SaberCats vs. Sharks at a glance

SaberCats vs. Sharks at a glance
May 17, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Nick Laino

Programming Note: San Jose travels to Jacksonville to take on the Sharks at 4:00pm Saturday on CSN Plus.

CSN Bay Area Plus Channel Locations
Comcast Cable - channel 780 (HD), 104 (SD)    
AT&T U-verse – channel 1771(HD), 771 (SD)         
Dish Network – channel 454 (SD)
DirecTV – channel 697-1 (HD), 697 (SD)

Season Records
SaberCats: 5-2, last week defeated Tampa Bay 64-34
Sharks: 6-2, last week loss to San Antoino 34-30

Stat Matchup (AFL Ranking)
SaberCats
Points per Game: 54.7 (7th)  
Points Allowed:  50.6 (5th)
Total Offense: 274.3 Yds/Gm (9th)  
Total Defense: 250.3 Yds/Gm (3rd)
Sacks: 17.0 (2nd)
 
Sharks
Points per Game: 55.0 (6th)  
Points Allowed:  43.5 (1st)
Total Offense:  282.6 Yds/Gm (7th)  
Total Defense:  267.9 Yds/Gm (8th)
Sacks: 25.0 (1st)

Key Matchups
SaberCats
QB – Russ Michna (691 yards passing, 15 TDs, 2 INT in 3 games this season)
Sharks
QB – Bernard Morris (1,774 yards passing, 40 TDs, 4 INT this season)

SaberCats
WR – Jason Willis (52 receptions, 574 yards, 13 TDs this season)
WR – Huey Whittaker (36 receptions, 436 yards, 9 TDs, this season)
WR – Amarri Jackson (21 receptions, 291 yards 6 TDs this season with Orlando)

Sharks
WR – Jeron Harvey (60 receptions, 572 yards, 17 TDs this season)
WR – Markee White (43 receptions, 514 yards, 12 TDs this season)
WR – Jeff Hughley (56 receptions, 621 yards, 9 TD this season)
SaberCats
DB – Ken Fontenette (30.0 tackles, 2 INT, 4 pass breakups this season)
Sharks
DB – Terrance Smith (39.5 tackles, 5 INT & 5 pass breakups this season)

SaberCats
DL – Jason Stewart (8.0 tackles, 5 TFL, 5 Sacks, 1 INT this season)
Sharks
DL – Jerry Turner (18.0 tackles, 7 TFL, & 7 sacks this season)

SaberCats
LB – Huey Whittaker (22 tackles and 2 INT this season)
Storm
LB – Aaron Robbins (17.0 tackles, 9 TFL, & 5.5 sacks this season)

Keep an eye on…
SaberCats: QB Russ Michna continues to be efficient. His 15 touchdowns through three games to only two interceptions have kept the offense rolling and the team to three straight wins. He is now four away from 300 career touchdowns.  With WR Jamarko Simmons on inactive reserve this week look for WR Armarri Jackson to make his San Jose debut this week. Jackson was acquired in the trade with Orlando for Aaron Garcia.   WR/KR Fred Williams keeps making plays as he has now scored at least two touchdowns in each of his first four games played.  The SaberCats defense turned into a sack machine last week vs. Tampa recording six. Their 17 total sacks on the season are good for second in the Arena Football League. DB Ken Fontenette earned Defensive Player of the Game honors last week for his two interception nine tackle performance. 

Sharks:  QB Bernard Morris has been shredding secondaries this season recording 40 touchdowns good for third most in the AFL.  Former Arizona Rattler WR/DB Markee White is on pace for a career year. Through eight games he has 12 touchdowns on 514 yards receiving. The Sharks defense which leads the league in points allowed (43.5) and have allowed three of their last five opponents under 35 points, also boasts a ferocious pass rush.  Led by AFL sack leader DL Jerry Turner (7) and LB Aaron Robbins (5.5), the Sharks 17 sacks also lead Arena Football. After starting the season 6-0, the Sharks have dropped their last two games to Arizona and San Antonio. They are the #1 seed in the American Conference.

Series History
San Jose and Jacksonville have only met once prior.  July 1, 2011 inside ‘Cats Lair former SaberCats QB Aaron Garcia dueled with future hall of fame QB Mark Grieb who combined threw for 751 yards and 18 touchdowns. San Jose won the shootout 83-70 in game where Jacksonville committed four turnovers and the SaberCats never really had control until the 4th quarter.

Quotable
“Things are getting better, Russ is really starting to understand the offense. Our defense is just playing great right now they’re covering people on the back end and they are really getting after the quarterback up front.”
–-Head Coach Darren Arbet on the improvement he has seen in the last three games.

“We have to make sure we do not ride the highs and low of the season. This is what we expect out of our defense so as long as we maintain our composure do what our coach tells us and play how we prepared all week it should be the same result every week.”
-–LB  Francis Maka on the defense allowing under 38 points the last three games.

“Make sure we don’t let them hit us, we deliver the first blow. And make sure we take advantage of opportunity. We see opportunity we execute and capitalize on it” 
--WR Fred Williams on facing a physical Jacksonville Sharks Team.

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