The Guangzhou Power battled the Shanghai Skywalkers in the first game of Super Series II at the Dalian Superdome. Both teams were looking to redeem themselves following heartbreaking losses in Super Series I. Shanghai got things started in the first quarter when quarterback Shane Austin connected with Shuai Liu for the first touchdown of the game.
Guangzhou responded when quarterback JJ Raterink found Duane Brooks for a touchdown which tied the game at seven. Shanghai was threatening to score until Austin’s pass was tipped and intercepted in the end zone by Cameron McGlenn. Guangzhou capitalized on the turnover after Raterink hooked up with Lavasier Tunei to give the Power a 14-7 lead, their first lead of the contest.
As time expired in the first quarter, Austin passed to Shaun Kauleinamoku for a touchdown, but the extra point was blocked, meaning the Power had the 14-13 edge heading into the second quarter. Shanghai shocked everyone when they attempted an onside kick, and they recovered the kick.
The drive was stalled after McGlenn picked off Austin in the end zone again. Guangzhou took advantage of the turnover when David Wang would score, putting the Power up 20-13 (extra point was missed). The Skywalkers would respond again when Austin found Mike Washington for a touchdown, but since another extra point was missed, Guangzhou still led 20-19.The Power would take the 26-19 lead heading into halftime.
At the start of the third, Austin completed a touchdown pass to Kauleinamoku, but Taylor Russolino missed another extra point, and Guangzhou held the 26-25 lead. Tunei would make a fantastic catch in the corner of the end zone, but because of a missed extra point, Guangzhou led 32-25.
Kauleinamoku would score his third touchdown of the game, but after a bad snap, another extra point was missed, and Shanghai trailed Guangzhou, 32-31. The turning point of the game came on Guangzhou’s next drive, when Dwayne Hollis recovered Dashawn Johnson‘s fumble.
Shanghai would capitalize when Austin found Liu, who made a juggling catch in the end zone for a touchdown. That gave Shanghai the 37-32 lead (two-point conversion no good), and that was their first lead since the first possession of the game.
After a William McGinnis sack and a penalty on Guangzhou, it was 4th down and 22. Sergio Gilliam would intercept Raterink, giving Shanghai a chance to put a dagger in the game.
Austin found Washington, who went the length of the field before scoring on a 45-yard touchdown. Defensive tackle Justin Lawrence converted the 2-point conversion, putting Shanghai up 45-32. Guangzhou was about to score late, but Hollis picked off Raterink for the second time.
Even though Hollis would fumble, it was taken to the other side of the field, which ended the game. Despite missing four extra points, Shanghai picked up their first win of the season by the final score of 45-32.
Guangzhou fell to 0-2, despite playing well in their first two games. In Super Series III, which is in Qingdao, Shanghai will battle the Shenzhen Naja, while Guangzhou will play the Dalian Dragon Kings.