Salina Bombers

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Salina Bombers
Founded 2012
Folded 2015
League Champions Professional Indoor Football League (2013-2014)
Champions Indoor Football (2015)
Team history Salina Bombers (2013-2015)
Based in Salina, Kansas
Arena Bicentennial Center (2013-2015)
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.

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.


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", and "Salina Shock".

Voting on the three finalists continued until October 31,[5] with the winning name of "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 this season included DL Meshak Williams.


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 9 teams to start the 2015 season as members of the CIF. On May 28, 2015, the Bombers organization folded, citing business decisions, and cancelled their final two games against the Duke City Gladiators and San Angelo Bandits.[8] The CIF had suspended the Bombers from the league earlier that day.[9]

Current roster[edit]

Salina Bombers roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs


Injured Reserve

Transfer List

Refuse to Report

  • Currently vacant

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

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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 6 5 0 5th League Suspended from league play
Totals 24 14 0 (including playoffs)

vs Opponent[edit]

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 (4-0) (3-0) (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 (1-2) (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


  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". KWCH-TV. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ Copp, Jake (May 28, 2015). "Salina Bombers dissolving football team". Salina, KS: KWCH-DT. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Salina Bombers Suspended from CIF". Champions Indoor Football. May 28, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2015 – via Our Sports Central. 

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