Beijing Remains Undefeated
- Updated: October 16, 2016
Qingdao, China (October 16,2016) – By Mick Moninghoff
The Beijing Lions prevailed 47 to 33 over Qingdao in a battle of unbeaten teams to secure the top spot in the standings in the China Arena Football League. Now with a record of 3-0 the Lions have a leg up on the rest of the field heading toward the first ever China Bowl on November 6th. Quarterback Luke Collis passed for 245 yards and six touchdowns as Beijing built a commanding first half advantage over the Clipper to fuel the victory.
The Lions jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead as Collin Taylor’s three yard grab and James Romain’s 23 yard catch opened the scoring. The Clipper finally found the end zone in the second quarter as quarterback Bryan Randall connected with Xavier Boyce from 18 yards out. The Lions then went to work to open up a 28 point lead. First Romain capped of a short five play drive with at 23 yard scoring reception. Two plays later Torez Jones’ third interception of the season gave the Lions a short field and on the next play Collis hit Taylor with a five yard TD strike. The Beijing defense almost recorded a safety. Linebacker Calvin Fance tackled Randall in the end zone but the quarterback was able to avert the two points by breaking the plain of the goal line. On the very next play the Reggie Gray fumbled after making a reception on the 13. Three plays later Taylor had his third TD of the night on a 10 yard reception. Taylor finished the game with 10 catches for 124 yards. The 35 points would be all that the Lions would need.
Randall connected with Boyce on a 45 yard reception which was tipped twice by the receiver inside great coverage by Jones who could only watch as 6”4’ wide out made it to the end zone.
In the third quarter the Clipper closed the gap with Gray scoring on an 18 yard catch and Jason Holman’s 18 yard grab. Beijing fullback Rustin Mayorga collected his second TD of the season on a 1 yard run and the 41 to 26 lead looked secure.
In the final quarter the Clipper did manage to close within eight points as Tian Chu Zhang scored his second touchdown of the season on a 3 yard pass from Randall. The next series decided the game. Beijing was deep in its own territory and on third and ten from the eight yard line Qingdao’s Jake Metz recovered a fumble giving the Clipper an opportunity to tie the game. Holman ran for two yards but a holding penalty and two inclpleations spelled doom for the Clipper as the drive stalled. Collis then drove the Lions to the end zone in eight plays with the final 19 yards seeing Romain catching his third score of the night. Romain finished the game with nine catches for 89 yards.
Luke Collis, 22 of 31, 245 yards, 6TD, 0 Int.
Chris Dieker 0 of 1
Collin Taylor, 10 for 124 yards, 3 TD
James Romain, 9 for 89, 3 TD
Erwin Senette Wu, 2 for 26 yards
Junxing Zhang, 1 for 6 yards
Collis, 4 for 4 yards
Dieker, 2 for 4 yards
Mayorga, 1 for 1 yard, 1 TD
Bryan Randall, 16 of 37, 214 yards, 4TD, 1 Int.
Reggie Gray, 5 for 44 yards, 1 TD
Xavier Boyce, 5 for 83 yards, 2 TD
Jason Holman 1 for 20 yards, 1 TD
Tian Chu Zhang, 4 for 60 yards, 1 TD
Holman, 4 for 22 yards
Randall, 3 for 4 yards
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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