Skywalkers Do It With Defense
- Updated: October 30, 2016
Shenzhen, China (October 30, 2016) By Mick Moninghoff
The Shanghai Skywalkers recovered two Dalian fumbles, intercepted three pass and returned two of those for touchdowns as they ran their record to 3-2 with a 63 to 21 win over the Dragon Kings who remained winless (0-5) on the season. The Skywalkers big playmakers turned in another impressive performance. Shaun Kauleinamuku scored four TDs and Mike Washington three.
The Skywalkers built a 22 point halftime lead and never looked back. Shanghai established a running game early as Kauleinamuku opened the scoring on a five yard run. Dalian answered with a Jawad Yatim to Kent Richardson 6 yard touchdown pass but trailed by one missing the extra point. The second quarter was all Skywalkers.
After Kauleinamuku scored his second rushing TD of the game the defense went to work. Zhen Nan Shao intercepted Yatim and ran it back for the second six pick in league history. It appeared that the Dragon Kings caught a break as an ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Kings Jordan Mosely who returned it to the three. However on the next play Phillip Garcia fumbled with the Skywalkers Christian Wise recovering. Four plays later Mike Washington scampered 14 yards into the end zone taking an inside handoff to the house and a 28-6 halftime lead.
In the third quarter Shane Austin connected with Kauleinamuku on a 16 scoring strike. Dalian answered as Yatim hit Richardson with consecutive completions and then kept it himself for the final yard of the drive to make the score 35 to 14, adding a two point conversion pass to Shan Yu Lai.
The Dragon Kings attempt at an onside kick bounded all the way to midfield where Washington picked it up and returned it to the end zone. Dalian’s next play from scrimmage resulted in another Skywalker score as Duane Hollis intercepted Yatim and turned it into points with the second “pick six” of the game. Hollis intercepted his second pass of the game on the next possession as the quarter ended with Shanghai up 49 to 14.
The final quarter saw Dalian Wide-out Talib Wise score this fourth touchdown of the year hauling in an 11 yard pass for the Dragon Kings final points of the contest. The Skywalkers would score one play later as Austin hooked up with Kauleinamuku on a 40 yard play. Shao then recovered a fumble by Richardson and Austin turned that into points with a nine yard connection to Washington for the 63 to 21 final score.
Austin finished the game 16 of 26 for 185 yards, one interception and three TD passes giving him a league leading 28 on the season. Washington pulled in 8 passes for 105 yards and his TD reception was his 13th of the season. That league leading total is one better than Kauleinamuku who now has 12. “SK” finished with four receptions for 50 yards and two scores. Richardson led all receivers with 123 yards on eight catches.
Yatim, 17 of 33, 240 yards, 2TD, 3 Int.
Wise, 5 for 70 yards, 1TD
Maurice Woodward, 4 for 32 yards
Richardson, 8 for 123 yards, 1 TD
Lai, 2 for 12 yards
Zhen Ma, 1 for 32 yards
Yatim, 8 for 18 yards, 1TD
Garcia, 2 for 1 yard
David Oku, 1 for 1 yard
Wise, 3 for 15 yards
Richardson, 1 for 7 yards
Austin 16 of 26, 185 yards, 3TD, 1 Int.
Washington, 8 for 105 yards, 1TD
Kauleinamuku, 4 for 50 yards, 2TD
Shuai Liu, 4 for 28 yards
Austin, 1 for 1 yard
Xu Bing Gu, 3 for 8 yards
Kauleinamuku 2 for 7 yards, 2TD
Washington 1 for 16 yards, 1TD
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