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California School for the Deaf Wins League Title

California School of the Deaf football team stuns league to win title,
nearly lands spot in sectional championship

By Cameron Smith, Sports 11/29/2012

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They are a growing football powerhouse, the kind that uses both physicality and skill to stir fear in any foe. They have a small roster -- just 19 players suit up for the varsity football squad -- and are smaller in stature than nearly any opponent, with no player reaching even 200 pounds, let alone the 300 often breached by top linemen.

Yet the most notable factor for this budding California football dynamo is the way that it completely tunes out all criticism and trash talk in unison. As it turns out there is a powerful reason for that, and it has nothing to do with the class of the players themselves. Rather, it is because they are all deaf.

Don't try to talk trash to the team's head coach, either. He's deaf, too.

As reported by the Fremont Argus, the Fremont (Cal.) California School for the Deaf raced to a 10-2 record in the 2012 season, by far the best in school history. In the process, the Eagles earned the North Central II/Bay League title and nearly were played their way into a sectional title game slot.

The team's rise has been as stunning as it has been inspiring. Using an Oregon-style fast strike offense supported by giant play boards and American sign language hand signals during drives, the Eagles silently racked up a veritable trove of points, scoring 329 in 11 games, as one of the team's victories came via a forfeit.

Thanks to Linda Miller

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