After unexpected week off, Storm prep for Colts

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BENNINGTON — The Southern Vermont Storm found themselves in a strange spot last weekend.

Friday morning, coach Guy Changa received a text message saying that the Franklin County Greyhounds would be forfeiting their game against the Storm.

"It is a blessing and a curse all at once," Changa said. "The blessing is that we have time to get healthy, but it also puts some rust on us. We weren't happy about it, we were looking forward to playing on Saturday."

While the game goes into the record book with a final score of 6-0, the game will have minimal impact on tiebreakers. The Storm currently rank second in points scored and fifth in points allowed in the Maritime Division (Class A).

"It really doesn't hurt us," Changa said. "Basically, it is the fifth tiebreaker, but it is only points against. Right now, we are pretty solid in points against." Changa later added that "We are going to say that John Cross, the captain of our offense, scored the touchdown against the Greyhounds because he deserves it."

Since there was no game on Saturday, both Storm practices this week were on the physical side so the team could shake off the rust. This weekend they travel to Hartford, Conn., to face the Colts, who come in at 2-2.

"The Colts have a lot of speed to the outside," Changa said. "We have to contain and we have to be disciplined. I know a lot of the time we like to be overly-aggressive. In a game like this being aggressive could come back to hurt us. "

So far this season, the Colts have scored 72 points and have only allowed 46 points. Last week the Colts suffered a 16-8 loss on the road against the New Haven Venom.

"We need to contain them on the outside," Changa said. "Size-wise they are decent. But I am a lot more concerned about their speed. I would never want to take away our defenses' aggressiveness, but we have to be careful this weekend."

The Storm will be traveling about two hours to face the Colts at Cal Ripken field in Hartford. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.


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