Twin brothers starring for undefeated Whittell football team
Connor and Corey Huber have been playing varsity football at Whittell High School since they were freshmen.
The fraternal twins have won a league title together on the gridiron and a state championship on the hardwood.
They have been the backbone of Whittell sports for the past four years and own a special place in their head coach’s heart.
“They’re remarkable kids,” said fourth-year head coach Phillip Bryant. “I could talk for hours about the football stuff, but these guys are of such outstanding character and integrity that when I was laid up and couldn’t do things, they were there helping us move and doing all kinds of things. They’re as much friends as they are athletes here. I love those guys. I love all the kids, but those guys have a special place because they were with us since Day 1.”
Corey grabs a lot of attention with his running ability and it’s Connor, the elder brother by about 30 seconds, who often leads the way. Corey plays running back on offense and Connor works on the offensive line as a guard. Both also start on defense as defensive back and defensive end, respectively. Corey is slightly smaller in stature and says that is Connor’s fault.
“He’s about 30 seconds older and you can see he ate all the food, he’s the bigger one between us,” Corey said.
Connor was one of Whittell’s better ball carriers too, but sacrificed for the team.
“He actually is one of our top three runners but we needed someone to go in and make blocks at guard and he said, ‘I’ll do it,’” Bryant said. “And he made all-league as a guard last year and will again this year.”
The brothers are best friends on and off the field and spend most of their time together, even when hanging out with other friends and girlfriends.
During the school year, the Hubers concentrate on homework, chilling out with friends and family, watching a good movie and competing in sports. In the summer, they’ll go boating, water skiing or dirt bike riding and maybe head to Reno when they want to leave the area. During winter, they play and watch basketball. They used to race on the basin’s legendary slopes, but that “all kinda went away when we started playing high school sports,” Connor said.
“Whatever we’re doing, we’re together 99 percent of the time,” Corey said.
Corey is tearing up opposing defenses this season. He has gained 417 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing through four games. He has also caught four passes for 84 yards and a score. He averages 44 yards every kickoff return and over 20 yards per punt return.
Connor is second on the team in tackles and both have intercepted passes this season. Corey got a good look at Connor’s ability last year when he had to miss the game against Pyramid Lake.
“He put on some big hits,” Corey said. “I got to see that my brother is a pretty big badass. Hopefully he thinks the same about me.”
Connor doesn’t often get to see what his brother does except on film and both can’t imagine what it would be like to not be on the field with each other.
“It’s awesome playing with Corey,” Connor said. “We always have someone we can always count on. It’s playing side-by-side with your best friend.”
Homecoming away from home
The Hubers will celebrate their fourth gridiron homecoming Friday night when Coleville visits the Warriors at South Tahoe Middle School.
With all the activities like float building, He-Man volleyball, powder puff football and dress up days, there is one thing that is most important to the players and staff when it comes to homecoming week.
“The football game is most important,” Connor said.
“Winning the football game,” Corey adds. “We can’t lose it. It would spoil homecoming.”
Both kids love the environment around school during homecoming but have no idea what to expect Friday night when they celebrate at their temporary home away from home while their field is being remodeled — on Tuesday, the grass sod was being rolled out onto the dirt and a heavy equipment operator was working on the new bleacher and concession stand areas.
“It’s gonna be different over there for sure,” Conner said. “I don’t really know what to expect.”
“We usually have trucks drive around the track, music, royalty at halftime,” Corey said. “It’ll be a surprise.”
Whittell (4-0, 2-0 (1A Northern West 8-man League) and Coleville (2-1, 1-1 1A Northern West) will kickoff at 7 p.m.
“Homecoming, it’s a chance to see some guys from the past that have played here for me,” Bryant said. “It brings back memories from way back when I played and how these kinds of things were when athletes of the past come back to visit their old schools. We still want to make an impression that we’re still proudly carrying the torch.”