CA School for the Deaf All-Deaf Football Team to Play in Title Game – NBC Los Angeles
The history of high school football could be written on Saturday night, as the California School for the Deaf prepares to play its first-ever championship game.
The Riverside Cubs won their first semifinal game last Friday, beating the Avalon High School 62-51.
All team players and coaches are deaf and compete against hearing teams.
The school has lost every game for seven consecutive seasons. This year they are perfect 12-0.
The semi-final victory was the first time in the school’s 68-year history, and not just football, qualified for a semi-final match.
âIt doesn’t matter if they win or lose, the heart they played with has been wonderful, that’s what inspired us all, the staff, the parents, everyone. We are just thrilled,â said the college principal Janelle Green after the semifinal victory.
Saturday is the big title game, with the potential for the Riverside School to go up to a championship victory.
“It’s a big deal,” said David Figueroa, a student at the school and an offensive lineman and defensive end for the football team. “It’s huge for me and for the football team.”
Their victory garnered the attention and support of family members and beyond.
“It’s overwhelming,” Cubs head coach Keith Adams said. âIt’s been going on and on, I’ve been getting messages, you know, congratulations and wishes. My email is blowing up. I’ve had NFL head coaches – Tennessee Titans sent me congratulations . It’s just amazing. “
The Riverside Cubs play for the CIF South Section title against Faith Baptist High School in Canoga Park, with kick-off scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday night.