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September 13, 2012

Brothers share bond through sport they love

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Farmington High freshman Ryan Mamo (7) stands next to his brother, Evan Mamo, a 2010 Farmington graduate and current assistant coach.

It’s a unique relationship that brothers Evan and Ryan Mamo appreciate.

Evan, a 2010 Farmington High graduate, and Ryan, just entering his freshman year for the Falcons, are both part of the football team as coach and player, respectively.

“I enjoy it. It’s cool to see him succeed and improve,” Evan said. “Not a lot of older brothers get to see that.”

Ryan is the starting quarterback for the Falcons, while Evan is the defensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Though the brothers are on different units at practice, Ryan doesn’t have to look far if he has a question off the field.

“We watch film together, and he shows me what the other team is doing on defense and shows me what I need to call out if they’re blitzing,” Ryan said.

“If he has the wrong read or something, I go up and tell him, but I don’t yell at him. I treat him like a normal player,” Evan added. “If he has a question about a certain play, he can ask me, and we can talk about it one on one.”

Their mom, Laurie Mamo, never misses a game and gets to witness the unique bond.

“Evan knows when to be a brother and when to be a coach,” she said. “To see him coach his younger brother is pretty cool.”

Evan plans on being a coach for a long time. He’s currently attending Eastern Michigan University and Oakland Community College working toward a degree in education.

“I absolutely want to stick with it,” he said. “I wish I was playing, but coaching is a lot of fun. You can control the whole defense.”

Evan played four years for the Falcons as a wide receiver and cornerback, and has shared some tips of the trade with his brother.

“I just told him to work as hard as you can each play,” Evan said. “I also told him to listen to all the coaches. If they give you constructive criticism, don’t shy away from it, learn from it.”

Even if that lesson comes at the dinner table.

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