Salina Bombers

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Salina Bombers
SalinaBombers.png
Founded 2012
League Champions Professional Indoor Football League (2013-2014)
Champions Indoor Football (2015-present)
Team history Salina Bombers (2013-present)
Based in Salina, Kansas
Arena Bicentennial Center (2013-present)
Colors Black, green, silver, white
                   
Owner(s) Chris Vercher
Head coach Bob Ray
General Manager Pete Jackson
Championships 0
Playoff berths 2: (2013, 2014)
Dancers Salina Bombshells
Mascot Captain Bombadier

The Salina Bombers are a professional indoor football team based in Salina, Kansas. The team was founded by Chris Vercher, Jake Leighty and Jake Sharp in 2012 as charter member of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL). The Bombers play their home games at the Bicentennial Center in Salina. At the conclusion of the 2014 season, the CPIFL and the Lone Star Football League (LSFL) completed a merger, accepting the Bombers as a charter member of Champions Indoor Football (CIF).

In 2013, the Bombers advanced to the 2013 Champions Bowl, where they lost to the Wichita Wild 47-34.

History[edit]

As early as October 2, 2012, a Salina team had appeared on the CPIFL website. However, their information was quickly taken down because no arena lease had yet been signed.[1][2]

Finally, the team was officially announced on October 18, 2012, having signed a five-year lease with the Bicentennial Center. A "name-the-team" contest took place in October on the Bicenntenial Center's website, with nominations being accepted until October 25.[3][4] That day, three finalists were announced:

  • Salina Storm
  • Salina Bombers
  • Salina Shock

Voting on the three finalists continued until October 31,[5] with the winning name of the Salina Bombers being announced on November 1.[6]

With a 9-3 record, the Bombers finished 4th in the final CPIFL standings, which qualified the team for the playoffs. The Bombers traveled to Sioux City, Iowa, where they defeated the first seeded Sioux City Bandits to advance to the Champions Bowl. In the first ever Champions Bowl, the Bombers were defeated 47-34 by the Wichita Wild.[7]

In 2014, the Bombers finished the regular season with a record of 8-4, good enough for 3rd place in the final CPIFL standings. They were soundly defeated by the Bandits 66-37 in Sioux City in the first round of the post-season.

Notable players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Salina Bombers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Kickers

Injured Reserve

Transfer List

  • Currently vacant

Refuse to Report

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
[1] updated March 5, 2015
20 Active, 0 Inactive

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Awards[edit]

2013 Defensive Rookie of The Year: DeWayne Autrey DB

2013 1st Team All CPIFL: Ricky Roberts WR, Jarvis Jones OL, DeWayne Autrey DB

2013 CPIFL Offensive MVP: Dane Simoneau QB

2013 CPIFL Coach Of Year: Bob Frey

2014 1st Team All CPIFL: Ed Prince OL, Meshak Williams DL, DeWayne Autrey DB

2014 CPIFL Defensive Player of the Year: Meshak Williams DL

2014 CPIFL Defensive Rookie of The Year: Meshak Williams DL

2014 CPIFL Best Media Relations/Social Media

2015 Season Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results
Final Score Team Record
Pre-Season February 22 (Sun) 3:00pm Kansas Koyotes 62-23
1 February 28 (Sat) 7:05pm @Wichita Force 64-61 1-0
2 March 07 (Sat) 7:05pm Texas Revolution 34-27 2-0
3 March 14 (Sat) 7:05pm @Omaha Beef 47-33 3-0
4 March 21 (Sat) 7:05pm @Sioux City Bandits 59-73 3-1
5 March 28 (Sat) 7:05pm Omaha Beef 49-7 4-1
6 April 04 (Sat) 7:05pm Dodge City Law 43-47 4-2
7 Off-Week
8 April 18 (Sat) 7:05pm @Sioux City Bandits 56-79 4-3
9 April 25 (Sat) 7:05pm Wichita Force 32-45 4-4
10 May 02 (Sat) 7:05pm @Dodge City Law 55-48 5-4
11 May 09 (Sat) 7:05pm Omaha Beef
12 May 16 (Sat) 7:05pm @Wichita Force
13 Off-Week
14 May 30 (Sat) 7:05pm San Angelo Bandits
15 June 06 (Sat) 7:05pm @Duke City Gladiators

2014 Season Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results
Final Score Team Record
Pre-Season February 16 (Sun) 2:30pm Kansas City Bulldogs 75-6
Pre-Season February 22 (Sat) 7:05pm Kansas Koyotes 75-8 [8]
1 March 02 (Sun) 3:00pm @Sioux City Bandits 77-70 (OT) 1-0
2 March 07 (Fri) 7:05pm Bloomington Edge 56-20 2-0
3 Off-Week
4 March 23 (Sun) 3:00pm @Kansas Koyotes 51-27 [9] 3-0
5 March 29 (Sat) 7:05pm @Dodge City Law 31-34 3-1
6 Off-Week
7 April 12 (Sat) 7:05pm Dodge City Law 57-45 4-1
8 Off-Week
9 April 26 (Sat) 7:05pm Sioux City Bandits 42-56 4-2
10 May 03 (Sat) 7:05pm Wichita Wild 13-11 5-2
11 May 10 (Sat) 7:05pm @Bloomington Edge 50-58 5-3
12 May 17 (Sat) 7:05pm @Oklahoma Defenders 60-40 6-3
13 May 23 (Fri) 7:05pm Lincoln Haymakers 36-15 7-3
14 May 31 (Sat) 7:05pm Omaha Beef 50-43 8-3
15 June 07 (Sat) 7:05pm @Wichita Wild 41-63 8-4
Playoff June 14 (Sat) 7:05pm @Sioux City Bandits 37-66 8-5

2013 Season Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results
Final Score Team Record
1 Off-Week
2 March 16 (Sat) 7:30pm Wichita Wild 34-63 0-1
3 Off-Week
4 March 30 (Sat) 7:30pm Mid-Missouri Outlaws 43-21 1-1
5 April 6 (Sat) 7:30pm Oklahoma Defenders 50-31 2-1
6 April 12 (Fri) 7:30pm Sioux City Bandits 43-46 2-2
7 April 19 (Fri) 7:05pm @Lincoln Haymakers 31-19 3-2
8 April 27 (Sat) 7:30pm @Kansas City Renegades 47-31 4-2
9 May 4 (Sat) 7:30pm @Kansas Koyotes 55-31 5-2
10 May 11 (Sat) 7:05pm @Wichita Wild 40-45 5-3
11 May 18 (Sat) 7:30pm Kansas Koyotes 37-20 6-3
12 May 25 (Sat) 7:30pm Lincoln Haymakers 46-14 7-3
13 June 1 (Sat) 7:30pm @Mid-Missouri Outlaws 48-23 8-3
14 June 8 (Sat) 7:30pm @Oklahoma Defenders 46-34 9-3
Playoff June 15 (Sat) 7:05pm @Sioux City Bandits 28-26 10-3
Champions Bowl I June 22 (Sat) 7:05pm @Wichita Wild 34-47 10-4

Season-By-Season[edit]

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Salina Bombers (CPIFL)
2013 10 4 0 4th League Won Semi-Finals (Sioux City)
Lost Champions Bowl I (Wichita)
2014 8 5 0 3rd League Lost Semi-Finals (Sioux City)
2015 5 4 0
Totals 23 13 0 (including playoffs)

vs Opponent[edit]

Opponent OVERALL HOME AWAY POST
Amarillo Venom (0-0) (0-0) (0-0) (0-0)
Bloomington Edge (1-1) (1-0) (0-1) (0-0)
Dodge City Law (2-2) (1-1) (1-1) (0-0)
Duke City Gladiators (0-0) (0-0) (0-0) (0-0)
Kansas Koyotes (3-0) (1-0) (2-0) (0-0)
Kansas City Renegades (1-0) (0-0) (1-0) (0-0)
Lincoln Haymakers (3-0) (2-0) (1-0) (0-0)
Mid-Missouri Outlaws (2-0) (1-0) (1-0) (0-0)
Oklahoma Defenders (3-0) (1-0) (2-0) (0-0)
Omaha Beef (3-0) (2-0) (1-0) (0-0)
San Angelo Bandits (0-0) (0-0) (0-0) (0-0)
Sioux City Bandits (2-5) (0-2) (2-3) (1-1)
Texas Revolution (1-0) (1-0) (0-0) (0-0)
Wichita Force (1-1) (0-1) (1-0) (0-0)
Wichita Wild (1-4) (1-1) (0-3) (0-1)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indoor football league eyes Salina". Salina Journal. October 2, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ Hunter, Chris (October 3, 2012). "Salina arena football hinges on lease". Salina Journal. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ Hunter, Chris (October 18, 2012). "Indoor football coming to Salina's BiCenter". Salina Journal. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ Hanney, Devin (October 18, 2012). "Indoor Football Becomes Reality In Salina". Salina Post. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Indoor Football Team Name: Salina Storm, Bombers Or Shock?". Salina Post. October 25, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ Hammett, Mike (November 1, 2012). "Salinans Choose "Bombers" for Indoor Football Team". KSAL (AM). Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ Jenn Bates (June 22, 2013). "Wichita outlasts Salina to win CPIFL Championship". www.kwch.com. KWCH-TV. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ Green, Arne (February 23, 2014). "Frey plenty pleased after another Bombers exhibtion blowout". The Salina Journal. Archived from the original on April 28, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ Peterson, Jr., Rick (March 23, 2014). "Koyotes drop home opener to Salina, 51-27". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Archived from the original on April 28, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 

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