Eugene, Ore. -- Besides Michael Johnson Jr. and Patrick Herbert, Zach and Jack Folsom have held their own on a stacked Sheldon Irish football team.
The twins have been playing football since the 5th grade and have always played side by side, except in elementary school when the two were told it was against the rules to play on the same team.
"We always loved football, watching it and stuff and we were like always begging our mom. Oh can we please play that and we finally did it," said Jack. "Like I remember my first tackling drill. Right when I got that first pop, just like just immediately just loved it."
The twins were born in Eugene, but transferred to Sheldon their sophomore year after momentarily living in Bend. Zack played varsity that year, while Jack sat out with an ankle injury.
The Folsoms also excel off the field, specifically in the classroom.
"I mean they call it student athlete because you're a student first then an athlete. I have a 3.9 gpa and I work really hard to you know keep my grades up and stuff," said Zach. "I really believe that if you're working hard in the classroom that it's going to pay off," said Jack. "Like it's going to show on the field, you're going to be working hard also and I mean in the end it's like school that really is going to take you places."
As the seniors wrap up their last year in the Irish uniform, thoughts of the future linger on. Both twins love math and science, and plan to major in engineering. However, they haven't thought much about going their separate ways.
"Honestly I don't know what that would be like. Cause we; I mean what was the longest time we've been apart like maybe three days," said Jack.
But until that day happens, the Folsom twins will take their place at Dennis Ludwig Stadium, lined up right next to each other fighting for the Irish.
Jack said, "I definitely know that he'll make a play. And if he's blocking for me, I have confidence that he's going to be working his best to be trying to have me have a good play."
"It's really competitive, if he scores a touchdown then I'm going to be kind of mad. Cause I want a touchdown; you know I'm going to try and score two touchdowns now," said Zach.
And Sheldon football has benefitted from that competitiveness, as well as that bond between brothers.
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