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Garnett twins doubly dangerous for Fox Chapel

| Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
Brothers Nigel (left) and Chad Garnett prepare for their senior season at Fox Chapel on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.

With an unusual number of players sidelined with season-ending injuries, it will be up to the healthy players to raise their level of play this year at Fox Chapel.

Five projected starters appeared at photo day with crutches and walking casts, making the scene at the James Burk Complex look more like an infirmary than a football training camp.

But two players are hoping to look beyond the injuries and make Foxes opponents see double.

Senior twins Nigel and Chad Garnett will be needed to play a larger role for Fox Chapel this season — and that suits the pair just fine.

“A lot of guys are going to have to step up and I think Nigel and I are expected, from the start of the season to help carry the team,” Chad Garnett said.

“It's a challenge,” Foxes coach Eric Ravotti said. “We play in probably the best conference in the state, maybe in America. It's great to have people like the Nigels and the Chads develop, and we finally have some senior leadership. They're teaching kids what it takes to strive and get better every day.”

Both Garnetts will play running back and, at times, slot receiver and cornerback. Both are relishing a larger role in 2013.

Nigel caught 13 passes last year for 130 yards. Chad had five receptions for 47 yards.

“We basically do everything together,” Nigel said. “We hang out with the same friends. You name it, we do it together.”

Ravotti is happy to be coaching the pair.

“Athletically and academically, they're just wonderful human beings,” Ravotti said. “They've done everything I've ever asked them to and they show the younger players how to go about their business.”

Because there is so much in common between the Garnett twins, the question is: Do twins really have telepathy and know what each other is thinking and is about to do?

“I don't know if you'd call it telepathy,” Nigel said. “We think the same thing sometimes, just from being together and knowing what each other is like. We think the same sometimes.”

Could the Garnetts, who are being scouted by a number of colleges, be a package deal?

“We've thought about that a little bit,” Nigel said. “If we'd go together somewhere, it would be easier for our parents. But if we had to split, we'd do it.”

The duo hasn't had an opportunity to visit the annual nationwide twins convention each year in Twinsburg, Ohio, because it falls during football camp. But a trip there could be in the Garnetts' future.

“I think that would definitely be something cool to go to,” Chad said. “I think it would be a cool experience seeing just twins everywhere.”

But for now, the Garnetts hope to cause double trouble for Quad North opponents.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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