Omaha Beef



Years of Existence: 2013-
Venue: Ralston Arena (Ralston, NE)
Accomplishments
2013 Playoff appearance
2014 -
2015 -
2016 -
2017 - Championship game appearance
2018 -
2019 - Playoff appearance
2021 - CIF Champions
2022 - Championship game appearance
2023 - CIF Champions
Lifetime Record: 73-55
Home: 42-22
Away: 31-33
Playoffs: 8-4
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. In 2019, the Beef would advance to the playoffs and fall 44-42 at the hands of Salina. After the COVID-19 canceled season, Omaha returned in 2021 to win their first ever league title. Andrew Jackson passed for 1,944 yards, 37 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. His top targets were Tyler Jones(60-493-14) and Anthony Jones Jr.(40-356-6). The Beef would face Sioux City in the division championship round and the Bandits scored with 23 seconds left. However, an extra point kick failed and Omaha advanced to the championship game 40-39. Salina would be the opponent and the Liberty missed a late extra point. Tyler Jones' nine yard touchdown reception with 1:23 left and Jeremy Reynolds' extra point would give Omaha its first ever indoor football title by the same score, 40-39. Andrew Jackson returned in 2022 and the Beef attempted to defend their title. This season, he threw for 2,131 yards, 35 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. His top target was Montero Dubose, who caught 53 balls for 480 yards and five scores. Tyler Jones caught 43 balls for 514 yards and eight touchdowns. Alexander Noble led all receivers with nine scores. Deshawn Jones was the rushing leader, with 398 yards and 21 touchdowns. With the old gang back together, Omaha got out to a 3-3 regular season start, but won their final four games to secure a playoff berth. In an oddly low scoring game, Omaha defeated Salina 14-11 after leading 9-3 at half and 14-3 late in the fourth quarter. In their playoff run, Omaha defeated Southwest Kansas 27-21, before using a 21-11 second half to dispatch of Sioux City on the road. In the title game, the Beef had a 28-16 halftime lead at Salina. In the second half, their first possession burned over six minutes off the clock, but a turnover on downs would keep them off the board. Two interceptions would end drives and Salina came back to claim the CIF title 38-34. The Beef returned in 2023 and were again among the class of the CIF. This time, Omaha went undefeated in the regular season behind the quarterbacking of Tommy Armstrong. Armstrong threw for 1,278 yards, 32 TDs, and 4 picks. Gourney Sloan was his top target, amassing 41 catches for 568 yards and thirteen scores. Armstrong also led all rushers with 384 yards and 19 touchdowns. Omaha dominated the league, with only two games being decided by single digits and allowing just 21 points per game while scoring 53. The team earned a first round bye in the playoffs before blasting Billings 42-6 to earn a berth in the Champions Bowl. Omaha would roll past Salina by a score of 50-30 in a rematch of the 2022 title game.