Football teams rely on groups of players to form building blocks for success. Though Plaquemine High graduated a number of key players from its 2013 team that advanced to the Class 4A quarterfinals, including running back Julius Maracalin, the Green Devils aren’t worried.
That’s because twins Kenny and Kevin Dotson are back to help anchor the offensive line for the Green Devils.
“They are great kids,” Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano said. “They have a good relationship with one another, and it translates to the field. They always seem to be on the same page.”
With Kevin standing in at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds and Kenny at 6-3, 245 pounds, the two may not look like friends upon first glance. However, in spending time with the Dotson duo, it becomes apparent real quick just how similar they are.
In addition to blocking opponents, they both like to fish, hunt, play on the computer and, up until a month ago, they shared one cell phone.
“We’re always next to each other to have each other’s back,” Kevin Dotson said. “We’ve always been together, and there’s nothing that we wouldn’t do for one another.”
“We always know what the other one is thinking,” added Kenny Dotson, the older of the two by a few minutes. “Wherever we are, all I have to do is say one word or just give a look and Kevin knows what I’m talking about. ”
That twin telepathy comes in handy on the football field. In a game against Brusly last season, Kenny was lined up against a much bigger defensive lineman and needed help.
“All I said was, ‘Kevin,’ and then he looked and knew exactly what to do,” Kenny Dotson recalled. “He helped me put that guy on his butt.”
This season, the twins have assumed the role of team leaders this season with both having the goal of making sure that the Green Devils put in the preseason work with the hopes of winning another District 6-4A title and making a deep run in the playoffs.
But, as is the case with all brothers, they do get on each other’s nerve at times. Being the older one, Kenny loves to remind Kevin of his age and, being the bigger one, Kevin uses his size as a rebuttal.
“I still beat him up every once in a while,” Kenny Dotson said.
The twins are not the only Dotsons at Plaquemine.
Their father, Kelcy, is in his third season as the defensive coordinator and school disciplinarian at PHS. Before that he was head football coach at East Iberville, where the twins started on the varsity as eighth and ninth-graders.
“He goes harder on both of us than he does on anyone else,” Kevin Dotson said of his father. “If somebody on the team makes a mistake, he’ll tell them. If me or Kenny make a mistake, we never hear the end of it.”
Kelcy Dotson is even more hands on this season. His sons started working out on the defensive line this spring in addition to their regular duties on the offensive line.
“I expect a lot out of them on whatever side of the ball they are on,” said Kelcy Dotson, who was a linebacker at Louisiana-Lafayette and has been coaching his sons ever since youth football. “They’ve learned a lot from their younger years with me so it wasn’t a hard transition for them.”
The main idea behind playing the twins on defense was to fill some holes on Plaquemine’s line. But it was also done with the hopes of building them some momentum for college.
Currently, Kevin Dotson holds a scholarship offer from every Division I school in Louisiana except for LSU and Southeastern Louisiana. He hopes that teams seeing him on defense will attract even more offers.
Kenny Dotson has attracted interest from Grambling, Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette among others but is heading into his senior season with the goal to draw his first offer.
“They both have a chance to show how good they really are,” Kelcy Dotson said. “They are both huge competitors and want to take that to the next level.”
However, there are time-sensitive goals up in the air at the moment.
Of all the things that the twins have done together, neither has played in a state championship game. They hope that changes this season.
“I want to go to state and try and win it,” Kevin Dotson said. “I expect that.”
Naturally, his brother agrees.
“We have veterans all across the field,” Kenny Dotson said. “We have a lot of experience that can take us to the (Mercedes-Benz) Superdome.”