Omaha Beef

Years of Existence: 2013-
Venue: Ralston Arena (Ralston, NE)
2013 Playoff appearance
2014 -
2015 -
2016 -
2017 - Championship game appearance
2018 -
Lifetime Record: 35-41
Home: 20-18
Away: 15-24
Playoffs: 2-2
Average Attendance: 3,530

The Omaha Beef moved to the CPIFL from the IFL for the 2013 season. James McNear spent another season quarterbacking the Beef, this time throwing for 1,814 yards, 41 touchdowns and nine picks. Judd Harrold and Beau Kildow both were on the receiving end of ten of the scores. RJ Rollins and rand for 15 scores and netted 388 yards. Defensively speaking, opponents were held to just a 55% touchdown rate inside the red zone and Beef players returned five fumbles for touchdowns. Omaha kickers only went 46/71 on extra points. With a 10-1 record, the team went into the final week of the season with a chance at the top seed for the playoffs. However, a surprise loss to Kansas City by 15 points dropped them to the two seed. Wichita would give the team their third loss of the year in the first round of the playoffs, 31-25. The team did not face Salina at all during the year. The Beef fell off in 2014, only posting a 4-8 regular season mark. The Beef won two games each against Kansas and Bloomington. Chris Coffin passed for 1,971 yards, 52 touchdowns and 15 picks. Jared Elmore caught 23 scores on 66 receptions, while Anthony Parks snagged 19 scores on 49 catches. Preston Brown ran for 513 yards and 13 scores, while the Omaha defense allowed 41 rushing scores. Opponents were able to convert 11 of 16 fourth downs and averaged 57 points per game against the Beef defense. The team returned in 2015, led at the helm by QB Chuck Wright. Wright threw for 1,386 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 picks in a 1-11 season. The lone victory came against the team's top playoff seed Sioux City via a four yard touchdown pass as time expired. The Beef's 2016 campaign was moderately successful, with a 7-5 record. However, due to Bloomington's 48-38 victory over Sioux City in the final game of the CIF regular season, Omaha lost a 3-way tiebreak. Omaha could've secured a playoff berth with a win, but fell 56-50 at Wichita. Josh Floyd Jr. led the Beef at the quarterback position for most of the season. He passed for 30 touchdowns and 1,483 yards, throwing just eleven interceptions. He also led all rushers with fourteen scores and 509 yards. Kayne Farquharson led all receivers with 19 touchdowns, while Jeremiah Gates snagged twelve of his own. Stephan McCord made some impressive contributions on defense, returning three of his six interceptions for scores. The Beef defense held opponents to just 24% on third down conversions. Four of Omaha's losses came by single digits. The Beef returned in 2017 and were quarterbacked by Anthony Iannotti. Iannotti threw for 2,056 yards, 33 touchdowns and eight interceptions, while running for 646 yards and 19 touchdowns. Jonathan Ray caught ten touchdowns, while Andrew King snagged eight and Skyler Scott got nine. With a 7-5 regular season record, the Beef qualified for the playoffs and after getting past Bloomington, were able to oust conference favorites Sioux City 55-45 to earn a trip to Champions Bowl III. However, the trip to Texas was not kind. The Revolution led 45-21 before capping a 59-49 league title. The Beef would not make another playoff run in 2018, going just 4-8. Anthony Iannotti would split time with John Gibbs, throwing for 16 touchdowns and five picks before Gibbs would throw for 16 scores of his own. Daniel McKinney led all receivers with 11 touchdowns and 529 yards. The Beef dropped three consecutive games early in the year by a combined five points and would not recover.