Class 4A high school football: Twin linebackers aid Oneonta's championship effort

Class 4A high school football: Twin linebackers aid Oneonta's championship effort

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Class 4A high school football: Twin linebackers aid Oneonta's championship effort

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Finally, there’s something the Boyd brothers can agree upon. And that’s something that rarely happens without a spirited debate.

The identical twins from Oneonta, Ethan and Thomas, have been playing football side-by-side since childhood, and winning a state championship has been shared goal that has eluded them, losing in the state final each of the past two years.

Their wait ended Friday as Oneonta defeated Charles Henderson 28-10 for the Class 4A championship at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

“We don’t shy away from the fact we’ve lost the last two years,” Thomas Boyd said. “In fact, I think having been through that makes this year even sweeter.”

The Boyds have always enjoyed a close but competitive relationship.

“They’ve always been each other’s best friend,” their mom, Tracy Boyd, said. “Their competiveness comes from being twins, and they push each other in whatever they do. There’s a trust between them you can’t describe.”

The rivalry covers the spectrum far beyond their role as senior linebackers for the Redskins (14-1). They banter about who is best-looking, strongest, fastest or smartest, etc.

Thomas scored a 34 on the ACT, one point better than his brother. Ethan counters that he has a higher GPA and recorded more tackles.

“They are absolutely the sweetest, kindest boys you will ever meet. But when it comes to their ACT scores, they take after me,” said Pat Woods, their grandmother.

Ethan made 11 tackles, two more than Thomas, on Friday and had an interception. Terrell McDaniel rushed for 163 yards on 19 carries, Avery Reid scored three touchdowns and Ko Powell passed for 127 yards and ran for 82.

It added up to the fourth championship in Oneonta’s history.

“We’ve been working for this all our lives, and it’s incredible to be able to share this with my brother,” Thomas said.

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