It's no surprise that in a small town high school, football is always on the minds of Alex and Jordan Lopez.
The 16-year-old twins were separated by a minute at birth. But this hasn't given either of them a domination complex.
The twins love to do everything together, and have been close ever since they could hold a thought in their head.
“We always have fun together,” Jordan said. “When ever we go places we're always together, same time and same everything.”
Now the main thing they do together is torch defenses for the Walden Grove High School football team, with Alex tossing the ball to his brother for touchdown after touchdown.
The two put on a show during last Friday’s game against Douglas, when the brothers connected for five touchdowns, taking the win during Douglas's homecoming 50-3.
The twins were raised in Pasadena, California, for a couple of months, until their dad got a job in Arizona as a Border Patrol agent. The family first moved to Green Valley where the two boys played intramural sports.
Through their younger years, both their mother and father instilled that grades will always come before sports. They also reluctantly joined the Boy Scouts, realizing later that it made a lasting impact on them.
“They've [our parents] always been on top of us, like with respect of course, and then we did Boy Scouts,” Alex said. “It actually impacted us and gave us different quality traits that we have now, like building a fire or knowing survival skills.”
After a couple of years, the family moved to Sahuarita. The duo brought their love and passion for the sport along with them when they started at Walden Grove.
They weren't always the quarterback and wide receiver power house duo like they are now. Jordan played running back for the majority of his life, until he hit his growth spurt in high school. He called growing from 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet in a short time “the worst pain of his life.”
In contrast, Alex always played a leadership role for any team he was on.
“I like getting the ball every single play,” Alex said.
Along with football, the two have also come to like a lot of the same things in life. Their favorite movie is “Step Brothers,” their favorite restaurant is a hamburger restaurant in California called Original Tommy's, and their favorite video game to play is Fortnite, although only having one console to play it on can lead to minor arguments.
While Alex does claim to have more wins in solo play, Jordan always has friends that come online that say they want Jordan to play in their group instead of Alex, they say.
The bond between the two isn’t lost on their coach.
“They definitely got a great connection with each other,” coach Corey Noble said. “A lot of the times they pretty much know what the other one is going to do.”
Alex was the backup quarterback last season, when the Red Wolves finished 7-4.
Last season, Alex only completed four out of the five passes that he threw, while Jordan had 12 receptions and 209 yards.
This season, the boys, both juniors, are starting in every game and have had a huge increase in their stats.
With three games to go, Alex is 378 yards shy of having more passing yards than last season’s starting quarterback. Seeing as how Alex is averaging 180.2 yards per game, he's on good pace to beat that mark this season.
Jordan has already beaten last year’s top wide receivers in yardage, with his 466 yards and he is looking to add a lot more as well.
Playing this season, the two have definitely made a name for themselves. They were invited to UCLA to explore the campus and think about a college football career there.
“It was good to see a different state, and it was great to meet the guys from California and see how much different we are,” Alex said.
They were also invited to ASU and UA.
The twins like to claim that they're a package deal when it comes to playing football, but have expressed that if one of them gets an offer and the other doesn't, they will support each other regardless.
“They are definitely two of our leaders on our offense,” Noble said. “Jordan's our go-to guy, most teams we play know, and that's why he's double covered all the time.”