A lot of football players consider their teammates to be brothers or family when they are playing on the football field.
But Mount Pleasant's Christian and Hunter Cannon live it every day, as twin brothers, not only living in the same house but also having most of the same classes together and playing on the same football team.
While they have been together in one way or another for most of the last 18 years, this year is a little bit more special because both are senior starters on the Tigers' football team.
Christian, a 5-foot-11, 220 pounder who is about 10 minutes older than his brother, plays middle linebacker and is responsible for most of the calls on the defense.
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Hunter, a 6-foot, 170-pound quarterback, is in charge of making the calls and decisions for the Tiger offense.
"It's ironic that Hunter is the quarterback of the offense and Christian is the 'quarterback' of the defense on the same team," said Mount Pleasant football coach Michael Johns.
"While they have a lot of similarities, their personalities are totally opposite. But I think that is why they work so well together as leaders of our team."
Christian is the more experienced of the twins, as he started all last season, making 98 tackles in 11 games to earn all-South Piedmont conference honors.
Hunter, meanwhile, played sparingly the last two seasons as the backup to former Tiger signal caller Matt Barrier.
Both Cannon brothers have been in the Mount Pleasant system for four seasons, and that showed in the season opener, when they defeated 1A state champion, Albemarle. Although the Tigers lost 22-14, Christian led the defense with six tackles and Hunter led the offense with 123 yards rushing. The brothers were also crucial in Mount Pleasant's 40-39 overtime win over Monroe on Friday.
"We both have big roles on the team this year because of our positions and the fact that we are seniors," said Christian, who turned 18 Monday along with his brother.
"(Hunter) has to be the main guy on offense because he is the quarterback, and I am one of the main guys on defense as the middle linebacker."
While both Cannons say they want to be leaders, they're not the type to run their mouths on the field.
"Neither one of them is a big talker," said Johns. "I think both of them prefer to let their actions speak for themselves."
Christian and Hunter have been doing that together for more than a decade now.
The Cannon brothers first played football together on the Harrisburg Cowboys in Pop Warner football and they have been playing ever since. They've also competed against one another in countless one-on-one competitions in the backyard, organized by their father, Billy.
All that time together has had its effect.
"We do have our own sort of 'twin' language," said Hunter.
"Sometimes my mom (Cheryl) will hear me and not understand anything we're saying, but Christian knows exactly what I'm saying."
Christian and Hunter also agree that they hope to help Mount Pleasant be a much improved team after going 3-8 in 2009, struggling to make the move from 2A to 3A football and the SPC.
Their conference season kicks off Sept. 24, when the Tigers host Cox Mill.
"I think this year is special, because it's our senior year and it could be our last together," said Hunter.
Christian will likely go onto the play college football, while Hunter says he "probably won't" play at that level.
Both brothers are still undecided on where they will end up after this year.
But no matter where they go, Christian, Hunter and coach Johns hope to make this year one to remember.
"We have a chance to be a lot better team this year," said Johns.
"If we are going to be good, Christian and Hunter are going to have to be a major reason why."