CEDAR RAPIDS – This idea had to go through mom and dad first.
It’s protocol for Cedar Rapids Kennedy football coach Tim Lewis to talk to the parents of any sophomore or freshman he is considering jumping to the varsity. It’s always good to get their thoughts and feelings.
Particularly in this case.
Sophomore Drew Heitland would be Kennedy’s starting center. Senior Trevor Heitland a starting running back-wide receiver.
“One of the things I brought up is if there’d be a chance of a conflict in the home,” Lewis said. “Scott Heitland is a pretty involved dad, and he said no way. Plus, the boys would have a chance to play together.”
Yep, this has been all good for the Heitlands, including mom, Kim.
Trevor had over 1,200 yards rushing and receiving and 17 touchdowns in the regular season. Drew has been a big part of a young and improved offensive line.
Kennedy takes a 5-4 record into its Class 4A state playoff opener Wednesday night at Iowa City High (7-2).
“It’s been pretty different,” Drew Heitland said. “But it’s been good. Trevor has always been there for me, trying to help make me better.”
“I’m really proud of him,” Trevor said. “He has played really well, especially for a sophomore.”
The boys actually have previous experience as football teammates, back in their Metro Youth League days. Trevor was a sixth-grader, Drew a fourth-grader playing up in age.
Drew always has been physically larger than his older brother.
“Yeah, don’t know how that happened,” Trevor said. “He has always been taller and wider.”
The Heitlands say they discuss their games and practices with one another away from the field, but there have been no big fights. Trevor hasn’t complained about Drew missing a block, Drew hasn’t yelled about Trevor not hitting the right hole.
Dad hasn’t had to mediate any arguments.
“We’ll get on each other, but it’s been nothing real serious,” Drew said.
“Trevor is very quiet, Drew a little more outspoken,” Lewis said. “I’ll try to get them going from time to time. I told Trevor the other day, ‘Hey, Drew missed that block. You’d better make him unload the dishwasher when you get home.’ He didn’t really say anything.
“This past Friday, Drew got dinged up once. I remember Trevor told him ‘Just toughen up. We’ve got to get this first down.’ I thought that was kind of funny. This has all worked out well.”