PARK CITY — For the first time in the 13-year history of professional indoor football in Wichita, a team has claimed a league playoff title.
The Wichita Wild downed the I-135 rival Salina Bombers 47-34 Saturday to win Champions Bowl I, the championship game of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League, at Hartman Arena.
Wichita has had four teams since the Wichita Warlords began play in 2000. Wichita teams have played in six leagues, along with playing an independent schedule one year.
Salina was in its first year of play. It also was the first year of play for the CPIFL.
Wichita led 27-14 at the half and 44-21 after three quarters, before Salina mounted a comeback late in the game.
Wichita quarterback Rocky Hinds hit 18 of 22 passes for 163 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Hinds and Tywon Hubbard each rushed for a touchdown.
Tim Simmons and Joe Kassanavoid each caught two touchdown passes.
Wichita kicker Alex Famrbough hit two field goals (49 and 28 yards) and five of six extra-point attempts.
On defense for Wichita, Chris Hemphill, Kendrick Harper and Matthew Pearson each had an interception. Dan Kontz and Pearson each had six total tackles, four solo tackles each. Bethel grad James McCartney had three total tackles and blocked a field goal attempt.
For Salina, Dane Simoneau hit 19 of 39 passes for 196 yards with three interceptions and five touchdowns. Ricky Roberts had four catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Attrail Snipes also caught two touchdown passes. Pelton Small caught one touchdown pass.
Kicker Corey Hoover hit four of five PAT attempts. He missed the sole field goal attempt he took.
Wichita finishes the season 12-2. Salina finishes the season 10-4. Three of Salina's four losses this year have been to Wichita.
Salina 0 14 7 13 —34
Wichita 7 20 17 3 —47
1q. W Hinds 3-yd. run (Fambrough kick) 7:10
2q. W Kassanavoid 10-yd. pass from Hinds (Fambrough kick) 14:12
2q. W Hubbard 1-yd. run (Fambrough kick) 5:02
2q. S Smalls 4-yd. pass from Simoneau (Hoover kick) 1:24
2q. W Simmons 5-yd. pass from Hinds (kick failed) :31
2q. S Snipes 13-yd. pass from Simoneau (Hoover kick) :05
3q. W Fambrough 49-yd. field goal 12:42
3q. W Kassanavoid 2-yd. pass from Hinds (Fambrough kick) 10:15
3q. S Roberts 34-yd. pass from Simoneau (Hoover kick) 1:54
3q. W Simmons 10-yd. pass from Hinds (Fambrough kick) :08
4q. W Fambrough 28-yd. field goal 6:18
4q. S Roberts 24-yd. pass from Simoneau (kick failed) 3:37
4q. S Snipes 31-yd. pass from Simoneau (Hoover kick) :22
First downs 16 18
Rushing-yards 14-35 14-33
Passing yards 231 184
Comp-att-int 19-39-3 18-22-1
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties-yards 9-52 9-65
Time of poss. 32:01 27:59
RUSHING — Salina: Simoneau 6-31, Benning 2-5, Miles 6-(-1). Wichita: Hubbard 9-18, Hinds 3-17, Ribbins 1-3, Simmons 1-(-5).
PASSING — Salina: Simoneau 19-39-3, 196 yards. Wichita: Hinds 18-22-1, 163 yards; team -12 yards.
RECEIVING — Salina: Roberts 4-72, Miles 4-35, Smalls 4-14, Myers 3-23, Snipes 2-44, Ham 1-6, Benning 1-2. Wichita: Simmons 6-52, Murph 5-45, Kassanavoid 5-45, Hubbard 2-21.
Missed field goals — Sal.: Hoover 41 (blocked).
Attendance — 4,057.