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A House Divided in Mississippi

Jake and Zach Williams share a home with Jamaal Clayborn, but they'll be rivals on the field tonight

4:03 PM, Oct. 05, 2012 EDT

Jackson Prep football players Jake Williams (left) and his brother, Zach, share their home with Jamaal Clayborn, a Jackson Academy player. The trio will tangle in tonight's rivalry game at Prep's Patriot Field. / Greg Jenson/The Clarion-Ledger

Jamaal Clayborn rarely cracked a smile or said a word to Zach and Jake Williams on Wednesday when it was time for a photo shoot at the Williams' north Jackson home.

Zach and Jake didn't really say much to him either.

You wouldn't have known that they're almost like brothers.

They live in the same home. They hang out and play video games together. They even get on each others' nerves from time to time.

But things are quite different since it's Jackson Academy vs. Jackson Prep week.

Clayborn, a 6-foot-4, 320-pound offensive lineman, plays for JA, which is 7-0 and ranked No. 1 in Academy AAA.

Zach and Jake are starting defensive backs and wide receivers for Prep, which is 7-0 and ranked No. 2.

The two teams play tonight at 7 in Flowood.

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