The Wild indoor football team plays host to the Salina Bombers on Saturday night with home-field advantage in the league playoffs going to the winner.
Wichita (9-2) is a game ahead of Salina in the Champions Professional Indoor Football League standings, but a Salina victory would put the teams even and the Bombers would own the head-to-head tiebreaker for seeding. The winner will be at home for its June 14 semifinal playoff game, while the loser will be the third seed and have to play its semifinal at Sioux City next Saturday. The championship game is June 21.
Salina beat the Wild 13-11 on May 3 at the Bicentennial Center, with both teams’ starting quarterbacks out. The 24 points were the fewest in the league’s two-year history. Wild quarterback Rocky Hinds was away on a Canadian Football League tryout, with receiver Joe Kassanavoid filling in at QB.
Bombers quarterback Dane Simoneau is back in the lineup, though he has struggled to an 0-3 record against the Wild. That includes seven interceptions against 13 touchdown passes.
It’s the first meeting between the teams at Hartman Arena since the Wild defeated Salina 47-35 in last season’s league championship game.