High school football practice continues this week for non-spring practice schools. One of those teams is facing the rare challenge of trying to win a second straight state title, despite changing classifications.
The Tatum Eagles were the state champions of Class 3A in 2005, but in 2006 it's a new class and a new set of Eagle seniors ready to carry this team to the top of class 2A.
The Eagles begin in a new district that includes Arp, Troup and Elysian Fields. They have six starters returning on defense, six on offense, including one injury.
Those returning starters include one of the state's biggest recruits, Lennon Creer. Schools like Texas, Miami and UCLA are all interested in the running back and safety.
Despite all the attention, the phone calls and the scouts knocking at the door, he's focused on winning a championship for his senior year.
"I'm just blessed to be in this situation," Lennon said. "I've been through a lot and I just keep God first and I thank Him for what he gave me. I can't do it by myself. It's partially my teammates."
"Lennon is a very level headed young man," said Tatum Head Coach Andy Evans. "He doesn't let those kind of things go to his head. He's a humble kid and he's just a great competitor. "
Tatum will open the regular season on the road against Daingerfield on September 1.