In its matchup with the Mississippi School for the Deaf Bulldogs Thursday morning, Oklahoma School for the Deaf celebrated the 25th anniversary of eight-man Indian football, honoring those who founded the team in 1992 following a 16-year hiatus from football after the OSD 11-man team disbanded in 1976.
Though it was a day to remember for many of the OSD alumni in the crowd, the Indians current football team had a game to forget, losing its contest with the MSD Bulldogs 46-0.
The game was more competitive than the final score would indicate, however, with the Indians trailing by just eight points at the end of the first quarter.
But a shoulder injury to Indians quarterback and primary ball carrier Dylan Evans early in the second quarter proved to be too much for the Indians to overcome.
With Evans no longer helping the Indians move the chains, the Bulldogs dominant run game, led by MSD running back Kenmarkis Meeks ran wild, scoring 32 points in the second quarter to drive the score to 40-0 going into halftime.
“When No. 6 (Meeks) got the ball, it was adios,” OSD head football coach Lawson Pair said. “We just couldn’t match his speed today.”
The Indians received the ball in the third quarter with Tyler Manek running the offense for the Indians. Despite moving the chains, the Indians would eventually turn the ball over on downs.
MSD quarterback Mark Campbell then iced the game with a 22-yard touchdown rush to extend the Bulldogs lead to 46-0, initiating the mercy rule.
The Indians were fresh of a blowout 74-22 win of its own last week at Iowa School for the Deaf, but had an abbreviated week of practice to prepare for its game.
Pair said the short work week was no excuse for the result.
“We’re tired but I’m not going to use that as an excuse,” Pair said. “It wouldn’t have made a difference. They have great speed, strength and they’re well coached. They know what they are doing over there.”
Tyler Manek led the Indians in rushing, with 13 carries for 68 yards. Before the injury in the second quarter, OSD quarterback Dylan Evans carried the ball 10 times for 41 yards and passed for 11 yards. “
OSD (1-5) will face New Mexico School for the Deaf Roadrunners at 1 p.m,. Oct. 20, in Santa Fe. The Indians will return home for its season finale against the Missouri School for the Deaf Eagles at 11 a.m., Oct. 26.