By Bill Althaus
How intimidating are Blue Springs football twins Carlos and Khalil Davis?
Just ask their teammate Elijah Lee, the reigning Examiner Co-Defensive Player of the Year and the winner of the 2012 Buck Buchanan Award, given to the top defensive player in the metro area.
“They scare me, and I play with them,” a grinning Lee said. “Can you imagine what it would be like to line up against them? Now, that's intimidating.”
Carlos is 6-foot-3 and tips the scales at 270 pounds while brother Khalil is 6-2 and 260. They have made such an impression on college coaches, they have several Division I offers on the table already, including one from Missouri.
“They make my life so much easier,” Wildcats linebacker Gunnar Strickland said. “They grab a hold of the offensive linemen and just toss them around, making it easier for our linebackers to make plays. They are so good this year, and they're just going to get better.”
That's a statement the Wildcat coaches readily back.
“Last year, as sophomores, they got by on raw talent,” defensive coordinator Tim Dade said. “This year, they're bigger, stronger and have a much higher skill level. There's no telling how good they can be.”
Head coach Kelly Donohoe just knows that he's glad the twins are on his side.
“I don't know how you would (make a) defensive scheme for them,” Donohoe said, “especially since they play on the line with Elijah. That's a lot of talent. And what makes it even better is that they are great kids to be around. Everyone loves them.”
Well, everyone in purple and gold loves them.
“They are so intimidating when they play,” Strickland said. “But off the field, they're the nicest guys you could ever be around. Same thing with Elijah. When I hang out with them, it's like they have a button. They're the nice, funny guys until Friday night. Then they push that button and you don't want to mess with them.”
As teammates take their lives in their hands by giving the Davis brothers a hard time while a photo is taken, they talk about the individuals who play such a huge role in their lives.
“We are so blessed because our family makes sure we stay humble,” Khalil said as Carlos nodded in agreement. “Our mother would be so disappointed if we got big heads and started bragging about ourselves.”
Carlos then joins in on the conversation, almost as though it is scripted, adding, “We're humble because of our mom, our family and the guys we play with. We love football, we just love to play so much. And we love to have fun – but you're never going to hear us talk about how good we are and all that.”
No, they say they’ll leave the accolades to their teammates and coaches.
“Man, I don't even know how good they can be,” Lee said, shaking his head. “I'm just glad they're playing next to me.
“On this defense, all you have to do is worry about your assignment because everyone is out there giving 110 percent.”
So how can these gridiron greats charm their teachers and classmates for four days out of the week before transforming into “Twin Terrors” on Friday night?
“We just like to have fun and like being around people,” Carlos said. “A teacher will ask, 'How can you be so nice in class and so mean on Friday nights?' That's just us. We want to have fun, play well and represent our school on Friday nights, and we want the big prize.”
That big prize is a second-consecutive Class 6 state championship.
“But we don't talk about championships,” Khalil said. “We just talk about our next opponent. We're focused and ready – and when you're focused and ready you're going to win a lot of games and have a lot of fun.”