Westlake opponents must feel like they're seeing double this season. Identical twins Alec and Derek Cohen are both starters on one of the state's top defenses and have been crucial to the team's post-season success.
"Consistency has led to them being on the field," said Westlake Head Football Coach Darren Allman, "and turning into the players that they have and it's bled off on a lot of our other players. They're very intelligent players and very tough. They've made a tremendous impact on this year's team."
Alec is a senior outside linebacker, while Derek's a senior cornerback. Coach Allman uses words like "fearless" and "consistent" when describing the siblings. The brothers like the term "competitive" as well.
"If you're competitive, it makes you a lot better," said Derek Cohen. "I mean having a twin brother, we're always very competitive."
Alec, who happily wears the title of "older" twin brother, agrees.
"I'm always dogging on him maybe if I get a few picks or if he gets a few picks or jumps on a few fumbles or what not."
It's almost fitting that the twins grew up with a tandem of successful fathers. They learned work ethic from their dad, Randy Cohen, the founder and CEO of Ticket City. Stepfather Jason Nassour, a quarterback at the University of Texas in the early 90's, coached them on the field and in the car.
"They endured the practices with me," said Nassour. "They endured the rides there and the rides back. They're the ones that got the extra earful for an extra 20 minutes going and coming."
"I think they realize you have to have a work ethic if you're gonna be successful in anything in life," said father Randy Cohen. "You gotta put in the time and these guys have been doing that the last 12 years!"