Bear-Hornets rip SC 58-18 for 1st win

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Alfonza Robinson accounted for six total touchdowns, and the combined North Carolina Schools for the Deaf eight-player football team responded to an early deficit by scoring the next 30 points en route to a 58-18 rout of South Carolina School for the Deaf on Saturday.

There was no punting in the contest as the Bear-Hornets  amassed 324 yards rushing. Robinson accounted for 236 of that total on just 10 carries, scoring on runs of 50, 58, 28, 25, 40 and 49 yards.

After South Carolina struck first on a 45-yard pass from quarterback Andrew Bibbs to Cole Haywood, NCSsD went on a four-touchdown spree. Robinson had three scoring runs in that span, and Jeremiah Deans added a 58-yard interception return.

In the second half, Robinson tacked on three more long TD runs before Saw Ka Lu Taw returned a fumble 38 yards to complete the scoring.

Deans rushed seven times for 48 yards and had two interceptions, both in the first half. The Bear-Hornets led 30-12 at halftime and expanded the lead to 50-18 after three quarters.

I don’t think I expected us to play as well as we did,” NCSsD coach Leonard Baker said.  “There really was not very many flaws. I was pleased with our effort, focus and overall play. We had important contributions from all of our players. We are a good team when everyone is there.”

Malik Brayboy had nine tackles for the Bear-Hornets. Robinson added eight. 

The Bear-Hornets will face Georgia School for the Deaf on Saturday, Nov. 3 on the campus of Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf. It will be the only game on the campus this season and will serve as homecoming, in addition to the season finale.