The Hawaiian siblings Melquise Stovall and Nevada’s Melquan Stovall meet on reverse sidelines

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Saturday’s Homecoming soccer game in Reno, Nevada will make a suitable setting for a family reunion.

Hawaii’s Melquise Stovall and younger brother, Nevada’s Melquan Stovall, will be on the other side for the nationally televised game.

“My mother wants my little brother to win,” Melquise said with a smile. “I think we’ll come out with the ‘W’. ”

At 5 feet 9, Melquise, 21, is the bigger brother by an inch and three years. Both are in receivers. Melquise, a fourth year junior, is also an accomplished specialist, leading the Rainbow Warriors on kickoff returns (29.1 yards) and punt returns (4.7 yards). He also has seven catches and a jet sweep carry. Melquan, a real newbie, has two receptions.

Melquise is the middle of seven children. “Our father’s first name is Melvin,” said Melquise. “Five of the seven of us have ‘Mel’ to begin our name.”

Melquan is the second youngest sibling.

You grew up in an active household. “Rowdy,” said Melquise, “very rowdy. We were many in the house. You can imagine that there was a lot of play in the whole house. “

When he was young, Melquise earned himself a nickname “Buddha”. “I was a big kid growing up,” Melquise said. “I was a fat, bow-legged kid, really bow-legged. … I slimmed down a bit (afterwards). “

Melquan, who still replies to “Quan”, has a more subdued personality. “He’s a really gentle guy,” said Melquise. “He’s an older soul. He likes to chill and chill out, so he’s not like the wild younger brother. I am a little more sociable. He had his own friends. He tried to follow me, but since I was the older brother I told him ‘no’. ”

But they both share a passion for football. Even after attending two years in California and one year in junior college, Melquise continued to advise Melquan. Your hope of playing on the same team has never come true.

“Unfortunately, nobody really wanted us as a package deal,” said Melquise. “We’re pretty much alike what we do.”

Melquise said Nevada had expressed interest “for a split second”. He enrolled at the University of Applied Sciences in December and enrolled in January.

Melquise had to adapt to the Warriors’ run-and-shoot offensive, which shares some elements of the California air strike, and Hawaii’s lifestyle. Last year, his younger sister Melkyra died in a car accident. “I still take everything for what it is,” he said. “I still go with the process and the flow.”

As always, Melquise wishes Melquan all the best for this weekend.

“We have high expectations of each other,” said Melquise. “We’ll go out and compete. Whatever side he’s on, I always want him to be successful. Brotherly love. “

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