CIF Power Rankings, March 14
After everyone has at least one Champions Indoor Football game under their belts, there has been quite a bit of movement in this week’s CIF Power Rankings.
There’s a new team in the top spot this week with the Dodge City Law, who used defense to beat lowly San Angelo 33-18 at Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo. Close behind is the Wichita Force, who used a second half surge to defeat the Duke City Gladiators at home, 59-28.
The highest risers for the poll was the Salina Liberty and the Mesquite Marshals. The Liberty jumped five spots to grab fifth in the rankings, using a pick-six to vault past the Chicago Eagles in overtime. Mesquite, one of the two newest clubs in the league, ousted the Sioux City Bandits at home.
Speaking of Sioux City, they take the hardest hit alongside the Duke City Gladiators, who each fell three spots. The Bandits, now sitting fourth, are still in prime position to climb back to the top of the heap. Duke City, who suffered a 59-28 loss to the Wichita Force, dropped from seventh to number 10.
Dodge City Law
Dodge City Law (3-0): In the land of CIF this week, the Law reigns supreme. The lone squad with three wins to their 2016 campaign, they used an overwhelming defense to outlast San Angelo in a 33-18 road win. However, Dodge City could have their hands full this Saturday when they head back south to face a young and hungry Amarillo Venom team. Last Week’s Ranking: 2 (+1)
Wichita Force (2-0): The Force could easily be a force to be reckoned with so far this season. After leading a dangerous Duke City squad by three early in the third quarter, the Force scored 31 unanswered points to earn their second victory of the season. Wichita will head to the Windy City on Friday, taking on the deceptive Chicago Eagles. Last Week’s Ranking: 3 (+1)
Texas Revolution (1-0): Leading by only six with less than a minute to Texas Revolutiongo, the Revs had to use a fumble recovery by defensive lineman Neil Wilcox in the endzone to seal a 65-53 victory over the Amarillo Venom at the Allen Event Center last Friday. With cross-Metroplex rival Mesquite on the horizon, the Revolution may have to use every trick in the book to gain ground on Dodge City in the CIF Southern Division. Last Week’s Ranking: 5 (+2)
Sioux City Bandits (2-1): There are plenty of questions surrounding how the CIF SC_Bandits_logodefending champs handled the final moments of their matchup against the Marshals last Saturday. But it’s doubtful to see Coach Strohbeen and Sioux City down this low for long, especially with tailback Drew Proshaka and wide receiver Fredrick Bruno donning the red, black and gray. The Bandits will have a chance to rebound, hosting Bloomington at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City. Last Week’s Ranking: 1 (-3)
Salina Liberty (1-1): Even though they had to use overtime to come out of the UIC Pavilion with a victory, the Liberty attained the win (and flew up the power rankings) through sheer toughness. Next up for Salina will be a Salina_Libertywell-rested Omaha squad, who could potential give the Liberty another hard fought battle on Saturday night inside the Bicentennial Center. Last Week’s Ranking: 10 (+5)
Omaha Beef (1-1): Despite dropping two spots on the poll, the Beef still find Omaha_Beefthemselves in the top half of Champions Indoor Football. Whether or not they will stay in the upper echelon of the CIF will be put to the test, as the Beef go south to battle the Salina Liberty. Salina’s Bicentennial Center should be the place to be for football fans come Saturday evening. Last Week’s Ranking: 4 (-2)
Mesquite Marshals (1-1): While it wasn’t the prettiest of victories, Mesquite pulled the upset of the week when they took down defending champion Sioux City this past weekend at the Mesquite_MarshalsMesquite Arena. Sadly, quarterback Kolton Browning took a scary hit toward the tail end of the game. Here’s to a quick and recovery for Mesquite’s starting quarterback. The win did earn Mesquite the seventh spot, but the Marshals can’t rest now. They’ll make the short trip over to Allen to play the other participant in last year’s CIF Championship: the Texas Revolution. Last Week’s Ranking: 12 (+5)
Amarillo Venom (0-1): With a ton of young talent and leadership from their veteransVENOM graphic - color and coaching staff, the Venom came oh so close to coming away from Allen with a huge victory over the Texas Revolution last Friday. What should excite Venom fans is how they were able to easily wipe away a 20-plus point deficit. Should the Venom show what they’re really made of out of the gate, expect them to knock off top-ranked Dodge City from the ranks of the unbeaten. Last Week’s Ranking: 6 (-2)
Bloomington Edge (0-1): The Edge, who were idle this past weekend, was the only team to not move about in this week’s poll. That could change, either by handingBloomingtonEdge Sioux City a rare home loss – which would be the Bandits’ second straight – or falling victim to a big rebound from the defending champs. As with any devout CIF fan, this game could be worth watching at the Tyson Events Center. Last Week’s Ranking: 9 (None)
Duke City Gladiators
Duke City Gladiators (0-1): The Gladiators provided a threat to the Wichita Force on the road at INTRUST Bank Arena, coming as close as trailing by just three in the early moments of the second half. Then, the trap door appeared from underneath the feet of the Gladiators. The bright side is that Duke City could enter the win column on the road against the San Angelo Bandits on Saturday night. Last Week’s Ranking: 7 (-3)
Chicago Eagles (0-2): If you took away the last heroics needed to beat the Eagles, we could seriously talk about how dangerous Chicago is to the CIF Northern Division hierarchy. Therefore, it’s deceptive to rank the Eagles this low on this week’s power rankings. Should they capture a victory over Wichita on Friday at the UIC Pavilion, the Eagles will finally ascend up the ranks of the CIF. Last Week’s Ranking: 8 (-3)
San Angelo Bandits (0-2): Falling into a 26-6 halftime hole against Dodge City at home, the San_Angelo_BanditsBandits were unable to recover and make a rally. The good news for the Bandits is that Dodge City won’t come back around until May. That’s when San Angelo will make one more trip to the United Wireless Arena. The bad news? They’re up against a very stacked CIF Southern Division, including two games against the Texas Revolutions and three matchups with the Amarillo Venom. Last Week’s Ranking: 11 (-1)