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Derik Vanderford|Daily TimesSenior offensive lineman Chase Puckett displays power at the squat rack.
Derik Vanderford|Daily TimesSenior offensive lineman Chase Puckett displays power at the squat rack.
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UNION COUNTY — Members of the Union County Yellow Jackets football team proved strong during the team’s annual Lift-A-Thon.

UCHS football players hit the weight room on Saturday as they tested in power clean, bench press and parallel squat during Saturday’s Lift-A-Thon, which resulted in a record number of 16 in the 1,000-pound club and 19 in the 900-pound club. The two strongest players on Saturday were Brandon Mathis, who lifted a total of 1,230 pounds and Deshawn Thompson, who lifted a total of 1,205 pounds. Other top performers included Christian Petty, Cam Queen, Malik Gray, Chase Puckett, Deshawn Thompson, Ty Washington, TJ Glenn, Brennan Cannup, and Octavous Thompson.

The rising seniors tested first, shouting out encouragement to each other over music playing in the school weight room. Last season’s top 100 plays showed on a television screen for extra inspiration. Players and coaches alike could be heard shouting out phrases like “Don’t Quit!” and “You got it!”

“We have a lot of strong kids,” said Head Coach Steve Taneyhill.

When the group of rising seniors finished, Taneyhill congratulated them.

“Good job, guys. Now it’s time to play ball. Transfer all of this to the field out there.”

A group of rising sophomores and juniors followed the first group. They were led through stretches and agility drills before hitting the weights.

“Our senior class was a great group; what are you going to do now?” Taneyhill asked the second group. “Are you going to go in there and attack like they did?”

Taneyhill encouraged the players to rally around each other and get the weight up.

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