During their youthful days of rec-league play, Sherron's twin, Shawn, was a star running back.
It's always been that way for the 21-year-old Childress brothers, former stars at Hampton High now playing at Norfolk State. They support each other, but they also compete. At everything.
Like the Madden video game from Tuesday night, the outcome of which is still in dispute.
"I beat him," Shawn said. "He said he had to go to sleep because he had an early class, so that was his excuse for leaving the game."
"It was a close game," Sherron countered. "It was like 14-14, but I had to get up this morning for a film session at 6:30."
Sherron, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior tight end who redshirted his freshman season, has five catches for 44 yards in two games for the Spartans, who play host to William and Mary in the Tribe's first-ever trip to Dick Price Stadium on Saturday. Shawn, a 6-2, 240-pound senior linebacker, has four tackles and half a sack to his credit.
The brothers keep close track of each other's performance.
"He comments on when I'm doing bad, and I comment on when he's doing bad," Shawn said. "We give each other credit for doing good, but we always tell each other we can do better than what we're doing."
Sherron, older by six minutes, concedes Shawn's claim that he may be stronger and faster — with a caveat.
"On-the-field strength and weight-room strength are totally different," Sherron said. "When we go against each other head-to-head, it's a battle, and nine times out of 10, I'm winning, to be honest. Just because you bench a little more than me doesn't mean that you're stronger."
The brothers won a Division 5 state title with the Crabbers in 2005, with Sherron playing tight end and outside linebacker and Shawn playing defensive end and offensive tackle. Their father, Shawn King, rooted for them in that title season just like he does now, as one of about 15 family members and friends who form the Childresses' cheering section.
"I'll be the loudest," said Shawn King, who often sports a jersey with Shawn's No. 50 on the front and Sherron's No. 40 on the back. "I love to see them play. They've been playing since they were 8 years old, and they really love the sport."
But while they pay close attention to each other on the football field, the brothers make an effort to carve out their own identities off it.
"A lot of our friends tell us they never met a set of twins like us," Shawn said. "We don't shake each other's hand. We don't say hi to each other. ... That's how we communicate, by not communicating."
"We try to take our own path," Sherron said. "We have our own sets of friends. Most of our friends are similar, but we try to create our own name for ourselves instead of just being twins. … We can rely on each other for support if we need it, (but) we've established our own names."
The twins take pride in each other's athletic achievements, though, and Sherron admits it'll be a little different next year when Shawn isn't on the field with him.
"We've always been together," Sherron said. "Next year, when he's not around, I'll probably look around to see him and realize that he's not there."
Shawn plans to be in the stands after he graduates, and Sherron knows there will be no escape from his brother's scrutiny.
"I'll know that he's there, watching the game, even if he's not playing," Sherron said. "I know he's still going to have something to critique me about every day."