Talk about double vision.
The La Salle-Peru football team has two sets of identical twins on the squad this fall — senior linemen Matt and Max Harris and Conrad and Cory Weiden.
“We either call them ‘Harris’ or we call them ‘Weiden,’” L-P coach Joe Sassano said with a chuckle.
“Sometimes it’s tricky (to tell them apart), depending on how far away from them you are or what they’re wearing. Sometimes you’ve really got to study them for a minute to figure out who’s who,” Sassano said, adding that he and the L-P staff try their hardest to let the twins know they see them as all separate people. “It’s Cory, it’s Conrad, it’s Max, it’s Matt — not just two brothers. We try to treat them as individuals.”
The Cavaliers’ double dose of twin senior linemen makes for a bit of a unique roster.
“I think it’s very interesting. I don’t think many football teams have at least one set of twins. Having two is really cool and out of the ordinary, I think,” Max said. “Most teams don’t have that.”
Being a twin can be a double-edged sword in life. The same pertains to the gridiron.
“It’s kind of a good and bad thing. (The twins) can get easily mixed up. But if someone gets hurt, the next one’s right there, like an extra body,” said Matt, who himself is anticipating a return to action after missing three weeks with a concussion sustained in practice.
One thing’s for certain, the two sets of twins each love to go up against their brothers in some friendly sibling rivalries.
“I wouldn’t say they have a heated rivalry, but it’s kind of funny — all four of them are linemen — so when they match up for drills it seems like they always match up with one another. The two sets of brothers will go against each other,” Sassano said.
After all, what better test is there than squaring up against your own clone?
“You always have someone to compete against. You strive to beat that person,” Conrad explains. “You’re always trying to beat him, so who can turn out the best.”
“It’s competitive and it’s motivating,” adds Cory.
Matt and Max agree.
“Sometimes it can get more competitive than when you’re going up against someone else,” Max said.
After all, bragging rights are on the line.
“When you go up against someone else you can’t brag about it all the way home, at home, in the morning the next day,” Matt said. “You can really rub it in (your twin’s) face.”
Having two sets of twins on the team can be helpful as well.
“It’s kind of like a camaraderie type deal. They’re in the same boat that we are as twins on the same team. They see what we go through,” Max said.
Matt and Max joke that before their senior season is over they’d like to pull off a practical joke on their teammates taking advantage of their twin status.
Cory and Conrad say that they don’t have resort to hijinks.
“(Our teammates) don’t really know how to tell us apart, they’re confused all the time,” Conrad chuckles.
“We don’t need to trick them,” Cory laughs.
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