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October 28, 2009 > CSD wins big at homecoming

CSD wins big at homecoming

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By William Mancebo

In front of many alumni on the California School for the Deaf campus in Fremont, CSD took on its in-state rival, California School for the Deaf-Riverside, in its homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 24.

In addition to homecoming, CSD is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and the current batch of football players showed all present their grit and determination by pounding CSD-Riverside, 41-6.

Offensively, running back Odun Akintomide built the team's confidence as he rushed his way into the end zone for the team's first two scores. Meanwhile, freshman signal caller Carlos Lopez controlled the offense throughout the game with a steady performance at quarterback.

But CSD-Fremont Head Coach Kevin Bella credits the guys who don't record statistics for the offenses great play.

"Our offensive line did an awesome job," Bella noted. "They didn't allow a quarterback sack and opened up several (running) gaps (all game)."

One person in attendance may have had a driving force into the resurgence of the CSD-Fremont defense.

Less than 24 hours prior to the big game vs. CSD-Riverside, former San Francisco 49ers great Ronnie Lott (who specialized in bone-bruising hits in the defensive secondary during his NFL tenure) gave the boys a pep talk leading into their Saturday afternoon showdown.

Whatever Lott relayed to the team, it seemed to work, as they were flying around the field, holding CSD-Riverside to a mere six points. Undoubtedly, Lott was impressed. Bella was certainly impressed with his team's shut-down defense.

"Our defensive team did a great job in both pass and run coverage," said Bella.

CSD-Fremont allowed just over 100 total yards to their arch rivals from the south, recording three interceptions as well.

If they hope to keep up the winning ways, CSD's defense will need to maintain that intensity, as they have three tough divisional games in a row, beginning with a home match against St. Elizabeth, Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.

"Our goal is to finish strong," said Bella.

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