Twin brothers Jordan and Julian Cuthbertson have always been together, ever since the day they were born, Julian just two minutes ahead of Jordan.
So it seemed appropriate that the Havelock High seniors would each recover a fumble on Senior Night as the Rams defeated Swansboro 57-0 Friday at Havelock High.
The significance of playing in their final regular-season home games wasn’t lost on the two brothers.
“It was kind of sad at first,” Jordan said. “But, the team played great and we came away with a win, so it’s not sad anymore.”
Julian described an emotional locker room when head coach Jim Bob Bryant called up the seniors before the game.
“It kind of got to us a little bit but we kept our composure and came out here and did what we had to do,” he said.
On the season, Julian Cuthbertson has 42 tackles, three pass breakups and a forced fumble from his safety position to go along with one catch for 10 yards on offense.
Jordan has tallied five catches for 55 yards and a touchdown offensively, to go along with 24 tackles, two pass breakups and a forced fumble from his cornerback position.
Jordan said he appreciates knowing that his brother is on the field.
“I know he’s got my back,” Jordan said. “He’s playing deeper than me, and it’s just a good feeling knowing that he’s back there and knowing that if I mess up he’ll be right there to clean it up or to give me some help and to give me some motivation if I do miss a tackle or mess up.”
The duo is part of a Havelock defense that has given up just five touchdowns through eight games with four shutouts.
“It’s the brotherhood we have,” Jordan said of the reason behind the defensive success. “Everyone trusts each other. Everybody loves each other. We just know that everybody’s good enough to play their position, so we just have to worry about doing our jobs and doing what we know we can do, and it just all comes together.”
The twins said that they don’t try to pull any twin pranks, but admit they accidentally switched jerseys during a junior varsity game as freshmen.
“We got our jerseys mixed up and we didn’t know who was supposed to be 80 and who was supposed to be 81,” said Julian, who wears No. 80. “I ended up wearing his jersey, so we got all our stats mixed up, but we got it right now.”
The brothers know this is their final year playing high school football together, but they say they’ve got other things on which to focus.
“We’re just really trying to make it to the state championship game and do what we have to do to get our third straight ring,” Julian said. “And, then we can let all those feelings get to us after that.”