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Gazette: Finally Hunte Twins Meet On Field

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a wonderful feature story on the Hunte twin brothers. Chad of UMass and Kyle of Delaware will be on opposite sidelines for the first time as their teams battle on Saturday.

"When we decided to go to different schools we talked about it. We knew we were going to play each other," Chad said. "It's been a big week for us. In our town everyone is talking about it. It's a little different. We've always been together. But at the same time its good for us. I'm definitely glad the game is here. When it's over it's going to be bad for one of us. ... Hopefully him."

Finally, fraternal twins meet on the field

AMHERST - With the exception of gym class and a rare intramural game, Chad and Kyle Hunte had always been teammates.

Youth soccer, baseball and basketball, Pop Warner football and sports throughout high school, even when they'd play Madden NFL on PlayStation, they'd use the teammate setting so they'd be controlling players on the same side. The Huntes, as the fraternal twin brothers were known to teammates and classmates for most of their lives, were always on the same side.

So it surprised nobody that both Chad and Kyle chose to go to the same school after standout careers at Brookline High School.

They seemed destined to pick Northeastern, where their father had played and their parents had met. Even their Brookline coach, Laz Mitjans, was a former Husky. The Huntes expected to be part of a new chapter of Northeastern football. Instead they were part of the final one. Shortly after their freshman year ended last fall, school officials announced the program was being discontinued.

For many of their teammates, the announcement meant the end of their football careers. The Huntes, who'd both shown promise and had three years of eligibility remaining, had offers from several schools including UMass and Delaware. Chad liked UMass immediately and Kyle felt like Delaware was the best fit. For the first time in their football careers the Huntes decided to take different paths.

"We're just fortunate enough to keep playing," said Chad, who has played in every game on special teams and as a reserve linebacker for the Minutemen. "A lot of kids weren't fortunate enough. I love it here at UMass. It's good being here and being part of a winning program."

Those paths intersect this weekend when Delaware and UMass meet at 1 p.m. at McGuirk Stadium.

"When we decided to go to different schools we talked about it. We knew we were going to play each other," Chad said. "It's been a big week for us. In our town everyone is talking about it. It's a little different. We've always been together. But at the same time its good for us. I'm definitely glad the game is here. When it's over it's going to be bad for one of us. ... Hopefully him."

Kyle agreed. ... Except for the last part.

"It's going to be fun to see him in a different color uniform. With both of us playing defense, we won't really line up against each other except on special teams," said Kyle, who admitted he might try to take a shot at his younger-by-two-minutes brother on special teams. "You might see that this weekend."

Chad hoped so.

"I'm trying to line up right against him," he said.

The Huntes talk every day, sometimes multiple times, trading phone calls, text messages and Tweets. When they walk off the field after their respective Saturday games, there's always a text message waiting with the other's game result.

They've continued their regular conversation this week even as they prepare to face each other. The verbal sniping has been minimal to this point.

"The trash talking will come after the game," Chad said.

The game has implications that extend well beyond bragging rights at the Hunte family Christmas. A UMass win would likely sew up a playoff berth for the Minutemen. Delaware, which has likely already clinched its postseason invite, would improve its chances for home field advantage in the playoffs. If William & Mary loses either of its final two games, Hunte vs. Hunte could determine the Colonial Athletic Association title.

"There's lots on the line for us as well as them," Chad said.

It's not nearly as fun for Mom. Roylene Hunte isn't sure what to wear, where to sit and what outcome she's hoping for.

"This is the first time we've ever had to do that. I'm so torn. I've been thinking about this day since we got the schedule. I've been trying to figure what to do and I still don't know," said Roylene, who will be at the game with her husband Alan, her oldest son A.J. and a contingent of grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends. "I think a lot of them are coming to support me. I just hope it doesn't go overtime."

At Northeastern, her choice of clothes would have been easy. She had a Northeastern football sweatshirt with "K. Hunte 35" on one arm and "C. Hunte 53" on the other. She hasn't been able to bring herself to throw it out yet, but she can't bring herself to wear it again either.

"I haven't pulled it out since the season ended," she said. "It's really sad. We were excited the boys were together at Northeastern, which is a great school academically and was close to home. It was easy for us to go to the games. The boys were happy and we were happy to have them at that same school."

She was hoping they might pick the same school again, but she's happy that they're happy and that both teams are winning, something that happened rarely at Northeastern.

"Both schools are great schools and both teams have welcomed both boys. They're happy and they're playing. And they're winning," she said and added laughing, "We're not used to that."

This will be the first of three expected annual meetings between the Huntes, who are both sophomores. Whichever brother wins two figures to have lifelong bragging rights, although neither were willing to settle on just two.

"Hopefully we'll get all three," Chad said.

"I'm going for 3-0, to have all the bragging rights," Kyle said. "This will be an argument for life."


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