Charlie and Kevin Hackett said they were both regularly involved in sports growing up.
However, their paths seldom crossed on the field.
Charlie Hackett played football and Kevin played soccer, but as the water boy for his older brother’s team, Kevin was constantly around the game. By the sixth grade, he said he lost all interest in soccer and began pursuing football.
Being just one year apart, the brothers are not only playing together for the first time at the varsity level, but also acting as key contributors to Century’s success this season.
“It’s cool to play together,” Charlie Hackett said. “We’ve always been competitive. We used to fight all the time.”
Those tendencies are common among siblings, but fights have phased out and transitioned into compliments.
“He can always help me out,” Kevin Hackett said. “With football, he’s given me tips when I first started and it’s really helped me through the years I’ve played. He asks for my advice on stuff because everything he goes through I’ve been through before.”
On the field, they benefit each other.
Charlie Hackett, a senior, is one of the Knights’ captains. The bulk of his production has come on the defensive side of the ball, but he’s tallied 140 rushing yards and three touchdowns this season.
When he scores, there’s a good chance Kevin Hackett is the one kicking the extra point.
The younger Hackett, a junior, is 3-of-5 on field goals this season, and has made 21 of 23 extra points as Century’s primary placekicker.
He’s also added five catches for 96 yards and one touchdown as a receiver.
The Knights (5-2, 3-1 in county) have already surpassed their win total from last season.
They are still in the running for a Carroll County Athletic League title, and have playoff aspirations — they’re in the the fourth and final seed in the Class 2A West Region behind Damascus, Oakdale, and county foe Liberty
The brothers have played their parts, and Knights coach Todd Edmondson said he sees tremendous similarities in both. Edmondson said Charlie Hackett’s work ethic as a junior last year has only continued to grow this season.
“You know they’re cut from the same mold,” Edmonson said. “The first thing I look at as a coach is their effort in practice [which] carries over into the game and it just runs throughout the whole program.”
That, in return, has not only benefited the likes of Kevin Hackett but the entire Century team this season.
“They know the expectations and they do their best to do their job and it sprinkles throughout the whole team,” Edmondson said. “That’s the best part. They’re brothers but that expectation — Kevin learns from Charlie … and he follows.”
Few siblings get to experience this opportunity and with the season slowly winding down within the coming months, both brothers recognize it may be one of the last times they’ll be able to play organized football together.
But the focus still remains on the task at hand, while still enjoying the moment.
“It’s awesome,” Charlie Hackett said. “When you’re younger, you come to the games, you see them, you watch them … It’s crazy how you look up to something for so long and then once it’s here, it’s great, but it goes by so quickly.”