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Chris Murphy, Published October 30 2013

Moorhead brothers letting their game do the talking

Moorhead - Moorhead senior wide receiver Brett Lawrence and junior running back/defensive back Jade Lawrence aren’t big talkers.

“They don’t say a lot,” Moorhead football coach Kevin Feeney said. “I used to joke with their dad that those car rides have got to be real quiet when you go on the road, because neither of them hardly say anything.”

But there’s no louder silence for the two brothers than after a Moorhead loss.

“It’s quiet,” Brett said. “No one really says too much. After a loss, it’s just a loss.”

Their jersey numbers are fitting, as Brett wears No. 1 and Jade wears No. 2, seeing as they are the 1-2 punch of the Moorhead offense that is playing in its fourth consecutive section title game Saturday.

The Spuds have thrown seven touchdowns, six of which have gone to Brett as part of his team-leading 41 receptions and 629 yards receiving. Jade is the rushing leader with 808 yards and nine touchdowns on 113 attempts to go along with 17 receptions for 158 yards and 13 solo tackles, one forced fumble and two interceptions on defense.

The Lawrence brothers haven’t really needed to say much this season. The numbers speak volumes.

They aren’t always quiet though. When Feeney explains to one Lawrence brother why the other Lawrence brother is getting the ball more in a game, their response sums up why the Spuds are where they are.

“The common response is, ‘I don’t care. I just want to win,’” Feeney said. “They both just want to win. If you look at our stats, there are games where Brett has one or two catches and Jade has a ton of yards or vice versa, and it doesn’t matter to them.”

The Lawrences want to win in everything. Jade claimed he “whoops” Brett in basketball, but, after he was reminded that Brett has five inches on him, plays varsity basketball and can power clean 250 pounds, Jade’s statement changed to he can “compete” with him in basketball. Brett denied any competition in basketball and threw in that he always wins in ping pong.

“That’s ridiculous,” Brett said. “There’s no way he can beat me in basketball.”

It’s a good thing the two play on the same team, which they haven’t done as starters since Brett was in sixth grade and Jade was in fifth. Chances are their pregame routine hasn’t changed since then.

“We played ‘Mario Kart’ against each other for the first two home games, but stopped after we lost,” Jade said. “We always usually eat and then take a nap.”

Saturday’s game against Sartell-St. Stephen will mark the fourth time in his four years at Moorhead that Feeney will be coaching in a section title game. He says it’s because of players like the Lawrence brothers.

“The beauty of both those two kids is their work ethic,” Feeney said. “There’s a lot of preparation that goes into playing for a section title. You used to have to try to convince kids that this is why they had to do weight training, this is why they had to do the summer conditioning program, but now it’s become, ‘We will be successful because of that kind of stuff. The kids have bought into the idea that working hard is why we’re so successful on Fridays.’”

The Lawrence brothers may not say much, but they certainly aren’t ready for a silent ride home and the end of playing together. It’s all just one loss away.

“It’ll be a sad day when it ends,” Jade said. “Hopefully it isn’t any time soon.”

Brett certainly won’t argue with that.

“It’s tough to think about,” Brett said. “You think about it, but you don’t know that feeling yet. Hopefully it doesn’t happen anytime soon.”

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Chris Murphy at (701) 241-5548