Junior Thunder has double option with twins

By: Cecil Conley, Sports Editor
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Cole and Cade Wyant could do their father a favor by flipping a coin to decide who gets to play quarterback and who has to find another offensive position. Neither is willing to switch, however. The two want to follow in the footsteps of their father, Drew, who played quarterback at Vacaville High School and Cal State Sacramento. Where one brother goes, the other is sure to follow. After all, the 9-year-olds are twins. At least their Junior Pee Wee football teammates with the Rocklin Junior Thunder can tell them apart. Cade is taller than Cole, who has a mole on his chin. “They call him ‘Cole with the mole,’” said their mother, Lana. “Cade has a mole, but it’s on his knee.” Lana has finally figured out that what is good for one son is usually fine with the other. She tries to buy them shirts of different colors and patterns, but they always pick the exact same shirt. “They have something that the rest of us don’t get,” Lana said of her sons’ bond. “If one of them gets up at 3 (a.m.) to go to the bathroom, he’ll wake the other one up and they’ll go together.” Cade and Cole share a bedroom, Lana said, even though there is an empty bedroom that one could call his own. Their parents have come to accept that their sons enjoy each other’s company. “He’s always there for me,” Cade said. If they can share a room, they can certainly share playing time at quarterback. Drew said he has never tried to talk one of his sons into playing another position. And he has some say in where they play. Drew is their head coach, just as he was last season when the twins played for the Mighty Mites with the Whitney Junior Wildcats. As much as he looks out for his sons, the team has to come first. Code and Cade split time at quarterback last year, but that will probably not be the case with the Junior Pee Wees because the team has three quarterbacks. One twin will be the odd man out. “They understand that only one can play (quarterback),” Drew said, “but the other will play on defense.” The twins have no problem with that. As with almost everything else, they will find a way to work it out. Take their jersey numbers, for example. Cade wears No. 4, his father’s number in high school and college, with the Junior Pee Wees. Cole can have it when the two are playing baseball. Cole will let Cade have No. 4 in football because he wants 17. That is the same number as his favorite NFL player, Phillip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers. And, yes, Rivers is a quarterback. Such a compromise does not come as a surprise to their father, who said he “couldn’t be more blessed.” “They’re best friends and their biggest supporters,” Drew said. “They’ll even take the rap for one another.” Cole loves to recall the time he had a mean remark to a classmate, who went straight to the teacher to tattle. When the girl named the culprit, however, she got confused and said it was Cade. The teacher gave Cade an earful even though he knew it was his brother who had opened his mouth. “I didn’t say anything,” Cole said, “until after he got in trouble.”