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September 19, 2006 > Turnovers Continue to Plague Fremont Football Team

Turnovers Continue to Plague Fremont Football Team

by BiffJones

California School for the Deaf (CSD)'s Football Team traveled to Sunnyvale last Thursday to play their second varsity football game of the 2006 season against Bay Football League (BFL) rival, The King's Academy (TKA).  CSD is listed as a Class B school in the Northern California Section (NCS) of  the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), while TKA is a Class A school with a larger enrollment.

To defeat a larger opponent, on the road, means the smaller team has to play error-free football.  For the first two games of the season CSD has not played that type of football but the exact opposite.  In game one, Sept. 9th, against Class B Mendocino, the Eagles of CSD turned the ball over five times on three interceptions and two lost fumbles in a 33-6 loss.  Then against TKA, the Eagles again turned the ball over five times on three fumbles and two interceptions.

The highlight of the year so far for CSD has been the play of Senior running back Andy Fernandez.  Against Mendocino, Fernandez had a 95 yard kick-off return for a touchdown in the first quarter then against TKA with 10:37 to go in the second quarter, the Senior RB broke through the right side of the line on a play from scrimmage and outran TKA secondary for a 66 yard touchdown in the loss to TKA 49-6.

Also having a good game for CSD against TKA were Senior running back Kyle Benedict and promising Sophomore Randale Hemp, or R.J. as he is known, as he showed his versatility by playing all over the place on defense (d-line, backer and d-back), in addition to performing well on special teams.

Next up for CSD will be at Class B Tamales this Saturday, 23rd at 2:00 p.m.  The first home game for CSD is an inter-sectional game scheduled for Thursday, 28th at 4:00 p.m. against Harker of San Jose and the CCS (Central Coast Section) of CIF.  The game will be played on the CSD campus, 39350 Gallaudet Drive, Fremont.

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