Vet­er­ans runs to ti­tle, 28-12 over Ray Davis

The Covington News - - Sports - By Josh Briggs

Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Mid­dle School won its third straight NewRock foot­ball cham­pi­onship Wed­nes­day with a 28-12 victory over Ray Davis at Evans Memo­rial Sta­dium.

Dar­ius Dean and Cor­nell White com­bined to rush for four touch­downs to power the Gen­er­als to its third con­sec­u­tive ti­tle.

“We had a great year,” head coach Jim Puck­ett said. “The key to our suc­cess was prepa­ra­tion. Our kids have worked so hard this year each week for our next game.”

The Gen­er­als came into the sea­son with hopes of re­peat­ing last year’s suc­cess and Puck­ett said his team had their sights set on the prize from the out­set.

“Our goal from the very beginning was to win a cham­pi­onship and go un­de­feated,” he said. “They lis­ten and are very coach­able. Dar­ius Dean just has so much raw speed. He's still learn­ing the game, but once he gets to open field, there are very few if any play­ers in our league who can catch him. He's a great kid - very hum­ble and hard-work­ing.”

The win gives Vet­er­ans brag­ging rights for yet an­other year. It also gives the Gen­er­als two un­de­feated sea­son in their last three years.

“Winning our third straight cham­pi­onship is very spe­cial be­cause we've worked so hard to build a winning pro­gram here with tra­di­tion and re­spect,” Puck­ett said. “We do things the right way here at Vet­er­ans. We hold all of our ath­letes to a very high stan­dard of con­duct, aca­demic per­for­mance and re­spect for them­selves and their teach­ers. Our foot­ball pro­gram is mod­eled around that foun­da­tion.”

Puck­ett said he re­lies on help from a group of ded­i­cated in­di­vid­u­als in­clud­ing his staff. At the mid­dle school level, coaches of­ten have to rely on volun-

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Ready for prime time: Dar­ius Dean (1) rum­bles for a long touch­down dur­ing the fourth quar­ter of Vet­er­ans' cham­pi­onship win over Ray Davis Wed­nes­day at Evans Memo­rial Sta­dium in Cony­ers.

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