By CLINT FOSTER
It may be spring, but it's still football season in Mineral Wells, Texas.
Ranked No. 1 in the nation out of approximately 1,300 teams, the 4-0 Texas Bullets of the semi-pro Texas United Football League bring their undefeated record home to Ram Stadium on the campus of Mineral Wells High School with a chance to continue a run toward the semi-pro national championship.
The Bullets have a distinctly local flavor, with former SMU Mustang quarterback Justin Willis captaining a fast-paced, spread offense and a defense that runs the smashmouth 4-2-5 scheme perfected by Gary Patterson at TCU.
But team owner and right guard Jeromy Puckett said it's the atmosphere of a Bullets game that makes them truly unique and a perfect team for the city of Mineral Wells to rally behind.
"It's a good brand of football," he said. "We do it for the love of the game. None of the players get paid. But there's a lot of great athletes.
"You've got a ton of good athletes out there and it's a good family atmosphere. We're trying to put on a good show and show people good quality football at a reasonable rate."
For just $8 for adults and $5 for students, the people of Mineral Wells can attend Bullets games and watch a team on the cusp of a potentially memorable season.
The Bullets feature a wide variety of players, ranging from junior college athletes to men in their 40s who just didn't want to hang up their shoulder pads. In addition to Willis, the Bullets also feature multiple former NCAA and pro players, including Evan Huahulu of Utah State and Antonio Rodriguez of the Houston Texans and Barcelona's football team.