It was like old times Thursday night. Leonard and Lanard Fournette were at Tad Gormley Stadium together again.

Lanard was there, playing running back as St. Augustine celebrated senior night.

Big brother Leonard, now a freshman at LSU, was there during his team’s open date to watch his little brother play.

(Well, as much as he could between posing for pictures and shaking hands with almost every fan sitting on the home side.)

“I’m proud of him,” Leonard said. “He is about to graduate, and it means a lot to me to just watch him from when we were little to see him become a young man now.”

The Fournette brothers are close. Very close.

“Everywhere I go, he would be with me,” Leonard said. “So it’s a little different now that I’m in college.”

Leonard and Lanard are your typical brothers. Leonard is the protective big brother, always offering advice to “Scrill,” a nickname given to Lanard by his grandmother when he was a toddler.

“I was scared when Leonard went off to college because he is the one who would wake Lanard up every morning,” said Lory Fournette, their mom. “But Lanard’s been getting up just fine.”

And like many brothers, they are competitive, whether it’s playing video games or just a good ole footrace.

Their latest races were this summer in a park near St. Aug. Lanard won the first one. Leonard won the second one.

And no, this one wasn’t one of those races where Big Brother lets Little Brother win.

“He is growing up and getting faster,” Leonard said. “He is maturing, and I like seeing that.”

The two also would wrestle. According to Lanard, those matches are “50-50.”

“He will get me sometimes; I will get him sometimes,” Lanard said with a grin. “But he really pushes me, and I push him.”

And there are times when Lanard can be the pesky little brother.

“I always pick on him about his bald head,” Lanard said.

Their personalities are different.

Lanard is the quiet one. Leonard is more outgoing.

“If Lanard doesn’t know you, he isn’t going to talk to you,” Lory said. “Leonard just makes friends with everybody. They are opposites.”

Their running styles are opposite too, Lanard said.

“I feel like I can go east and west more than he can,” Lanard said. “Leonard is more of a north-and-south, downhill back.”

And of course, there is the obvious.

Leonard was a high school All-American and is considered by many as the best high school back to come out of Louisiana. He was recruited by basically every college in the country last season.

But Lanard, who plans to play at Houston or LSU next season, isn’t bothered by trying to follow in his brother’s giant footsteps.

“The first thing I told Lanard is, you never want to follow someone else’s footsteps,” St. Augustine coach Cyril Crutchfield said. “You want to make your own legacy, and you want to make your own mark. That’s what he’s doing. He is a high character kid with a great work ethic.”

Lanard has had an injury-plagued season for the Purple Knights, missing three games with an ankle sprain.

On top of that, the Purple Knights haven’t had quite the season they had last year, when they won the Catholic League title.

“It’s real tough,” he said. “But we just have to deal with it and try to face the adversity.”

Lanard helped the Purple Knights get their first Catholic League win Thursday night, scoring on a 12-yard run in a come-from-behind 15-14 victory over Shaw. It might have been the last touchdown of his high school career: He suffered a shoulder injury in the second half.

So while the Purple Knights celebrated their win, Lanard had to fight back tears

“It was real disappointing not to be able to finish the game with my team,” he said. “But I did my best.”

And of course, his big brother came from the stands to the sideline while Lanard’s injury was being diagnosed.

Like always, he had some advice.

“I was trying to still play, but he just told me not to try to be a hero,” Lanard said. “He’s always been real protective and always watched everywhere I went and always telling me to be safe. We’ve always been close like that.”