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June 11, 2014

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

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Benefiting from the bulk of Willis' looks Saturday was Michael Armstead, who rattled off 145 receiving yards and a touchdown.

The Bullets’ defense totaled four interceptions on the day with cornerback Will Fields snagging two to accompany seven tackles. Linebacker Josh Mosley and cornerback Kedrion Betts grabbed the other two picks.

Puckett said the Bullets' opponent in the national championship game likely won't be announced until August or September, but it should be a team from the north. In the meantime, the Bullets will shoulder the difficult task of staying in game shape until time for the championship on Martin Luther King weekend.

"It kind of stinks for us," Puckett said of the layoff which will last over half a year. "We're going to try and organize some practices and maybe some tune-up games that don't mean anything to just try and stay in synch. That will be the hardest thing. But we've had 16 games, so it will be kind of nice to have a break to heal up."

Puckett spoke highly of the first Bullets team to finally get over the hump and win a TUFL championship after a long journey to the top. He said many former starters had to "check their egos" and ceded their positions to talented newcomers for the good of the team. But the Bullets' family mentality prevailed en route to their first title.

"We've been on the cusp for the last three years, wondering what were the missing pieces to this puzzle," he said. "Over the offseason, we really recruited hard and filled in some guys that really bought into the program and were the final pieces to that big puzzle. We had a really deep roster and that's what helped us get through these 16 games."

Puckett thanked the city of Mineral Wells for its consistent support. He added he hopes to bring a national championship trophy home soon and hold a celebration of some kind in town.

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