Shanghai Over Powers Guangzhou in the Second Half for First CAFL Win
- Updated: October 9, 2016
Dailan, China – October 9,2016 – By Mick Moninghoff
A total of four points was all that separated the Guangzhou Power and the Shanghai Skywalkers from victory last weekend in the first ever CAFL games. Today in Dalian one would be assured of victory.
The script was much the same as the week before. Shanghai (1-1) jumped out to an early lead as quarterback Shane Austin hit receiver Shuai Liu with a 31 yard strike, but Duane Brooks’ 17 yard catch from J.J. Raterink tied the game at seven for Guangzhou.
The Power (0-2) defense stepped up as Cameron McGlenn intercepted Austin twice in the first half and parlayed both turnovers into scores and a 26-19 lead at the half.
The Skywalkers played an almost perfect second half as their offense and defense took control. After Austin hit Shawn Kauleinamuku with a 19 yard strike they allowed their only points of the second half as Raterink found Lavasier Tuinei for his second score and a Power lead of 32-25. After that it was all Shanghai.
Kauleinamuku caught his second score and on the ensuing drive Dwayne Hollis recovered a Dashawn Johnson fumble. Three plays later Liu had his second TD reception and the Skywalkers were out front to stay at 37-32. A Sergio Gilliam interception led to a Mike Washington TD catch which would be the game’s final score. Hollis added a late interception to seal the 45-32 victory for Shanghai.
Austin had an outstanding day completing 20 of 29 passes for 284 yards and seven scores with two interceptions. Kauleinamuku finished with six receptions for 76 yards and three scores. Mike Washington added 7 catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns.
JJ Raterink, 19 for 36, 251 yards, 4 TD, 2 interceptions
Lavasier Tuinei, 8 for 103, 2 TD
Duane Brooks, 9 for 67, 1 TD
David Wong, 2 for 29, 1TD
Dashawn Johnson, 9 for 67, 1TD
Raterink, 4 for 9
Cameron McGlenn, two interceptions
Shane Austin, 20 for 29, 284 yards, 7TD, 2 interceptions
Shawn Kauleinamuku, 6 for 76, 3 TD
Mike Washington, 7 for 133, 2 TD
Shuai Liu, 6 for 76, 2TD
Austin, 2 for 12
Kauleinamuku, 1 for 7
Xu Bing Gu, 1 for -3
Sergio Gilliam, Interception
Dwayne Hollis, interception and fumble recovery
Justin Lawrence, sack
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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