Storm-SaberCats at a glance

Storm-SaberCats at a glance
May 10, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Wide receiver Amarri Jackson will make his San Jose debut Friday night. (ARIC CRABB)

Nick Laino

Season Records
SaberCats: 4-2, last week defeated Cleveland 56-36
Storm: 5-2, last week defeated New Orleans 63-32

Stat Matchup (AFL Ranking)
SaberCats
Points per Game: 53.2 (7th)  
Points Allowed:  53.3 (9th)
Total Offense: 283.7 Yds/Gm (8th)  
Total Defense: 256.8 Yds/Gm (3rd)
Turnover Margin -4 (Gained 13, loss 17) (T-9th)
 
Storm
Points per Game: 60.4 (3rd)  
Points Allowed:  51.0 (6th)
Total Offense:  292.9 Yds/Gm (6th)  
Total Defense:  284.6 Yds/Gm (9th)
Turnover Margin +13 (gained 22, loss 9) (2nd)

Key Matchups
SaberCats
QB – Russ Michna (509 yards passing, 10 TDs, 1 INT in 2 games this season)
Storm
QB – Adrian McPherson (1,745 yards passing, 32 TDs, 21 Rushing TDs, 2 INT this season)
SaberCats
WR – Jason Willis (50 receptions, 556 yards, 11 TDs this season)
WR – Huey Whittaker (29 receptions, 352 yards, 8 TDs, this season)
WR – Jamarko Simmons (27 receptions, 337 yards, 9 TDs this season)
Storm
WR – Greg Ellingson (44 receptions, 625 yards, 8 TDs this season)
WR – Michael Lindsey (22 receptions, 244 yards, 4 TDs this season)
WR – Chris Davis (11 receptions, 125 yards, TD this season)
SaberCats
DB – Ken Fontenette (21.0 tackles, 3 pass breakups this season)
Storm
DB – De’Audra Dix (23.5 tackles, 3 INT & 5 pass breakups this season)
SaberCats
LB – Francis Maka (9.5 tackles and 2 sacks this season)
Storm
LB – Rodney Beamon (15.0 tackles, 4 TFL, & 4 sacks this season)

Keep an eye on…
SaberCats: QB Russ Michna has been workman like in his two games as he has 10 touchdowns and only one interception.  WR Armarri Jackson will make his San Jose debut this week. Jackson was acquired in the trade with Orlando for Aaron Garcia.   WR/KR Fred Williams was named the AFL Playmaker of the Week and also had the AFL Highlight of the Week with his franchise tying two kickoff returns for a touchdown. The SaberCats defense continues to shine. In two games they have only allowed 38 and 36 points respectively. They have also been a turnover magnet forcing six turnovers in those two games.
Storm: It all starts and ends with QB Adrian McPherson. McPherson named the week 6 AFL Offensive Player of the Week, currently has 263 rushing yards which leads the league.  His 1,745 passing yards rank fourth, and his 21 rushing touchdowns lead the league.  Tampa Bay is very good at protecting the ball on offense and taking it away on defense.  Their +13 turnover ratio is the second best in the AFL.

Series History  
San Jose leads the all-time series 8-7. These two elite AFL franchises have combined for eight Arena Bowl titles.  Tampa Bay has not won in San Jose since July 24, 1999 and have lost eight of the last ten meetings overall.

Quotable
“Tremendous athlete throws the ball really well, and he can run, he’s the full package.”
–-Head Coach Darren Arbet on Storm QB Adrian McPherson.

“Deliver a blow. That’s the most important thing part right now make sure we are the hitter and not getting hit. As long as we are physical and match them we will be alright”
-–OL Rich Ranglin on going up against the Tampa Bay Defensive Line.

“I grew up watching Barry Wagner and James Roe when I was a kid, I knew all about the SaberCats. I just grew up wanting to play for the SaberCats if I was to play Arena Ball. It will be great I know they got a great fan base they support their team to the fullest here in San Jose.” 
--WR Amarri Jackson on making his San Jose debut Friday at ‘Cats Lair

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