Maryland School for the Deaf Countdown to Kickoff 2009

 FREDERICK, MD.- One of the quietest teams in the 4-State Region does it's talking on the field.  The result: Domination.  Maryland School for the Deaf is coming off its sixth straight National Deaf Prep Football Title, and seventh in eight years.


"It's the pride and tradition of Maryland School,” signs junior quarterback and safety Todd Bonheyo, through a sign language interpreter.  “We always like to win that national title.  It means a lot to us.  That says we are the best deaf school in the nation."


"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."


Maryland School for the Deaf opens the season August 28th hosting Baltimore Lutheran at 7:30 PM.

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