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Eagles Go For Third Straight, Take Their Place In History

In all the yearly East Texas dominance of high school football, it is something this part of the state has not seen in almost 30 years: Three straight championship appearances.

The Tatum Eagles could stamp their place in the football history books with a victory Saturday night.

"When you coach you dream of getting to coach in one state championship or to just to be in one," Tatum Head Coach Andy Evans said. "For us to have been able to win two and be able to play for a third, it's a humbling experience."

Most historians say only nine team have won three straight state football titles. It happened for Big Sandy in 1973, 1974 and 1975. Those were the same Wildcat squads that produced Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith.

You cannot help but wonder what future pro talent will come from the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Tatum Eagles.

"We talked about it this week, we told the kids it gives them the chance to get mentioned with an elite group of teams," Evans said, "and it's an opportunity for you to do something not just for yourselves but for everybody that has ever played for Tatum."

So what makes the eagles so good? When I asked, it took coach Evans a minute before responding.

"I think probably if you ask our kids over the past three years what's been the most important thing that has happened, it is that we have gotten to the point where we are completely unified as a coaching staff and as a group of players."

"There's a lot of teams that have good athletes that don't win, there's a lot of teams that have some great coaches that don't win, but when you get everybody unified and all headed in the same direction, all playing and coaching for one another, that's when the good stuff happens."

 The good stuff. Like two straight state championships and the chance for a third.

Tatum will play 11-3 Farmersville at Tiger Stadium in Corsicana this Saturday. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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