The Guangzhou Power (1-2) started their first two games strong, but normally dim down and black out come the fourth quarter. However, against the Dailan Dragon Kings (0-3) they kept the lights on while playing lights out en route to a 40-7 win, their first of the season.
JJ Raterink, held mostly in check this season, started off playing as many expected, getting on the board first with a touchdown pass to Lavasier Tuinei. The celebration was a bit soured thanks to a missed extra point. The Power then found their ground game to extend the lead to 13-0 thanks to a Dashawn Johnson two-yard touchdown run.
Raterink, already with a touchdown pass, used his legs to further the rout, running for a touchdown on his own to make the score 20-0. Not being satisfied, he found Duane Brooks through the air to cement a 27-0 lead towards the end of the first half.
The Dragon Kings, who sit in the CAFL cellar in almost every offensive category, did have one bright spot in the dying seconds of the first half. Maurice Woodard caught a touchdown for what would be Dailan’s lone score of the game, stopping the bleeding temporarily and making the halftime score 27-7.
Dailan’s defense held Guangzhou to only 13 second half points, including Raterink’s third scoring pass of the game and Tuinei’s second catch. While another missed extra point left the score at 33-7, the last scoring drive of the night was merely academic.
The Power needed this win to regain any China Bowl considerations, as they face the Shenzen Naja when they host Super Series IV on Oct. 22 and 23.