Salina Bombers

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Salina Bombers
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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
Jake Leighty
Jake Sharp
Head coach Bob Ray
General Manager Mike Reid
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 having been 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]

Notable players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Salina Bombers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Multiple Positions

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Kickers

Injured Reserve

Transfer List

Refuse to Report

  • Currently vacant


Roster updated June 2, 2014
Transactions
28 Active, 3 Inactive


More CPIFL rosters

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 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
15 June 07 (Sat) 7:05pm @Wichita Wild

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

Season-By-Season[edit]

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Salina Bombers (CPIFL)
2013 9 3 0 4th League Won Semi-Finals (Sioux City)
Lost Champions Bowl I (Wichita)
2014 8 4 0 3rd League Lost Semi-Finals (Sioux City)
Totals 18 9 0 (including playoffs)

vs Opponent[edit]

Opponent OVERALL HOME AWAY PLYFF
Bloomington Edge (1-1) (1-0) (0-1) (0-0)
Dodge City Law (1-1) (1-0) (0-1) (0-0)
Kansas Koyotes (2-0) (1-0) (1-0) (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 (0-0) (0-0) (0-0) (0-0)
Sioux City Bandits (2-1) (0-1) (2-0) (1-0)
Wichita Wild (1-3) (1-1) (0-2) (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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