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Tatum's "Junkyard Dogs" Shutting Down Opponents

Twenty-one points.
That is the most any team has scored against the Tatum eagles all season. A perfect 13-0, their rabid defense has boosted the eagles into the state semifinals, and earned them the nickname "The Junkyard Dogs."
"They call us the junkyard dogs because first of all we aren't going to let anybody in our junkyard," said defensive end, Clarence Leatch. 
It was after the Eagles first game on 2005, the JYD nickname was born.
"Our defensive coordinator, he picked that for us," said lineman Bronderrick Greenwood. "He thought we were ruthless."
"He said a junkyard dog doesn't let anybody in his territory," defensive end Jonathon Humphries explained.
"We keep everybody out. Nobody gains yards on us," Leatch added.
On paper, there is no argument. The Eagles shutout two teams during the regular season and have held 12 out of 13 teams to 20 points or less. Factor in five Division I prospects and the Eagles are dominating the field. In the playoffs opponents average just over 12 points a game.
"Everybody's cool and we trust each other on the field," Greenwood said.
The Eagles claimed the region in the quarterfinals and have their eyes set on stepping past the semis to grab another trophy.
"Since we made it this far, we got to get there and win it," Greenwood  added. 
The junkyard dogs will have their hands full against Sweetwater when they clash in the state semifinals, this Saturday, 6 p.m at Texas Stadium.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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