Christian and Latham York are typical competitive brothers.
When Latham incorrectly identifies what jersey number he wore his freshman season, his brother is the first to point it out and correct him.
Because Latham, 17, refuses to acknowledge that Christian is right, the 16-year-old York runs to get a team picture to prove his brother wrong.
"I don't want him to be right," said Latham.
That brotherly rivalry should be on display Friday when North Mecklenburg travels to Hough.
Though the siblings live under one roof, they go to different schools and play for opposing football teams. Latham, a senior, stayed at North Meck while Christian, a junior, moved to Hough when the Cornelius school opened this fall.
Latham is an all-conference defensive lineman for the Vikings while Christian plays left tackle and left guard for the Huskies. That means the brothers, who wear their respective team's No. 55, will inevitably have to go head-to-head nearly all Friday night.
"My coach promised me that I'll get to play wherever I want, so I can be face up with him if I want to," said Latham, adding that he'll prefer to play his brother.
Christian is excited about that opportunity.
"After he's laying on his back, I'm looking forward to help him up," he said.
That's a sentiment Latham quickly echoed.
"Vice versa," he said, laughing.
The Yorks have played together on the football field growing up, but never on different sides. They've previously competed in sports, wrestling each other in practice at North Meck the last few years.
"There's been times where that's led to fights, so I hope that won't happen Friday," said Latham. "I'm sure it'll be extra physical playing my brother."
Their mother, Barbara York, said she's not really looking forward to seeing her sons face each other.
"I'm a little bit afraid," she said. "They're going to want to get the best of each other."
Friday, Barbara plans to start out sitting on the Hough side and will be wearing a T-shirt the boys' grandmother, Nancy Benson, sewed together to illustrate the family's split loyalties.
The family as a whole has had a difficult time showing their support this season. Being Latham's senior year, Barbara said she's been going to his games at North Meck because Christian has told her to do so. Others in the family have attended Hough games.
Thomasville's Jeff York, the boys' father, has traveled to the area to watch both of their games and has even split games at the half in order to watch both play.
Christian and Latham's grandparents have also split time between Hough and North Meck games.
Barbara has recruited a group of Hough moms - Shannon Armstrong, Julie Burris, Patti Rodman and Joanne Stokes - to text her updates of the game to know how the Huskies and Christian are doing.
Latham and Christian admit that it's been difficult for them not being able to watch each other play.
"I still wish on Friday nights I could have seen what he's doing," said Latham. "I was able to make it to most of his games last year because he played JV. I loved being able to watch him play."
Emotions will be high for Friday' game even for those outside of the Yorks' family, because most of the Huskies' squad is made up of former Vikings.
Hough (2-3, 0-2 in the I-Meck) started off their season - and their program - with surprising back-to-back wins. Although the Huskies have lost their last three games, they will be going full force against their natural rivals.
North Meck coach Mike Bradley said emotion should play a big role in the game.
"It helps the underdog," he explained. "I see Hough benefiting from all that."
Although this could be the case, the Vikings (2-4, 1-1 in the I-Meck) are favored mainly because of their experience.
As Friday grows closer and the tension builds, the Yorks are considering spending Thursday night apart.
"We don't want anything prior to the game to happen," said Latham.
Christian quickly agreed.
"The morning before the game, it'd be awkward wearing our jerseys and knowing we'll play each other later," he said.
For Christian and Latham, whichever team wins Friday will give them bragging rights for the rest of their lives.
Both of them think their respective teams can come out on top.
"We're going to win for sure," said Christian.
But his brother quickly interrupted him.
"I think we're going to win every game, but against them we'll definitely win. It's against my brother, and he can't beat me. That's just not how it works, especially my little brother."
Christian smiles and quickly shot back.
"We'll see what happens."