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What's the most unique sibling rivalry in Oklahoma high school football? Meet the Wolfes of Moore and Westmoore.

Senior Dayton Wolfe, left, is Westmoore's starting quarterback. His younger brother, sophomore Denver Wolfe, is the starting quarterback at Moore. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]
Senior Dayton Wolfe, left, is Westmoore's starting quarterback. His younger brother, sophomore Denver Wolfe, is the starting quarterback at Moore. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

MOORE — Kyle Wolfe is locked in when his son Dayton leads Westmoore’s offense.

The only time the father takes a mental break during the senior quarterback’s games is when the Jaguar defense is on the field.

But during Westmoore's crosstown rivalry game against Moore earlier this season, Kyle didn’t have time to relax.

His other son Denver was playing quarterback for Moore.

“It was a roller coaster of emotions,” Kyle said.

Dayton and Denver are both starting quarterbacks this season. Dayton is a seasoned veteran with plans to play in college, while Denver is a sophomore trying to prove himself at the high school level. In a strange year, nothing is more unique than this. Brothers are often quarterbacks on the same team. These guys are leading different teams roughly four miles apart.

Dayton was the unquestioned starter heading into the season, but Denver didn’t earn the starting job until senior Jake Woodring sustained an injury against Westmoore.

After Woodring went down, Denver trotted onto the field at Moore Stadium with his older brother on the opposing sideline and a group of Westmoore players who regularly hang out at the Wolfe household.

“I was a little nervous at first going in because I knew everybody over there, but after the first couple of plays I was fine,” Denver said.

Denver quickly got his nerves under control, but that wasn’t the case for his mom, Tracie, who is always tense while watching her sons play football.

That feeling was heightened during the Moore War, which Westmoore won 30-14.

“When that all happened, yeah, I had a little bit of anxiety,” she said.

Even though the Wolfe brothers attend rival schools and aren’t afraid to deliver trash talk to each other, they’re close and have a special bond. After their older sister moved out to attend the University of Central Oklahoma, it was just the boys at home.

The brothers cook together, a hobby they picked up during the coronavirus pandemic. They prepare meals for the family a couple of times each week.

They also train with their uncle and quarterback coach, Kevin Wolfe.

“All the workouts we do, we’re together. We throw a lot together,” Dayton said.

He smiled.

“He pretty much has an attitude all the time,” he said of Denver.

Dayton, who is being recruited mainly by Division II programs, has been at Westmoore throughout his high school career. As a sophomore, he threw for 1,813 yards and 22 touchdowns and ran for 10 scores and 407 yards.

His junior season was cut short after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, an injury he tried to play with before he was forced to have surgery. He had a productive season, completing 65% of his passes for 2,283 yards and 22 touchdowns and running for five scores. The Jaguars started 6-1 but lost three straight games and missed the playoffs.

Denver was in the quarterback pipeline at Westmoore but transferred to Moore after his freshman season. The Wolfe family lives in Moore’s district and Denver grew up playing sports with kids who go to Moore. He wanted to get back with that group.

He even has a pair of cousins in the football program, fellow sophomores Brayden Clark and Brice Fitzgerald.

“He actually grew up playing with all the kids on this side of town, him and his cousins,” Tracie said. “It just made sense to go back to their school.”

Denver, who made his first start last week, is getting comfortable against varsity competition. He finished 14-of-23 passing for 214 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-27 overtime loss to Southmoore last Friday.

While they’re at different stages of their careers, Denver and Dayton have similar playing styles and can beat opponents through the air and with their legs.

Denver isn’t as big as his 6-foot, 200-pound brother but is a shiftier runner.

“Neither one of them play any other way than all out, 100%,” Tracie said. “They’re quarterbacks that don’t slide. It’s stressful sometimes for me.”

The games can also be stressful for Kyle, who played football and baseball at Westmoore and was a catcher at OU.

“We’re in it every play, every snap,” Kyle said.

The Wolfes sit on the edge of their seats when their sons take the field.

Kyle and Tracie will be at both of their sons’ district games this week.

Moore is scheduled to play at Edmond North on Friday, and Westmoore will host Edmond Santa Fe on Saturday.

Schedule changes that resulted from the pandemic have allowed Kyle and Tracie to miss just one game. Since Dayton is a senior, they will likely watch Westmoore when forced to choose between the two.

But Kyle and Tracie expect to be at all of Denver’s games during his junior and senior seasons.

In the meantime, Kyle — a proud Westmoore graduate — will continue trying to get used to cheering for the Jaguars’ rival.

Tracie is a Moore alum, so it’s not like they haven’t been a house divided.

They never thought it would be like this.

“If you would have told me 10 years ago I’d be putting on a Moore Lions sweatshirt, I’d be like, ‘You’re lying,’” Kyle said. “It’s kind of funny how it has come full circle."

Related Photos
<strong>Westmoore's Dayton Wolfe throws a pass during a game last season against Enid. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Westmoore's Dayton Wolfe throws a pass during a game last season against Enid. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›

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