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Football: Wolf twins look alike and play alike for Trojans

POSTED: November 20, 2007 5:04 a.m.
Hunter and Dylon Wolf never take for granted their relationship as identical twins. Not to get overly emotional, but these two North Hall seniors look at the special relationship they share as one of best friends.

They like the assurance of always having an automatic partner on hand to do all the things high school kids like to do: fishing, video games, watching sports and hanging out with other friends.

But what they like most of all is playing football for the Region 7-AAA champion Trojans. Both are eager to start the Class AAA state playoffs against McNair tonight at the Brickyard.

Both have played for two seasons at North Hall since moving to Hall County from Wilmington, North Carolina before their junior year.

"We’re always together," Hunter Wolf said.

The overall similarities between these two are almost, well, identical. Just a few of the many examples of their similarities are the fact they favor the same classes, like the same sports and even both sport a buzz cut to make telling the pair apart nearly impossible.

"There’s many times I call them (Hunter and Dylon) by the wrong name if I can’t see Hunter’s tattoo and he doesn’t have his earring in," their mother Rhonda Wolf said.

These brothers can also read each other almost like a book. Although, to debunk any popular myths about identical twins, they can’t tell what the other is thinking, nor can one feel the other’s pain.

"We can tell what kind of mood each other is in, like when he’s mad or happy," Dylon Wolf said. "But we can’t tell exactly what the other person is thinking."

The only physically discernible difference is the tattoo Hunter has on his bicep. As far as personality goes, Dylon says he is the more outgoing of the two, while Hunter is admittedly more reserved.

According to their mother, her twin sons are mirror-twins, which is a characteristic of 25 percent of identical twins. In mirror twins, the siblings will have characteristics that mirror one another.

In the Wolfs, Hunter kicks with his left foot and Dylon kicks with his right foot. Also, the twins bat with opposite hands.

"It’s interesting, they have such unique traits," she said.

The Wolfs also have two older siblings; a brother Scott, 25, and a sister, Ashley, 22. Both older siblings live outside the state, but have been able to see their brothers play this season.

This pair of football players also like to have a little fun, every now and then, at other people’s expense. Last season, in track and field, Dylon took his brother’s spot in a meet running the 4 x 400 relay without the Trojans’ coach being able to tell the difference.

"He had almost the exact same time I run," Hunter said.

Sure, they still have the normal relationship most brothers have. They have a tendency to get into trivial arguments, but rarely leave the point of contention, whether it be on the field or anywhere else, with hard feelings.

The good times having a twin clearly outweigh the bad, according to the Wolfs.

And playing football is when these mild-mannered teenagers really come alive.

The 5-foot-9 inch, 190-pound seniors on the Trojans’ football team are most well known for making plays on Friday nights. Hunter leads North Hall in rushing with 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns heading into the playoffs.

Dylon is one of the Trojans’ outside linebackers who is regarded for his hard-hitting tackles. He is third on the team with 63 total tackles. Dylon is also a big part of the Trojans’ (10-0) offense at the wing back position with 404 rushing yards and 194 receiving yards.

"They are both very nice young men," North Hall coach Bob Christmas said. "They work hard, don’t have egos and that’s the kind of football players I like."

Hunter Wolf’s acclimation to the Trojans’ program was a little bitter-sweet. In his junior season he led the team in rushing (1,238 yards, 21 touchdowns) while his brother was sidelined most of the season with various injuries including a pulled muscle followed by mononucleosis.

"I know it killed him not to be out there playing last season," Hunter said.

These two North Hall stars are enjoying this season with the possibilities that the postseason presents. Hunter and Dylon both eagerly anticipate these final weeks playing with this large senior class that has already played in the quarterfinals twice in its career.

"We’re all aware that these are the final weeks that our senior class is going to play together," Dylon Wolf said.

"We don’t want it to end," his brother added.

The Wolf family relocated to North Hall from eastern North Carolina.

In North Carolina, the boys played Pop Warner football at a young age for one of Christmas’ former players, Dan Dehass, from earlier in his coaching career in Virginia. Christmas’ former pupil wanted his son, Beau Dehass, to have the same opportunity to play for the same coach he admired growing up and still had a close relationship with over the years.

The Trojans’ coach says he discouraged the move for a number of reasons.

Dehass, who owned a successful car dealership, sold his business in North Carolina and moved to Hall County. As a result, the Wolf family also relocated into the school’s district to give their sons the same opportunity to play for the coach they heard so much about.

Once the boys relocated to North Hall, Christmas didn’t quite know at first know where to play his new players. Hunter Wolf originally was a quarterback at Laney High before moving to North Hall.

Christmas says he wasn’t expecting the impact Hunter Wolf would have in his first season rushing as Hall County’s leading rusher and being named an All-County selection.

"I couldn’t imagine having a better backfield with the hands they have between Hunter, Dylon and Bobby Epps," Christmas said.

"I love playing here at North Hall," Hunter Wolf said. "I’ve learned lessons about life and football, so it’s a win-win situation."

All through life these two have had each other to lean on. They moved regularly growing up living in Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana all before the age of 10.

"We’ve lived everywhere except on the west coast," Dylon Wolf said. "Maybe we’ll do that in college."

According to their mother, the biggest learning experience and bonding between the brothers took place while they were still in elementary school, living on a Sioux Indian reservation where their father was a school administrator at Fort Peck in Poplar, Montana.

Dylon and Hunter’s mother is Native American and says she always felt more accepted by the native population than the rest of the family. She always insisted on the boys taking all their classes together growing up to ensure they would have their best friend right there.

"Hunter and Dylon are always good to other people," their mother said.

Hunter and Dylon haven’t started narrowing down their college choices yet. They haven’t even gone on recruiting trips.

But in the end they know they’ll have each other to lean on still in the future.

"We’ll always be there for each other," Hunter Wolf said.



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