Bombers Flying High Into Regular Season
Todd Pittenger - February 16, 2014 5:33 pm
The Salina Bombers are flying high into the regular season after a convincing preseason victory Sunday afternoon. The Bombers dismantled the Kansas City Bulldogs 75 – 6.
Salina lead 21 – 0 and the end of the first quarter, and 56 – 0 at half time. The Bombers rested their starters in the second, giving players fighting for a roster spot a chance to show what they can do.
The Bombers scored nearly every way possible, on the ground, through the air, on defense, and on special teams.
Quarterback Dane Simoneau was sharp. He threw two touchdown passes in the first half before giving way to Travis Hunter and Brandon Kelsey, who are battling for the backup quarterback position.
Rookie wide receiver Zach McClain had a big game in his first ever professional action. The former Kansas Wesleyan Coyote caught two touchdown passes. Quentin Benning also had a couple of touchdowns, both on the ground.
The Bombers were just as dominant on defense. Justice Scales and Isiah Barfield both had interception returns for touchdowns. Newcomer Meshak Williams also had a big game. Kansas City’s offensive line had trouble handling the former K-State Wildcat, who had a sack, multiple quarterback pressures, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Salina’s first ever indoor football team began play last year in the Champions Professional Indoor Football League. The team exceeded most expectations, making it to the league championship game, but falling just short to the Wichita Wild 47 – 34.
The 2014 regular season begins Saturday. The Bombers will host the Kansas Coyotes Saturday Night at the Salina Bicentennial for the season opener for both teams.