SULPHUR — While the weather might have been picture perfect for Homecoming Saturday at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf football home opener, the result was anything but.

SULPHUR — While the weather might have been picture perfect for Homecoming Saturday at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf football home opener, the result was anything but. 

The Indian squad, primarily consisting of underclassman, fought hard in the contest, but the Minnesota State School for the Deaf Trojans proved to be too much, beating OSD 40-12.

OSD head football coach Lawson Pair said injuries and lack of experience contributed to the loss.

“I think it’s a great learning experience,” Pair said. “This is the youngest team i’ve had in 24 years coaching, I was proud of them out there and how they kept going at it.”

“It’s tough to stay out there. They’ve never done something like this before, and I expect to get better. We’ll learn from this.”

The Trojans travelled over 700 miles to take on the Indians. 

Despite the long trip, the Trojans showed no signs of jet-lag, racing out to a 6-0 lead after MSAD quarterback Ryan Stumbo connected with receiver Juan Salgado on a 40-yard touchdown reception. The Indians stuffed the two-point conversion to limit the damage to six points.

The MSAD lead didn’t last for long.

OSD junior quarterback  Dylan Evans would bring the game even after stripping the ball from Salgado on the next defensive series, later roling 26 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 6-6.

After OSD brought the score even between the schools, it was all MSAD.

The Trojans scored the next 34 points of the contest.

Touchdowns in the game by MSAD’s Juan Salgado, Ryan Stumbo, Jonathan Schmidt and Jonathan Mejia brought the score to 40-6.

Though a win was out of reach by the third quarter, OSD never quit. Dylan Evans would strike pay dirt for his second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter.

The dual threat quarterback broke loose on a 55-yard rush, bringing the score to 40-12.

Though the game didn’t go the Indians way, sophomore Brittany Wimberly played her first snaps of competitive football.

After nursing an ankle injury in week one, Wimberly suited up on both sides of the ball, playing the majority of the game at receiver and defensive end. 

“She influenced some plays out there, I didn’t see anything I didn’t expect to see,” Pair said. “I won’t hesitate to put her out there again.” 

With everything considered, Pair said he was proud of how the team fought down the stretch.

“There’s only one way to prove you have heart and it’s going through something like that,” Pair said. “For the most part I’m pleased about it, the team will grow from this experience.”

Dylan Evans scored both of OSD’s touchdowns and lead the OSD offense with 134 yards rushing. Freshman Parker Simpson had 12 yards rushing and 10 yards receiving. 

OSD will get it’s next test at home against Bray-Doyle on Sept. 14. After a bye-week, the Indians will travel north to Kansas to take on Kansas School for the Deaf, before returning home the following week.