Firebirds Too Strong for Storm

by Logan Hernandez

ALBANY, N.Y. - In a week where multiple changes happened in The Arena Football League, the schedule also saw changes. Midway through the week it was announced that The Southwest Kansas Storm would travel to play The Albany Firebirds on Sunday, May 19, 2024. It didn't take long for the scoring to start, as Albany was able to score on their second offensive play taking a quick 7-0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, that went out of bounds, the Storm were awarded one point bringing the score to 7-1. A Halfback pass was intercepted on the opening drive for the Storm. Albany would go on to score another touchdown before the end of the quarter, making it 14-1 in favor of Albany after one. Southwest Kansas would try to claw back into this game as QB Matt Struck was able to run it in from 5 yards to make it 14-8 early in the second quarter. That was as close as the game would get for the remainder of it. Albany would go on a tear putting up 23 more points before the end of the half, making it 37-8 in favor of the Firebirds at halftime. The second half would go on to be similar to the first. Albany would go on to win 66-15 bringing their record to 3-0, while the Storm would fall to 1-3. After the game Coach Thomas had this to say, "This week we were given a curveball that we had to deal with. I'm proud of our guys for taking it in stride and not having too many complaints after the brutal travel schedule. Unfortunately, we came up short against a very well-organized team in Albany (Firebirds). Albany didn't make many mistakes and capitalized on ours. After we get back home, we have another short week where we are going to have to prepare for another well-organized, and well-coached, team in Billings."