Krumme brothers=double trouble
By Kathy Ens
To the Krumme brothers, size is not a factor in order to play football.
Raymond Krumme, barely younger than his twin brother Randolph, started his freshman year as the Mustangs' slotback and became one of the province's top punt returners. The Oakville-native's outstanding play earned him second team provincial all-star honours.
At five-foot-ten inches, 185-pounds, the second-year science student is one of the smallest members on Western's football team but he makes up for it with speed and agility.
"It may be difficult to block linebackers who are 235 pounds," Raymond said. "I don't expect to make every block. I do my best.
"It can be an advantage to be small my size pushes me more, like when I return a punt, I'm a harder target to hit."
Mustang head coach Larry Haylor was pleased with Raymond's play during his rookie year.
"Raymond started after the third game in his first year and caught well," he said. "His goal now is to develop confidence and experience to be a good performer."
Randolph, the more outspoken of the brothers, played quarterback at Oakville Trafalgar High School. He was forced to make the switch from quarterback to defensive back when joining the Mustangs.
Watching his brother play last year, while he was stuck on the sidelines, Randolph had an added incentive to win a spot in the starting lineup this year.
"Raymond started as a freshman and so it pushed me even more since I believed I was just as good," Randolph said.
At five-foot-nine inches and 170 pounds, Randolph is also at a size disadvantage.
"When I'm playing I don't realize I am small," Randolph said. "I have no problem tackling or breaking up passes. Our smallness doesn't make us wimpy. We are not lacking in power, speed or strength."
Haylor complimented Randolph's work ethic, intensity and his pre-game preparation. "Randolph is a tremendously hard worker and a good athlete," he said.
The Krumme brothers share many other characteristics as well. Both are hard workers academically and athletically, the twins are very close and have pushed each other over the years to improve their games. Having each other replaced the need for a professional sports role model.
"My brother pushed me to be the best player I could be," Raymond said. "When I see my brother play, I know I'm as good and so I'll try to be better than him."
Their parents, both immigrants to Canada, had to work two jobs and take extra classes in order to provide a good home for their sons. They also taught the twins they had to work hard to succeed.
Second-year offensive lineman, Tim Bakker played with the Krumme brothers on their high school team and came to Western in the same year as the twins.
"The Krumme brothers are very competitive on the field and super-competitive with each other," Bakker said. "These guys are very aggressive and know how to balance school and football."
Raymond attributes the Mustangs' excellent coaching staff as a big reason for choosing to come to Western.
"It's a good environment and a good winning team," he said. "If every player plays to their potential then no team can beat us."