FREDERICK, MD.- One of the quietest teams in the 4-State Region does it's talking on the field. The result: Domination.
"It's the pride and tradition of
"I’m proud of our team because we're deaf<” says junior guard and defensive tackle Justin Wiener. “Other hearing teams have really big size, we're really small-sized, and we've still won a lot of games and championships. I feel like we're a really good team."
The road to repeat will be a tough one. Gone are 17 players from 2008, including leading rusher Ryan Bonheyo who rushed for 1,600 yards and 21 touchdowns before accepting a scholarship to Towson University.
"I don't expect someone to take his place,” says his father and MSD Head coach Andrew Bonheyo. “I expect someone to step up and shine in their own way."
"We have to play like 11 players,” says Wiener, “Not one man like last year. This year we have to really block hard, the rushers will do their jobs, everybody will step up to do their jobs."
The Orioles return just four seniors and will be led by the junior class, which will have to overcome a lack of size and numbers compared to past teams. Still, the Orioles have the confidence of seven-time national champions.
"We're a lot smaller than last year,” says junior tight end and defensive end Shawn Harrington. “So I think it's our heart, our hard work in practice that will pay off in games."
"It's always good to surprise other teams,” says Todd Bonheyo. “We might be small, but it's fun to surprise other teams."