“The general feeling has been great,” head coach Paul Kulick said. “We have worked hard and are continuing to work hard to adjust to the different formations of 8-man football and 11-man football. That game gave us a boost of confidence.”
The Silent Warriors are working on adjusting to the more conventional 11-man football this week as they host powerhouse Indiana School for the Deaf Saturday. This doesn’t alter the team’s game plan, as Kulick has already worked on preparing the team to be ready for both formations.
“At camp, we explained to our players to prepare for it. Our boys knew about the workloads for both formations. Like I said, we have been prepared for it.”
The Silent Warriors had more than 300 yards rushing against TSD. Quarterback Anthony Scott got the team on the scoreboard first and the team managed to hang on late for the win.
“It’s always very good to start out with numbers on the board,” head coach Paul Kulick said. “The boys have worked so hard to earn stops and win the game with their defense.”
The team found themselves trailing TSD in the second quarter 24-22, before Scott made big runs of 11 and 12 yards to give the team some needed momentum. He capped off the drive with a 2-yard run for a touchdown to give the team a 28-24 lead.
A late defensive touchdown proved to be critical. Lonzo Brownlee recovered a fumble and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown that was a key difference late in the game.
ASD used a high number of onside kicks against TSD. Kulick explained that electric kickoff returns have become a strong suit for TSD.
“Last year, TSD had four touchdowns from kickoffs and they have three recently,” Kulick said.
“Indiana has none, so we shouldn’t be worried, but we will prepare for it.”
Kulick doesn’t want to see turnovers from his team and wants to see strong overall play from all three units—offense, defense and special teams.
They will need strong play in all facets of the game against the undefeated Orioles (3-0). ISD already has two shutouts on the season and held Mississippi School for the Deaf to seven points. They defeated ASD last season 64-12.
“Indiana is a very good team and they are undefeated as of now,” Kulick said. “They’re the greatest defensive team in the Deaf national prep. We shall see what’s brought on the field for both teams.”