Taronn “Scooter” Selby wears No. 1 for the St. Georges football team. His twin brother, Keyjuan “Deuce” Selby, wears No. 2 for the Hawks.
It can be difficult to tell them apart during a game, because both are a blur.
The juniors are among the leaders on offense and defense for St. Georges, which is 4-1 and ranked second in Division II going into Friday’s 7 p.m. kickoff against Blue Hen Flight B rival Howard at Baynard Stadium.
The Hawks have always had power. Now, with the Selby twins, they have speed.
“They cover up our mistakes,” St. Georges coach J.D. Maull said. “As a coaching staff, as offensive linemen, as a quarterback, their speed covers up a lot of the mistakes we make sometimes. If they get to the outside, they can go.
“Our first year of going to the playoffs , when we played Delmar, our fastest kid was a 4.98 [in the 40-yard dash],” Maull said. “A big play for us was an 8-yard gain. Now, with these guys running 4.4s, an 8-yard gain is now a 65-yard run. That makes it so much easier for us.”
Through five games, Scooter has rushed 46 times for 436 yards – a 9.5-yard average – and seven touchdowns. Deuce has carried 39 times for 329 yards – an 8.4 yard average – and seven scores. The halfbacks can score from anywhere on the field in the Hawks’ Wing-T offense.
“Scooter runs a little bit harder inside, but Deuce is very, very smooth in what he does,” Maull said. “Deuce is a little bit better pass receiver than Scooter. But both of them are good ballplayers, great tacklers and good students, also.”
The twins are 16 years old, but Scooter is five minutes older. That may be why he wears No. 1 – or maybe not.
“That’s the jersey they gave me when I first got here,” Scooter said. “It was a coincidence. But that’s how it works. I’m older. I get No. 1, he gets 2.”
“He’s older than me, so I just let him get No. 1,” Deuce said with a laugh.
Both also play in the secondary, and are among St. Georges’ leading tacklers. On Sept. 28, in their biggest game to date, the Hawks trailed top-ranked Hodgson 18-7 at halftime. Then Scooter returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown, and Deuce ran in the two-point conversion. Four minutes later, Deuce scored on a 21-yard run to push St. Georges ahead 21-18.
The Silver Eagles won 24-21 when quarterback Ray Jones scrambled and threw a brilliant, 54-yard touchdown pass to Ruben Saunders. But the Selby brothers and the rest of the Hawks would love to see Hodgson again in the Division II playoffs.
Both brothers claim to be faster than the other – and both are correct. At the Blue Hen Conference track meet last spring, Scooter won the 100-meter dash and Deuce finished third. When the 200 rolled around, Deuce finished first and Scooter took second.
“He’s not faster than me,” Deuce said. “We always compete in practice. He wins sometimes, I win sometimes. It’s back and forth.”
The brothers can run effectively between the tackles, but both do more damage on the flanks. Most of the inside work goes to senior fullback Tymiere Griffin, who has rushed for 397 yards and six touchdowns.
“Tymiere is a tough kid,” Maull said. “He weighs 175 pounds, and he runs the ball 20 times a game inside the tackles. He doesn’t get a whole lot of exposure, but he is the man for us. If we can’t get our inside game going, our outside game isn’t going to go.”
Scooter is a couple of pounds heavier – 150 to Deuce’s 148 – because he jokingly said he works harder in the weight room. Their coach sees a lot of similarities, but also sees different personalities in different situations.
“Scooter carries that big brother thing in the hallways,” Maull said. “But on the field, Deuce is a little bit more the big brother. Deuce yells at Scooter. Deuce is the quarterback of our defense, and Deuce puts Scooter in his place sometimes.
“I’ve never seen Scooter put Deuce in his place. He’ll be mad at me for saying that.”
Opposing coaches are mad if their defense allows No. 1 or No. 2 a clear path to the outside. Either way, it’s going to be a blur.