Natchitoches Central twins Caylin, Braylin Demars leading Chiefs to best season in 25 years

LaMar Gafford
Alexandria Town Talk

NATCHITOCHES – Natchitoches Central seniors Caylin and Braylin Demars have made opponents see double all season.

The twin brothers are two big reasons why the Chiefs are heading to the playoffs despite dropping three of their last four games, including Friday’s 35-16 loss to Benton.

“They’ve been very special for us,” NCHS coach James Wilkerson said. “They do a lot for us on both sides of the ball. A lot of the offense runs through Caylin and Braylin does a lot for us on defense and special teams, so they’ve been a big factor in our success this year.”

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The Chiefs were a combined 3-15 in 2019 and 2020 but the brothers have guided them to a 7-3 record this season thanks to their play and leadership.

Caylin has rushed for 1,333 yards and 13 touchdowns, while Braylin came into Friday’s game with 45 tackles and an interception as a part of a stout defense.

“We’ve been playing since we were sophomores, so we know what we have to do and know what the team has to do to win,” Caylin said.

Natchitoches' Jared Braxton (14) blocks Benton's Sam Dominick (5) for Caylin Demars (2) in a game played Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 at Turpin Stadium on the Northwestern State University campus in Natchitoches.

“(Coach Wilkerson) knows what we can do and what we are capable of,” Braylin said.

Wilkerson described their leadership skills as different, with Caylin  more quiet and Braylin more of an emotional leader.

Despite the contrasting approaches, Wilkerson praised the twins for doing a little bit of everything for getting NCHS to this point.

“Everybody has just bought in to what we’re doing and what we’re trying to make this program become,” Wilkerson said.

When the two were seven, they played football with their older brother and that began their journey of playing on the same team.

“We started playing together,” Braylin said. “We played every sport together, so we have that connection.”

Natchitoches Central's Braylin Demars runs the ball against Byrd in their District 1-5A football game Friday.

The twins  don't shy away from competing against each other in practice. Caylin must evade Braylin or Braylin must tackle Caylin and the two agree that the matchup is even.

“It’s tough, but we’d have our days,” Braylin said. “Every dog has its day, so we’d go back and forth. It’s hard guarding him, he has so many moves, but you have to wait on him.”

It’s a connection that both hope will carry on to college.

Louisiana Christian (formerly Louisiana College) has shown interest in Caylin, while Braylin hopes to get noticed as a track athlete after finishing second in the Class 5A boys 400 meters.

“That would be amazing,” Braylin said.