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STOCKTON, Calif.-- The no.1 San Jose Sabercats advanced to their fifth Arena Bowl in team history by defeating the no.2 seed Arizona Rattlers, 70-67 at the Stockton Arena in the National Conference Championship Game.
Trailing 60-55 with less than two minutes remaining, the Sabercats scored on a nine-yard pass from Quarterback Erik Meyer to Rich Ranglin, converting the two-point conversion, to give the Sabercats a 63-60 lead. Arizona recovered the ensuing onside kick and ragained the lead, 67-63 on an eight-yard pass from Nick Davila to Kerry Reed.
With 20 seconds remaining, the Sabercats took over for one final possession with a spot in Arena Bowl XXVIII on the line. Reggie Gray, the Arena Football League leader in touchdowns and receptions this season, hauled in a six-yard pass from Meyer and reach out to break into the end zone.
Gray's second touchdown of the game gave the Sabercats a 67-70 lead with just eight seconds left. Arizona attempted a last second field goal but the kick from Alex Zendajas fell short,as Gray grabbed the kick in front of the nets, securing the win.
The Sabercats will host the Jacksonville Sharks of the American Conference League in Arena Bowl XXVIII at STOCKTON ARENA on Saturday, August 29th at 4pm PDT on ESPN.