Salina Bombers

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Salina Bombers
SalinaBombers.png
Founded 2012
Folded 2015
League CIPFL (2013–2014)
CIF (2015)
Team history Salina Bombers (2013–2015)
Based in Salina, Kansas
Arena Bicentennial Center
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 were 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 played their home games at the Bicentennial Center in Salina. After the Bombers folded, the Salina Liberty were started as a new indoor football franchise.

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). On May 28, 2015, the Bombers organization folded, citing a business decision after being ejected from the CIF.

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] The team was officially announced on October 18 after having signed a five-year lease with the Bicentennial Center and a "name-the-team" contest took place on the Bicenntenial Center's website.[3][4] On October 25, the three finalists were announced as the "Salina Storm", "Salina Bombers", and "Salina Shock". The winning name of "Salina Bombers" was announced on November 1.[5]

2013[edit]

With a 9-3 record, the Bombers finished fourth 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.[6]

2014[edit]

In 2014, the Bombers finished the regular season with a record of 8-4, good enough for third place in the final CPIFL standings. They were soundly defeated by the Bandits 66-37 in Sioux City in the first round of the postseason. Notable players this season included defensive lineman, Meshak Williams.

2015[edit]

For 2015, the CPIFL merged with the Lone Star Football League and several other teams to form Champions Indoor Football. The Bombers were one of nine teams to start the 2015 season as members of the CIF. On May 28, the Bombers organization folded, citing business decisions, and cancelled their final two games against the Duke City Gladiators and San Angelo Bandits.[7] The CIF had suspended the Bombers from the league earlier that day.[8] The team was then replaced by the Salina Liberty in July 2015.[9]

Final roster[edit]

Salina Bombers roster
Quarterbacks
  •  2 Kyle Cool

Running Backs

  • 33 Quentin Benning
  •  3 Jeff Mack

Wide Receivers

  • 12 Jared Elmore
  •  7 Anthony Parks
  •  - Julius Record
  • 20 O. J. Simpson
  •  5 Attrail Snipes
Offensive Linemen
  • 90 Marcus Bolden
  • 56 Rodney Ewing
  • 55 Edward Prince
  • -- Jeremy Walker

Defensive Linemen

  • 45 Adam Davis
  • 11 Brandon Harold
  • 88 Brandon McKinney
Linebackers

Defensive Backs

  • 19 Isiah Barfield
  • -- Delaney Dobard
  • -- DaMonte Horton

Kickers

  • 81 Terry Stecker
Injured Reserve
  • 13 Ira Autrey DB

Transfer List

  • 11 Tommy Frevert K

Refuse to Report

  • Currently vacant

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

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Season-by-season records[edit]

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
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 6 5 0 5th League Suspended from league play
Totals 24 14 0 (including playoffs)

Records vs. opponent[edit]

Opponent OVERALL HOME AWAY POST
Bloomington Edge (1-1) (1-0) (0-1) (0-0)
Dodge City Law (2-2) (1-1) (1-1) (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 (4-0) (3-0) (1-0) (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 (1-2) (0-1) (1-1) (0-0)
Wichita Wild (1-4) (1-1) (0-3) (0-1)

Awards and honors[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

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. ^ Hammett, Mike (November 1, 2012). "Salinans Choose "Bombers" for Indoor Football Team". KSAL (AM). Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ Jenn Bates (June 22, 2013). "Wichita outlasts Salina to win CPIFL Championship". www.kwch.com. KWCH-TV. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ Copp, Jake (May 28, 2015). "Salina Bombers dissolving football team". Salina, KS: KWCH-DT. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Salina Bombers Suspended from CIF". Champions Indoor Football. May 28, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2015 – via Our Sports Central. 
  9. ^ "Indoor football: Salina Liberty announced as latest CIF franchise". Star Local Media. July 24, 2015. 

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