April 16, 2011
TULSA, OK The SaberCats pulled out a hard fought 42-33 victory over the Tulsa Talons for San Joses first road win of the season. The win marked QB Mark Griebs 100th career regular season victory in the AFL after he threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns completing 25-of-32 passes (78.1 percent) in front of 4,747 at the BOK Center.OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet was pleased with his teams effort, especially with the defenses all-around play against the Talons. I thought we played great tonight. The offense came out in the second half and got in rhythm and scored some points. I thought the defense played for four quarters tonight as well. We held them to 33 points after giving them 24 in the first half and once they settled down, they didnt give up much in the second half.The SaberCats came out of the gate slowly, despite QB Mark Grieb throwing two touchdowns passes to wide receivers Samora Goodson (nine yards) and Nichiren Flowers (29 yards). The Talons defense forced the team into three turnovers in the first half (two interceptions and one forced fumble) and the offense started the game off quickly with QB Matt Bassuener throwing for 172 yards and three touchdowns. Offensive Player of the Game WR Troy McBroom hauled in 129 yards and one touchdown in the first half to help give the Talons a 24-14 lead heading into halftime.San Jose started the second half off quickly taking a 28-24 lead, scoring on consecutive drives. Samora Goodson notched his second touchdown grab of the game followed by DB Eddie Motens second interception of the contest, helping him net Defensive Player of the Game honors. FBLB Chad Cook punched it on the ensuing play to give the Cats their first lead of the game.Tulsa scored their first touchdown of the second half in the fourth quarter, cutting the SaberCats lead to 35-33 with under seven minutes remaining in the stanza. San Jose answered back thanks to another Cook touchdown, marking his sixth consecutive game with at least two touchdowns.The SaberCats put the game away, after Talons K Juan Bongarra missed a 24-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining in the game and the San Jose offense ran the clock out to seal the victory.WRDB Samora Goodson set a career-high with 145 receiving yards, marking the third consecutive game hes totaled at least 10 receptions, 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns. WR Burl Toler finished with career highs in receptions (12), and receiving yards (99). QB Mark Grieb posted his 43rd career 300-yard passing game, while on the defensive side of the ball, DL George Hypolite posted two sacks now leading the team with four on the season.San Jose (4-2) returns home for a rematch of ArenaBowl XXII against the Philadelphia Soul (1-4). It will mark the fourth regular season match between the two franchises with the SaberCats holding a 2-1 advantage over the Soul.
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