-- team story --
With no progress on a new football facility and facing the prospect of
another season at Hornet Field owner Fred Anderson elected to re-locate the team out
of Sacramento after 2 seasons. With the additions of Birmingham and
Memphis to the league in 1995 there would be a Southern division.
In an ironic twist the Gold Miners moved to
San Antonio to become the Texans. Becoming the team that was to have been
their expansion partners in 1993. The Texans had the same offence centered
on David Archer and added the experience and ability of Mike Saunders to
form a potent backfield. Mark Stock an NFL journeymen was the clubs top
receiver with 934 yards. Archer had a great season with 4,471 yards
passing, 31 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions.
Mike Saunders finished 2nd
in the league with 16 touchdowns (8 rushing 8 receiving). The club
finished 12-6 good for 2nd place in the CFL South division behind
The team also had one of the leagues top
kickers in Roman Anderson and a capable back-up in Jimmy Kemp who would
go on to play for a number of teams.
The Texans handily beat Birmingham 52-9 in their last game at
the Alamodome. The Barracudas were without their quarterback Matt Dunigan
and were no match for the high octane Texans offence. San Antonio would
move on to face Baltimore in the South Final at Memorial Stadium. In a
sloppy affair played on poor field conditions the Texans would lose to the eventual Grey Cup champion
Baltimore Stallion 21-11 in their last game ever.
The CFL cancelled the U.S. expansion
experiment prior to the 1996 season. Fred Anderson was the last owner in
the U.S. willing to continue due to his passion for Canadian Football but
ultimately decided to close shop. There was talk that Anderson would move
the Texans to Montreal but Jim Speros moved his Grey Cup champions to the
Fred Anderson has since passed away but his
passion and dedication for Canadian Football will always be remembered by
those who met him. The Canadian Football League may not have succeeded in
Sacramento or San Antonio but it was not due to any lack of effort on the
part of Fred Anderson.