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California School for the Deaf, Riverside Football Team Back for Unfinished Business – Daily Bulletin

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RIVERSIDE – The California School for the Deaf football team, Riverside opened the 2021 season with little fanfare outside of the deaf community, but the Cubs continued to deliver one of the season’s most heartwarming stories. .

This season will be very different. Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner was on the sidelines at Riverside when CSDR opened the new season last month against Chadwick. And expectations for the program are at an all-time high.

  • California School for the Deaf, Riverside’s David Figueroa (45) and Cody Metzner (33) attempt to block a pitch from Indiana School for the Deaf’s Leon LeFors during a football game at CSDR in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday September 17, 2022. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • California School for the Deaf, Felix Gonzales (1) of Riverside accuses...

    California School for the Deaf, Riverside’s Felix Gonzales (1) charges down the field during a football game against Indiana School for the Deaf at CSDR in Riverside, Calif. on Saturday September 17, 2022. (Photo by Trevor Stamp , contribution Photographer)

  • California School for the Deaf, Riverside head coach Keith Adams...

    California School for the Deaf, Riverside head coach Keith Adams signals a play to his team during a football game against the Indiana School for the Deaf at CSDR in Riverside, Calif. on Saturday, Sept. 17 2022. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • California School for the Deaf, Riverside's Gio Visco (2) is...

    California School for the Deaf, Riverside’s Gio Visco (2) is knocked down as he clings to the football during a football game against the Indiana School for the Deaf at CSDR in Riverside, Calif. on Saturday, September 17 2022. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • California School for the Deaf, Trevin Adams of Riverside, left, is...

    California School for the Deaf, Riverside’s Trevin Adams, left, is hit by Indiana School for the Deaf’s Dylan Puent as he attempts to kick the ball during a football game at CSDR in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, 17 September 2022. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • California School for the Deaf, Riverside's Trevin Adams (4) accuses...

    California School for the Deaf, Riverside’s Trevin Adams (4) charges down the field during a football game against Indiana School for the Deaf at CSDR in Riverside, Calif. on Saturday, September 17, 2022. (Photo by Trevor Stamp , contribution Photographer)

  • California School for the Deaf, Riverside's Jory Valencia (3) is...

    California School for the Deaf, Riverside’s Jory Valencia (3) is knocked down to end the game in a football game against the Indiana School for the Deaf at CSDR in Riverside, Calif. on Saturday September 17, 2022. (Photo by Trevor Timbre, collaborating photographer)

  • California School for the Deaf, Kaden Adams of Riverside, left, and...

    California School for the Deaf, Riverside’s Kaden Adams, left, and Jory Valencia walk down the field for the second half of a football game against Indiana School for the Deaf at CSDR in Riverside, Calif. on Saturday, September 17, 2022 (Photo by Trevor Stamp, contributing photographer)

  • California School for the Deaf, Riverside's Trevin Adams (4) accuses...

    California School for the Deaf, Riverside’s Trevin Adams (4) charges down the field during a football game against Indiana School for the Deaf at CSDR in Riverside, Calif. on Saturday, September 17, 2022. (Photo by Trevor Stamp , contribution Photographer)

  • California School for the Deaf, the races of Cody Metzner (33) from Riverside...

    California School for the Deaf, Riverside’s Cody Metzner (33) runs down the field during a football game against Indiana School for the Deaf at CSDR in Riverside, Calif. on Saturday September 17, 2022. (Photo by Trevor Stamp , contribution Photographer)

  • California School for the Deaf, Jory Valencia of Riverside, right, reaches...

    California School for the Deaf, Riverside’s Jory Valencia, right, reaches for the ball as it is knocked down by Indiana School for the Deaf’s Jayden DeFalco during a football game at CSDR in Riverside, Calif. on Saturday, 17 September 2022. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • California School for the Deaf, Riverside's Jory Valencia (3) celebrates...

    California School for the Deaf, Riverside’s Jory Valencia (3) celebrates with Cody Metzner (33) after Metzner scored a touchdown during a football game against Indiana School for the Deaf at CSDR in Riverside, Calif. on Saturday, September 17 2022 (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

  • California School for the Deaf, Jory Valencia of Riverside, left, hangs...

    California School for the Deaf, Riverside’s Jory Valencia, left, holds on to the ball after intercepting it during a football game against the Indiana School for the Deaf at CSDR in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, September 17 2022. (Photo by Trevor Timbre, Contributing Photographer)

  • California School for the Deaf, Riverside runs the field...

    California School for the Deaf, Riverside runs onto the field for the second half of a football game against Indiana School for the Deaf at CSDR in Riverside, Calif. on Saturday September 17, 2022. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Photographer collaborater )

“Everyone seems to be shooting at us now because they want to be the ones to beat us,” CSDR coach Keith Adams said through American Sign Language interpreter Mark Bayarsky.

“At the same time, our players have been able to stay focused because they want to go out there and prove to everyone that what happened last season was no accident.”

The CSDR football team captured national media attention last year as the Cubs won their first 12 games of the season and qualified for a CIF South Division Championship Game for the first time in school history. The season ended on a sour note, however, as Faith Baptist beat CSDR 74-22 in the Division 2 8-man football title match.

“We don’t let the pressure get to us. We just keep going,” senior quarterback and linebacker Trevin Adams said after Saturday afternoon’s 62-18 win over Indiana School for the Deaf. “I think we are hungrier than we have ever been. We don’t like what happened last season, and we just want to be a better team this year.

CSDR improved to 4-0 with Saturday’s victory, proving once again that they will be championship contenders this season.

Trevin Adams led the way for the Cubs, passing for 240 yards five touchdowns and rushing for another score. Felix Gonzales, Jory Valencia and Cody Metzner each scored a pair of touchdowns in Saturday’s win.

Saturday’s game was the second of three straight games against other deaf schools. CSDR knocked out longtime rival CSD Fremont 54-6 last week. The Cubs host the Florida School for the Deaf for its return game on Saturday, September 24.

“Deaf school against deaf school, there will always be crowds,” said CSDR sporting director Jeremias Valencia. “You see a lot of old friends from the deaf community. Gambling is a big deal, but so are social connections.

CSDR also had an interesting offseason. Last year’s team captains participated in the Super Bowl LVI draw at SoFi Stadium. In May, Governor Gavin Newsom offered $43.1 million in funding to help upgrade CSDR sports facilities, including the soccer field. In July, Disney announced it was developing a television series based on the 2021 season of the CSDR football team, starring Oscar-winning actor Troy Kotsur (CODA). And a few months later, Nike announced a partnership with CSDR to provide the school’s track and field teams with apparel and equipment.

“I think it’s wonderful that more people are starting to recognize the deaf community and who we are,” said Keith Adams. “It’s very exciting, but it also puts a bit more pressure on us to keep playing well.”

Adams said the players were able to stay focused throughout the focus and keep their goals in sight.

“I think we are the same team. We haven’t really changed because we’re all looking to accomplish the same things,” said Gonzales, who is a receiver, defensive back and kick returner. “I just think we have to work as a team and be serious in everything we do. We treat every game as unfinished business.