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Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2018 9:13 pm | Updated: 11:33 am, Tue Aug 14, 2018.

After beginning their high school careers at different schools, brothers Marvin and Marcus Strong enter their senior years as teammates at Southridge.

“It’s overwhelming,” said Marvin, who is almost a year older. “It’s like the best thing ever.”

Marvin, a defensive lineman, began at South Dade and Marcus, an offensive lineman, started at Keys Gate before the two reunited as teammates last year for the first time since their Pop Warner days.

“It’s good,” Marcus said. “It’s a good bond. I can’t really explain it. Not everybody gets to do it to have the same graduating class as your brother.”

Since the two are on opposite sides of the ball, they often face one another in practices.

“It’s competing, but it’s all love,” Marvin said. “A lot of times we go back and forth because it’s competition and it’s the best man up. You’ve got to go hard.”

Both say the battles go back and forth with each taking a turn at having the edge.

“I can’t go easy on him,” Marcus said. “I’ve got to go hard every time and we shake it off when we get home.”

They are both competitive and while they have things in common, such as their passion for the game, the two have different personalities with Marvin as the more outgoing one while Marcus is more reserved.

The two are key players for the Spartans and are hoping to have a big season, which has a kickoff classic game on Aug. 17 at Ely before its season opener on Aug. 24 against American, led by a new head coach in Sedrick Irvin.

“This year is it,” Marvin said. “With the new coaching staff that we have, it’s coming together. I honestly love our new coaching staff from coach (P.J.) Cooney to coach Sed to coach (Philip) Simpson, I love it. It’s everything. If I had to tell somebody to go to a school it would be Southridge because it’s like a home. I went to South Dade and it doesn’t feel like how it is this year. It’s better.”

Marvin and Marcus are hoping this is not their final season playing together as they would like to continue being teammates in college.

“I love playing with my brother,” Marvin said. “I love my brother. I can’t see it another way.”

Arkansas State, which is the only school that has offered both, is a possibility.

“I hope we go to college together,” Marcus said.

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