Storm road trip starts pitting division leaders

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BENNINGTON — Things have been good so far for the Southern Vermont Storm.

Through the first month of the season, the Storm have a 4-0 record — the only team in the North Atlantic division (AA) that is unbeaten.

The leaders of the Northern division, they've outscored opponents 132-75, including a 48-41 win over the Mass Warriors and are in the driver's seat early on.

But it gets tougher for the Storm over the next three weeks. All three games coming up are on the road, starting with Saturday's showdown with the 3-1 Worcester Wildcats, the leader of the Southern division.

"We're not going to take it lightly," said Storm coach Pat Seaver. "It was a good game offensively [against the Warriors], and we're working defensively to make adjustments. We're going to play like we're the best in the league, just as they are."

On Tuesday at practice, Jonathan Resto was taking the first-team reps at quarterback as Will Cole battles an injury. With the forfeit last week against the Mystic River Tigers, Cole has been able to heal some, and Seaver is hoping that Cole will be able to play.

Overall, the team is dealing with some nagging injuries, and guys are banged up.

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"Getting through the middle of the season can be tough, but we have a lot of depth, some actual backups this year," Seaver said. "If a guy goes down, we have someone that can fill in, so I'm not worried as much about that."

In the team's last played game, the Storm trailed by 10 at one point, but came back to beat the Warriors. All three of their wins have been comeback victories.

"In the first two games, I think it came down to the fact that we didn't have a good scrimmage, there was too much time in between," Seaver said. "We had a lot of new guys, they didn't have the experience the others have."

Offensively, Steven Stodja and Resto have led the way in receiving, while Lavante Wiggins has been the top running back, rushing for more than 170 yards against the Warriors.

The fourth quarter is where the Storm have shined, scoring 36 in Week 1 against the Brunswick Bearcats and then another 26 in the fourth against the Haverhill Hitmen.

"We're a fourth quarter team this year, we're dangerous," Seaver said. "Our last away game, some guys couldn't make it. If they were there, it would have been a night and day difference. they'll be there this week, the defense will be strong and the offense will still be clicking."

If the Storm can leave Worcester still undefeated, Seaver said they will continue to keep their heads down.

"We're not going to get cocky," Seaver said. "We're just going to play our game. The offense will put up points and the defense will have to perform."


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