 6,089 fans at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Saturday night. Quarterback Mark Grieb made Arena Football League history with his first quarter touchdown pass to wide receiver Huey Whittaker, as he hit the 70-touchdown mark in a season for the ninth consecutive year. He completed 35-of-56 passes for 435 yards and ten touchdowns in a losing effort. Whittaker led the way with 11 catches for 120 yards and three scores, while Samora Goodson caught four scoring tosses and James Roe had three. San Jose honored their teammate Johnie Kirton, who passed away suddenly and shockingly earlier in the week by wearing helmet stickers with Kirtons number 37.

Milwaukee opened the scoring on the opening kickoff, as a defensive lineman Luis Vasquez had a net recovery and the Mustangs led 7-0. San Jose responded immediately as Grieb found Whittaker for a three-yard score to knot things at seven. Mustangs quarterback Gino Guidugli then picked out wide receiver Andrae Thurman for a six-yard strike, going back in front 13-7. As San Jose was marching to score, a fumble was returned by Vasquez for 43-yards to take a 20-7 lead into the second quarter.

Grieb connected with Goodson for a 28-yard touchdown to pull San Jose within six points at 20-14 early in the second quarter. Milwaukee scored quickly twice, as Guidugli hit wide receiver Taurian Washington from 29-yards out and the Mustangs recovered the ensuing kickoff off of the bar for a score pushing the lead to 33-14.

Grieb and Goodson combined again with an immediate 45-yard touchdown, cutting the Mustangs advantage to 33-20 midway through the second. Guidugli continued to spread the ball around as he picked out Jared Jenkins for a nine-yard score. Goodson then hauled in his third scoring catch of the half, this time from 25-yards out to trim the Milwaukee lead to 40-27. The teams then traded scores, as Milwaukee held a 47-34 lead late in the half and added another score on the last play from scrimmage to take a 54-34 lead into the locker room.

The Mustangs picked up right where they left off as the Guidugli-Thurman connection was good for a third time, pushing the lead to 60-34. After a good kick return by Ruschard Dodd-Masters, Grieb threw his sixth touchdown of the night, for an 11-yard strike, his second to Roe. Milwaukee responded with another score of their own as Jenkins hauled in his third score of the game, this time from 16-yards. James Roe caught his third touchdown on the night when he brought in a 12-yard score, trimming the lead to 67-48.

After a late third quarter interception by Dodd-Masters, Grieb found Whittaker for a jump ball touchdown reception from 21-yards out on fourth down to bring San Jose within 12 at 67-55. San Jose would get no closer, as they dropped their fourth game of the season, 81-68.
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