Siblings make their mark at Yorktown
Oct. 11, 2010 at 5:11 a.m.
YORKTOWN - Jayden Barefield is Erin Barefield's little brother, but the opposite is also true.
Erin is older than Jayden, but Jayden is bigger than Erin, which keeps Yorktown coach Kerry Huddleston on his toes.
"Physically they don't look alike," Huddleston said. "They've got a lot of the same characteristics. They work hard and they clown around like most brothers. But they get along better than most brothers."
Harmony in the Barefield family has been a plus for the Wildcats, who opened District 15-1A, Division I play with a 38-13 win over Flatonia last Friday night.
The Barefields have played a vital role for Yorktown, joining the varsity in their respective freshman seasons. Erin, a senior, starts at quarterback and in the secondary, and Jayden, a junior, starts at wide receiver and in the secondary.
Erin has passed for 817 yards and 13 touchdowns, rushed for 492 yards and five touchdowns, and has returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
Jayden has 17 catches for 553 yards and eight touchdowns and has returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
The brothers have also combined for five interceptions, and Jayden has returned both of his picks for touchdowns.
"They're stronger," Huddleston said. "They have a lot better understanding of what we're doing and they've matured a lot too."
The Barefields' athletic ability comes as no surprise to Ralph Barefield, who played running back and in the secondary for the Wildcats during the late 1980s.
"I played with them at the house," Ralph Barefield said. "I knew they would do something."
Ralph Barefield had no idea how much his sons would accomplish.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Jayden earned first-team all-state honors at wide receiver last season after catching 54 passes for 1,164 passes and 16 touchdowns.
"Jayden is not only a natural athlete, he's strong," Huddleston said. "He's a 500-pound squatter. He can break arm tackles. He's bigger than a lot of the secondary kids trying to cover him and his speed enables him to outrun a lot of people."
The 5-foot-9, 150-pound Erin was recently named the Built Ford Tough Class 1A Player of the Week for his performance in a 42-37 win over Kenedy.
He completed 14 of 19 passes for 217 yards and five touchdowns, rushed for 98 yards and intercepted two passes, including one at the goal line with 40 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
"He's a true, natural athlete," Huddleston said. "He has good speed, good ball sense and he understands the game."
The brothers also know what each other is doing and where each other is on the field.
"It's pretty weird," Erin said. "It's like we're in each other's minds. He's open and I can see him 50 yards down the field. It's pretty crazy, but he knows I can get it to him that deep."
"He knows what I'm doing," Jayden agreed. "He's used to me already."
The brothers also play basketball and run track together at Yorktown and they're often together away from school.
"They hang out a lot," Ralph Barefield said. "They play video games and stuff. After a game, when they get home, they talk about the game."
Erin and Jayden have discussed making the most of the rest of the season, which is likely to be the last they play together.
"I've thought about that a lot," Erin said. "I always ask him, 'Who are you going to get to throw to you next year?'"
Huddleston has asked the same question, although the Barefield legacy at Yorktown will continue with 9-year-old Kaiyle and 6-year-old Kalen.
"Not only are they good athletes, they understand sports," Huddleston said. "Some kids just have that knack. You put a ball in their hands and they can do anything with it. Good body position and things like that just come natural to them."
Around the area
Refugio remained at No. 1 and Edna stayed at No. 8 in the Class 2A state poll.
Ganado moved from No. 5 to No. 4 in the Class 1A poll.
El Campo got a vote in the Class 4A poll and Karnes City received votes in the 2A poll.
El Campo, Refugio, Edna, Karnes City, Schulenburg, Ganado and Shiner St. Paul remain unbeaten.
Mike Forman is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment on this column at www.VictoriaAdvocate.com