Austin Awesome – Stats Prove It
- Updated: October 17, 2016
Qingdao, China – By Mick Moninghoff
A record setting night by Shane Austin of the Shanghai Skywalkers on Saturday in a win over the Shenzhen Naja has moved the quarterback to the top of the charts when it comes to statistical leaders in the China Arena Football League.
The Camarillo, California native set records with 41 attempts and nine touchdown passes while leading his team to a 61 to 48 victory. The total of 109 combined points also established a new league mark.
Austin was 24 of 41 for 323 yards and now leads the CAFL in attempts, yards (785), and touchdown passes (10). Five of those touchdown strikes went to teammate Mike Washington who leads the league with 10 TD catches and 339 receiving yards. Washington also is tied for first in the CAFL with Dalian’s Talib Wise with 27 receptions. Shawn Kauleinamuku of Shanghai also had an outstanding game this weekend with 11 catches for 123 yards and four scores to move up to the number four spot in the league in receptions. Another big performer this week was Beijing’s Collin Taylor. The 6’1” 205lb. sure-handed wide out hauled in 10 ball for 124 yards and three scores in the Lions 47-33 win over the Qingdao Clipper which helped to keep the black and gold a perfect 3-0 on the season.
The Shanghai vs. Shenzhen game also featured the leagues’ top ground gainer in Naja quarterback Dak Britt. Britt’s 17 carries for 84 yards gives him a total of 183, a 63 yard rushing lead over teammate Arian Ferns who has 120 yards on 22 attempts. Also making a strong showing this week was Dashawn Johnson of the Guangzhou Power. The offensive lineman/fullback gained 38 yards on nine carries in a 40 to 7 win over the Dalian Dragon Kings. Johnson is currently third in rushing with 107 yards on 22 carries.
CAFL Leading Receivers 10/17/16
|1. Mike Washington, Shanghai||27||339||10|
|1. Talib Wise, Dalian||27||233||3|
|2. Collin Taylor, Beijing||24||348||4|
|3. S. Kauleinamuku, Shanghai||20||226||7|
|4. Erwin Sennett Wu, Beijing||18||178||3|
|5. Reggie Gray, Qingdao||14||178||7|
|7. Tian Chu Zhang, Qingdao||13||205||2|
|7. James Romain, Beijing||13||128||4|
|8. Shuai Liu, Shanghai||12||136||2|
|8. Shida Wong, Shenzhen||12||133||3|
|9. Xavier Boyce, Qingdao||9||144||4|
|9. Christian Wise, Shanghai||9||54||0|
|1. Shane Austin, Shanghai||68||112||60.7||3||785||19|
|2. Luke Collis, Beijing||73||101||72.2||1||778||15|
|3. Bryan Randall, Qingdao||47||94||50.0||2||725||12|
|4. J.J. Raterink, Guangzhou 33||60||55.0||4||453||8|
|5. Jawad Yatim, Dalian||28||41||68.2||0||250||4|
|6. Dak Britt, Shenzhen||33||50||66.0||0||235||5|
|7. Phillip Garcia, Dalian||14||24||58.3||0||114||1|
|1. Dak Britt, Shenzhen||29||183||6|
|2. Adrian Ferns, Shenzhen||22||120||1|
|3. Dashawn Johnson, Guangzhou||22||107||1|
|4. Phillip Garcia, Dalian||11||83||1|
|5. S. Kauleinamuku, Shanghai||5||58||2|
|6. David Oku, Dalian||8||56||1|
|7. Rustin Mayorga, Beijing||9||53||3|
|7. Jawad Yatim, Dalian||10||53||1|
|8. Jason Holman, Qingdao||13||52||0|
|9. Shane Austin, Shanghai||10||37||3|
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With the official announcement of approval from the China government, the new professional league will be called CAFL (China Arena Football League), and the Beijing based operating company, formerly known as Ganlan Media International, will carry the same name.
“We think this acronym says it all,” said David Niu, the President of AFL Global, the founding corporation based in Conshohocken, PA, USA. “The league, and all of our efforts, are unique to China. We want to highlight the fact that we are playing American-style football, not to be confused with soccer. And we want to emphasize that this is China’s first ever professional league, played by the best players in the world.”
Many of the rosters will feature Chinese players, who have been learning and training for the arena game specifically for over a year, at 6 select Chinese Universities, under the guidance of AFL Global.
CAFL headquarters are located in Beijing, with leadership comprised of senior media executives and sports professionals with an array of government and commercial experience.
For more information please contact the following:
Lou Tilley, VP CAFL Communications and Media
Alvina Alston, CAFL Public Relations