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Brothers Ty and AJ Pugliano deliver a mighty punch to Black Tornado

One is measured and the other is slightly off the cuff.

Together, Ty and AJ Pugliano provide the driving force for the North Medford football team on both sides of the ball.

“The influence of these two men is undeniable,” says Nathan Chin of the Pugliano brothers, head coach of Black Tornado. “From AJ’s perspective, he brings energy to everything and is very dynamic. Ty has that workhorse mentality and reliability. He’s going to do it. He’s shown it over and over again.”

It’s a relationship that works well between brothers who feed each other in different ways to get the best out of themselves as well as the North Medford football team at every timeout.

Ty is a 5-foot-10-inch, 185-pound running back and hybrid linebacker/safety who is enjoying his senior season with the Black Tornado. He was one of the top rushers in the Southwest Conference a year ago, and he had 202 yards and his three points in his 35-14 big win over West Salem last week. did. He now has 58 carries and 295 yards in three games.

“Apart from his sheer skill, Ty keeps our team together, and I think everyone on the team knows that,” says AJ. “He’s just a beacon to us.”

AJ stands 6-4 and 220 pounds and is one of the state’s top recruits as a tight end/linebacker in the 2024 class.

This year, AJ has 11 passes for 118 yards and two TDs, both included in last week’s win. He also continues to build on his resume with offers from Oregon, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and conversations with Ohio and more. State, Clemson, and some Big 10 programs.

“AJ is clearly a massive recruit,” says Ty. It’s very humble for him to do so and I feel like he doesn’t worry too much about himself or talk about his hiring or anything like that. “

Where the two brothers differ the most is not just their physique, but their reliance on their voices.

Ty, 17, relies more on leading by example, picking and choosing his moments to make his voice heard, giving his words more weight.

“I don’t say anything unless it’s positive or I feel it’s really necessary,” says Ty. “But I think it’s definitely him when energy and vocal leadership is needed.”

Anyone who’s ever been around the outgoing AJ knows he’s talkative, friendly, and just as exciting as a 16-year-old contestant.

i like to have fun there That’s why I’m there,” says AJ. “I’m there to energize and swell, and (Ty) likes to keep it cool, so we’re like fire and ice. We complement each other well because we keep things calm by doing opposite things.

Its innate on-field completion — AJ knows exactly where to force a ball carrier so Ty can make a tackle, or one can attack the defense and the other lends a hand Knows exactly how to be able to — often siblings.

They know better than anyone how hard their opponents are working and training for their big moments. And there’s always brotherhood when either one can accomplish something on the field.

“We’re so close, it’s incredible to be on both sides of the ball with him and celebrate with him,” says Ty, who has a 4.0 grade point average (4.3 weighted). “Last week when he scored a touchdown, I was stoked for him. will do the job.”

Add his brother AJ. Being able to rely on him completely on the field and knowing that no matter what he tries he can make a play or at least try his best to make a play just means a lot. Trusting someone completely helps a lot, especially when it’s a key point like me blocking him or him protecting the pass for me to get the ball. I know he won’t let me down. “

And off the field?

“Off the field, he’s my best friend,” says AJ. “He has to take me everywhere, he has to deal with me more than anyone else. One of the smartest players I know, our dynamics aren’t as big as our brothers, but they’re like best friends.

Thai Football IQ admits AJ has had a lot of success on both the local and national circuits.

“I’ve traveled up and down the West Coast and been to soccer camps all the way to Florida,” says AJ. I need to work on getting ready to leave in this camp.’I want Ty Pugliano on the field to protect me.

“Then I went to camp and said that this guy might be more athletic than Ty, or maybe just naturally gifted, but his fundamentals are easy to break down. I mean, Ty’s fundamentals. Z’s are better than anyone I’ve met, so when I go to these places, it all becomes clear that no one else has the preparation that Ty gave me. “

Both chances to retest all abilities Friday night as Black Tornado (1-2, 1-0 SCFC) host North Salem (3-0, 1-0) at home opener a week later there is. One clash with Westrin had to be transferred to Eugene.

Kickoff for Friday’s match takes place at 7:00 pm at the Spiegelberg Stadium.

“It’s such a relief to finally be able to play at home,” says Ty. “I feel like I found the energy last week and I think it’s going to be even better now considering I’m home.

It could be better, but against the North Salem team that made it to the Class 5A state quarterfinals a year ago and returned some dynamic power on its own in quarterback TC Manumareuna, running a sprint with Josiah Davis. It’s certainly not easy. Champion Demarie Thompson.

But Davis injured his ankle in North Salem, which helped them to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2002, meaning one of the state’s leading rushers may be out on Friday.

“It was good to build my confidence going into the week,” Chin said. They have some horses and some athletes in some key locations so they should be able to rock and roll on Friday nights. “

Ty in particular sees last week as a great starting point for him.

After weeks of what he deemed “hesitant” behind an offensive line led by senior David Huiava and junior Terrell Kim, last week was a different feeling.

“Last year worked well, but I feel like I hesitated too much on the line,” says Ty. “Last week when I finally put it together, I decided to try and get three or four yards before anything else. I think it helped, and instead of 3 or 4 yards out of those runs, it turned into 10, 15, 20.”

For AJ, last week was his first chance to truly shine. West his Lynn rightly put together that coverage around his end for Star Tight. A Week 2 loss at Bend was hampered when quarterback Kaiden his Lacey was injured in the second quarter.

Lacy’s return last week and feeling as if AJ had put his foot down more after missing time this summer with a hamstring injury gave Tornado a sense that it could be an attack. Everything bloomed in a place I knew.

“It was nice to get the ball in the end zone a few times,” says AJ. “It definitely gave us confidence to go home. “

Have an idea for a story?Sports Editor Chris Henley can be reached at phone number 541-776-4488, [email protected] or via Twitter @Kris_Henry

Andy Atkinson/Mail TribuneNorth Medford Senior Ty Pugliano (left) and brother AJ Pugliano cause black tornadoes on both sides of the football.

Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune North Medford’s Ty Pugliano scored during the 2021 season by beating the Sherwood defense.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth Medford’s AJ Pugliano heads into the end zone after catching in the 2021 contest.

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