CIF Power Rankings, April 18
Finally, we have a little bit of stability in the weekly Champions Indoor Football Power Rankings. However, that stability didn’t come with some surprises that came this past weekend. For the fans, players, coaches and front offices, it’s good to see that Champions Cup is very much up for grabs in the proverbial middle of the season.
Taking the top spot for the second consecutive week is the Texas Revolution, who continue to lead the CIF in offensive scoring, total offense and pass efficiency. Quarterback Robert Kent Jr. has been hot also, totaling 1,445 yards passing, 43 touchdowns and generating 256 yards per game.
Not too far behind the “Red Hot Revs” is the defending champion Sioux City Bandits, who led the league in scoring defense. Since dropping two consecutive games, the Bandits have since won three straight. This has sent Sioux City back to the top of the CIF Northern Division, where Bandits head coach Erv Strohbeen intends for his team to stay.
Again, there isn’t too much movement upward nor downward, as no teams have risen or dropping more than two spots in the poll. But the most significant jump belongs to the Omaha Beef, who moves from ninth to seventh due to their big home win against the Wichita Force last Saturday.
Speaking of the Force, they drop for the second straight week. The other team to drop two spots was the expansion Chicago Eagles, who fell 68-45 to Sioux City at home.
Texas Revolution (5-1): Right now, the Revs could be considered the most complete team in Champions Indoor Football. Led by quarterback Robert Kent Jr., Texas averages 61 points per game. Against the San Angelo Bandits this past Friday at the Allen Event Center, Kent Jr. put up 249 yards and four touchdowns for the 62-43 victory. This coming weekend, the Revs will begin a home-and-home series with the Duke City Gladiators, which could settle just who will lead the CIF Southern Division for the rest of the season. Last Week’s Ranking: 1 (None)
Sioux City Bandits (5-2): Since dropping two straight games, Sioux City has finally caught fire. This was done thanks to a suffocating defensive unit, who limited the Chicago Eagles to just 163 yards, sacked Eagles quarterback Anthony Iannotti twice and forced two fumbles last weekend at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The Bandits will look to continue their winning ways, going south this time to face off against the Salina Liberty on Saturday evening at the Bicentennial Center in Salina. Last Week’s Ranking: 3 (+1)
Dodge City Law
Dodge City Law (5-2): Dodge City rebounded quite nicely after their tough loss to Salina, earning a hard fought 48-39 home win against the Duke City Gladiators. In the victory, quarterback Derrick Bernard saw only five incompletions while tossing 128 yards and three touchdowns. Bernard had some help from wide receiver Daniel McKinney, who caught six passes for 91 yards, was aided by running back Dominique Carson, who rushed for 88 yards. On defense, the Law had a notable pick up in former Venom defensive back Kory Stamps. The Law will get this upcoming weekend off before hosting Salina on April 30. Last Week’s Ranking: 4 (+1)
Wichita Force (4-2): Even with a current rough patch, the Force are still in the top half of the CIF Power Rankings. Quarterback Steve Panasuk still had a clean outing in last weekend’s game against the Beef, passing for 155 yards and six touchdowns. However, going scoreless in the third quarter really hurt the Force in their loss. Wichita will have a good chance to regroup though, traveling north and east to Chicagoland to take on the Bloomington Edge on Saturday evening. Last Week’s Ranking: 2 (-2)
Duke City Gladiators
Duke City Gladiators (4-2): After winning four straight, the Gladiators came back down to earth with their road loss to the Dodge City Law this past weekend. While quarterback Bryan Randall threw for 162 yards and two touchdowns, the Virginia Tech grad still had two picks against the Law. Even in the loss, wide receiver Dello Davis has continued to be stellar with seven receptions for 90 yards and three touchdowns. The Gladiators continue to their tough midseason stretch, hosting the Texas Revolution on Saturday night at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque. Last Week’s Ranking: 5 (None)
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Amarillo Venom (4-2): Save for their March 26 matchup against San Angelo, the Amarillo Venom have been engaged in their fair share of close contests. This past weekend was no different, as the Venom outlasted the Salina Liberty 71-58 last Saturday at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Cal Farley Coliseum. In the victory, quarterback Nate Davis turned his best performance of the 2016 campaign so far, throwing for a whopping 324 yards and eight touchdowns. The Venom will head back to San Angelo to place the lowly Bandits on Saturday at Foster Communications Coliseum. Last Week’s Ranking: 6 (None)
Omaha Beef (3-3): Just when you think the Beef are down, their return to the Slaughterhouse was just remedy needed to bring Omaha back to an even record. Wide receiver Jeremiah Oats had a big game against the Wichita Force this past Saturday, nabbing five catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Joshua Floyd Jr. held his own as well, throwing for 237 yards and five touchdowns despite tossing two interceptions. The Beef could have a strong chance to create a two-game winning streak, hosting the Chicago Eagles on Friday at the Ralston Arena. Last Week’s Ranking: 9 (+2)
Salina Liberty (2-4): Until the closing moments of last weekend’s game against Amarillo, the Liberty countered everything they were thrown. Quarterback Derek Racette proved that he’s the main man for the job, throwing for 251 yards and five touchdowns in the loss. Racette had a helping hand from running back Ed Smith, who caught seven passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns. The Liberty will look to use their loss as fuel, hosting a strong Sioux City Bandits team on Saturday evening at the Bicentennial Center in Salina. Last Week’s Ranking: 7 (-1)
Bloomington Edge (2-3): There’s plenty of optimism for Bloomington, as they have shown just how dangerous they could be in their 73-35 home win against Mesquite last Saturday. The Edge’s defensive unit should be quite proud, holding the Marshals to just six points in the second and third quarters. For the Edge to continue winning though, quarterback Caleb Holbrook will need to limit his interceptions, giving up two in the victory. Bloomington will have a test coming up this weekend, as the Wichita Force will visit the U.S. Cellular Coliseum on Saturday evening. Last Week’s Ranking: 10 (+1)
Chicago Eagles (2-4): In their six-game home stretch, the Chicago Eagles do not have the best record going for them, giving them quite a hill to climb. On the bright side of their loss against Sioux City last week, quarterback Anthony Iannotti played a clean game, going 11-for-27 for 114 yards and three touchdowns. However, Iannotti can’t win games by himself. The Eagles will head out for their second road game in franchise history as they travel to play the Omaha Beef, who upset the Wichita Force, in the Ralston Arena on Saturday evening. Last Week’s Ranking: 8 (-2)
Mesquite Marshals (1-6): After losing quarterback Kolton Browning for the week, Mesquite has to regroup and fast. That process proved to harder than initially thought, as the Marshals endured a 73-35 road loss to Bloomington. Quarterbacks Aaron Washington and Eric Herrera struggled mightily, throwing a combined five picks in the loss. This was even more evident as the Marshals only mustered 115 yards of offense. Will Mesquite be able to recover, with or without Browning, as the season continues? The Marshals will take a week off, traveling to San Angelo to play the winless Bandits on April 30. Last Week’s Ranking: 11 (None)
San Angelo Bandits (0-6): Should you take away the first half of San Angelo’s 62-43 loss against the Texas Revolution, the Bandits would have taken a 16-13 victory at the Allen Event Center last Friday. However, you also have to take away quarterback Chris Mitchell’s four interceptions as well. Despite the rough outing, wide receiver Stephen Alfred caught 10 passes for 60 yards and one touchdown. The Bandits will also see a familiar foe in their return home, as they will begin a two-game home stretch, beginning with the Amarillo Venom on Saturday night at Foster Communications Coliseum. Last Week’s Ranking: 12 (None)