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12/15/05-Tatum

Tatum's Daylon McCoy Making Big Plays During Postseason Dedicated To Father

The Tatum Eagles play for the state championship Saturday night, capping off what has been an incredible playoff run.
For running back and linebacker Daylon McCoy, it has been a run motivated by loss.

Daylon is known for his big plays and his heart on the field. However since the Eagles first playoff game, Daylon has played with a heavy heart.
One night after watching his son play, Daylon's father died of a heart attack.

"I've dedicated the season to him," Daylon explained. "Before every game I think that he's up there with me. As I'm playing I hope he's watching over me while I play."
"The Brownsboro game was the last time I saw him," Daylon said. "After that game he came out on the field, talked to me a little bit and before he left he said, 'I love you' and gave me a hug. That's the last time I got to talk to him."

The following week Daylon played on Friday night, and buried his father on Saturday. The difficulty of loosing a parent could have taken its toll on the teen. But as the Eagles made a run for state, Daylon took the pain and used it to drive him.

"When I'm on the field he stays on my mind. You never notice but towards the end of the game, since that happened I've cried at the end of every game."

But what fans have noticed, is Daylon's amazing playoff season. In every game Daylon has made the big play.

"Things like that either cause people to go back or step it up," said teammate and cousin Carson Blackmon. "He's really stepped it up. "We'll be struggling for big plays and I just know that he will make that play when it comes down to it."

"It shows what type of young man he is. He's got a lot of character and he's just a great kid," said Tatum head coach Andy Evans.

When Daylon steps on the field for the state championship, it is not all about winning for his school, or his town. It is about winning for his father.

"He's always with me on the field," Daylon said. "I think he's smiling at us, every game."

Maya Golden reporting
, mgolden@kltv.com

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