Talent runs in the family
Brothers make potent 1-2 rush for Weymouth
Dylan Colarusso doesn’t need to look far to find motivation; his biggest competition just happens to live in the same house.
The 5-foot, 11-inch, 212-pound Colarusso is the go-to back for Weymouth High after rushing for 11 touchdowns last season.
Yet for all his success, the senior captain knows that his little brother — Austin or “Ozzy,’’ a 5-11, 165-pound sophomore — is a very capable player, too.
“They’re like thunder and lightning,’’ said Weymouth head coach Kevin Mackin in describing the Colarusso brothers. “Dylan is a man; he is a powerhouse kid. He may be the strongest kid in the entire school, never mind pound-for-pound.
“Ozzy is the guy that can come in and gash you,’’ he said. “If he makes you miss, he’s gone. He’s more of a slasher.’’
“They’re very competitive with each other,’’ Mackin said. “Most players are, but it’s more special when they’re brothers. They’re certainly pulling for each other, but they’re pushing each other to do better also.’’
And together, they have helped push the Wildcats to a 3-0 start.
■In a 33-7 win over Norwood in Week 1, Dylan ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns and Ozzy added a 1-yard TD plunge.
■The following week, Ozzy stole the show, scoring three touchdowns: one via a 65-yard punt return, another on a 30-yard run, and the third on a 52-yard interception return, while Dylan scored twice, in a 48-21 win over Framingham.
■Last Friday night, Dylan was dazzling, rushing for 252 yards and three touchdowns while Ozzy scored once in the Wildcats’ 41-14 win over Milton.
“We try to one-up each other,’’ said the 15-year-old Ozzy, who has also picked off four passes as a cornerback on defense. “I like challenging him because it makes us better.’’
“I think it’s easier for us to play harder because we’re pushing each other,’’ said the 17-year-old Dylan, who also starts at linebacker for the Wildcats.
“We have that competitive nature based on the other one’s performance. He’s more than just a teammate.’’
The brothers’ contributions have been a major reason Weymouth is 3-0. The two have combined for 12 touchdowns (Dylan has seven, Ozzy has five), though the elder brother said stats don’t matter.
“If I drive the ball down the field and Oz gets the touchdown I could care less, as long as we get the six points on the board,’’ said Dylan. “The touchdown race or whatever you want to call it means nothing to me; I just want to keep getting those W’s.’’
Because they are two years apart, the two spent most of their youth playing on different teams, at different age levels.
This past spring, the two were finally able to play together, on the Weymouth varsity baseball squad. Dylan is an outfielder and Ozzy is a shortstop-pitcher. The pair also wrestled in their own weight divisions growing up.
Their mother, Pam, said that it has been enjoyable, and a relief, to finally have the two united on the same team.
“I remember the long days of Pop Warner football,’’ she said. “Watching one game, staying after for the next one. It’s great being able to watch them play together. I couldn’t be more proud of them.’’
The Colarussos would each like to play at the next level: Dylan said he has looked at Westfield State and Springfield College as possible destinations to play football next year. Ozzy is a few years away from college but believes he has a good chance to play baseball, though he is open to playing football as well.
For now, the siblings are determined to lead Weymouth to a Bay State Conference Carey title, and the accompanying playoff berth. Dylan admitted he is already anticipating the Thanksgiving Day matchup against Bay State power Walpole, a game that could very well determine the Wildcats’ playoff fate. It will also be his 18th birthday.
“It’s going to be a big day, here at home,’’ Dylan said. “Hopefully we can come out with the win and we’ll still be playing the next week.’’
The Green Wave knocked off Bishop Feehan, 20-12, Friday night to present the 37-year head coach, an Abington alum, No. 200. He is the 40th football coach in state history to reach 200 victories.
“My coaching staff has been great,’’ Kelliher told the Globe after the win. “We have now been together for a long time and know each other pretty well. The kids respect them a lot, and the kids react to them, which is one of the more important things.”
With the Hawks’ 23-20 win, Xaverian now leads the all-time series, 14-13, and has won 13 of the last 20 meetings.
It is the first time since 1968 that Xaverian has led the series, the same year head coach Charlie Stevenson was a senior at the school.
Patrick McHugh can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.