Needing momentum to have any hopes of a China Bowl appearance, the Guangzhou Power (2-2) couldn’t afford to let up against the Shenzen Naja (1-3). The Power prevailed for their second win of the season, 47-39.
For the second week in a row, JJ Raterink led the first scoring drive of the night, but this time he only needed the first play of the game to find Xun Da Qiu for a 6-0 lead after a missed extra point. Dak Britt, who has shown to be the best running quarterback in the league, used his legs again to answer with a touchdown run to take the lead. Not to be outdone, Raterink held serve with his own touchdown run to take a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Guangzhou started taking over on defense as the game wore on, forcing a turnover on downs to set up a Raterink deep pass to Lavasier Tuinei to extend the lead. Dak Britt, who has had trouble in the passing game throughout the season, continued to struggle through the air. Cameron McGlenn snagged an interception, and the offense turned it into points when Raterink threw another touchdown pass to Xun Da Qiu to create a 26-7 lead for the Power.
Shenzen fought back throughout the second half, only allowing three more touchdowns the rest of the game. However, the Naja couldn’t make the plays to take over the game. Two consecutive turnovers exemplified the battle, as Dak Britt threw an interception to Virgil Gray, only for JJ Raterink to throw a fourth-down interception to Terrance Smith while trying to seal the game.
Both teams now head to Shenzen for Super Series V on Oct. 29 and 30. Guangzhou needs a win over the unbeaten Beijing Lions and some help, while Shenzen can get to 2-3 with a win over the Qingdao Clipper, which could be enough to keep them in the third-place game.