SaberCats extend skid with 70-57 loss to Vigilantes

June 5, 2011, 5:27 pm
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June 5, 2011

DALLAS -- The SaberCats were unable to end their losing streak as they fell to the Dallas Vigilantes 70-57 in front of 8,634 at American Airlines Center. QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson saw his first action of the season after QB Mark Grieb was removed from the game for precautionary reasons midway through the third quarter. Bethel-Thompson finished the game throwing for 146 yards for two touchdowns in the defeat.SaberCats OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet thought his team battled all night despite the loss, I thought the guys played hard. We had some guys go down at some positions and I thought the guys that took their place came in and they gave us everything they had. We had four guys going both ways and I have to take my hat off to those guys. We made a few too many mistakes and we didnt get it done.The SaberCats got off to a slow start, as Dallas took a 21-7 lead midway through the first quarter. The Vigilantes opened the game with a 22-yard touchdown pass to WR DeAndrew Rubin before San Jose answered back with a 13-yard pass to WR Burl Toler. The Vigilantes registered back-to-back scores following an interception return for a touchdown by FBLB Brendan Pahulu giving Dallas the early advantage. The SaberCats followed with an 11-yard touchdown pass to WR Ben Nelson, but San Jose wasnt able to stop the Vigilante offense who maintained their two touchdown lead heading into the second quarter thanks to FBLB Derrick Ross 24th rushing touchdown of the season.San Jose stretched the field to open the second quarter as QB Mark Grieb found WR Ben Nelson on a 37-yard pass to bring the SaberCats to within seven at 28-21. Dallas FBLB Derrick Ross found the end zone again for the Vigilantes before WR Scott Schoettgen hauled in the first touchdown catch of his AFL career. Dallas once again posted back-to-back scores with WR Tiger Jones notching his first touchdown grab before DB Chris Brown returned an interception 20 yards, putting the Vigilantes up 49-28. Needing a score, San Jose responded when Grieb found a wide open Schoettgen, making it 49-35 at the end of the first half.The SaberCats opened the second half with a career-long 41-yard field goal by K Juan Gamboa, but San Jose was unable to stop the Vigilantes, who scored on a 38-yard pass from QB Dan Raudabaugh to Jones. In only his second game in the AFL, Scott Schoettgen posted his third touchdown catch. Following a Dallas score, QB Mark Grieb left the game for precautionary reasons, giving QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson his first extended action of the season. On his first drive as quarterback with San Jose, Bethel-Thompson found WR Ben Nelson for a seven-yard touchdown, making it 63-51 Vigilantes at the start of the fourth quarter. Following a failed onside kick, Dallas made it 70-51 before San Jose scored with 0:54 remaining and the SaberCats recovered the onside kick. San Jose was unable to score as the team turned the ball over on downs, allowing the Vigilantes to run out the clock, for the victory.SaberCats WR Ben Nelson posted his third consecutive game with over 100 yards with eight catches for 132 yards and four touchdowns. WR Scott Schoettgen set career-highs with seven receptions for 86 yards and three touchdowns in his second game with San Jose. The SaberCats sit a half game back of the Utah Blaze (5-6) in the postseason standings.San Jose (5-7) enters their second bye week before heading to Arizona on Saturday, June 18 where they will take on their longtime division rivals Rattlers (10-2) for the second time this season as San Jose looks to move to 6-7 on the year. The game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet and KLIV-1590 starting at 7:00 PDT.
Courtesy San Jose SaberCats media services

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