Storm look to stay unbeaten against Tigers

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BENNINGTON — It would be hard for the Southern Vermont Storm to script a much more successful move up to the Double A division early in the season.

Sitting at 3-0 and a clear favorite in the Northern Division, the Storm look to remain undefeated as they return home to Willow Park this weekend.

The next team looking to knock off the surging Storm is the Mystic River Tigers, who make the trip from Medford Mass. to Bennington this Saturday.

The Tigers have struggled mightily early in the season with a negative-118 point differential.

Mystic River was shut out the first week by the Green Valley Blackhawks, lost 30-6 to the Mass Warriors in Week 2 and was shut out again in Week 3 to the undefeated Worcester Wildcats.

Even with the rough start to the Tigers' season, the Storm don't plan on taking their opponents lightly.

"We've played teams in the past that came down with 11 guys and almost beat us, so we're going to take it like they're one of the best teams in the league," said Storm coach Patrick Seaver. "We're going to start strong and hopefully finish strong."

The Storm are coming off accomplishing something they haven't in their team history. For the first time ever, they scored 40 points or more in three straight games.

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The Storm's offense has been tops in all of the New England Football League, regardless of division, averaging 43.3 points per game.

They are coming off a 48-41 shootout with the Warriors on the road.

Quarterback Will Cole torched the Warriors defense for 346 yards and five touchdowns through the air.

Jonathan Resto and Steven Stodja both had two touchdown catches and well more than 100 receiving yards apiece.

On the ground, Lavante Wiggins rushed for 184 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The Storm are a team have been known for dominant defensive play in year's past. Having an offense as potent as this year's group is something that don't take for granted.

"In the past, we've never had that balance. It was either we could pass or we could run," Seaver said. "Being able to put up 40 points a game really helps because if the defense gets an interception and scores, it's pretty much a guaranteed win. The guys are clicking and our offense this year is probably the best we've ever had."

Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. Saturday at Storm Stadium.

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and followed at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.


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