Storm pound Ravens, 41-13

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CLUMS CORNERS, N.Y. — The Southern Vermont Storm got on the field in an official game for the first time in more than a year and a half on Saturday.

They made their return a successful one, scoring three touchdowns in each half en route to a 41-13 win over the Vermont Ravens in the opening week of the New England Football League season.

The Storm racked up nearly 400 yards of total offense, including 260 on the ground.

Running back Mike Woodson picked up most of those yards, carrying the ball 18 times for 144 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Mike Stephens added 75 yards on four carries, including a 65-yard touchdown jaunt in the final minutes.

Through the air, Stephens was efficient, completing 7-of-11 for 132 yards and three touchdowns, one to Cody Colombie, one to Woodson and one to Marcus Anderson.

The defense was strong in Game 1 as well, coming away with three turnovers. Jimmy Zupko and Perry Snyder came up with interceptions and Snyder's came at an opportune time — the first play of the fourth quarter, after the Ravens had cut the lead to 28-13 and then recovered a fumble on the first play of the Storm drive.

Billy Demers was all over the place from his defensive end spot, coming up with a fumble recovery after a Bey Jackson sack of Vermont Ravens quarterback Clay Torres. The Storm held Torres to eight completions for only 75 yards.

The Storm started the game with a 10-play, 70-yard drive that Woodson finished off with a 6-yard touchdown run. Will Cole added the point after, one of six on the day.

The teams traded turnovers and after a Ravens punt, the Storm doubled its lead. They went on a 67-yard drive, capped off by a 1-yard run by Woodson for the score. The big play on the drive was a 33 yard run from Michael Hom to put the Storm in Ravens territory.

After Zupko's interception on the next drive, Stephens found Colombie for a 10-yard touchdown before the Ravens got on the board right at the end of the first half.

The Ravens got the ball to start the second half and the Storm defense came through again, causing a turnover on downs when they stopped the Ravens on fourth-and-3. It took two plays for the Storm to find paydirt — a 40-yard catch and run to Colombie and a 12-yard touchdown catch from Woodson, his third of the day.

The Storm travel to New Britain, Conn., for a game against the Brawlers on Saturday night at 6 p.m.


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