Photo courtesy of Kathy Plonka-Spokane (Wash.) Spokesman-Review
Younger brother, Jerry Louie-McGee, 17, caught eight touchdown passes this season and ran for seven more

Brothers Tackle Football Dreams While Keeping Their Medicine Close

Rodney Harwood

And they continued to smudge and wash with rosebush water on the day of their games to cleanse themselves.

“My biggest concern was how they would transition socially,” said Debbie, who grew up on the Confederated Tribes of The Colville reservation in Inchelium, Washington. “When we got here, they said they were the first Indian kids on the football team—ever.”

But, it didn’t take long for Tucker and Jerry to make a name for themselves. They quickly became stars of Idaho high school football and television stations and newspapers were all clamoring for interviews.

 Coeur d'Alene tribal member Tucker Louie-McGee (Photo courtsey Wade McGee)

“I remember the first time a reporter grabbed me after a game and asked me some questions. I didn’t know what to say,” Jerry said. “I’m more of a team person and better talking about the team than I am about myself.”

In 2013, they had one more chance to showcase their talent and they did not disappoint. During a 70-30 blowout over Sandpoint, Idaho, Jerry caught three first-half touchdown passes from Tucker and ran for another.

“At the Sandpoint game, the stands were shouting ‘Louie-McGee, Louie-McGee.’ That was pretty cool,” Jerry said.

The 36-30 come-from-behind victory over Post Falls, Idaho was another one for the highlight reel. Tucker had a 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to spark the comeback. Jerry’s spectacular 13-yard touchdown run with 58.2 seconds remaining was the game-winner.

“They’ve become leaders in our building, showing others how things should be done,” Lake City football coach Van Troxel said.




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