SaberCats come up yards short in loss to Power

SaberCats come up yards short in loss to Power


PITTSBURGH, PA The SaberCats suffered their second road defeat of the season, 54-48 to the Pittsburgh Power, following a 31-yard touchdown pass to WR Jason Willis from QB Bernard Morris with 0:14 remaining in front of 7,333 at CONSOL Energy Center. The loss dropped the SaberCats to 5-4 at the midway point of the season.OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet was disappointed with the defeat. We didnt make the plays we needed to tonight and I take full responsibility for the loss and we just need to get better moving forward.San Jose got off to a slow start, yielding scores on the first two drives to Pittsburgh as QB Bernard Morris found wide receivers Jason Willis (15 yards) and Mike Washington (13 yards) to give the Power an early 14-0 advantage. San Jose responded with 21 unanswered points, including one of FBLB Chad Cooks three rushing touchdowns, helping him break the SaberCats single-season record for rushing scores in a season (20) which was originally set by WRDB Barry Wagner (18) in 2003. Wide receivers Ben Nelson and James Roe, who saw his first action of the 2011 season, posted a receiving touchdown each during San Joses stretch, making it 21-14 as the first quarter expired. The SaberCats offensive flurry was ignited by takeaways on their defense as DB Jamario ONeal notched his second interception of the season, followed by a DL Francis Maka fumble recovery off of a failed snap. Pittsburgh responded as National Guard MVP of the Game WR Mike Washington hauled in two touchdown receptions, totaling 12 receptions for 120 yards and four touchdowns on the night. At the tail end of the first half, Pittsburgh stuffed a San Jose offensive drive at the goal line to hold the score at 34-33 heading into the half.At the start of the second half, the two teams exchanged scores, with Roe posting his second touchdown of the game, followed by Cooks record-setting rushing score. The San Jose defense held the Pittsburgh offense to only one touchdown as the two teams headed into the fourth stanza.The final quarter saw both teams turn the ball over on downs, with San Jose driving deep into Pittsburgh territory with under 1:00 remaining in the game. The Power came up with another goal line stand giving their offense the ball in the final minute before QB Bernard Morris connected with WR Jason Willis with 0:14 remaining to seal the victory. The SaberCats put together a last second drive, but came up short when a grab from WR Burl Toler near the goal line wasnt enough as time expired. The SaberCats defense forced four turnovers on the night, the second largest total on the season. San Jose WR Ben Nelson posted five receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown, passing the 6,000 receiving yard mark for his career. DB Eddie Moten posted his third interception of the season and is now tied for the team lead with WRDB Mervin Brookins, who saw significant time at wide receiver where he posted single-game career highs with six receptions for 72 yards.San Jose (5-4) travels to Salt Lake City next Saturday to take on the Utah Blaze (4-3) for their second matchup of the season at 6:00 PDT. The SaberCats defeated the Blaze 75-55 on April 8 at HP Pavilion in San Jose and it will mark the eighth time the two franchises have met with San Jose holding a 6-1 advantage over Utah.Courtesy San JoseSaberCats media services

AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league


AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league

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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SaberCats return 2012 leading receiver Samora Goodson


SaberCats return 2012 leading receiver Samora Goodson

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