Neither of the two Super Series have disappointed, as this past weekend’s slate of games were filled with a pair of nail biting matchups, between teams trying to get their first win and teams scratching and crawling their way to stay undefeated in the early stage of the season.
Shanghai Skywalkers 45, Guangzhou Power 32
In the first game of the weekend we saw two teams who lost by a combined four points in Super Series I face off and try to get their first win of the season.
Shanghai, led by Shane Austin at quarterback, scored on their first possession but after that, Cameron McGlenn and the rest of the Power defense came up big in the first half, intercepting Austin twice and turned those extra two possessions into points scoring both times taking a 26-19 lead into the half.
In the second half, Shanghai looked like the team that everyone expected them to be and they dominated the rest of the game. The Skywalkers only gave up six points the entire second half, and poured on the scoring, eventually taking a 37-32 lead.
For the second week in a row the Power offense had opportunities to score and try to get back into the game late, but a few turnovers prevented them from doing so. A Dashawn Johnson fumble and a J.J. Raterink interception gave Shanghai all the power needed to seal the victory for them 45-32.
Next week in Super Series III Shanghai will meet the very talented Shenzhen Naja and Guangzhou will be looking to get their first win against the Dalian Dragon Kings.
Beijing Lions 48, Shenzhen Naja 41
For the second week in a row the Beijing Lions played in the game of the week, this time squeezing out a tight 48-41 victory over the Shenzhen Naja.
The first ever matchup between two unbeatens saw a back and forth first half ensue but three Naja turnovers, thanks to a James Romain interception and fumble recovery and a Torrez Jones pick, saw the Lions take a 28-15 into the break.
However coming straight out of the break Shenzhen picked a Luke Collis pass off and a few plays later Dak Britt ran the ball in cutting the lead to seven. The two teams would trade a couple scores and took a 41-28 lead into the final quarter.
For the second week in a row, Beijing struggled to close out a game as they turned the ball over on downs after a Naja touchdown with only a couple minutes left to play in the game. Seven plays later Shenzhen knotted the game up at 41 after a Britt pass to Shida Wang on fourth down with only 1:55 left to go.
On the ensuing drive the Lions only needed four plays for Collis to find Erwin Sennett Wu for 23 yards and the game winning touchdown.
Beijing escaped for the second week in a row after giving up a lead late in the game and go on to play another undefeated, the Qingdao Clipper. On the other hand Shenzhen will have their hands full with the Shanghai Skywalkers in Super Series III.
Qingdao Clipper 43, Dalian Dragon Kings 26
Qingdao proved on Sunday why they might have the best defense in the entire CAFL, holding Dalian to only 26 points and only giving up 61 total combined points through two weeks of play. On the flip side of that coin Dalian’s offense continues to struggle only scoring 45 points through two weeks of play in two losing efforts.
However for the greater part of the game, these two were locked in a back and forth battle. Perhaps the most dangerous duo in the CAFL, Bryan Randall and Reggie Gray connected for a score taking a 21-12 Clipper lead into the half.
In the third quarter, Talib Wise led the charge in bringing the Dragon Kings back into the game, only trailing by eight at the end of the third quarter, 34-26.
However, Dalian would not see their endzone for the rest of the game. In fact, the only time Dalian saw an endzone in the fourth quarter was when they gave up a safety giving Qingdao a 10 point lead and the ball back. The Clipper held on for a 43-26 win over the Dragon Kings.
Next week Dalian faces off against another winless team, the Guangzhou Power and the Qingdao Clipper host the Beijing Lions at the Qingdao Sports Center in front of the hometown crowd.