Stills brothers a force in season opener

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Mountaineer tandem combines for two sacks, nine tackles in victory

One year ago, Darius and Dante Stills played in their first game together at WVU, a 40-14 win over Tennessee in the Belk College Kickoff. 

In their first game of the 2019 season, the brothers are doing more than just playing — they each made critical plays to help West Virginia seal a 20-13 victory over James Madison in its home opener. 

Darius Stills has promised to prove doubters wrong in his junior season. In his first start of the year at nose guard, he tied for second on the team in total tackles with six and came up big in two key moments. 

In the second quarter, with West Virginia trailing 7-3, he blocked a JMU field goal attempt to prevent the Dukes from extending their lead. Then, in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, he sacked Dukes quarterback Ben DiNucci for a loss of seven yards, helping the Mountaineers force a quick punt in the game’s decisive moments. 

“The change of defensive schemes was probably as good for Darius Stills as anybody in our program because what we’re doing now really allows him to showcase his talent,” said head coach Neal Brown. 

According to Brown, sophomore defensive lineman Dante Stills “really made a difference” in the game as well. The younger stills brother also produced a sack while tallying three total tackles. 

“It’s hard to rush the passer from an interior spot, but he has the ability to do that,” Brown said. 

Brown added that both players impressed during fall camp, and are expected to excel in this new-look WVU defense. 

“They’re starting to understand their bodies better, they’re starting to understand nutrition and all the things that go into it,” Brown said. “They have a chance.” 

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