With dad watching, Hunter brothers shine

PROSPER, Texas -- The setup was perfect. It was homecoming night at Prosper (Texas) High School, and brothers Torii Hunter Jr. and Money Hunter were looking to help their team stay undefeated against a fellow undefeated team in Frisco (Texas) Centennial.

Enhancing the scene was the attendance of the brothers’ father. With baseball season over, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter had the chance to catch his first Prosper game of the season. The Eagles managed to score a 38-36 win against Centennial in a game decided in the final seconds.

How Prosper won with dad in attendance, however, may have been even more of the story. Torii, an ESPN 150 wide receiver who is committed to Notre Dame, and Money, a rising safety with three FBS offers, were most important for their teams on the opposite side of the ball. Torii Jr. made key plays as a cornerback, and Money was huge for Prosper’s offense at wide receiver.

Money caught two passes for 38 yards, but both catches went for touchdowns. Torii made several tackles on defense, but it was a 75-yard interception returned for a score early in the fourth quarter that proved to be a game-changer for Prosper.

“It was cool that he got to see the biggest game of the season so far,” Torii Jr. said of his father. “He just told us to play our game, that’s all.”

“My dad always told us to use our God-given ability, so that’s what we did,” Money added. “I’m a competitor. I do what I do. For me and my brother to perform, it feels really good.”

Torii Jr. committed to Notre Dame on Sept. 23, choosing the Fighting Irish over Nebraska, Arizona State and Utah. Money has offers from West Virginia, Utah and SMU and had early interest from TCU, Oregon, Kansas and other programs.