Nothing has to be said.
Northeast Lauderdale High School quarterback Josh Everett simply needs to give his brother Phillip that look, and the two know what each other is thinking.
The Trojans have capitalized on a brotherly connection this season, as junior Josh Everett joined his brother Phillip in the backfield.
While the two brothers bring speed and athleticism to the Trojan backfield, it is their ability to connect on the field that makes them a threat to break open a play at any given time.
“It's cool because he knows what I'm going to do and I know what he's going to do,” Josh Everett said. “We discuss the game every where we go. We are almost always together, and we always talk about game-time decisions together. When it happens we are pretty prepared.”
In his first year starting at quarterback, Josh Everett has brought athleticism to the position. With Josh and Phillip Everett in the back field, the Trojans are able to give opposing defenses plenty of different looks and often leave defenders scratching their heads on how to stop them.
“It opens up our playbook a lot,” Northeast head coach Curt Blackburn said. “We have a lot more options to run the ball now with a quarterback or a running back. Sometimes we will even line Phillip up in slot and bring in our third running back. It really puts the defense in a bind.”
Although he is a year younger than his brother, Josh Everett has stepped into a leadership role, taking charge of the Trojan offense this season. The natural leader, Josh attended a Youth Leadership seminar for East Mississippi and also went to a seminar in Washington D.C. over the summer.
Despite being older, Phillip does not object to listening to the advice his younger brother gives him in the huddle.
“I'm still the big brother,” Phillip Everett said laughing. “But he is the quarterback and he sees more things than I do, so I listen to him.”
In practice the two are always helping out one another, Blackburn said their ability to to really know the other allows them to provide a boost when one of them is down.
“When one is dragging it is really good to have the other one out here,” Blackburn said. “They will pick each other up.”
Football is not just what brings the two together on the field. In fact, the talk of football really never ends in the Everett house.
“It is non stop with us,” Josh Everett said. “We talk about college, NFL, we even come to the little league games on Saturday to help out. It is always football with us.”
While the two are enjoying their time together playing for Northeast, the talented duo has given some thought to playing together on Saturday's if the opportunities presents itself.
“We having been playing together since seventh grade,” Phillip Everett said. “We know a lot about each other. We have been looking for rides together at college.”
Friday night the Trojans will start district play as they face Quitman High School. In order to take down the Panthers, Northeast will look to utilize its speed and maybe hope for some more brotherly connection to break a few big plays.
“It's going to be athletes against athletes,” Blackburn said. “We just hope to have a real good game to open up district play.”