Paige runs the ball

Silent Warriors running back Michael Paige rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns in a 50-14 loss to Model Secondary School for the Deaf (Washington, D.C.) at Kiwanis Field on Saturday.

The Alabama School for the Deaf’s football team hosted Model Secondary School for the Deaf (Washington, D.C.) for a homecoming showdown Saturday afternoon, but the end result didn’t leave Silent Warriors’ players, fans and alumni much reason to cheer.

The Eagles swooped down on the Silent Warriors for a 50-14 victory at Kiwanis Field.

“The exhaustion was there,” ASD head coach Paul Kulick said. “We were going back-and-forth, and it just kept getting worse and worse. 

“The boys were getting down, and I was trying to fight to keep their spirits up. The other team kept fighting, and I told them, ‘You’re going to have to fight back.’ 

“In the beginning of the second half, we were fine … then, we were out of gas. It was just a bad game for us.”

ASD struck the first blow with a 9-yard touchdown run by running back Michael Paige. Running back Cory McKinnie converted the two-point try to put the Silent Warriors ahead 8-0.

From there, MSSD took over. 

The Eagles immediately matched the Silent Warriors with an 85-yard kick return touchdown by running back Marquize Nash, who added two points on the conversion to tie the game 8-all.

Eagles quarterback Dewon Emery added a pair of second-quarter touchdowns -- one on a 2-yard run (two-point try unsuccessful) and the other on a 14-yard pass to wide receiver Joshua Kinner (two-point run converted by running back Ola Waddell) to go into halftime ahead 22-8.

The Silent Warriors opened the second half with a touchdown drive capped by an 18-yard run by Paige to shrink the margin to 22-14, but that would be the closest ASD would get.

Five to know

- Paige led ASD with 103 yards rushing on 20 carries.

- Nash scored a pair of rushing touchdowns (5 yards and 4 yards) in the second half and paced the Eagles with 90 yards on the ground on 14 carries.

- ASD quarterback Tanner Wood, who suffered a first-half leg injury, returned to the contest but had little luck moving the offense. His second pass of the half bounced off the hands of his intended target on a screen attempt. Emery, playing defense for the Eagles, plucked the ball from the air and raced 40 yards to put MSSD ahead 44-14 early in the fourth quarter.

- The final play of regulation occurred under a running clock. The Eagles, who just took over on their own 6-yard line after an ASD punt, added insult to injury with an Emery pass to Kinner, who caught the ball near the Eagles’ 40 and shook free for a 94-yard touchdown. The clock expired before the Eagles could attempt a two-point conversion.

- The Silent Warriors committed 14 penalties for 86 yards. The Eagles finished with five for 53 yards.

Who said

- Kulick on not getting the victory on homecoming: “It’s very disappointing, but I’m proud of our boys. They fought for all four quarters.”

- Kulick on the Eagles’ late touchdown: “They were angry because we beat them last year (22-6). That was just revenge. That pass, that was unnecessary. I would never do that if I’m leading by 20, 30 or 40 points. I’ll have to sit down and talk with (MSSD head coach Angelo Leccese).”

Up next

- ASD (2-4) will travel to face the Louisiana School for the Deaf on Thursday night at 7.