The Orioles got on the scoreboard first when quarterback Preston Kelly connected with 6-5 receiver Cody Crace down the left sideline for a 21-yard touchdown reception. The PAT by kicker Paco Martinez was good to make it 7-0.
The Silent Warriors answered with a touchdown on a 2-yard Anthony Scott quarterback keeper. Scott initiated the drive with a 30-yard run, followed by a 10-yard run. Eddie Thomas gained 28 yards on a double reverse play that brought the Silent Warriors to the 2-yard line, where Scott punched it in on the ensuing play. Scott threw a pass to Cody Maddox for the two-point conversion attempt, but the play was unsuccessful to make it 7-6.
ISD was able to score on their next drive on a Zack Kremer 17-yard rushing touchdown. Martinez’s PAT was good to make it 14-6.
On the next drive, Anthony Scott’s pass was deflected and Dante Paulone was able to catch the tipped pass for an interception. Kelly found receiver Kenny Long on the far right sideline for a completion and Long cut back to the center of the field for additional yardage to give the Orioles a 20-yard gain. From the ASD 31-yard line, Austin Phillips found an opening and raced into the end zone for a touchdown to give the Orioles a 21-6 early second quarter lead.
The Silent Warriors made it all the way to the Orioles’ 22-yard line on their next drive. Anthony Scott had a 16-yard run to fuel the drive and followed it with a 9-yard completion to Joshua Edwards. Then on fourth down and about a yard, an Anthony Scott quarterback keeper fell just shy of the first down to force a turnover on downs.
Kremer began the ensuing ISD drive with a 30-yard run. After a short run by Phillips, Kelly completed a pass to Crace for a 20-yard reception to move the Orioles to the 10-yard line. Phillips finished off the drive with a 5-yard run for a touchdown. Martinez hit the PAT to make it 28-6.
Anthony Scott was sacked twice on ASD’s next drive, Lonzo Brownlee was shaken up, and Eddie Thomas’ punt was tipped to give ISD strong field position. They took advantage, as Phillips reeled off another long run, this one a 29-yard run. Kelly completed the drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Crace. The PAT was good to push the lead to 35-6, which is where the score stood at halftime.
ISD opened the second half with another touchdown drive that was capped off by a Phillips run of 55 yards. The ensuing PAT was good to put the score at 42-6. Martinez was a perfect six of six on extra point attempts during the game.
Anthony Scott opened the next drive with a 28-yard run that included leaping over Preston Kelly to keep the run going and pick up additional yardage. However, the drive stalled and the Silent Warriors were forced to punt.
In the fourth quarter, Edwards came up with an interception, but again, the offense was unable to get a sustained drive. Toward the end of the game, ASD came up with a fumble recovery as ISD was marching toward the goal line. The ISD defense continued to hold strong as time expired.
With the win, ISD pushed their overall record to 4-0. Earlier this week, head coach Paul Kulick had commented on ISD’s defensive prowess.
“They’re the greatest defensive team in the Deaf national prep,” he said.
In four games, they have allowed 13 points thus far in the season.
Meanwhile, the loss moved ASD to an overall record of 1-2. They have an off week this week before hosting Fayetteville September 27.