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Wichita Force
Current season
Established 2014
Play in Intrust Bank Arena
in Wichita, Kansas
WichitaForce.com
Wichita Force helmet
Wichita Force logo
HelmetLogo
League/conference affiliations
Champions Indoor Football ( 2015–present)
  • Northern Division (2016)
  • South Conference (2017–2018)
  • North Conference (2019–)
Team colorsBlack, yellow, white
              
Personnel
General managerBrian Turner
Head coachMorris Lolar
Team history
  • Wichita Force (2015–present)
Championships
League championships (1)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (1)
Playoff appearances (3)
Home arena(s)

The Wichita Force are a professional indoor football team based in Wichita, Kansas. They are members of the Champions Indoor Football league. The team was founded in 2014 as an expansion franchise. [1] The Force's home games are played at Intrust Bank Arena.

History

For the inaugural 2015 season, the Force hired former Wichita Wild head coach Paco Martinez. [2] The Force opened the season with a home loss to the Salina Bombers, [3] then regrouped to win four consecutive games in a five-week span. [4] [5] After that stretch, results have been mixed with road losses to the two teams that would end up playing in the Champions Bowl— Texas Revolution and Sioux City Bandits—then, a home win over the Salina Bombers, and a road win over the Dodge City Law. [6] [7]

2015–2017 Force logo

In 2017, the Force underwent an ownership change and head coach Martinez was fired after three seasons with the team. [8] He was replaced by Morris Lolar as the head coach and Stuart Schake was named general manager for the 2018 season. [9] Brian Turner was named general manager for the 2019 season. [10]

Season-by-season results

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Playoff berth League leader
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2015 2015 CIF 3rd [a] 8 4 0 Lost Semi-Finals 27–39 ( Texas)
2016 2016 CIF Northern 1st 10 2 0 Won Divisional Championship 52–51 ( Bloomington)
Won Champions Bowl II 48–45 ( Amarillo)
2017 2017 CIF South 6th 7 5 0
2018 2018 CIF South 4th 4 8 0 Lost Conference Semifinal ( Duke City) 39–50
Totals 29 19 0 All-time regular season record (2015–2018)
2 2 All-time postseason record (2015–2018)
31 21 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2015–2018)
  1. ^ During the 2015 season, the CIF did not have divisions. Listed finish is each team's position in the overall league standings.

Roster

Wichita Force roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

  •  4 Jalen Sykes

Wide receivers

  •  7 D. A. Allen
  • 19 Charles Johnson
  •  5 Jarrell Kelley
  •  9 Edward Smith
  •  1 Maurice Young
Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

  • 22 Michael Bell
  • 23 Keenen Gibbs
  • 98 James McCartney
  • 13 Chaquil Reed
  • 51 Brandon Russell
Linebackers

Defensive backs

  • 24 Kendrick Harper
  •  2 Chris Hemphill
  • 12 Dontra Mathews
  • 21 Evan Ray

Special teams

  • 29 Brett Mathis
  • 43 Luke Pray
Reserve lists
  • -- T. J. Brown WR (Did Not Report)
  • -- DeShawn Dinwiddie DB (Did Not Report)

Rookies in italics
Roster updated May 21, 2018
25 Active, 2 Inactive

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References

  1. ^ Suellentrop, Paul (August 21, 2014). "Indoor football to return with same players, coach – but with new name, owner, league". The Wichita Eagle. Wichita, KS: The McClatchy Company. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  2. ^ Heck, Josh (March 2, 2015). "Wichita Force launch new era of indoor football". Wichita Business Journal. Wichita, KS: Advance Publications. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  3. ^ Lutz, Jeffrey (February 28, 2015). "Salina rallies past Force football team in inaugural game". The Wichita Eagle. Wichita, KS: The McClatchy Company. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "Beef come up short against Wichita". Omaha World-Herald. Omaha, NE: Berkshire Hathaway. April 3, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  5. ^ Adame, Tpny (April 3, 2015). "Wichita Force grabs fourth straight win". The Wichita Eagle. Wichita, KS: The McClatchy Company. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  6. ^ Seminoff, Kirk (May 8, 2015). "Force knocks off league-leading Dodge City 52-49". The Wichita Eagle. Wichita, KS: The McClatchy Company. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  7. ^ Curtis, John (May 9, 2015). "Law early miscues lose to Force". Dodge City Daily Globe. Dodge City, KS: GateHouse Media. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  8. ^ "Paco Martinez out as head coach of the Force". KWCH. August 11, 2017.
  9. ^ "Stuart Schake named General Manager of Force". Wichita Force. September 11, 2017.
  10. ^ "Contact Wichita Force Football". Wichita Force Football. October 23, 2018.

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