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Deaf high school football team defies all odds: “Showing the world we can play”

Amy Christie

The players on the football team at the California School for the Deaf have gone above and beyond all expectations. They have achieved an undefeated season!

For the first time ever in the history of the school, the Varsity football team won in the divisional championship game. The players were very motivated and energetic and went 11-0 on this fantastic season.

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The coaches and all the players on the team are using ASL (American Sign Language) to be able to communicate, according to Sunnyskyz.

“It’s inspiring for the deaf community, quite honestly—11 and 0 we’ve never experienced this being this far in playoffs. The community is so excited; the morale has been uplifted, the self-esteem of our players -- you can see a major difference,” Keith Adams, the coach, said for ABC News.

Jory Valencia, who plays as wide receiver, revealed that the team was mainly motivated by the fact that they’ve never had an entirely successful season. So, they made up their mind to turn this one into an unsurpassed victory.

“We’re showing the world we can play. We’re not losing anymore,” he shared with the outlet.

Enos Zornoza, a running back on the team, feels that the fantastic winning streak happened because of the players’ perseverance and their will to be great. They all worked very hard to make this happen.

“We can do anything. Deaf people can do anything. We’re not this stereotype that’s out there. We’re breaking news that we can do it right. And not just our school here but other schools for the deaf can do it as well,” he pointed out.

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