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Siblings, ex-CV football standouts face off at collegiate level
Greg Tripp and Tyree Jones were teammates for one season at Central Valley High School.

The two siblings were on opposite sidelines when the Modesto and Merced community college football teams faced off on Sept. 1.

Tripp and the host Pirates won the 2012 opener, 51-35, in front of 2,500 fans.

Modesto JC captured the Gateway Trophy for the fifth year in a row.

"I wasn't surprised," Greg said. "We worked hard. We have a very disciplined team. It's a good feeling to be on the winning side. It was a great experience. I just wish I played a bigger role."

Tripp made one tackle while logging playing time on special teams.

Tyree, Greg's older brother, scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter for the Blue Devils.

"There really wasn't that much talking (leading up to the game)," Tripp said. "We were just excited. We're competitive but we also like to have fun. We're not going to hurt each other."

Family members, including parents and grandparents, and friends rooted from the stands.

Mom and dad wore Modesto JC and Merced College gear, respectively.

Greg and Tyree hung out after the game.

"We joked, laughed and watched a couple of movies," Tripp said.

Tripp's prep football career ended prematurely due to a knee injury. He dislocated his right knee cap and tore meniscus during Central Valley's 34-20 loss to Central Catholic in 2011.

Tripp earned second-team, all-conference honors. He caught 37 passes for 541 yards with seven touchdowns, and had five interceptions on defense. Greg was named to the Western Athletic Conference First Team his junior year. He totaled 619 yards and six TDs on 43 receptions.

Jones had a memorable final season with the Hawks in 2011.

He earned first-team, WAC accolades. Tyree gained 1,717 yards and tallied 14 TDs, both school records at the time.

Tyree racked up 391 yards and three scores in Central Valley's 55-24 blowout of crosstown-rival Ceres High in 2010. Tripp had three touchdowns as well.

Jones was a role player at Merced College his freshman year.

Tripp finds himself in a similar position with the Pirates.

"You have to be patient and wait your turn," Greg said. "He (Tyree) tells me to keep working. You can't settle for being okay."