MSD Plows Toward 9th Consecutive Natl. Deaf Prep Championship

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FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) -- The Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) has one of the best football teams in the state. The Orioles haven't dropped a game since October of 2008 and they are plowing through the season toward their ninth consecutive National Deaf Prep Championship.  

Aside from the sound of practice, which is free of horns and whistles, their formula for success is like that of other stand-out squads: hard work, focus and confidence.

"We don't play any differently, we're just a group of players and coaches who happen to not be able to hear.  Other than that, it's exactly the same," said head coach Andy Bonheyo.

Of the twelve games on MSD's schedule this season, only three are against other deaf schools.

"Sometimes people think that we have the easier schedule or something and no, we're playing against good teams.  We're just able to beat them.  It's fair and square," said senior lineman Zach Israel.

The success of Bonheyo's program comes from his players' strong bond and determination to win.

"We work together, we work like brothers...we can't hear but we can play. We sign with our hands. We can play the same level as hearing teams can," said senior wide receiver Zack Barron.

The Orioles are looking to go 6-0 on the road Thursday against Moyer Academy.

Reporting by Kristen Berset, 9 Sports

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