Holly twins have many similarities on soccer field

Feb. 24, 2006 - Brent and Blake Holly both say they have the "twin connection" on the soccer field that bonds them together. 

But, SSHS soccer coach Andy Holt said it's more than being identical twins that sets them apart - it's their skill level.

"Both of them are extremely skilled and know the game, and you can see it when they play," Holt said of the two All-District picks. "They do a great job of finding each other and the open man. It's fun to watch them play.

"They both are very active on the field, and like to be in on the play."

Blake, the older brother by eight minutes, was named the district's Co-Offensive MVP last season as a junior, and Brent was a First Team pick at midfielder.

This season, Brent has been moved to sweeper - the proverbial free safety of the defensive unit - in a change that solidified the Wildcat defense. 

It's no coincidence that the Cats are currently on a 12-game winning streak and lead District 13-4A with a 6-0 record going into tomorrow afternoon's match against Paris. Since that position change, the SSHS first string has given up just one goal in 13 games.

"That says a lot about Brent himself and how he understands that position back there, and how he understands the game," Holt said. "That also freed us up to put Graham (Northcutt) at right back, who's a great marking back, and we've got Wilfredo (Larios) at left back. 

"Brent does a great job of knowing when to attack and when to sit back - and he's getting better at it every game because he's getting that experience."

Blake, meanwhile, has remained at the front of the offensive unit, and is third on the team with seven goals and six assists.

"Blake's a captain, voted on by the team, and does a great job in the middle," Holt said. "He does a great job of attacking the goal."

The boys have played together the last 18 years, but don't know if it will continue after their senior season. They both would like to play college soccer, maybe at East Texas Baptist or Lon Morris or College of the Ozarks, but Brent said they haven't really discussed if they will go to the same college.

"We're not planning to go to the same place, but we're not planning not to," he said. "It's whatever we decide."

They are involved in some of the same activities, but not all. Blake is part of Wildcat TV and works at the skating rink. Brent works at Chicken Express. The do come together, though, on the soccer pitch.

"We like it. We have the connection, like people say," Brent said. "We always know where the other one is at, so it makes it more fun. I like playing with him."

Blake added, "I like being on the same team. We've always been on the same team and played together. It's just normal to be playing with him. We kind of know where each other is at most of the time."

Holt said that's what he has seen since they were little.

"I've been able to see them grow up, and they've always had that connection to be able to find the other one, even where they were little," he explained. "They were freshmen when I started coaching here, and they've been a big part of our success the last four years."

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