Niskayuna varsity footballers Matthew and Andrew Styles are often difficult to distinguish in class and on the pitch. Like identical twins, seniors were separated by numbers – Matthew is number 7 and Andrew is sports number 10.
More importantly than the college match for the Silver Warriors, the two were separated by two much larger numbers – their own SAT scores.
“We ran six to eight practice tests,” said Matthew Styles. “Before lunch we decided we’d just do some reading, and after dinner we’ll just count and figure it out.”
The two pushed each other to get higher scores on the practice exams each time.
“I think when we play sports we like to compete, but not about beating each other, but about trying to force ourselves to get better,” said Matthew Styles. “If someone is doing better now, you know you can work a little harder.”
Their dedication and dedication paid off – Matthew Stiles scored 1,520 points, while his twin Andrew had 1,600 out of 1,600.
“At first, when I opened [the emailed results] up and there was 1600, I just thought it was from 1600 [possible score]… I had to open [the test] see what I have, ”said Andrew Styles. “Then, clicking and making sure, oh yes, it actually was, I was very excited.”
As brothers, Matthew was for a second skeptical about his brother’s assessment.
“A little, honestly, because no one understands this, no one, let alone someone who I also took practice tests with the next time, and he did not receive [1,600] once, ” Matthew Stiles said. “Of course you are shocked, but I didn’t think he didn’t deserve it or he was lucky. He worked for this. “
Their varsity football coach was not surprised by their success on the SAT.
“I know how hard they work on their scientists, but when they told me I was very proud,” said Niscayuna University football coach Terrence Sloan. “I always say that someday you will become a professional in something else. I hate to say that you will not become a professional footballer, but you are going to become a professional. … Doctor, something great. These points reflect who they will become as they get older. “
The two brothers said they were inseparable and had a good relationship all their lives. They played other sports together before both took up football as their main sport.
When the Silver Warriors face off against Shenendechova tonight in the AA Class II Semi-Finals in Mechaniqueville, it will be one time the two are not standing side by side on the field.
Andrew Styles played with an undiagnosed hip fracture at the end of the season and it escalated into a hip break after hitting the same spot during Niscayuna’s senior night.
Andrew Styles is on crutches, he won’t have to undergo surgery to repair his injury, but he will miss the rest of the season, including the semi-finals against Shenendechova.
“It’s a little frustrating,” said Andrew Styles. “Even in the regular season, every time we play with them, it’s like a qualifying final because they are the best of the best, the rivals that everyone wants to beat.”
His role will change from midfielder to cheerleader.
“I’m just going to be there to rally the troops, support them all in a positive way and make sure the team plays their best,” said Andrew Styles.
Meanwhile, his brother Matthew and his Silver Warrior teammates will also be thinking about him on the pitch.
“We always get a little confused in the middle of the field, and the first thing people say is [prior to Niskayuna’s quarterfinal win at Saratoga] “For Andrew,” Matthew Stiles said. “Everyone knows how much he would give to be on the field.
“Everyone knows they have to work hard because some people don’t even have a chance to take the pitch, so you can’t let them down without doing your best.”
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