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Franchise-worst loss for SaberCats in Cleveland

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Franchise-worst loss for SaberCats in Cleveland

June 25, 2011SABERCATS PAGE

CLEVELAND, OH -- The SaberCats suffered their seventh consecutive loss at the hands of the Cleveland Gladiators, 82-21. The Gladiators took over following a stretch that saw Cleveland score three touchdowns in the final minute of the first half, putting them up 41-7 heading into halftime, which proved too difficult to overcome for San Jose in front of 5,619 at Quicken Loans Arena.The Gladiators scored the first 20 points of the game as QB Andrico Hines found WR Troy Bergeron for the first score of the contest, making it 6-0. LB Chris Vedder fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, but the SaberCats were able to stop the Gladiators inside their own five-yard line. The Gladiators came up with a goal line stand of their own, allowing Bergeron to score his second receiving touchdown of the game for a 12-0 lead following another missed extra point. The Gladiator defense then came up with another stop as San Jose turned it over on downs. Following a missed field goal, QB Mark Grieb fumbled on a sack, giving Cleveland possession before QB Kurt Rocco entered the game for an injured Andrico Hines, as he connected with WR Robert Redd for a 12-yard touchdown to make it 20-0 after a successful two-point conversion.San Jose found the endzone for the first time when Grieb, who threw for 203 yards on 20-of-34 passing, connected with WR Marco Thomas on a four-yard strike. K Juan Gamboa recovered his own onside kick, as the SaberCat offense drove into the Gladiator red zone but were unable to score when DB Levy Brown returned a Grieb pass 51 yards for a score. The Gladiators recovered their onside kick before Rocco found Bergeron once again for the 13-yard touchdown. Cleveland DL Conor Reilly recovered the ensuing kickoff in the endzone after the ball took an awkward bounce off of a field goal post, putting the Gladiators up 41-7 heading into the half, registering all three scores in the final twenty seconds. San Jose opened the second half with interceptions on consecutive drives which Cleveland capitalized on with touchdowns on each possession. QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson entered the game in the third quarter and the Gladiators registered one of their nine takeaways of the contest after DB Joe Phinisee returned his pass seven yards for a touchdown, putting Cleveland up 61-7. On the following SaberCats possessions, Bethel-Thompson found wide receivers Ben Nelson, who led the team with eight receptions for 101 yards with a receiving score, and Victor James for touchdowns, but the Gladiators continued to pour it on as they scored three more times, defeating the SaberCats 82-21. San Jose (5-9) returns home for the first time since May 28, to take on the Jacksonville Sharks (13-1) for the first time in franchise history as the SaberCats look to move to 6-9 on the year. The game will take place on Friday, July 1 starting at 7:30 PDT and will be broadcast on KLIV-1590.
Courtesy San Jose SaberCats media services

AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league

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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

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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