Chinese Players Shine in Week Two of Super Series
- Updated: October 10, 2016
Dalian, China. October 9, 2016 – By Lou Tilley – For China Daily
Beijing, Qingdao Unbeaten After Dalian Tripleheader
Fresh off a successful first weekend of play in Beijing, the CAFL (China Arena Football League) staged a rare 3-game Sunday set at the Dalian Superdome. “This story continues to be the improvement of my Chinese guys” remarked Beijing coach Clint Dolezel, whose Lions remain among the two undefeated teams in the new 6-team league after holding on for a thrilling 48-41 win over Shenzhen.
“My guys surprised me in our debut last week, and they took another big step forward today” said Dolezel, who chose to build his 20-man roster with reliable blockers and quarterbacks from the US, while gambling that the local Chinese would develop at key receiving positions. By CAFL rules four Chinese and four foreign players must be on the field for each play. The Chinese receivers proved their worth in the Beijing win over the Naja, combining to latch onto 11 of quarterback Luke Collis’s passes for a combined 200 yards and 4 touchdowns. Collis, who plays for Dolezel’s champion Philadelphia Soul in the US indoor league, had a big day in the Beijing win, completing 22 of 34 passes for 338 yards and 5TDs. Two of his touchdown tosses were to Chinese receiver Erwin Sennett Wu, who led the locals with 7 catches for 104 yards and became the first native born player to eclipse the 100-yard mark. Two more touchdowns were snared by Chinese pass catcher Tuohuti Ailiya who grabbed 3 in all for 74 yards.
In the nightcap, with a hopeful crowd rooting for their hometown Dalian Dragon Kings, Qiingdao’s Clipper took charge late and joined Beijing among the undefeated teams with a solid win .
Dalian started quickly as linebacker Ameer Ismail recovered a fumble leading to David Oku;’s sparkling 31 yard run for a score and the early lead. . The upset minded Dragon Kings scored as time expired in the first quarter when quarterback Phillip Garcia connected with another good looking Chinese wide out Zhen Ma for his first career score and a 12-7 advantage.
The Dragon Kings were still challenging in the final quarter when a sequence of bad snaps undermined the win for the hometown fans. Dalian QB Jawad Yatim was under constant pressure and finally was sacked in the end zone by Jake Metz and Matt Moss for a safety. Qingdao qb Bryan Randall followed with his second rushing TD of the night put the game away as the Clipper remained undefeated with a 43 to 26 victory.
In the tripleheader’s morning matchup, Shanghai (1-1) jumped out to an early lead on Guangzhou (0-2) as quarterback Shane Austin hit China’s Shuai Liu with a 31 yard strike, but Duane Brooks’ 17 yard catch from Power qb J.J. Raterink tied the game at seven.Guangzhou’s defense then took control, with Cameron McGlenn intercepting Austin twice in the first half leading to touchdowns both times and a 26-19 Power lead at the break.
Shanghai, then played a near perfect second half. After Austin hit Shawn Kauleinamuku with a 19 yard strike they allowed their only points of the second half as Raterink spotted 6-5, 240 pound receiver Lavasier Tuinei for his second score and a Power lead of 32-25. The Skywalkers then took control. Kauleinamuku caught his second touchdown and on the ensuing Guangzhou possession, Shanghai’s Dwayne Hollis recovered a fumble. Three plays later Liu had his second TD reception and the Skywalkers were on their way to a 45-32 victory.
The six city “Super Series” continues next week in Qingdao with two games on Saturday October 15, and a single game on Sunday. For more information go to www.CAFLCHINA.COM
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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