The California School for the Deaf’s College Football Team is two games away from winning the division championship for the first time in the school’s 68-year history, New York said Times.
Led by the school’s Deaf PE teacher, Keith Adams, who has two sons on the team, the Cubs are not only unbeaten but are the top-ranked team in their Southern California division, crushing many of the opponents they play against.
The report added that it is a distant reputation for the sports program, previously humiliated and mocked by opponents for the inability to listen.
In the second round of the playoffs last Friday, they wiped out the Desert Christian Knights (84-12), a score that would likely have been even higher had they not replaced their starters with their second-row players throughout the second half would have.
“I still sometimes can’t believe how well we played this year,” said Adams. “I knew we were good, but I would never have thought in my dreams that we would dominate every game.”
The coaching staff used their perceived deficit to an unrivaled strength.
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Soccer is a sport known for hand signals for games, but other teams cannot compete with the cubs, who can use hand movements to communicate at an unrivaled rate without wasting time waiting for an encouraging chat from the coach or a get-together to the Sideline to run between games.
“I would say be careful if you think you have an advantage,” warned Aaron Williams, the Desert Christian Knights coach, who suffered a one-sided loss on Friday.
“They communicate better than any team I’ve ever trained against.”
Players use their sharpened visual senses to their advantage as they have a more accurate sense of where they are on the field compared to their opponents, per Times.
According to the players, parents and staff, the success of the program comes from an environment for the deaf that thrives in an environment where they no longer feel alone, as is often the case in mainstream settings.
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“Absolutely, that changed his life,” said Delia Gonzales, mother of Felix, a junior wide receiver on the team. “Now he’s one of the stars.”
Spectators watch them play in sub-ideal conditions in stands that look “like they were salvaged from a demolished stadium” with a hard-to-read scoreboard as they walk on uneven lawns under dim portable floodlights, “each with its own exhaust. Spit generator, the kind of equipment that could be used by a night construction crew repaving a highway, ”she said Times.
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Thomas Fuller, head of the Times’ San Francisco office, says Hollywood is calling now.
“So who knows what’s in store for Riverside Pride?”