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June 11, 2014

Bullets claim long-awaited TUFL title, 41-17, earn national championship invite

By CLINT FOSTER

KELLER – Get your guns up, because for the first time ever the undefeated Texas Bullets are Texas United Football League champions.

For close to a decade, the semi-pro team that calls Mineral Wells home has quested for even an appearance on the TUFL's biggest stage. Now, after a rallying to a dominant 41-17 victory over the defending national champion North Texas Longhorns in Keller ISD's Athletic Complex Saturday night, the Bullets will tote their newly christened TUFL championship trophy and No. 1 national ranking to Daytona Beach, Fla., and an appearance in the semi-pro national championship game in January.

"Seven years we've been trying to win that thing. We finally got it," Bullets owner Jeromy Puckett said of the elusive TUFL championship. "Everything came together and it was just an amazing season."

The long-awaited win did not come easily for the Bullets and their fans. At first, it seemed the Bullets' bid for a 13-0 season was in jeopardy when the Longhorns – who had won four of the past six TUFL crowns – jumped out to a 10-0 in the first quarter courtesy of two Bullets turnovers.

But the Bullets collected themselves, fighting to a 17-13 deficit at halftime before opening the floodgates in the second half. An interception to open the third quarter provided the initial spark the Bullets needed to cruise to the 41-17 blowout in front of an announced crowd of 750 fans, most of whom were supporting the Bullets.

"We just kind of had a good talk, calmed down, got the jitters out and started playing ball," Puckett said.

The Bullets' offense and defense – both ranked first in the nation out of approximately 1,300 semi-pro teams – were on full display in the victory.

Quarterback and SMU-ex Justin Willis shined as he had all season, throwing for 510 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 86 yards rushing. A 2014 season that saw Willis rack up 5,983 yards passing and 54 touchdowns earned him the title of national Offensive MVP in semi-pro football.

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  • FB Gordon at Strawn b8.jpg FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season

    By CLINT FOSTER

    Football season is fast approaching and with it those glorious games between teams that love to hate each other, which we call rivalries.

    I'm speaking, of course, about sports hate – the only beautiful kind. It's the stuff built on history and tradition that inspires simply the fiercest and most entertaining games of every season.

    Palo Pinto County and the surrounding area have no shortage of fierce football rivalries.

    The University Interscholastic League's realignment often causes new rivalries to be born and old ones to be rekindled. But which rivalries are the area's very best for 2014? The one's you circle your calendar for and make sure you don't miss.

    I can think of at least 10.

    So, for what it's worth, here's my list of the area's best, can't-miss football rivalries of the upcoming 2014 season.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Local Bowlers Roundup set for first weekend of August

    Mineral Wells Women's Bowling Alliance invites you to join them Aug. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountaineer Lanes for their second annual Bowlers Roundup. The event will feature snacks, tips from the pros, information on league bowling and two hours of great exercise.

    July 18, 2014

  • Abigail Barber winner 25yd backstroke IMG_0198.jpg Something in the water

    Mineral Wells is well known as the home of Crazy Water, and by all accounts the city's swim team went absolutely berserk in their one and only home meet of the summer on Saturday. 

    July 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • IMG_9853.JPG What offseason?

    Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.

    July 13, 2014 9 Photos

  • Hooks and Slices 7/11

    In the Holiday Hills Country Club Guys and Dolls tournament, locals Denny and Sherry Hall turned in rounds of 77 and 73 to take first place in the opening round and second place on Sunday in the fourth flight. George and Linda Hutton turned in two solid rounds to place both days. The twosome shot 71 and 72 to take first place on Saturday and second place on Sunday in the second flight. 

    July 11, 2014

  • cheer pic 2014.jpeg Cheer up!

    GRAPEVINE – The Mineral Wells High School cheerleaders attended the Universal Cheerleaders' Association's cheer camp in Grapevine two weeks ago and proved that spirit will definitely be high at every Rams and Lady Rams sporting event this coming school year.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • Denise Lee.jpg Millsap selects Lee as new head volleyball coach

    MILLSAP – The board of trustees at Millsap ISD recently announced their hire of Denise Lee as the new head volleyball coach for Millsap High School.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Waldrum leads the way in MW's latest swim meet

    TROPHY CLUB – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins city swim team took to the pool once again June 28 and showed valiant effort against some tough competition at its latest meet in Trophy Club.

    July 7, 2014

  • FWIW logo.jpg Polling mishap

    As I've written the last two weeks, Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine is on shelves and, more importantly, in my office. Can you tell I'm excited for football season?

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burke, Carter, Fisher among young standouts at early MW summer track meets

    Two meets are in the books for the Mineral Wells Summer Track Club and already many young athletes have risen to the top alongside their varsity counterparts as the apparent track stars of the future.

    July 3, 2014

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