DeSmet’s offense may think it’s suffering from double vision when they see Hickman’s two defensive ends coming at them.
Besides the numbers on their jerseys, it’ll be hard to tell the difference between Devon and Dannon Coleman when Hickman plays host to the Spartans at 7 tonight.
The identical twins stand right around 6-foot, 185 pounds and play with a shared tenacity that disrupts offenses twice over.
Since day one, Devon and Dannon Coleman were destined to play football, if nothing else, to escape each other.
“Ever since we were born we’ve been beating on each other,” Dannon said. “(Football) just gives us a chance to hurt everyone else besides family, I guess. We take advantage of that.”
Last season, Devon took snaps at outside linebacker but moved to defensive end at the beginning of this year fittingly alongside his brother.
When they’re not getting after each other like normal brothers tend to do, Dannon, who holds an extra year of experience at defensive end, has tried to help Devon’s transition into the new position as well as a brother could.
“Whenever I would mess up at practice at the beginning of the year, he would tell me what to do,” Devon said.
“He asks me for stuff, and coach (Gregg Nesbitt) gives me that responsibility of helping him out,” Dannon said. “I feel like the role model.”
Dannon welcomed the opportunity to have his brother playing on the other side of the line creating such a unique tandem.
“Together, it’s so much better,” Dannon said. “Last year, it was different because it was more about individuals, but now it’s like we’re fighting together to see what we can do.”
On paper so far this season, the two have acted the part of identical twins, with slight differences in any defensive category.
Together, they have combined for 77 total tackles, two fumble recoveries and 16 quarterback hurries.
“I think they’ve fed off each other,” Nesbitt said. “Between the two, I wouldn’t trade them for anybody in Missouri.”
Playing in between the Coleman’s on the interior line, Alex Geiger sees first-hand how the two work together at the ends to keep everything funneled to the inside.
“They’re just both really nasty, mean guys on the football field, which is great,” Geiger said. “They don’t stay blocked, and they control that outside.”
The Colemans will get another chance tonight to team up against what proves to be a formidable offense.
The Spartans (10-0) boast blazing running back, Munir Prince, who has orally committed to the University of Iowa.
In nine games this season, Prince has compiled 990 yards on 156 carries. He is also the defending 100-meter champion.
“We pride ourselves on rallying to the ball,” Geiger said. “That’s what it’s going to take with this guy.”
Nesbitt said while Prince is a talented running back, his biggest concern lies with DeSmet quarterback, Tommy Corwin.
Corwin is 89-of-163 for 1,626 yards passing heading into tonight’s matchup. He has also thrown 18 touchdown passes with just two interceptions.
“I think the key to DeSmet starts and stops with the quarterback,” Nesbitt said. “I think he’s the best quarterback in the state of Missouri right now.”
Nesbitt said he hopes his defense will be able to create some pressure on Corwin to disrupt the Spartans' passing game.