Tatum Eagles Gear Up For Play-off

A few painted cars and a sign outside of Natalie's Cafe, are the just about the only visible reminders the Tatum High School football team is in the middle of the state playoffs.

Michael Morton is a die-hard fan, but he says the town expected the team to get this far this year.

"They don't get excited to go to playoffs anymore, because they're pretty much there every year anyway. Canton, this is probably their first or second time to go, and they're all 'yee-haw' about it. But we're just used to being there," Morton said.

He says despite the limited display of support, the entire town is gearing up for tomorrow's game. "Everybody's high on emotions right now. We'll probably bring the whole town with us on Friday night."

The Tatum High School quarterback coach agrees, Zach Guillory says he can't imagine better fans to play for, or coach football for.

"The whole town's excited. I'm thinking this whole town's going to be shut down, ready to support those eagles," Guillory said.

The Tatum Eagles have made it to the post-season 13 out of the last 14 years, but they never won the big game. Fans say they have enough talent to go all the way this year.  But they'll have to beat Canton first.

"They got an excellent defense. Defense has been carrying us all year. I think our offense will be able to move the ball this week. So I feel confident, we'll win this week," Morton said.

If they do, Tatum High School will have another shot at a state title, and for that, fans say the town would go crazy.

Lindsay Wilcox, reporting. lwilcox@kltv.com