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12/18/05-Dallas

Tatum Lifts Championship Trophy, Claim Title

The Tatum Eagles can be described by using one simple word: Champion.
Tatum went 15-0 to claim the 3A Division II title. It was an emotional and proud night for the Tatum players, coaches and fans. A fitting end to an amazing season.
"They're warriors everyone of them are warriors," said head coach Andy Evans.
The Eagles had never let anyone deal them a loss in 2005. In the biggest game of the year, these Eagles once again, would not be denied.
The game was a nail bitter. The win sealed in the last seconds. The finish, the perfect ending.
"The UIL has something to give to you guys," Coach Evans said to his players as he was presented the championship trophy.
There were tears of joy, shouts and the overwhelming reality, the Eagles are champions.
"We got a bunch of great kids. They're the reason we're here. We got some of the best kids in the country right here in Tatum," Coach Evans said. "Everyone of our kids played great tonight."
With Tatum for only two seasons, Coach Evans said his team not only taught him lessons in life, but faith.
"I'm one of those guys who has to have my hands on everything and I turned it over to God and said if it happens it happens, if it doesn't it doesn't. He's the one that gets all the glory for this I can promise you."
Eagles players had said what they wanted most for Christmas was a championship ring. They will have not just that, but a trophy, and the more than fitting title of champion.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com
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