Grieb leads SaberCats to 75-55 win over Blaze


Grieb leads SaberCats to 75-55 win over Blaze


SAN JOSE - The San Jose SaberCats (3-2) defeated the Utah Blaze (2-2),75-55 for their second divisional win of the season thanks to a balanced effort on both sides of the ball. San Jose put together 311 yards in total offense with the defense forcing Utah to turn the ball over on downs three times on Friday night along with two turnovers.OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet was happy with the effort his squad puttogether and hopes this is something they can build on heading into next week.Were a young football team and that was a big win, it was a big timeconfidence builder, and were just going to get better and better everyweek, the guys are starting to jell together now and hopefully we can make another jump next week."San Jose's offense was in high gear at the beginning of the game scoring a pair of rushing touchdowns as FBLB Chad Cook rushed for the first of his two rushing touchdowns of the quarter and WR Nichiren Flowers scored the first rushing touchdown of his career. Utah answered with a 14-yard touchdown pass from QB Tommy Grady to WR Ernie Pierce and a rushing touchdown to tie the score at 14 at the end of the first quarter.After the first of WR Samora Goodson's career-high four touchdownreceptions, the teams traded touchdowns putting San Jose up 33-28. Defensive Player of the Game DL George Hypolite's first career forcedfumble on fourth down shifted the momentum in the SaberCats favor andgave San Jose the ball with seconds left on the clock.He was pleased to see the defense execute against the Blaze tonight,Collectively, in practice we saw some things that we thought we couldexploit and I was really proud that we took it from practice andtransferred it over to the game.SaberCats QB Mark Grieb hit Samora Goodson for a two-yard touchdown pass to cap off a perfect 16-for-16 effort to put San Jose up 40-28 at the half.The third quarter opened with Grieb's nine-yard touchdown pass to Goodson who had a career high eleven receptions. San Jose continued to put pressure on Grady highlighted by DL Adam Huebner's second sack of the year and quarterback hurries throughout the game from DL Francis Maka, DL Chris Perri, and Hypolite. The third quarter ended with San Jose leading 47-34.The fourth quarter kicked off with two quick touchdowns includingGoodson's fourth touchdown reception of the game. The score remained the same until WR Chido Nwokocha scored his first career touchdown on a30-yard pass from Mark Grieb with just over three minutes remaining. Utah answered with a touchdown but was unable to stop Chad Cook, who ran for a career-high four rushing touchdowns and a total of 33 yards as he recorded his fifth consecutive game with at least two touchdowns. Cook's touchdown sealed the victory as San Jose notched a 75-55 victory over the Blaze.The SaberCats (3-2) travel to Tulsa to take on the Talons (1-3) for their first ever matchup on Saturday, April 16 at 5:00 PDT.

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