DE Michael Bell is one of the players signed this season by Wichita. (Photo from Wichita Force Football)
James Chambers Force Beat Writer
The hard hitting in your face Champions Indoor Football starts March 23, 2019. The Wichita Force has hosted two different tryout opportunities. They have signed two players from the local Friends University. Kelechi Chukwuka (DL) has signed with the Force along with Francis Tusa (DL/LB). Tusa was third in tackles for the Falcons with 60, including two interceptions and 4.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Teammate Chukwuka was second on the team and third in the KCAC (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference). Chukwuka posted seventeen tackles for a loss-making a team high of 59 yards behind the line of scrimmage. The Force has multiple signings from the within the CIF. Dontaye Rivera (RB) from the Sioux City Bandits inked his contract at the same time. The last signee Kevin Shegog (WR) from the University of Memphis. Kionce Roberts from San Bernardino Valley College (DB) inked a deal with the Wichita Force. The Wichita Force is bolstering their defense. It is good news for fans since there were many lost games where the Force was ahead and blew large leads in the previous year. The Force will welcome back offensive lineman Clint Barley and defensive lineman Chaquil Reed from the previous years. These two players are a welcome re-addition to the team. Fan-favorite Darius Moore has not been announced and provided critical lineman skills. Fans believed the center added depth and stability to the line in his time last season. January 11, 2019 the Force signed multiple veteran players from other football teams. Among them are linebacker Lenny Stokes from the Kansas City Phantoms, wide receiver Jack Tomlinson from the Amarillo Venom and defensive back David Powell from the Bloomington Edge all come from indoor teams. QB/WR Daren Ross Jr. from the German side Osnabruck Tigers also comes back to the states. Ross Jr. is an interesting sign, and it will be interesting to see how the coach utilizes the quarterback combined with wide receiver skills. A coach may use multiple different formations to try to confuse defenses for critical plays or Ross Jr. will stay primarily on the outside as part of the receiving corps. Quarterback Joe Hubener and linebacker Marcus Carter were the first couple players listed on the official roster. Hubener as a part of the team last year was not used often and many times did not result in spectacular plays. The QB/RB may be used to disguise multiple formations in an offensive effort to score points. If the coach can utilize Hubener like Kansas State did they may be able to combine the skills of Hubener with those of Ross Jr. to keep defenses guessing what is coming next. No one can know if the roster moves will help the Force to win another championship or even a playoff win. Having a revamped roster will make for an interesting season. The closer March 23, comes, the closer the fans are to finding out if this revamped team will get the Force back into playoffs in hopes of another championship win.