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teers and par­ents more than high school. At Vet­er­ans, it’s been a group ef­fort. Puck­ett has two of the best as­sis­tant coaches that he said re­ally care about the pro­gram and the staff and com­mu­nity has sup­ported their team through­out its run.

“One of the keys to our suc­cess is that I have two fan­tas­tic as­sis­tant coaches,” he said. Coach [Dur­wood] Helms and coach [Cliff] Roberts both love foot­ball and love th­ese kids. We have fun at prac­tice. We teach and coach, but we have fun. We run a dis­ci­plined pro­gram, and the kids have bought into it. An­other key is the won­der­ful sup­port of our ad­min­is­tra­tion. Any­thing we need for our pro­gram, our ath­letic di­rec­tor James Peek, and prin­ci­pal Eric Arena, make sure we get it. Also, we had sev­eral re­turn­ing starters this year - play­ers like Cor­nell White, Ejike Kings­ley, Kenneth De­berry, and more. They stepped up and be­came leaders for us.”

Vet­er­ans’ per­fect 8-0 sea­son is a tes­ta­ment to to­tal team ef­fort. Puc­ck­ett said his play­ers will al­ways be able to look back on their days in his pro­gram and draw from the suc­cesses they’ve had as they go onto high school and be­yond.

“As a coach, it just makes you so proud for the play­ers,” he added. “They learn so much on the foot­ball field, and the re­la­tion­ships I build with them hope­fully will last much longer than a sin­gle foot­ball sea­son.”

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