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Golden Valley's Tyler and Chase Lewis: Growth pattern

yler and Chase Lewis have learned all their football at Golden Valley

Posted: August 27, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 27, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Tyler Lewis, left, and twin Chase Lewis came to Golden Valley with no previous football experience. Now, both are impact players for the Grizzlies.

 

There’s not a lot of tradition in Golden Valley football history.

The program is still in search of its first Foothill League victory and sports an 11-59 all-time record.

But things started to turn around last season, if not on the scoreboard, in a renewed commitment to playing team football.

And while the team may have lost its leading passer, Reid Soliman, rusher, Earl Johnson, and receiver, Isa Bey, there are plenty of pieces left to keep the Grizzlies on the path toward success.

Two of those pieces come in the form of twins Chase and Tyler Lewis — who may be brothers and teammates, but also enjoy a little competition.

 “There’s a couple times where you can tell they’re brothers, especially twins,” says Golden Valley head coach Robert Fisher. “Because they end up getting a little chippy with each other, yelling at each other like brothers do.

And you’re like, ‘Hey, wait a minute, we can’t do the brother thing on the field.’ But they have each other’s back.

Chase will do something good and Tyler’s the first one, ‘Hey that’s my brother.’ It’s kind of funny.”

And it’s fitting that Tyler would cheer on his brother, since it was Chase that convinced Tyler to try out for football in the first place.

“I was never big into sports (when I was younger),” Tyler says. “That just wasn’t my thing back then, and my brother came to me and said, ‘You need to try football.’ I don’t like running; it’s too much work getting out there everyday. I wasn’t committed. But he stepped me up and made me a better athlete.”

It was different for Chase, who grew up enjoying sports, even if he couldn’t participate on a team.

“My dad would always get the football and have me run routes and I would practice wide receiver,” Chase says. “I had never played on a team, so that helped prepare me for high school. I always wanted to play football. But my parents always worked, so high school was my chance.”

Their different views of football growing up aren’t the only differences you’ll find in the twins.

“I describe Chase as if there was a wall, Chase would try to walk through the wall,” says their father Bill Lewis. “Tyler would try to find a door to walk through the wall. One’s a bit more aggressive, and the other one is more analytical.”

Chase will start at quarterback for the Grizzlies and may also see time at running back and slot receiver.

Tyler is a returning all-league punter, who pinned three punts inside the 3-yard line last year in a game against Canyon.

The duo should also see time in the defensive backfield.

Things haven’t always come easily for the twins, though.

In an era of high school football where athletes have been playing at the youth level for years, the Lewis brothers weren’t exposed to the game until their freshman year on the Golden Valley campus.

Instead of team sports, the two participated in taekwondo, in which Tyler received a black belt and Chase was black belt recommended.

And in that sense, playing at Golden Valley may have been the perfect fit.

“I think by being at Golden Valley, it’s an advantage,” Bill says. “At a lot of other schools, they probably wouldn’t even have gotten an opportunity to put pads on and go out to their first practice because there would be a lot of guys with football experience.

“They’ve had an opportunity to grow, and grow with the program,” he added.

And grow they have.

“Freshman year, I was scared to hit, but I was always out there wanting to play,” Chase says. “From freshman year to now, I’ve matured more, and I love the game more and I want to make bigger plays.”

That’s something their coach has noticed.

“In the three years that I’ve seen them at Golden Valley it’s been a huge transformation,” Fisher says. “Just from last year to this year, they’ve learned so much about the game.”

As their roles have increased, the program has continued to grow as well. The Grizzlies continue to get closer and closer to breaking through and picking up their first league win.

Last season, Golden Valley led rival West Ranch 22-14 at half time, only to lose 28-22 in a nailbiter.

This season, Chase and Tyler would love nothing more than to have their names forever etched into Grizzlies history as key pieces of that first Foothill victory.

“Winning a league game would mean everything,” Tyler Lewis says. “Varsity hasn’t won one league game yet, and turning that around would make history for Golden Valley.”

His brother agrees.

“It’d be amazing,” Chase says. “Leaving a name behind is always a little thing in the back of your mind. I want to be remembered at Golden Valley High School.”

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