Seaford High football team finds a way to silence critics – and win the state playoffs again

Mayfield High School team members guide each other toward the opposition as they emerge from the team’s intercom to take the field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Seven students are initially standing in line, without any fanfare as they turn their hands to the side. About five minutes later, more than 20 students emerge, with more students filling the field as the final surge of fans arise and six of the team members emerge from line.

This is the Mayfield High School football team, with one extra player: a deaf player from Orange County. From the outside, the Mayfield High School Dolphins do not look like a typical Southern California football team. But those on the gridiron are keen to point out this isn’t all about how they look; it’s how they play. They talk much more about their teammates’ special skill sets than about their appearance.

Every day at 3:15 p.m., the Mayfield High School Dolphins meet in the lobby of the school to practice their helmets and shoulder pads. After two hours of stretching, players lay out their helmets with their names on the shoulders and start working through pre-game warm-ups. At 8:15 p.m., before the team’s rivalry game against El Toro High School, team members line up on the field and head to their locker room as coaches toss their helmets and do the same.

The case against the Mayfield High School Dolphins isn’t because of what they’re missing; they don’t need to worry about that. They are an underdog school, a two-time defending state champion and 14-time champion of a San Diego County bowl game, where one round plays.

The proof of their dominant win streak is in the numbers. In addition to 66 state championships in 32 seasons, the past five seasons have been the best by a high school team in California’s 58-year history, according to city of Mission Viejo records.

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