Thompson brothers help lead Malden to football state semifinals

MALDEN, MO (KFVS) - Brotherhood creates a bond that some of us will never understand.

For Thompson brothers Nick and Kylus, its one that has helped lead the Malden Green Wave back to the Class 2A football state semifinals.

"It's great you know," Nick Thompson said with a grin. "It's like a movie."

Playing together for the first time, the brothers have carried an explosive Malden offense to an undefeated season and a push to do what couldn't be done last year: make it to that elusive state championship.

"When I'm down, he's there to pick me up," Kylus Thompson said. "No matter what it is, and when he makes big plays, I tell him, let's go."

Kylus was at Cape Central before transferring to Malden before his senior season and the team welcomed him with open arms.

"It's certainly opened up our offense a lot more," senior quarterback Chapin Riley said. "Kylus is a lot faster, more nimble, great receiver, and Nick, he'll come up and hit you in the mouth."

While Nick and Kylus love being on the same team, they recognize that this is bigger than just them.

"I've been playing with brothers all my life," Nick said proudly. "Every year I'm playing with my brothers, this one just happens to be my blood brother."

Kylus echoed his remarks, saying "Him and I being on the same page sometimes, there's no selfishness going on.If he has the ball, I'm blocking for him, if I have the ball, he's blocking for me. We lead the team and they follow our lead."

Their coach Joel Wyatt is proud of those two but also just proud of his team as a whole.

"These kids, they're just such high character kids," Wyatt said after a triple overtime win over Cardinal Ritter on November 13. "They come ready to work, whether its film, weight room, practice, they just prepare hard."

Malden plays Palmyra in the state semifinals November 21 at 1 p.m.

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