Just call them Double Trouble.
Northport’s identical twin seniors Justin and Jeremy Gerdvil have more in common than meets the eye. Both rumbled for touchdowns and made nine tackles in Saturday’s 35-6 win over visiting Centereach in a Suffolk II football game, leading the charge in front of a enthusiastic homecoming crowd.
“It just means double trouble, and we’re coming at you full force,” Justin Gerdvil, who rushed eight times for 28 yards and caught three passes for an additional 25 yards.
His rushing touchdown gave Northport a 14-6 lead in the second quarter, while his brother’s 10-yard touchdown run between the tackles extended the lead to 28-6 in the third quarter.
The twins were dual threats but were most impactful defensively. Against dynamic Centereach quarterback Devin Demetres, Northport (5-2) had its hands full.
Northport’s defensive game-plan was to give Demetres, an adept runner, space to throw short passes. The Tigers allowed completions — “I’m perfectly fine with how that went,” Jeremy Gerdvil said — but prevented Demetres from really making an impact on the ground for Centereach (4-3).
He completed 17 of 38 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown and rushed 14 times for 73 yards.
“You can’t always base your defense around one player, but a majority of our defense was based around him,” Justin Gerdvil said. “We had to contain him. We had to keep a guy on him at all times so he couldn’t get lose.”
Coach Pat Campbell praised the preparation of his defense and was happy with how they stuck to the game-plan — even if it meant allowing 259 yards of offense compared with the Tigers’ 288.
“That quarterback, when he’s throwing well, he’s a dynamic kid,” Campbell said. “We were very worried about him being able to beat us running the football. I tip my hat to him. He came out and beat [the defense] throwing the football. We were OK going in saying that.”
Demetres led a scoring drive after a Northport punt in the second quarter, finding Liam Webber over the middle for an 8-yard touchdown. But Centereach turned the ball over on downs four times and punted twice, and Northport turned opportune field position into points.
Northport quarterback Sean Walsh completed 13 of 18 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown, and rushed four times for 31 yards and another touchdown, managing Northport’s offense effectively.
It was the Gerdvils who took charge and made it all happen, though. With a brotherly competition between them, the twins bring out the best in each other.
“I was telling Justin before the game, he’s like the sheriff,” Campbell said. “He kind of runs the show over there. He’s in charge. I guess Jeremy, he wants to be a sheriff, too. I guess we kind of have two sheriffs in there.”