Being twin brothers, Mike and Will Davis are naturally compared to each other in every endeavor they undertake.
The Manchester Essex twins have done everything together since they were born - hang out together, compete in the same sports, take the same classes and a bit of a friendly sibling rivalry has developed between the two.
“There’s always a competition between us, no matter what we’re doing,” Will Davis said. “We are always trying to beat each other out and one up each other, it’s part of having a twin brother.”
Fortunately for Hornets head coach Mike Athanas and unfortunately for opponents, the Davis brothers have channeled that sibling rivalry into results on the football field. The twins man each defensive end spot on a Manchester Essex unit that is developing into a real strength, and by pushing each other, the two have brought their respective games, and the defensive unit as a whole, to the next level.
“They have both been a huge help to us at defensive end this year,” Athanas said. “They have a little size, they can move, they’re strong and they’re tough. It’s nice to have one of them on each end.”
The Davis’ have always been around the culture of football growing up in Louisiana, where their uncle was an All State tight end, but did not take up the game until recently, Mike as an eighth grader in Louisiana and Will as a freshman for Manchester Essex.
When their family moved to Manchester, where their father grew up and played on the 1981 Hornets Super Bowl team, the brothers immediately signed up to play football for the Hornets.
“I played my eighth grade year in Louisiana and our family has really given the motivation to play,” Mike Davis said. “Down south everyone’s big on football, it’s a different culture but when we got here we were hooked on the sport and we loved it.”