MSD pounds ASD Silent Warriors, 42-0
by JIM SMOTHERS
If it’s any consolation to the Alabama School for the Deaf Silent Warriors, they didn’t lose as badly to the Maryland School for the Deaf Friday night as they did the last two times they met the Orioles on the gridiron. Last year MSD won 50-0. In 2007, it was 60-0. So last night’s 42-0 loss at home on Kiwanis Field might even be seen as an improvement.

It’s been a rough year for ASD’s football team, a group of mostly younger players toughing it out through a rebuilding season. Last night’s loss was their sixth straight after a season-opening win over Victory Christian — another school rebuilding with a very young group of players.

Maryland improved to 5-3 for the season with last night’s win.

The Orioles scored in each quarter using a balanced air and ground attack. Maryland ended the night with 123 rushing yards and 102 passing yards. Two touchdowns came on running plays. The first was a first quarter run by Darrius Doe for 45 yards, and the second a second quarter run by James Brooks for 8 yards.

Doe also ran back a punt for 78 yards in the second quarter for a touchdown. Doe and Brooks also ran in two-point conversions to give Maryland a 22-0 lead at halftime.

Quarterback Jake Bonheyo threw touchdown passes in the third quarter. The first was for 13 yards to Tarik Wallace in the end zone, and second for 26 yards to Jad Gore. Wallace got the conversion after Gore’s TD.in the end zone.

ASD’s closest scoring opportunity came in the first quarter after a deep punt by Eddie Thomas was downed at Maryland’s 9-yard line. The Orioles fumbled on first down, and Lonzo Brownlee recovered for the Silent Warriors at the 7-yard line. The Oriole defense stiffened to keep ASD from scoring, and took over on downs at the 2-yard line.

Doe was the game’s leading ground-gainer with 93 rushing yards plus his 78 yard punt return.

ASD’s 126 rushing yards were divided among five players, Joshua Edwards, Rashard James, Anthony Scott, Eddie Thomas and Uriah Stallworth.

In addition to Brownlee’s fumble, Stallworth recovered a fumble to foil one of Maryland’s conversion attempts.

MSD hosts Virginia’s Fairfax HomeSchool next week while ASD hosts Jacksonville Christian Academy.

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