VooDoo, SaberCats set to square off

The New Orleans VooDoo have lost their last three games. The San Jose SaberCats are winless during their last two games.

Luckily, one team will set aside its forgettable streak Saturday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and earn its first victory in a few weeks.

Will it be the VooDoo (1-3), led by Zack Eskridge, who until last week, was Kurt Rocco’s inexperienced backup?

Or will it be the SaberCats (2-2), who this week added one of the top quarterbacks in Arena Football League history in former Chicago Rush quarterback Russ Michna?

Eskridge hopes he knows the answer.

“I feel more in sync with everyone now,” said Eskridge, last week entered the VooDoo’s 46-43 loss to Jordan Jefferson’s Pittsburgh Power with a three-point halftime lead and completed 8 of 15 passes for 29 yards in the second half. He also threw one touchdown and was sacked three times while the offense failed to score on its last three possessions.

“I definitely feel a lot more comfortable with this game approaching,” he said.

Michna has played for the Chicago Rush for the past five seasons. In his AFL career, he’s passed for 13,993 yards, 281 touchdowns and 41 interceptions. Last season, he passed for 4,470 yards (69.8 completion percentage) with 89 TDs and 10 interceptions, leading the Rush to a 10-8 season.

“Russ is someone we have respected as an opponent for a long time,” said Darren Arbet, San Jose’s owner/coach. “He brings a lot to our football team as a leader, and we look forward to having him in here to work.”

While Rocco recovers from his medial collateral ligament strain to his left knee, the VooDoo signed quarterback William Stull, a former standout at the University of Pittsburgh and backup with the Spokane Shock and the Pittsburgh Power.