The double-takes started with new baby-faced head coach, Garrison Carter.
“The parents were like ‘Who is that? Is he a player?’” said one of his junior receivers.
Then it was his system—who throws the ball this much in Class 1A?
“Passing is so much more fun,” another junior receiver smiled.
“I thought it was awesome!” said senior quarterback, Caleb Frye.
As a junior, Frye broke every passing record at Ogden.
“I was just having fun,” Frye shrugged.
This year, it’s the receivers who have fans looking twice—at one name on the stat sheet. “West.”
At Van Meter, he grabbed the school record for receiving yards.
“Stepped up and had a huge game," Carter said, "and it was his first game starting for us at wide receiver.”
Following week against Colfax--West again--same record, new mark.
“It started off with that one-handed grab that I had,” West remembered.
The thing is, West is one name with two faces: Jake and Luke West.
Jake got the record first, Luke has it now.
If you’re confused, think of the opposing defenses.
“We go ‘twins right’ we have ‘twins right’ for real," said Carter. "We have two twins standing right next to each other on the right side of the field.”
It’s a rivalry that goes back to the delivery room and has no boundaries.
“I’m Playstation 3, he’s Xbox,” Luke said.
But that’s nothing compared to the receiving record.
“Deep down I’m a little mad," Jake admitted, "so now I’m pushing ‘I’m gonna beat you this week!’”
“You’ve got to credit their being twins to a lot of their success,” Carter said.
When twins do well, chances are, the team does, too, and Ogden is 5-1 for the first time in over a decade.
“People are standing on the sidelines,” Jake said.
“It’s so much fun,” Frye added.
South Hamilton is next on the schedule, it’s a game Bulldog fans usually write off as a loss. But these days, things are worth a second look in Ogden.