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MORGANTON — Despite a 30-point outburst in the fourth quarter, the North Carolina Schools for the Deaf eight-player football team was dealt a 76-52 loss by South Carolina School for the Deaf last weekend.
The winless Bear-Hornets were coming off a 38-16 loss to Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring, Georgia.
Against South Carolina, NCSsD fell behind 64-22 after three quarters.
The Bear-Hornets struck first on Jeremiah Deans’ 49-yard pass to Alfonza Robinson and Deans’ two-point conversion run. Deans produced the next TD on a 12-yard burst and tallied his team’s final first-half TD on a 36-yard jaunt. Deans added the two-point conversion.
Deans also accounted for all four fourth-quarter TDs on rushes of 15, 67, 6 and 27 yards. Deans tossed to Malik Brayboy for a two-point conversion and Robinson scored a pair.
Thus, Deans romped for seven TDs and wound up with 257 yards on 23 rushes.Robinson rushed for 67 yards on 11 carries and caught two passes for 57 yards.
Against Georgia, NCSsD was again plagued by securing the snap form center and the inability to hold onto the football.. After a scoreless first quarter, the Bear-Hornets were waylaid by four lost fumbles that led to 26 Georgia points.
The Bear-Hornets outrushed Georgia 263-159 and outgained the hosts 309-176, but could not overcome the self-inflicted mishaps.
Demarco Brown had four rushing TDs for Georgia. The Bear-Hornets trailed 26-0 at the half, and a 33-yard fumble return from Georgia’s Jeb Smith was part of NCSsD’s nightmare second quarter.
Quarterback Robinson ran for two touchdowns for the Bear-Hornets, taking off on a 67-yard run in the third quarter and adding a 41-yard TD rush with 6 minutes, 16 seconds remaining. Two-point conversions were added by Deans on the ground and a pass from Luis Vargus to Brayboy.
Vargus had 14 tackles to lead NCSsD on defense.