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Tatum Celebrates State Football Title

       It was one East Texas teams' time to shine Thursday night, as the town of Tatum turned out to celebrate a state championship.

    "Man this is a dream, this is a dream. It's great. Enough said. A dream come true," said Eagles running back "Noochie" Smith.

      Practically the whole town turned out at Eagle Stadium to honor the kids who had done what no one else could since the school began playing football in 1934.

    "Friends, family the whole community is right here, this is what it's all about. This is what we love. This is it. The team did it. The community did it. The coaches did it," said Tatum fan Mandell Stoker.

      They mingled with fans , autographed footballs, and soaked in a moment they will always remember.

     "This is going to stay with me a long time, and I'm never going to forget this right here," said Eagles linebacker Jamie Montgomery.

     For the town, it was a chance to savor something that some had waited a long, long time for.

    "I'm a 1952 alumni of Tatum High School. We're state champs. We're number one," said Jessie Wilmoth.

   One thing remains for the Eagles, they're waiting on their state championship rings.

Bob Hallmark reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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