Cousins are leaders as Eastside football makes title run

November 7, 2012

By Lillian O'Rorke

Peter Kimble and Henry Jarvis are best friends.

They are also cousins and have spent most of their lives living less than a mile from each other on the same farm property on the plateau.

“It was always nice,” said Kimble. “No matter what I was going through he was always there.”

Henry Jarvis, left, and Peter Kimble are family, neighbors and teammates. Photo by Corie Goodloe

For as long as either one of them can remember they’ve played sports together. Always on the same team, they work well together, rarely quarreling.

For Jarvis, one of the only times he can remember being mad at his cousin was when they were young and playing a family baseball game.

Kimble was up at bat and Jarvis was the catcher. Kimble took a swing and accidentally hit Jarvis square in the face. With a goose egg over his eye, Jarvis fumed at Kimble for two days. And then, just like that, his anger dissipated.

He now looks back on the incident with humor.

“We just have a lot of memories growing up together,” said Jarvis. “We’ve always been on the same sports teams and done ski lessons together – everything you can think of.”

So when Kimble, a big Huskies fan, joined the football team at Eastside Catholic School, Jarvis did too.

Now, four years later, the two helped lead the Eastside Catholic Crusaders through a perfect 9-0 season and eventually the Metro 3A League title – a combination the team hasn’t achieved since 1993.

The Crusaders pushed ahead Nov. 3 in the state qualifying round when they beat Meadowdale 27-13.

“I love those two kids,” said their head coach Jeremy Thielbahr. “They do everything together. They come here and work hard. They work their tails off all summer. These are guys that show up every single day and play great football.”

Jarvis, a junior running back, leads the team in rushing and has already scored seven touchdowns for the Crusaders this year, including two in the first half of the Oct. 26 league championship game.

“He has been a juggernaut in terms of making plays and touchdowns,” said Thielbahr.

But he’s not one to brag. Jarvis is just happy to be a part of the team and is excited to see how far the Crusaders can go in the state playoffs, which they entered as their district’s No. 1 seed.

“That feels pretty good,” said Jarvis. “I owe a lot of credit to our offensive line and quarterback…and the defense for getting us the ball back. It’s definitely not all me out there.”

Kimble, a senior captain, is the only one on the team to play both offense and defense.

“I think I play best when I’m playing both ways,” said Kimble. “I like to be in the game, not watching from the sidelines and thinking too much about it.”

A “ball hawk on defense,” as Thielbahr calls him, Kimble has also proven to be an asset on the offensive team. During the metro championship game he completed a 10-yard pass from Trey Reynolds for a second quarter touchdown.

Coach Thielbahr explained he usually avoids duality to make sure his players maintain their energy and are fresh even in the fourth quarter.

“Peter has shown that he is able to do that even though he goes both ways for us,” he said. “He has a great understanding of football… He’s been a great leader for us, and we are going to miss him a lot. He is really the whole package.”

Kimble hasn’t decided yet where he is going to college next year. But wherever he ends up, he jokes that he’ll probably call Jarvis every day.

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