SaberCats Announce Partnership with ReplyBuy

(SAN JOSE)– The San Jose SaberCats announced today that they have partnered with ReplyBuy to create SaberCats Mobile Fast Pass, bringing fans an easier way to instantly purchase game tickets.
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“We are excited to partner with a cutting edge company like ReplyBuy,” said Owner David Fry. “Arena football is a fast paced game and now we have a fast paced way to buy tickets.”

Mobile Fast Pass enables SaberCats’ fans to purchase tickets with a simple text message. Upon purchasing a ticket via text, a mobile e-ticket will be sent instantly, the faster a reply, the better the seats.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the San Jose SaberCats as our first Arena League Football team,” said ReplyBuy Director of Marketing Mark Harmsen. “Sitting right in the epicenter of technology, it’s a perfect fit and provides fans the fastest way to buy tickets to see the fastest game on turf.”

By texting SABERCATS to 20123, fans will receive an initial $10 credit just for signing up. Fans can also visit https://www.replybuy.com/SaberCats/welcome to sign up for Mobile Fast Pass.

ABOUT REPLYBUY

ReplyBuy is a platform that enables teams, clubs and venues to connect in real-time with their fans via mobile and execute a ticket purchase (to a game or event) with a simple reply text message. It’s a universal solution which creates an intuitive, friction-free purchasing experience for the fan.

ABOUT THE SAN JOSE SABERCATS

The ArenaBowl XVI, XVIII and XXI champion San Jose SaberCats finished their 19th season in the AFL with a Pacific Division Title after making their return in 2011. Fans and sponsors can go to thesanjosesabercats.com or call 408-673-3400 to sign up to receive the latest news and updates about the SaberCats, as well as to purchase 2015 season tickets. Make sure to follow the SaberCats on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news on the team.
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San Jose SaberCats vs Portland Thunder Game Preview

(SAN JOSE) – The San Jose SaberCats (14-1) will host the Portland Thunder (4-10) on Saturday, July 18th at the SAP Center. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm PDT and the game can be found on sanjosesabercats.tv and 1220AM KDOW.

The Pacific Division rivals will meet for the third and final regular season matchup and second in San Jose. In each of the first two games, the SaberCats defeated the Thunder by a margin of 19 points.
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Returning from the league’s bye week, the SaberCats defeated the New Orleans VooDoo, 56-35. San Jose was led by eight total touchdowns from quarterback Erik Meyer and four touchdowns from receiver Reggie Gray. Meyer is ranked fourth in the Arena Football League with 75 touchdowns, while only throwing six interceptions. The efficient passing from Meyer has led San Jose to an average of 59.3 points per game, tops in the AFL.

Meanwhile, Gray leads the AFL with 37 receiving touchdowns (40 total) as well as receptions (133). “Big Play” is only two receptions away from breaking Rodney Wright’s franchise record of 134 receptions in a single season set in 2008. Gray is also four touchdowns away from breaking James Roe’s franchise record of 40 touchdowns in a season, set in 2007, the last year the SaberCats won the ArenaBowl.

While the offensive attack from the SaberCats has been tremendous, the defense has been just as dominant. Surrendering only 36.4 points per game, the bend but don’t break mentality of the San Jose defense has provided a plus-22 turnover margin and has forced opponents to an astounding 25-percent fourth down conversion rate. This combination has provided the offense with the necessary field position and opportunities to capitalize.

With 40 sacks on the season, San Jose has 12 more than the next team, the Arizona Rattlers (28). Up front, the SaberCats are led by the tandem of Jason Stewart and Francis Maka. Entering his seventh year in the AFL and fourth with San Jose, Stewart, the reigning AFL Defensive Player of the Year, had two sacks against the VooDoo last week, brining his season total to 10, ranking him third in the AFL.

Maka is in his fifth season with the SaberCats, where he has been named to the All-Arena team three times, is second in the league with 10.5 sacks and is one shy of his career high of 11.5 sacks, set in 2013. The ability to pressure opposing quarterbacks has been a catalyst for the SaberCats, who also rank first in the AFL with 28 interceptions.

Against the VooDoo, defensive back Ken Fontenette had a record-breaking performance that saw him break a 2015 AFL Hall of Fame inductees’ record. Fontenette had 17.5 total tackles, setting a team-high this season and broke Omarr Smith’s franchise record for most tackles in a season (114). Leading the AFL with 121.5 total tackles, he has also added 10 interceptions and 25 pass breakups, both ranking second in the league.

Not to be overlooked, fellow defensive back Fredrick Obi had a stellar performance as well. Last week, the rookie had 11 tackles, two tackles for a loss, forced a fumble and grabbed his fourth interception in four games. With veteran Clevan Thomas second on the team with five interceptions, the SaberCats’ secondary has been able to nullify the offensive attack from their opponents.

Last week, Portland rode a 26-point fourth quarter in order to defeat the Jacksonville Sharks and remain in the playoff mix. Led by seven total touchdowns from quarterback Kyle Rowley, the Thunder capitalized on three Jacksonville turnovers. Rowley reached the 50 passing touchdowns mark in a season for the fourth time in his AFL career and will look to build on the success from last week.

Defensively, Portland is led up front by the duo of Marquis Jackson and K.C. Obi. Jackson leads the team with 6.5 sacks and is second with 10 pass breakups, while Obi has added 4.5 sacks. The Thunder is also among the best in the league in holding opponents to a 43.3-percent conversion on fourth down.

In his second season with the Thunder, Bryce Peila has continued his success from his rookie season in 2014. Last year, Peila earned Second Team All-Arena honors at his linebacker spot, with 64.5 total tackles and eight interceptions. Through 14 games this season, the Western Oregon University product has amassed 46 total tackles, two interceptions and six pass breakups.

The SaberCats possess a 1.5 game lead over the Arizona Rattlers for the top seed in the National Conference, while the Thunder are currently tied with the Spokane Shock for the final playoff spot in the conference. With four weeks remaining in the regular season, this matchup could sway the playoff outlook down the stretch.

SaberCatsTV to Launch for 2015 Home Games

(SAN JOSE) – The San Jose SaberCats announced today that they will have a live stream Internet broadcast for the remaining home games this season on SaberCats TV.
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SaberCats TV will launch on www.sanjosesabercats.tv beginning with the game Saturday, July 18th against the Portland Thunder at 7:30PM PDT.

The new initiative is an opportunity for viewers to follow the games live in high definition with Internet access the only requirement to stream.

Longtime SaberCats’ broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald will handle the play-by-play for SaberCats TV, while former SaberCat great Steve Papin will provide the color commentary.

Ken Fontenette Earns AFL Defensive Player of the Week

HIPPEARD, FONTENETTE, AND THOMPKINS EARN WEEKLY HONORS
Goard and Sykes also awarded for weekend’s highlights

LAS VEGAS – Orlando Predators quarterback Randy Hippeard has been awarded Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week, while San Jose SaberCats defensive back Ken Fontenette has been awarded Riddell Defensive Player of the Week, and Orlando Predators wide receiver Brandon Thompkins has been awarded J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Week for Week 16 of the 2015 Arena Football League season. In addition to these awards, the AFL is also awarding the Cutters Catch of the Week and AFL Highlight of the Week. The Cutters Catch of the Week has been awarded to LA KISS wide receiver Tyrone Goard, while the AFL Highlight of the Week has been awarded to Jacksonville Sharks defensive end Joe Sykes.
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RUSSELL ATHLETIC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Hippeard (6-3, 205, Virginia-Wise) completed 72.7 percent of his passes for 346 yards and seven touchdowns in Orlando’s 69-62 “War on I-4” victory over the Tampa Bay Storm in Week 16. He has completed at least 72 percent of his throws in each of his last five games played and leads the AFL in passing efficiency with a mark of 139.7 this season.

RIDDELL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Fontenette (5-11, 190, Houston) tied the single-game AFL record for tackles with 17.5 in the SaberCats’ 56-35 victory over the New Orleans VooDoo in Week 16. The League’s leading tackler also broke Arena Football Hall of Fame selection Omarr Smith’s single-season franchise record for tackles by bringing his 2015 total to 121.5, the 10th-highest single-season total in League history.

J LEWIS SMALL PLAYMAKER OF THE WEEK
Thompkins (5-10, 190, Arkansas State) caught five passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns to go along with a rushing score in Orlando’s 69-62 win over the Tampa Bay Storm in Week 16. The League’s all-purpose yardage leader has hauled in a touchdown reception in 12 consecutive games and logged triple-digit all-purpose yards in all but one contest this season.

CUTTERS CATCH OF THE WEEK
Goard (6-4, 205, Eastern Kentucky) went over the wall for a spectacular 18-yard touchdown in the second quarter of LA’s 34-28 victory over the Spokane Shock in Week 16. The catch landed on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays and earned Goard a Cutters hat and shirt in recognition of the reception.

AFL HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Sykes (6-5, 290, Southern) recorded a historic strip-sack in the second quarter of Jacksonville’s 48-72 loss to the Portland Thunder in Week 16. The play enabled the two-time Defensive Lineman of the Year to tie his own single-season AFL record for sacks (16) and set a new League mark for forced fumbles (10) in a season.

Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Arizona’s Rod Windsor, LA’s Danny Southwick, Philadelphia’s Dan Raudabaugh, Portland’s Kyle Rowley, and San Jose’s Erik Meyer.

Riddell Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Arizona’s Marquis Floyd, LA’s Rayshaun Kizer, Orlando’s Terence Moore, Philadelphia’s James Romain, and Portland’s Varmah Sonie.

J Lewis Small Playmaker of the Week candidates included: Arizona’s AJ Cruz, Philadelphia’s Harvey Binford, Portland’s V’Keon Lacey, San Jose’s Reggie Gray, and Spokane’s Arvell Nelson.

The Arena Football League is also awarding the MVP of the Week, where fans are given the opportunity to select the winner. Candidates include Arizona Rattlers wide receiver Rod Windsor, Philadelphia Soul wide receiver Harvey Binford, and San Jose SaberCats wide receiver Reggie Gray. Fans will have 24 hours to vote on ArenaFootball.com beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 15. The winner will be announced on Thursday, July 16.

About the AFL
Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. The ESPN family of networks and CBS Sports Network will nationally broadcast AFL games each week for the entire 2015 season. This season will also be the first with Scott C. Butera leading the way as Commissioner. The AFL schedule culminates with ArenaBowl XXVIII Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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STORY URL: http://www.arenafootball.com/sports/a-footbl/spec-rel/071415aab.html

Grieb, Papin Finalists for 2015 AFL Hall of Fame

(LAS VEGAS) – After tallying the nominations put forth by the Arena Football Hall of Fame Advisory Board, the Arena Football League has named ten finalists for the Arena Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

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The finalists for the 2014 Arena Football Hall of Fame include: OL/DL James Baron, a six-time All-Arena selection and two-time Lineman of the Year; contributor CRAIG BORNEMEIER, a longtime League and team executive; OS Siaha Burley, a three-time All-Arena selection and one-time Offensive Player of the Year who became the first player in League history to record 2,000 receiving yards in a season; OL/DL B.J. Cohen, a three-time All-Arena and All-Ironman selection; QB Mark Grieb, a three-time ArenaBowl champion, two-time ArenaBowl MVP, and one-time Offensive Player of the Year; HC Jay Gruden, a two-time ArenaBowl champion coach; HC Kevin Guy, a three-time ArenaBowl champion coach and one-time AFL Head Coach of the Year; DS Kenny McEntyre, an eight-time All-Arena selection, three-time Defensive Player of the Year, and two-time ArenaBowl champion who has intercepted more passes than anyone in AFL history; OS Steve Papin, a two-time All-Arena selection who holds the League record for highest all-purpose yard-per-game average; and WR/DB Will Pettis, a five-time All-Ironman selection, three-time All-Arena selection, and two-time Ironman of the Year.

The League Office collected ballots from the Arena Football Hall of Fame Advisory Board, a group which consisted of former players, executives, journalists and media personnel with a long-time involvement in the game, on Wednesday, July 8. Each member selected ten candidates in the categories of players, coaches and contributors. In order to be nominated for the 2015 Hall of Fame Class, candidates must meet four criteria. If a player was active before 1989, he must have played for at least two seasons. For players after 1989, a minimum of three seasons of service are required. All players must be retired for three complete seasons by the time of induction. Coaches must have been active for a minimum of five seasons and need not be retired. There is no minimum number of seasons required for contributors, but significant advancement of the AFL is a prerequisite.

Fans and current Hall of Fame members will vote on the finalists beginning next week on ArenaFootball.com. Votes will then be turned into the Hall of Fame Operating Board of Directors. The 2015 Hall of Fame Class will be announced during the 2015 Conference Championship weekend and inductions will be held during the 2016 Arena Football League regular season.

About the AFL
Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. The ESPN family of networks and CBS Sports Network will nationally broadcast AFL games each week for the entire 2015 season. This season will also be the first with Scott C. Butera leading the way as Commissioner. The AFL schedule culminates with ArenaBowl XXVIII Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

#AFL28

STORY URL: http://www.arenafootball.com/sports/a-footbl/spec-rel/071115aaa.html

San Jose SaberCats cruise past New Orleans VooDoo, 56-35

(SAN JOSE) – With a record breaking performance, the San Jose SaberCats (14-1) cruised past the New Orleans VooDoo (2-12) 56-35 at the SAP Center on Friday night.
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In the third quarter, defensive back Ken Fontenette broke current SaberCats’ Assistant Head Coach Omarr Smith’s franchise record of 114 total tackles in a season, set in 2008. Fontenette also set a season-high with 17.5 tackles in a single game.

“It’s a great honor, anytime you do anything to get your name in the record books for this franchise,” said Fontenette. “It’s all about the win and about the team and everyone has just set their individual goals aside.”
On the opening drive, the VooDoo drove down into the SaberCats’ territory before veteran defensive back Clevan Thomas halted

the drive by making a one-handed interception in the end zone. Taking advantage of the turnover, the SaberCats got on the board first when Reggie Gray hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Erik Meyer.

On the ensuing drive, VooDoo quarterback Adam Kennedy threw his second pick, this time by a diving effort from Fredrick Obi, his fourth interception in four games this season. San Jose capitalized on its fortune with a 10-yard touchdown reception by Darius Reynolds, extending its lead to 14-0. Reynolds finished with seven receptions for 73 yards and the one touchdown.

The VooDoo would answer, as Chris Duvalt, the leading receiver for New Orleans, grabbed an 11-yard touchdown, cutting the San Jose lead to14-7 with 4:35 remaining in the second quarter. Duvalt finished with a game-high 15 receptions for 165 yards and added three touchdowns.

After trading touchdowns, San Jose extended its lead when Meyer scrambled in from the one-yard line for the score as time expired in the first half, giving the SaberCats a 28-14 halftime lead. Meyer finished with 229 passing yards, completing 76.7-percent of his passes, throwing for seven touchdowns, adding another on the ground.

Late in the third quarter, San Jose forced a New Orleans turnover on downs, scoring immediately as Meyer lofted a beautiful touch pass for Ben Nelson, who made an over the shoulder catch in the end zone before crashing into the boards, extending the SaberCats lead to 42-14.

“They played with a lot of energy,” said Owner and Head Coach Darren Arbet. “That was the thing that we talked about coming out of the bye and I thought that they did that tonight.”

The VooDoo would answer on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Kennedy to Johnny Lester, cutting the SaberCats lead to 42-21. However, the SaberCats remained in control, as Meyer would connect with Gray for two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Gray finished with a team-high nine receptions for 92 yards and four touchdowns and is now two receptions away from breaking Rodney White’s franchise record of 134 receptions in a season, also set in 2008.

“We work very hard as a receiving core to be where we need to be when we need to be there,” said Gray. “Just getting that chemistry to where Erik can trust us and we get into the game and try to execute.”

Leading the league with 40 sacks on the season, the SaberCats added three, led by defensive lineman Jason Stewart, who had two. Stewart brought his season sack total to 10, joining teammate Francis Maka (10.5) as the two lone SaberCats with double-digit sacks on the season.

“They are as good as there is right now,” Owner and Head Coach Darren Arbet said about his defensive front. “It’s tough for quarterbacks to sit there and try to throw the ball downfield with those guys barreling down on you.”

Rich Ranglin, the 2014 AFL Offensive Lineman of the Year, added a 13-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, bringing his total to six touchdowns on the season, doubling his total of three a year ago.

“Rich is a versatile tight end, which he self-proclaims,” said Gray about his teammate. “He is one of the best blockers in the league and his ability to come out of the backfield and catch the ball it allows teams not to key in on the receivers we have.”

Next week, the SaberCats will host Pacific Division foe the Portland Thunder on Saturday, July 18th in the third and final regular season games between the two teams.

Offensive Player of the Game: SJ QB Erik Meyer
Defensive Player of the Game: SJ DB Ken Fontenette
J. Lewis Small Playmaker: SJ WR Reggie Gray
Cutters Catch of the Game: SJ WR Ben Nelson TD
AFL Highlight of the Game: SJ OL Rich Ranglin TD

AFL Partners with Jason Foundation for “Jason Week”

(LAS VEGAS) – The Arena Football League (AFL) has once again partnered with the Jason Foundation to host “Jason’s Week” during Week 16 of the 2015 AFL season.

The Jason Foundation is an organization dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through awareness and educational programs that equip young people, educators, youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.

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The second annual “Jason’s Week” will run through Week 16 and serve to raise awareness and support prevention of youth suicide through in-game operations and social media campaigns. All AFL games will feature Jason Foundation information booths, video presentations and t-shirt giveaways. League and team representatives will also wear special Jason Foundation lapel pins on game days.

In addition, the AFL will present the Jason Foundation Community Service Award at ArenaBowl XXVIII to the AFL team most active in their communities throughout the season.

About the AFL
Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. The ESPN family of networks and CBS Sports Network will nationally broadcast AFL games each week for the entire 2015 season. This season will also be the first with Scott C. Butera leading the way as Commissioner. The AFL schedule culminates with ArenaBowl XXVIII Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

STORY URL: http://www.arenafootball.com/sports/a-footbl/spec-rel/071015aad.html

San Jose SaberCats vs. New Orleans VooDoo Game Preview

(SAN JOSE) -The San Jose SaberCats (13-1) will host the New Orleans VooDoo (2-11) at the SAP Center on Friday, July 10th. The game will be broadcasted live on ESPN2 as well as 1220AM KDOW.
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Playing the past two games on the road against the Las Vegas Outlaws and Spokane Shock, the SaberCats have outscored their opponents 125-58. On the season, San Jose has outscored its competition 834-511, resulting in a 23.1 average margin of victory, the best in the Arena Football League.

In his first game at Spokane’s Veterans Memorial Arena as a member of the SaberCats, quarterback Erik Meyer completed 76.5-percent of his passes, resulting in 277 yards and seven touchdowns, also adding another score on the ground. The 2013 AFL Most Valuable Player has thrown for 68 touchdowns, completed 65.3-percent of his passes and has only thrown six interceptions on 398 passing attempts. Meyer has thrown a touchdown pass to ten different receivers this season, with Reggie Gray leading the way.

Ranking second in the league with 33 touchdown receptions, Gray is tied with Philadelphia Soul receiver Marco Thomas for first in the AFL with 124 receptions and is fourth with 1,349 yards. “Big Play” Reggie Gray has also returned three kickoffs for a touchdown and his 216 points scored is the most in the league. With Meyer and Gray pacing the offense, San Jose leads the AFL, scoring an averaging of 59.6 points per game.

Meanwhile, the VooDoo offense is led by second year quarterback Adam Kennedy. Making nine appearances this season, Kennedy has completed 60.8-percent of his passes for 28 touchdowns, while also leading New Orleans in rushing. Chris Duvalt has been the number one weapon for the Voodoo, totaling 17 touchdowns on 951 receiving yards.

After a stellar career with the Alabama Hammers of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL), receiver Charles McClain has made an immediate impact for New Orleans. In only three games, McClain is averaging 87.7 receiving yards per game and has five touchdowns, emerging as one of Kennedy’s favorite targets.

In order to stop the VooDoo’s attack, the SaberCats will need to rely on their defensive front to create havoc. Earning Second Team All-Arena honors last season, Francis Maka leads the team with 10.5 tackles for a loss and has already tied his sack total from last year (9.5) in four fewer games played and is ranked second in the league. Right behind Maka is defensive tackle Jason Stewart with 8.0 sacks on the season, tying him for fourth in the AFL. Donte Paige-Moss (7.5) and Luis Vasquez (6.0) also rank in the top ten in sacks, with San Jose amassing a league-high 37 sacks.

While the defensive front has been a disruptive force, it has been the SaberCats’ secondary that has stifled their opponents passing attacks. Defensive back Ken Fontenette has put together one of the best seasons statistically in his career. Fontenette leads the AFL with 104.0 total tackles and 23 pass breakups, adding ten interceptions.

Leading the secondary with Fontenette is veteran Clevan Thomas. Ranking second in the league all-time in interceptions, Thomas has added four interceptions and is ranked fourth on the team with 34.5 tackles. At the linebacker position, David Hyland is second on the team with 76.5 total tackles, nine pass breakups and has capitalized on loose balls, totaling five fumble recoveries. The SaberCats’ defense has been dominant, surrendering a league-low 36.5 points per game.

The last matchup between these two squads was in 2013, where the SaberCats defeated the VooDoo 57-38 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

SaberCats add veteran receiver Maurice Purify

(SAN JOSE, Calif.) – The San Jose SaberCats announced today that they have been assigned wide receiver Maurice Purify.

(Photo Courtesy of the AFL)

(Photo Courtesy of the AFL)

“Maurice is a proven champion in this league and adds another dimension to our offense,” said Owner and Head Coach Darren Arbet.

Purify (6’4 230) spent the past three seasons with the Arizona Rattlers, winning the ArenaBowl championship each season, recording an Arena Football League record seven touchdowns in the 2012 ArenaBowl XXV.

In 2011, Purify was named AFL Rookie of the Year as a member of the Georgia Force, where he hauled in 130 receptions for 1653 yards and 46 touchdowns.

As an undrafted free agent, Purify joined the National Football League, signing with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2008.

Purify is a native of Eureka, California, and played at San Francisco City College before transferring to the University of Nebraska. As a Cornhusker, Purify was named to the Second Team All-Big 12 in 2006 as well as the team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2007. He ended his collegiate career with 91 receptions for 1,444 yards and 16 touchdowns.

SaberCats Improve to 13-1 with 62-27 Win Over Spokane Shock

(SPOKANE, Wash.) – The San Jose SaberCats (13-1) scored 42 straight points to defeat the Spokane Shock (4-9) 62-27, Friday night at the Spokane Veteran’s Memorial Arena.
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Behind the efforts of defensive back Ken Fontenette, the SaberCats jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Fontenette recovered an Arvell Nelson fumble, leading to a 15-yard touchdown pass from Erik Meyer to Reggie Gray. On the ensuing drive, Fontenette broke up a pass in the end zone on fourth down, intended for Jabin Sambrano, allowing for Meyer and the SaberCats’ offense to take over. Meyer found Gray again, this time on a four-yard touchdown pass. One of the leading quarterbacks in the Arena Football League, Meyer completed an efficient 26-of-34 passes for 277 yards and seven touchdowns against his former team.

Spokane got on the board to open the second quarter, when Nick Truesdell made a one-handed catch in the back corner of the end zone, as the Shock cut the SaberCats lead to 14-7 with 13:46 left in the first half.

Late in the second quarter, Spokane tied the game 20-20 on a fumble recovery for a touchdown, while San Jose scored on a 14-yard touchdown reception by Jeremy Kelley, as well as a five-yard touchdown reception by Ben Nelson, as the SaberCats held a 27-20 advantage over the Shock at halftime. Nelson, a seven year veteran, grabbed 10 receptions for 91 yards and touchdown.

The SaberCats opened the second half with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Meyer to Reynolds. San Jose continued to control the momentum, as David Hyland recovered the ensuing kickoff, which bounced off the cross bar.

Taking over on possession, Reggie Gray capitalized on an 11-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone, getting one foot in bounds as the play was reviewed by the officials and confirmed the touchdown reception. Continuing to score in the third quarter, Meyer added a 15-yard quarterback run; pump faking as he found pay dirt, extending the SaberCats lead to 48-20 in the third quarter. Gray had a game-high 14 receptions for 154 yards and four touchdowns, continuing to be among the league leaders with 33 touchdown receptions.

Shock quarterback Carson Coffman threw for two touchdowns before leaving the game in the second half with an injury. Arvell Nelson took over under center, but was unable to find success against the SaberCats’ defense.

The best defense in the league responded with great coverage in the secondary, allowing Francis Maka recorded back-to-back sacks of Nelson, bringing his total to 10 sacks on the season. Leading the Arena Football League in tackles, Fontenette added seven more to his total of 105.5 tackles on the season.

With two interceptions last week, defensive back Fredrick Obi followed the Maka sacks by drifting into the end zone, grabbing the interception, giving the SaberCats’ offense an opportunity with good field position to start the fourth quarter. For the second-straight week Obi led San Jose nine tackles.

Recording his fifth touchdown of the season, offensive lineman Rich Ranglin scored on the 19-yard reception, as San Jose scored 25 unanswered points to 55-20.

The Shock scored with under a minute remaining on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Nelson to Truesdell, cutting the SaberCats’ lead to, 62-27. Truesdell led Spokane with 12 receptions for 99 yards and two touchdowns.

The SaberCats will return from the 4th of July bye week to host the New Orleans VooDoo on Friday, July 10th at the SAP Center, with the game televised live on ESPN2.

Offensive Player of the Game: SJ QB Erik Meyer
Defensive Player of the Game: SJ DB Ken Fontenette
J. Lewis Small Playmaker: SJ WR Reggie Gray
Cutters Catch of the Game: SPO WR Nick Truesdell 1st half
AFL Highlight of the Game: SPO DB Mike McMillen fumble recovery for TD