Hero of the Week: Deafness doesn't stop Mattoon senior

Tune in every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. for the WAND Sports Hero of the Week! Learn about the athletes in our viewing area who are making an impact on and off the field! This week it's Mattoon's Brandon Richey and Laura Ash.

MATTOON -- Sound is overrated.

It's everywhere in football. Crucial, even. Complex play calls. Instructions from the coaching staff. Snap count.

But the Green Wave's team within a team proves it's overrated.

Meet senior defensive lineman Brandon Richey and his extra special "coach": interpreter Laura Ash.

The duo has a dynamic relationship years in the making, in which Ash listens to the coach's instructions, then signs them to Richey from across the line of scrimmage. It's difficult, but it's a system that they've worked on together since Brandon's freshman year.

Click the video above to go inside this truly one-of-a-kind partnership! Brandon Richey and Laura Ash, the WAND Heroes of the Week.