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A trophy for Coach Les

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on November 7, 2011 1:46 PM

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Coach Gilbert Baker holds up the game ball before the Neuse River Youth Football League semi-final game. Baker constantly reminded the Rosewood Little Eagles to play for, "Coach Les." Coach Les Williams died while serving in Afghan-istan.

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Coach Kevin Getchell rallies his team during the league championship game. The Little Eagles started their season with a 26-0 loss, but then went on to claim seven victories.

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The Rosewood Little Eagles get fired up for the Neuse River Youth Football League Championship game. Although they did not bring home the championship, the team had a miraculous run -- in part because of their determination to win for their former coach, Les Williams, who died while serving in Afghanistan.

MOUNT OLIVE -- Kevin Getchell lowers his head and pulls his hat down over his face when the tears start falling. It's not like him to show this kind of emotion in front of his players. It's only happened once...

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