East Bests West 69-52 In Beijing All-Star Game
Sunday November 10, 2013
BEIJING – The East All-Stars finished a two-game sweep in the AFL China All-Star Games of the West All-Stars at the Capital Indoor Stadium in front of 9,800 fans on Sunday afternoon, winning 69-52 in the first ever American football game played in China.
"The Chinese people loved it," said East Coach Clint Dolezel
. "You can see the excitement on their faces, and win or lose, seeing that excitement was reward enough for our guys."
East QB Dan Raudabaugh threw for 127 yards and five touchdowns to pace the offense. Dominick Goodman had seven receptions for 105 yards and three touchdowns to lead all receivers from the East, while Prechae Rodriguez added five catches for 58 yards and two scores.
FB/LB Bryan Robinson won MVP honors for his Ironman effort. Robinson played virtually every snap of the game on offense, defense and special teams. Offensively, he had 18 yards on five carries, and he added a catch out of the backfield for eight yards. Robinson scored three touchdowns in total.
DB Terrence Smith recorded the only interception of the game on the first drive of the game.
The West All-Stars were led by Jesse Schmidt, who had eight catches for 121 yards and five scores. Mario Urrutia had 74 yards and a touchdown. QB Nick Davila went 12-of-21 for 151 yards and four touchdowns to pace the passing game, though QB Carson Coffman was also solid, going 6-of-10 for 134 yards and four touchdowns.
CJ Cobb recorded the first ever touchdown scored in China when he scored from seven yards out to start the game. Davila, who was intercepted on his first pass of the game, responded by throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Schmidt to cut the East lead to 7-6.
The teams traded touchdowns through the middle of the second quarter when Schmidt continued his assault. He scored touchdowns of 24, 22, and eight yards in the second quarter, the third of which gave the West its first lead of the game at 34-28 with 0:18 left in the first half.
However, the game turned on the final play of the first half. Randy Hippeard threw a bomb to Larry Beavers for a 43-yard touchdown to give the East a 35-34 lead at halftime.
The East would never concede the lead from there.
Out of the locker room, the East ate 7:21 off of the clock, capping the drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Hippeard to Goodman to take a 42-34 advantage. Following a long touchdown toss from Carson Coffman to Urrutia, the East took over, scoring four of the next five touchdowns to give the East a 69-46 lead, the capper of which was a 3-yard run by Robinson.
The West offense struggled in the second half, getting outscored 33-18, including 21-12 in the fourth quarter.