AFL Title Game Sets Stage For CAFL
- Updated: August 30, 2016
Conshohocken, PA (30 August, 2016) By Mick Moninghoff
The CAFL may not kick off until the first week of October, but if fans were watching the 2016 Arena Football League Championship game between Arizona and Philadelphia they have a good idea of what to expect.
16 CAFL players, coaches and support personnel were on the field in Glendale, Arizona as the Soul defeated the Rattlers, 56 to 42 to claim their second league championship. It all starts with a great foundation and the CAFL is taking a page out of the Philadelphia playbook.
Philadelphia’s equipment managers Tyler Newhart and Shawn Cronin will be taking the trip to China to oversee that end of the operation. Newhart will assume the role of Head Equipment Manager and Cronin will be his right hand man. Keeping the players ready to play will be the responsibility of Kevin Sze. The trainer for the Soul will work as the CAFL’s Head Trainer.
When it comes to making a game plan the man who guided Philadelphia to the title will do the same for the Beijing Lions. Clint Dolezel, the Head Coach of the Soul was the AFL Coach of the Year. His high power offensive style will no doubt give fans in China a taste of the excitement that led his team to a championship. He’ll have help as Soul offensive lineman Adam Smith will serve as one of his assistants. Philadelphia assistant coach Steve Criswell will work as an assistant coach for the Qingdao Clipper.
On the field, the CAFL could see 10 players who played in this years’ AFL Championship. Linebacker Tyre Glasper Jr. and defensive lineman Luis Vasquez, both of the Arizona Rattlers, will play side by side for the Guangzhou Power. Glasper was a member of this seasons All-Arena first team defense.
Eight players from Philadelphia could see action in China and four will accompany their coach to Beijing. Offensive linemen Neal Tivis and Wayne Tribue will join quarterback Luke Collis and defensive back James Romain on the Lions roster. Romain had two interceptions in the AFL Championship game. Tivis and Tribue enjoyed an outstanding season making the leagues All-Arena Second Team offense.
Philadelphia’s offensive star wide receiver, Shawn Kauleinamuki, who had eight receptions for 110 yards and three touchdowns vs. Arizona will be looking to make his mark with the Shanghai Skywalkers. Joining him in Shanghai are Philadelphia teammates defensive back Dwayne Hollis and defensive lineman Justin Lawrence. Hollis was an All-Arena Defense second team selection this season.
Qingdao may also be getting one of the AFL’s top talents as Philadelphia defensive lineman Jake Metz, an All-Arena First Team Defense selection, was drafted by the Clipper, however Metz has signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL and might have an opportunity there.
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