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Hard working football twins the few and the proud of New Prairie


If you did not know their last names, you'd probably never think that New Prairie defensive standouts Dylan and Derek Pflughaupt are related.

"When we tell most people that we're brothers they usually think I'm a senior and he's either a sophomore or junior," said Derek, a senior defensive lineman for the Cougars. "[Dylan] will be the first to tell you, yeah we're twins."

The twins look nothing alike and they know it.

"[People] will ask who is your twin and I'll point him out," said Dylan, New Prairie senior linebacker. "They'll say quit with the jokes."

Both guys say they have had plenty of sibling fights to back up their brotherhood over the years though.

"Even when we were kids [Dylan] would always give me crap cause he's 12 minutes older," said Derek. "Even though I'm so much bigger than he is."

On game days their mother actually gets a break from rivalry. The twins say they always put any personal problems with one another aside on Friday nights.

"When [our mom] sees us and when we chest bump," said Dylan. "She's like 'I don't even care that you guys are doing awesome on the field, I'm just glad you guys are getting along'."

Awesome is a pretty good descriptor when you are talking about this year's Cougars. They are 5-0 for the first time in school history and the defense that Dylan and Derek play on is a big reason for that. The New Prairie defense is allowing just over 8 points per game five games into the season.

On the football field is not the only place the twins are making a difference though. They both decided to early enroll in the Marines recently.

Derek and Dylan say they plan on taking the same effort they show at practice and use that to help serve the country.

"I don't like the easy way," said Dylan. "Sometimes its relaxing to have the easy way out, but with the marine corps its the best of the best."

Since the Pflughaupt brothers are already enrolled they have certain responsibilities they must meet to stay in the Marines. Thankfully they have a coach who understands their grueling schedules.

"We actually had to miss the Wednesday practice before the Mishawaka Marian game. You know the number two team in the state," said Derek. "We had an interview with our sergeant major. Coach definitely respected that. He said good luck and we'll see you tomorrow at practice."

With just a few games to go in their high school career, these twins plan to make every snap count.

"We both leave June 23rd for the marine corps and I'm cherishing every moment right now," said Derek. "I know anything could happen and that one Friday night could be our last Friday night."

The twins are hoping the year ends with an undefeated season and a trip to the state championship.

"Sharing this with my brother, we'll be able to tell our future kids this and [our children] will say you guys were pretty awesome," said Dylan. "If I do have twins I'm going to make sure they play the same sports so they cant have the bond like we do."

The Cougars take on the Triton Trojans this Friday as they look to improve to 6-0.

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