DENMARK - The Quarterback leads the team to the end zone; the kicker adds the extra point. It’s a sequence almost as old as football itself. The Denmark Vikings this season have added a new twist.
For Jon DePrey, earning the starting quarterback spot for Denmark as a freshman allowed him to play on the same team as an older sibling; a chance not many athletes get, even rarer, that sibling is his SISTER Nellie, the Vikings senior kicker...
Nellie DePrey is in her second year with the Vikings football team. It’s her first chance to play the alongside her younger brother. “We're pretty close and sports kind of brings us together. We've always competed against each other and now it's just nice to be on the same team,” Nellie said.
The DePreys are each other's biggest fans. They're also teenage siblings.
Jon DePrey recalled a typical sideline interaction between the two. “We just punch each other. Whenever she gets a field goal I just come over and hit her on the head because I don't usually get to do that and in the helmet it's obnoxious,” Jon said.
And even if little brother finds a way to annoy big sister, she's still his big sister, there watching out for him.
Sometimes when he gets hit pretty hard on the sidelines or dives in head first I get kind of nervous and I'm like what is he doing, Nellie said.
Jon usually enjoys having his sister on the team with him. One drawback though, it makes him an easy target for opponents' taunts.
“Sometimes I get teased from the other teams because it's like we've got your sister number. Its number 6,” Jon joked with a big smile.
A little teasing from opponents doesn't keep the duo from appreciating how special this time together is.
“It's pretty cool to help have them guide you along with the coaches’ expectations and all of that,” Jon said.
Nellie added, it's just kind of nice to be with Johnny in his first year of high school. It's just nice to know that I'm starting him off on a good foot.
The kicker helping the quarterback get started on the right foot. It’s poetic justice at it’s best.
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