March 25, 2011
SAN JOSE In a slugfest between two of the AFLs most storied franchises,Chicago defeated San Jose by a score of 54-41 as the SaberCats fell to 2-1on the young season. SaberCats QB Mark Grieb finished with 279 passingyards and three touchdowns, but was disappointed with the loss andbelieves that his team can correct the execution mistakes they made intonights game.We didnt execute today, said Grieb. We need to look at all of ourmistakes, see what we did wrong and get better because were not where weshould be.The Rush were led by QB Russ Michna, who totaled seven touchdowns (fivepassing, two rushing) and 229 yards passing for Chicago. The Rush provedto be effective on the defensive side of the ball, forcing the SaberCatsinto three interceptions on the night.San Jose got off to a slow start with Chicago scoring on their openingdrive. On the ensuing extra point, DB Dwight Mclean returned a botchedkick 49 yards for San Joses first two points of the game. QB Mark Griebsteadied the ship, throwing his first touchdown of the game to OL MarkLewis followed by two touchdowns from FBLB Chad Cook to put the SaberCatsup 21-13. The Rush struck back quickly with a 39-yard touchdown pass by QBRuss Michna to WR Reggie Gray to close the Rush to within one, 21-20 atthe half.Chicago started fast in the third stanza, scoring 13 unanswered pointsbefore WRDB Rodney Wright hauled in a five-yard pass from Grieb to makethe score 28-33. Wright has notched three consecutive games with at least10 receptions, 100 yards and a receiving touchdown, totaling 15receptions, 143 receiving yards and one touchdown on the night. Michnafollowed the San Jose touchdown grab with one of his own to WR CharlesDillon to put the Rush up 40-28.Needing a play, San Jose got one from the 2010 Defensive Player of theYear DL Gabe Nyenhuis who caught a tipped pass and returned it seven yardsfor his first career interception and return for a touchdown. The Rushanswered back with a quick touchdown following an onside kick to putChicago up 47-35 until QB Mark Grieb connected with WRDB Samora Goodsonfor a 10-yard touchdown pass to pull the Cats to within six at 47-41.Chicago put together a long drive that ran 5:30 off the clock to seal thevictory for the Rush by a final of 54-41.The SaberCats (2-1) return to HP Pavilion next Friday to take on the IowaBarnstormers (1-1).
Courtesy San Jose SaberCats media services
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.”
AFL media services
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