2016 CAFL season

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2016 CAFL season
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League China Arena Football League
Sport Arena football
DurationRegular season:
October 1 – October 30
Postseason:
November 5 – November 6
Number of games18
Number of teams6
China Bowl
Champions Beijing Lions (1st title)
  Runners-up Qingdao Clipper
CAFL seasons

The 2016 CAFL season, the first season in the history of the China Arena Football League (CAFL), began on October 1, 2016. [1] On November 6, the Beijing Lions defeated the Qingdao Clipper to win the first China Bowl.

Contents

Draft

The league held its first draft on June 10, 2016. [2] [3] 120 players were drafted with 60 of them being Americans, including 43 who have Arena Football League experience. 60 players from China or players who are of Chinese descent were selected as well. [4] [5] On June 15, the league held a supplemental draft (rounds 21 to 22) in which an additional 12 players were selected. [6]

Note: The picks are not in chronological order. They are a list of picks by team and the round they were selected in. For example, Guangzhou did not select first in every round.

RoundGuangzhouDalianShanghaiShenzhenQingdaoBeijing
1David Wang – OL (CN) Joe Hills – WR Shane Austin – QBDu Feng – DL (CN) Bryan Randall – QB Wayne Tribue – OL
2 Brennen Carvalho – OLBilly Lai – OL (CN)Liu Shuai – WR (CN)Wang Shida – DB (CN) Jason Holman – OL/DL Neal Tivis – OL
3Yang Hao – LB (CN)Talib Wise – WR Dwayne Hollis – DBZhang Jia Qi – OL (CN) Jake Metz – OL/DL James Romain – DB
4 Tyre Glasper – LBKwok-Wing Steve Tang – DL (CN) Shaun Kauleinamoku – WR Colin Madison – OL Rayshaun Kizer – DB Teddy Jennings – DL
5 Dexter Davis Jr. – DLPhillip Garcia – QBJustin Lawrence – DLXin Xu – DL (CN)Joe Phinisee – DB Collin Taylor -WR
6Andre Martin – WR/DBYan Li Guang – DL (CN)Wang Lei – DB (CN)Robert Williams Jr – DLKevin Kuo – OL/DL (CN)Paul Chih-Ping Cheng – DL (CN)
7Frank Trotter – DLAmeer Ismail – LBGu Xu Bing – FB (CN)Dak Britt – QBXavier Boyce – WR Chris Dieker – QB
8Qiu Xun Da – WR (CN)Qu San Zhi – OL/DL (CN) Mike Washington – WRTerrance Smith – DBSun Shuo – OL/DL (CN)Xing Long Xiong – WR (CN)
9 Duane Brooks – WRJarrod Hernandez – OLZhang Dong Sheng – OL/DL (CN)Adrian Ferns – FB/LB Reggie Gray – WRCalvin Fance – DL
10 Lavasier Tuinei – WR/DBWang Bing – DB (CN)Willie McGinnis – DLLarry Max Westphal – OL Tanner Varner – DBZhang Tian Hao – OL/DL (CN)
11Sun Mo Han – OL/DL (CN)Jordan Mosely – OLTravis Miller – OL/DLHan Shao Chuan – LB (CN)Zhang Tian Shou – FB/LB (CN)Tsu Yao Lam – WR/DB (CN)
12 JJ Raterink – QBFan Zheng Yu – LB (CN)Xu You Peng – OL/DL (CN) Tristan Purifoy – WRHe Shi Lei – WR/DB (CN)Chen Yun Chen – OL/DL (CN)
13Li An – DL (CN) Kent Richardson – DBZhao Zhen Nan – WR/DB (CN)Shen Yu Lan – FB (CN)Matt Moss – DLZhang Xiao Zha – WR (CN)
14Liang Xin Hao – WR (CN)Kap IP – WR (CN)Christian Wise – WR/DBDavid Hong – OL/DL (CN)Wondell Rutledge – OL/DLErwin Sennett Wu – DB (CN)
15 Virgil Gray – DBDarnell Burks – DB Taylor Russolino – KLaChristopher Lee – WRYang Peng Sheng – DB (CN)Junxing Zhang – WR/DB (CN)
16Ma Jin Hui – DB (CN)Ma Zhen – WR (CN)Kevin Bartie – DBXu Xin Tian – WR (CN)A Tie – OL/DL (CN)Chris Hemphill – WR/DB
17Zhang Hai Tao – OL/DL (CN)Maurice Woodard – WR/DBZheng Yu Jiang – FB (CN)Lin Yi Hong – DB (CN)Baihetiyaer Tuerxun – WR/DB (CN)Li Xiang – OL/DL (CN)
18Guo Xu – OL/DL (CN)Lai Shan Yu – WR/DB (CN)Tian Ye – FB/LB (CN)John Keith – DBZhang Tian Chu – WR/DB (CN) Pat Clarke – K
19 Alex Carder – QBAnthony Sanders III – DLXiao Yu – OL/DL (CN)Kimo Naehu – KGuo Rui Bin – K (CN)Zhang Xiang Yu – OL/DL (CN)
20Zao Yun – WR (CN)Xu Chang – FB/LB (CN)Xie Kun – QB (CN)Lui Sze Ting – DB (CN)Wang Shi Xue – LB (CN) Luke Collis – QB
21 Luis Vasquez – DLQui Zixuan – K (CN)Fan Rong – OL/DL (CN)Yu Tao – QB (CN) Sean Brackett – QBRustin Mayorga – FB
22Ding Long – K (CN)Jawad Yatim – QBSergio Gilliam – WRElvis Matagi – DLLi Chao Ren – K (CN)Chen Long – QB (CN)

Sources: [3] [6]

Regular season

Week 1
DateKickoffAwayScoreHomeGame siteRecap
October 12:00 p.m. Guangzhou Power 35–38 Qingdao Clipper LeSports Center (Beijing)
October 17:00 p.m. Dalian Dragon Kings 19–47 Shenzhen Naja LeSports Center (Beijing)
October 23:00 p.m. Shanghai Skywalkers 53–54 (OT) Beijing Lions LeSports Center (Beijing) [7]
Week 2
DateKickoffAwayScoreHomeGame siteRecap
October 811:00 a.m. Guangzhou Power 32–45 Shanghai Skywalkers Damai Center (Dalian) [8]
October 93:00 p.m. Shenzhen Naja 41–48 Beijing Lions Damai Center (Dalian) [9]
October 97:00 p.m. Qingdao Clipper 43–36 Dalian Dragon Kings Damai Center (Dalian)
Week 3
DateKickoffAwayScoreHomeGame siteRecap
October 152:00 p.m. Shanghai Skywalkers 61–48 Shenzhen Naja Guoxin Gymnasium (Qingdao) [10]
October 157:00 p.m. Dalian Dragon Kings 7–40 Guangzhou Power Guoxin Gymnasium (Qingdao) [11]
October 163:00 p.m. Beijing Lions 47–33 Qingdao Clipper Guoxin Gymnasium (Qingdao) [12]
Week 4
DateKickoffAwayScoreHomeGame siteRecap
October 222:00 p.m. Beijing Lions 70–25 Dalian Dragon Kings Guangzhou Gymnasium (Guangzhou) [13]
October 227:00 p.m. Qingdao Clipper 51–49 Shanghai Skywalkers Guangzhou Gymnasium (Guangzhou) [14]
October 233:00 p.m. Shenzhen Naja 39–47 Guangzhou Power Guangzhou Gymnasium (Guangzhou) [15]
Week 5
DateKickoffAwayScoreHomeGame siteRecap
October 292:00 p.m. Dalian Dragon Kings 21–63 Shanghai Skywalkers Shenzhen Dayun Arena (Shenzhen) [16]
October 297:00 p.m. Beijing Lions 55–32 Guangzhou Power Shenzhen Dayun Arena (Shenzhen) [17]
October 303:00 p.m. Qingdao Clipper 40–47 Shenzhen Naja Shenzhen Dayun Arena (Shenzhen) [18]
Standings
2016 CAFL standings
TeamOverallPointsRecords
WLPCTPFPAHomeAway
Beijing Lions 501.0002741842–03–0
Qingdao Clipper 32.6002052041–12–1
Shanghai Skywalkers 32.6002712062–11–1
Guangzhou Power 23.4001861842–10–2
Shenzhen Naja 23.4002222152–10–2
Dalian Dragon Kings 05.000982630–20–3

Sources: [19] [20] [21]

Postseason

5th-place game
DateKickoffAwayScoreHomeGame siteRecap
November 52:00 p.m. Dalian Dragon Kings 30–46 Shenzhen Naja Shanghai Oriental Sports Center (Shanghai) [22]
3rd-place game
DateKickoffAwayScoreHomeGame siteRecap
November 57:00 p.m. Guangzhou Power 52–57 Shanghai Skywalkers Shanghai Oriental Sports Center (Shanghai) [23]
China Bowl
DateKickoffAwayScoreHomeGame siteRecap
November 63:00 p.m. Qingdao Clipper 34–35 Beijing Lions Shanghai Oriental Sports Center (Shanghai) [24]

Source: [25]

Awards

Individual season awards

Note: The Steel-man is named for his "all around excellence at several positions". The Judge Spirit Award, named after CAFL founder Marty Judge, is given for "exemplifying football excellence, leadership and special contribution to the league".

AwardWinnerPositionTeam
Offensive MVP Shane Austin Quarterback Shanghai
Defensive MVPTorez Jones Defensive back Beijing
Steel-man James Romain Defensive back/receiver/kick returner Beijing
Judge Spirit Award Mike Washington Wide receiver Shanghai

Source: [26]

All-Pro teams

All-Pro North Division All-Stars
Offense
Quarterback Luke Collis, Beijing
Wide receiver Collin Taylor, Beijing
Reggie Gray, Qingdao
Tian Chu Zhang, Qingdao
Fullback Rustin Mayorga, Beijing
Offensive lineman Wayne Tribue, Beijing
Neal Tivis, Beijing
Tian Hao Zhang, Beijing
Defense
Defensive lineman Calvin Fance, Beijing
Paul Cheng, Beijing
Steve Tang, Dalian
Jack linebacker Ameer Ismail, Dalian
Middle linebacker Jake Metz, Qingdao
Defensive back Torez Jones, Beijing
James Romain, Beijing
Kent Richardson, Dalian
Other
Placekicker Patrick Clarke III, Beijing
Athlete Bryan Randall, quarterback, Qingdao
Talib Wise, wide receiver, Dalian
Siguang Yan, defensive lineman, Dalian
Coaches
Head coach Clint Dolezel, Beijing
Assistant coachSteve Criswell, Qingdao
Chinese assistant coachJeff Mei, Beijing

Source: [27]

All-Pro South Division All-Stars
Offense
Quarterback Shane Austin, Shanghai
Wide receiver Mike Washington, Shanghai
Shaun Kauleinamoku, Shanghai
Xu Xin He, Shenzhen
Fullback Dashawn Johnson, Guangzhou
Offensive lineman David Wang, Guangzhou
Travis Miller, Shanghai
Max Westphal, Shenzhen
Defense
Defensive lineman Robert Williams, Shenzhen
Frank Trotter, Guangzhou
Willie McGinnis, Shanghai
Jack linebacker Ling Zi Hao, Guangzhou
Middle linebacker Tyre Glasper, Guangzhou
Defensive back Cameron McGlenn, Guangzhou
Dwayne Hollis, Shanghai
Wang Lei, Shanghai
Other
Placekicker Taylor Russolino, Shanghai
AthleteDak Britt, quarterback, Shenzhen
LaChristopher Lee, kick returner, Guangzhou
Guxu Bing Fe, fullback, Shanghai
Coaches
Head coach J.W. Kenton, Shenzhen
Assistant coachJohn Lyles, Shanghai
Chinese assistant coachRobert Wang, Guangzhou

Source: [28]

Dream Team

The CAFL Dream Team was selected by fan vote.

Dream Team
Quarterback Dak Britt, Shenzhen
Offensive lineman Jia Qi Zhang, Shenzhen
Defensive lineman Robert Williams, Shenzhen
Running back/Fullback Dashawn Johnson, Guangzhou
Wide receiver Xu Xin He, Shenzhen
Defensive back Tanner Varner, Qingdao
Linebacker/Middle linebacker Hong Jia Wei David, Shenzhen
Kicker Taylor Russolino, Shanghai

Source: [29]

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