Riverside — California Deaf School, Riverside football coach Keith Adams experienced an emotional roller coaster in the fourth quarter of a non-league match against Downey Calvary Chapel on Thursday night.
With 9:41 remaining in the game, Adams’ son Trevin threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Jolly Valencia, giving the Cubs a 66-37 advantage. The lead was shy about the running clock coming into effect.
The Downy Calvary Chapel recorded three touchdowns within four minutes, reducing its deficit to nine points. Welcome to the world of eight football, where touchdowns are often fast-paced and have few safe leads.
The CSDR managed to keep the Grizzlies in check, and the Cubs eventually ran out of watches and left with a 66-57 victory to remain undefeated this season.
“Wow, what a game!” Keith Adams said through sign language interpreter Mark Bayarski. “There were some injured players, but they had a desire to end the game. They really showed Cub’s pride tonight.”
Thursday was a special night for the school, educating more than 400 hearing-impaired and hearing-impaired people from Southern California. September 23 was the International Day of Sign Languages, and the football game was the culmination of the CSDR homecoming festival. It was also the toughest test of the season for the Cubs. The CSDR and Downy Calvary Chapel are one of the top eight teams in the Southern CIF section. The CSDR is the 2nd place team in the Division 2 ranking, and the Calvary Chapel is the 4th place in the Division 1.
The CSDR (4-0) got off to a quick start, Trevin Adams threw a touchdown to Valencia, and Adams added a 7-yard scoring run to help the Cubs lead 16-0 after the first quarter. Did. Cub’s defense was also shining faster as Cody Metzner forced a fumble restored by Cadden Adams, the son of head coach.
Downey Calvary Chapel (2-2) had few answers to Trevin Adams, who submitted one of the best performances of his career. Adams rushed 241 yards and 5 touchdowns, and threw 236 yards and 4 touchdowns. His runs at 69 and 56 yards deserved highlights as he broke several tackles on his way to the end zone.
Valencia was just as impressive for the Cubs. He made 150 yards and four touchdowns with nine passes, and also recorded the fifth and sixth pass cuts of the season. Valencia blew the wind in the fourth quarter, but returned to the final drive and won a 12-yard pass in 4th place.
The coronavirus pandemic had a major impact on the CSDR athletics program. The students come from 11 different counties in Southern California, so the CSDR will accommodate students from Sunday night to Friday afternoon. The CSDR had to cancel all athletics in 2020-21 while the students continued distance learning.
“Soccer is my favorite sport, so I was very disappointed that I couldn’t play for a year and a half,” Trevin Adams said through interpreter Bayarski. “I just want to come here and give you everything I have.”
Keith Adams had to find a balance in his coaching style when the players returned to campus to prepare for the new season.
“It’s been a long time since they played,” he said. “Maybe it was softer than usual, but at the same time I had to push it to the best. I was excited to play again.”
Two years ago, the CSDR defeated St. Michael’s Prep in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Playoffs. This is the first post-season victory in program history. Adams and his players have ambitious goals this season.
“We hope we can go all the way,” said Keith Adams. “Playing and winning for the championship is what we are aiming for. We have a really good team and there should be no excuse to do that this year.”
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