By David Purdum / For the AJC
Veterans High School lost its first three games by a combined score of 93-30. Having never experienced a winning season the program’s first three years, the Warhawks could have easily gone into a downward spiral after the 0-3 start.
Instead, Veterans won the Region 2-AAAA title.
The turning point came in Week 4, said coach David Bruce. Veterans had an 11-7 lead over then-No. 10 Westside and was setting up for a field goal with two seconds left in the first half. Westside blocked the kick, however, and returned it for a go-ahead touchdown.
“That was the kind of thing that previously would have sunk us,” said Bruce. “But this year, we talked at halftime about overcoming adversity. Sure enough, we take that third-quarter kickoff and take it all the way down the field and score. We didn’t look back from there. That was the turning point, to me, when our kids realized that we can play with good teams and beat good teams.”
The Warhawks went on to beat