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Dutton helps San Jose roll to 52-14 rout of Arizona in ArenaBowl

August 19, 2002

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— There's never been an Arena football team like the San Jose SaberCats, who once again flirted with perfection in a laugher of an ArenaBowl.

John Dutton passed for 236 yards and five touchdowns as the SaberCats won their first championship, holding the Arizona Rattlers scoreless in the first three quarters of a 52-14 victory Sunday.

James Hundon caught three TD passes as the SaberCats capped a 16-1 season with one of the most remarkable achievements in Arena football history: 50 shutout minutes of defense in a league whose teams routinely score more than 50 points per game.

"We didn't just want to win this game; we wanted to dominate," said Dutton, the game's MVP. "Are we the best ever? I don't know, but we played like it today."

The SaberCats avenged their only defeat of the season a 59-52 loss at Arizona last month.

The victory gave San Jose a hat trick of second-tier pro sports championships. Last fall, the San Jose Earthquakes won their first Major League Soccer title, and the Bay Area (now San Jose) CyberRays won the first championship in WUSA women's soccer.

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