PROGRAMMING NOTE: SaberCats vs. Kansas City can be seen Sunday at Noon on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Plus.
San Jose travels to Kansas City for their second meeting this season against the Command. These two teams met back on April 21st in a see saw battle that wasnt decided until the 4th quarter. San Joses defense shutout the Command in that quarter to lead them to a 49-35 victory. That was the Commands fifth consecutive loss to begin the season and they would continue to spiral downward. Kansas City would lose their first eight games of the season before finally getting a win four weeks ago in Pittsburgh. San Jose has lost their last two road games by a giving up a combined 153 points and has not won on the road since May 5th in Arizona.
Here is what to watch for this week in Kansas City
Record Breaking Cats
Three SaberCats this week are poised to add their names to the AFL record book. Mark Grieb is seven touchdowns away from becoming just the third quarterback in AFL history to thrown 900 career touchdowns. James Roe needs 48 yards to move into seventh place on the all-time reception yards list. Roe right now is at 10,762 yards for his career. And Joe Sykes is two sacks away from the AFL single season sack record of 15.5 sacks that was set by teammate Game Nynehuis in 2010 with Tulsa.
San Jose is undefeated at home with a 6-0 record. But the road has been a different story as they are 3-4 and are being outscored 274 to 229. The last two road games were the worst as the defense gave up 72 and 81 points respectively. This weeks opponent has only won two games this season. The Commands highest offensive output was 46 points which they have accomplished twice. Kansas Citys only offensive weapon is wide receiver Brett Smith who has caught eight touchdowns in his last two games. The Commands defense is sixth best allowing 52.5 points a game will be tested by San Joses second ranked scoring offense averaging 65.5 points per game.
Depth Will Be Tested
With the recent roster turnover due to injuries and the unfortunate death of Johnie Kirton, San Joses roster depth has been tested. Huey Whitaker has resurrected the legend of ironman football that was last seen in San Jose by Hall of Famer Barry Wagner. Huey, last week against Orlando, caught 8 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two tackles and a fumble recovery.
Brandon Brinkley who returned to San Jose after being traded earlier in the season made an impact as he had 6 tackles and a fumble recovery. While Joe Sykes has continued to be a defensive monster, his 2 sacks last week gave him 13 on the season which is a new franchise sack record. The old record of 12 was set by Hall of Famer Sam Hernandez back in 2000. Joe was a one man wrecking crew Saturday night as he also had five tackles, a forced fumble, and a spectacular one-handed interception that he returned 42-yards for a touchdown.
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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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