What’s it like raising twin boys?
“Joy and sorrow,” Clinton Lewis said. “I say that because it’s a joy to watch them both. The sorrow … (Is because) sometimes, it’s double trouble.”
This time it’s double joy.
Jordan and Jon Lewis, football standouts at Donelson Christian Academy who were undersized college prospects four years ago, have signed together to play at Birmingham Southern University.
Clinton trusts his sons. They’re good kids. And the Lewises believe that’s because the boys watch out for each other.
They’re fraternal twins, a two-man team ever since Jordan entered the world 22 minutes after Jon. They’ve played sports together since they were 6-year-old pee-wee Mt. Juliet Bears.
Rarely do they separate. They’re on opposite teams only in the winter, when Jordan goes into wrestling season and Jon into basketball.
“I’m with Jon almost every single day,” Jordan said. “It’s nice knowing we can stick together (moving forward).”
Four years ago, it didn’t look like either would be playing college football.
Jordan estimates he and his brother weighed less than 100 pounds as freshmen — barely enough to catch the attention of their own coaches, let alone those in college.
“Skinny,” Jordan said. “Maybe 90-something (pounds).”
The boys became close friends with DCA strength coach Isaiah Newson, whose advice was simple: Lift weights and eat more, a lot more.
Neither brother took Newson’s advice with the idea that it would spark college football careers, because they weren’t thinking that far ahead.
A lot of their motivation came from DCA’s 0-10 season in 2018.
“I didn’t want to go through that again,” Jon said.
Jon weighed 140 that year, then 165 as a junior, then 180 this season.
As the boys grew, DCA escaped its lull.
In 2019, the Wildcats went 8-4 and reached the quarterfinals, losing to eventual state champion Davidson Academy. This past fall, they went 11-1 and lost in the state semifinals to University School of Jackson.
By that time Birmingham Southern had given the Lewises firm scholarship offers. Jon was pursued as a running back and Jordan most likely will play cornerback, he said.
By December both were ready to give commitments. They announced their intentions on the same day.
Their dad, Clinton, is a former wrestler at Whites Creek. Their mom, Kia, was a softball player at McGavock in her high school days. They loved the idea of their sons playing more sports together. Going to games has been a family tradition for almost 20 years.
But before the recruiting process, behind closed doors, the boys mulled the possibility that they might have to attend different colleges after high school.
“They had decided in their own separate conversations that they’d separate if they had to,” Clinton Lewis said, “but it was always our wish to go to school together and play together.”
Now the Lewises could be “double trouble” for opponents moving forward.