Storm surges into game against Gamblers

BENNINGTON — After defeating the Hartford Colts 23-6 last weekend, the Southern Vermont Storm find themselves tied for first in the Maritime Conference at 5-1.

The Storm's recent three-game winning streak has put them neck-and-neck with the Vermont Ravens in the division, but the main tiebreaker is strength of victory, which the Ravens hold over the Storm.

While the Ravens have scored four more points, they've given up almost twice as many points as the Storm. The Storm are allowing an average of seven points a game while the Ravens are allowing 13 points per game.

"We are starting to hit our stride on defense," Changa said. "Our offense was a little bogged down this week, but we have a few wrinkles to jazz it up a bit this week."

The Storm are in a stretch where they don't have games in three out of five weeks, thanks to a forfeit on August 12 against the Franklin County Greyhounds, but head coach Guy Changa isn't too worried.

"Last week we were a little rusty [from a few weeks off]," Changa said. "We've toned it down a little this week because we played last Sunday. We are going to get more physical over the next two weeks so we stay in shape."

This weekend, the Connecticut Gamblers will be coming to Mount Anthony Union High School and Saturday's game marks the first time the Storm will play in Bennington this season. The Storm's two previous home games were both played at Tamarac High School in

Troy, N.Y.

"We've seen some film on the Gamblers," Changa said. "They've been dealing with a lot of injuries this season. They have a good defensive front but the injuries have really been hurting them."

The Gamblers currently sit at 0-5 and are currently averaging four points a game, while allowing almost 30 points a game. Kick off for Saturday's game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the gate and kids under 8 are free.


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