SaberCats host Power looking for rebound victory

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SaberCats host Power looking for rebound victory
June 7, 2013, 3:00 pm
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The Power defeated San Jose 54-48 on May 14th, 2011 in Pittsburgh -- the only matchup in franchise history. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Nick Laino

Season Records
SaberCats: 7-3, last week loss to Spokane 75-45
Power:  3-7, last week loss to Jacksonville 70-48

Stat Matchup (AFL Ranking)
SaberCats
Points per Game: 52.0 (7th)
Points Allowed:  49.9 (9th)
Total Offense:  275.2 Yds/Gm (8th)
Total Defense:  245.0 Yds/Gm (1st )
Turnover Margin -2 (Gained 22, loss 24) (8th)
Power
Points per Game: 39.3 (14th)
Points Allowed:  53.1 (8th)
Total Offense:  259.4 Yds/Gm  (11th)
Total Defense:  250.5 Yds/Gm (3rd)
Turnover Margin -12 (gained 12, loss 24) (11th)

KEY MATCHUPS
SaberCats
QB – Mitch Mustain (236 yards passing, 4 TDs, 2 INT in 6 games this season) – 1st career AFL start
Power
QB Steven Sheffield (1,069 yards passing, 21 TDs, 9 INT in 4 games this season)

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SaberCats
WR – Jason Willis (69 receptions, 839 yards, 19 TDs this season)
WR – Fred Williams (51 receptions, 702 yards, 9 TDs, this season)
WR – Huey Whittaker (49 receptions, 564 yards, 12 TDs, this season)
Power
WR – Mike Washington (85 receptions, 884 yards, 17 TDs this season)
WR – Alvin Jackson (9 receptions, 122 yards, 2 TDs this season)
WR – Julien Talley (18 receptions, 216 yards, 5 TDs this season)

SaberCats
DB – Clevan Thomas (43.0 tackles, 8 INT & 14 pass breakups this season)
Power
DB – Sergio Gillman (57.0 tackles, 3 INT & 14 pass breakups this season)

SaberCats
LB – Francis Maka (18.0 tackles and 6.5 sacks this season)
Power
LB – Alvin Jackson (47.0 tackles, 2.5 TFL, & 1 sack this season)

Keep an eye on…
SaberCats: QB Mitch Mustain will make his 1st career AFL start Saturday. Mustain came in last week at Spokane and completed 14-of-25 passes for 173 and three touchdowns with one interception after Russ Michna left just before halftime.  WR/KR Fred Williams continues his breakout season as he has scored in seven consecutive games and has now nine touchdowns on the season. Also have a stellar season is WR Jason Willis who caught all three of Mustain’s touchdowns last week. He leads the team in scoring with 116 points this season.  The SaberCats defense will look to better their performance from last week. Still ranked #1 in the AFL, the 75 points allowed at Spokane was the first time since week five against the Shock in San Jose that they allowed more than 40 points.  San Jose puts its 4-1 home record on the line this week, looking to avoid its second two game losing streak of the season. The first was week 3 and 4 against Arizona and Spokane.
Power: QB Steven Sheffield  has helped turn around for the moment the Power’s season. Coming in to replace injured starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson, Sheffield has led the power to a 2-2 record in their last four games. The Power has the worst ranked scoring offense in the AFL, averaging 39.3 points per game.  But in those last four since Sheffield has been behind center, Pittsburgh has scored 47.5 points per game.  WR Mike “Joystick” Washington leads the Power’s receiving corps with 85 catches for 884 yards  and 17 touchdowns.  Rookie WR Julian Talley has emerged in the last two games with five touchdowns on 108 yards receiving.  What the Power lack in offense they make up on defense allowing a 3rd best 250.5 yards per game.  And their pass defense is #1 allowing 220 pass yards per game.

Series History
Pittsburgh has won the only meeting in this series. The Power defeated San Jose 54-48 on May 14th, 2011 in Pittsburgh.  Current SaberCats WR Jason Willis that night had 6 catches for 88 yards and three touchdowns for the Power, while current SaberCats DE Terrance Carter made three tackles.

Quotable
“We didn’t do anything well last week coaching or playing. We had a good week of practice got together and talked about it, only thing we can do is move forward. Last game is last game. We have a game this Saturday we have to prepare for and I think we are prepared.” -–Head Coach Darren Arbet on the mindset this week after the tough loss in Spokane

Nick Laino works in studio operations at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and is the Public Address announcer for the San Jose SaberCats.

 

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