By CLINT FOSTER
For the first time in their seven-year history, Mineral Wells' own Texas Bullets are headed to the Texas United Football League Championship game.
The semi-pro football team – currently ranked first in the nation out of approximately 1,300 squads – remained unbeaten on the year with a 36-22 victory over the North Texas Stampede to lock up the TUFL Western Division championship Saturday night in Mineral Wells' Ram Stadium and punched their ticket to the Super Bowl of Texas semi-pro football.
Bullets quarterback and former SMU Mustang Justin Willis stood out in the win in front of an estimated crowd of around 300. He lit up the scoreboard with 377 yards passing and five touchdowns and an additional 103 yards on the ground on 10 carries.
At 12-0, the Bullets are the only undefeated team in the TUFL. It's a distinction they will need to hold on to if they want to qualify for a shot at the semi-pro national championship.
But first the Bullets will have to win the TUFL in a potentially juicy matchup. The Bullets will bring the No. 1 offense and No.1 defense in the nation into a TUFL championship game against the North Texas Longhorns – the defending national champions and winners of four of the last five TUFL crowns.
The 12th annual TUFL Championship is set to kickoff at 7 p.m. Saturday night at Keller ISD's Athletic Complex, located at 500 Tate Orr Drive. Tickets will be available at the gate.
After the success of 2014 and some great community support, Bullets owner Jeromy Puckett told the Index that the Bullets plan on returning to Mineral Wells for another season in 2015. He added they also plan on ramping up their community involvement and outreach next year, as well.