MANLIUS — With the Bureau Valley Storm playing for their playoff life and the Orion Chargers coming to town Friday night, football fans can expect a lot of electricity in the air and should be ready to “Bolt Up” for some excitement.
The Storm stand 4-3, needing one win to become playoff eligible and two to cement a playoff. They figure there’s no time like the present to get started against the Chargers (6-1, 3-1) Friday in the BCR Game of the Week.
Game time is 7:30 p.m.
The Storm are ready for the challenge and know the stakes at hand.
“We are really looking to have a bounce-back week from a couple of rough weeks for us,” BV senior lineman Cale Buysse said. “Orion is another good team that we can beat if we play like we are capable of playing. We all understand that we need to win at least one of the next two games to have a chance to make playoffs but we also know that if we win both of the next two we are guaranteed playoffs.
“This game will be a big factor in telling the story of the rest of our season. So we are ready to go out and play great to take down a great team.”
BV senior Dan Schoff added, “Orion is another strong team in our conference and this week we need to have great focus and winning practices to come out and show everyone what we’ve got even after some rough games with some key players recovering from injuries.”
The injury bug has indeed bit the Storm hard this season. Senior wide out Bryan Herr went out with a broken leg in Week 4 at Monmouth-Roseville and remains out of action along with junior linemen Gage Aber and Arran Kruse, BV coach Joe Schmitt said. Buysse and Dan Schoff are day to day, he said.
"Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game," Schmitt said. "Teams we play all have kids dinged up. Our focus is on ourselves and getting better this week."
Orion has not list since its Week 3 35-21 setback to TRAC front-runner Newman 35-21. They shut out Fulton 42-0 two weeks later and continue to roll.
“Orion is a very good football team. They are physical and well disciplined. We will need to be more consistent in all three phases this week. We can do that by having a great week of practice,” Schmitt said.
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