Bellingham’s Domercant brothers are the stars of the football field this fall
BELLINGHAM – You’ve waited almost five years for this moment.
Ever since Dasha and Jerry Domercant started playing football together in middle school, the twin brothers were counting down the days until they would be starting quarterback and wide receiver on the football team at Bellingham High.
The wait is over. That day came last Friday.
In a Week 3 game against Medfield, Dasha lined up under center while Jerry crossed wide. And the two Bellingham High Juniors wasted no time in showing off their twin connection.
At 7:35 into the first quarter, Dasha got Jerry moving and called his brother’s number. After catching the pass, Jerry made a move against Medfield safety before charging into the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown.
“Such a proud moment for us,” Dasha said.
“First of many,” Jerry said.
“He is as humble as the day is long”
Dasha and Jerry moved to Bellingham from Brockton with their older brother Chris and parents Marie and Jean when they were in fifth grade.
“My parents just wanted a better life,” said Chris, a 2021 Bellingham High graduate. “Obviously, Brockton isn’t the best area to grow up as a young kid.”
Once in Bellingham, football became the Domercant brothers’ main focus. A shared passion.
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With their parents working most nights, Chris served as a sort of head of household and head of soccer training for his younger brothers.
“They’re always running distances,” said Chris, a sophomore on the Stonehill College football team. “Dasha is just a football freak. He’s a sponge. Jerry is a freak athlete. Growing up, he was probably a better soccer player than me.”
Chris played football for Bellingham High as a freshman but tore his cruciate ligament during the spring track season and missed his entire sophomore season on the gridiron. As a junior, Chris missed half the football season with a broken pinky.
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As a senior, however, Chris played as a safety and wide receiver for the Blackhawks during the truncated Fall II season. He caught four offensive touchdowns and added three defensive interceptions before being named a Tri-Valley League and Daily News All-Star.
“You won’t find a better young man than Chris Domercant,” said Dan Haddad, Bellingham football manager. “He does everything right, from his incredible preparation to his outstanding leadership. Most importantly, he has an incredible work ethic – both in the classroom and on the field.”
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After 38 receptions and nine touchdowns in ten games last season, Chris is picking up right where he left off at Stonehill this fall. That 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver has eight catches, including a highlight-worthy one-handed grab, and two touchdowns in two wins for the Division I Skyhawks.
“He’s taking it to new levels at Stonehill,” Haddad said. “He’s a man easy to brag about. He is as humble as the day is long.”
“Football means so much to us”
With Jerry missing the first two weeks of the Blackhawks season, Friday’s game against Medfield was the twins’ first attempt at playing varsity together.
After years of catching passes from Dasha in the backyard of their Bellingham home, Jerry’s first catch in a real game was for a touchdown. That’s the only result Bellingham (2-1) would need in a 6-0 win over Medfield.
“There will be more, don’t worry,” said Dasha.
“I have a lot of things to prove and I can’t wait to show you guys,” Jerry said.
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Your head coach is on board. He looks forward to seeing Bellingham represented on the pitch by the Domercants this season and next.
“They’re both great kids and they’re both great athletes,” said Haddad, whose team hosts Ashland on Friday. “You are interesting young men. They’re like ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’.”
As for the twins’ older brother, Chris is delighted to see his siblings finding success on the gridiron. The pigskin has emerged as the star link in the Domercant brothers’ relationship.
“Football is our way of bonding,” Jerry said.
Chris said: “We just want to see each other win at the end of the day because we grind with each other in the off-season.”
“Football means so much to us,” said Dasha.
Tommy Cassell is senior multimedia journalist for the Daily News. He can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @tommycassell44.