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VIDEO: Shandong Upsets Hebei for China Championship in Thriller

Beijing – Shandong, the last of the six Chinese universities to begin a CAFL football program, was the first in the end.

The program, founded just 3 months ago, showed remarkable growth over the course of the 4-day round robin tournament, and found themselves in Saturday’s championship game against a Hebei team that had not been challenged all week. The setting was as dramatic as the game itself. A perfectly blue sky framed the 88-degree day. The game was as hot as the weather. So were the young players, who were performing in formal competition for the first time.

In a wild first quarter, marked by rugged play and hard hitting, the US-based official crew was put to the test, when both player benches emptied after a particularly rough collision. Three key Hebei players were ejected, one player was tossed for Shandong. The melee seemed to inspire the underdogs. They trailed Hebei most of the way, but the teams were never separated by more than 9 points, in the tradition of the US-indoor battles. In a wild fourth quarter, Shandong grabbed their first lead. They held on to win the first CAFL China Collegiate Championship 46-42.

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