History-Making Week in CAFL
- Updated: October 24, 2016
By Mick Moninghoff
GUANGZHOU, CHINA, Oct. 23, 2016 – Week four in the China Arena Football League produced two more “firsts” and set the stage for the first ever China Bowl to be played in Shanghai on November 6th.
The most impressive kick in the history of the league was by Chao Ran Li of Qingdao. Not only was his 21 yard field goal the first ever in the CAFL, it was also the first game winner. His boot as time ran out gave the Clipper a 51-49 come from behind win over Shanghai and helped Qingdao to earn a spot in the first ever China Bowl vs. Beijing. The receiving tandem of Reggie Gray (10 receptions, 130 yards, 2TD) and Xavier Boyce (11 catches, 120 yards, 3TD) also moved up the charts among the league leaders.
Beijing’s 70 points in a 70 to 19 win over the Dalian Dragon Kings set the standard for the most by one team in a game this season. The Lions are the only undefeated team (4-0) and were the first team to solidify a place in the title game. The Lions defense also set a record with four interceptions.
Torez Jones picked off two as he now leads the league with five interceptions, Yao Tsu Lin earned his first of the year, but the day belonged to James Romain as he scored three defensive touchdowns in three different ways. Romain returned the leagues’ first ever pick six, taking a Phillip Garcia pass back to the house. Romain now has two interceptions this season. He also brought back a fumble for a score and established another league first with return of a missed field goal for a touchdown.
The Guangzhou Power got back to the .500 mark with a 47 to 39 win over the Shenzhen Naja. They will face Shanghai in a meeting between the third and fourth seeds in two weeks. Quarterback J.J. Raterink tuned in a solid performance connecting on 17 of 28 passes for 238 yards and four scores. His counterpart, Dak Britt of the Naja continued as the leagues’ rushing leader gaining 76 yards on 13 carries with three scores. He now has the most rushing yards (259) and most rushing touchdowns (9) on the season.
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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