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1964 Monroe County vs. Jackson

1964 Monroe County vs. Jackson
1964 Monroe County vs. Jackson

        The 1964 edition of the Monroe County Tigers were led by Coy Tatum, an all state honorable mention as selected by the Birmingham News and Birmingham Post-Herald. The Tigers came into the game riding a two game winning streak while Jackson had a 3-1 record.

        It was homecoming for the Tigers and Monroe County would come away with an impressive 20-0 win behind a defense that held the Jackson Aggies offense in check all evening. Both teams belonged to the Pine Belt Conference. The Pine Belt Conference no longer exists but in 1964 consisted of Jackson, Grove Hill, Thomasville, Millry, Excel, Frisco City, Uriah, Leroy, Coffeeville, Silas, Repton, Chatom and Monroeville.

        An account of one of the Tigers is given by teammate Mike Segers. "Tommy McMillon made All Pine Belt Conference along with Tatum, McKnight and me." he said. "Tommy developed juvenile diabetes when he was 12 at which time his parents, Dot and Landis, were told by his doctor he would not live to be 20.  He died at age 56 in December 2004."

        "He was a trooper and became our best running back as a senior ('65 season).  He also was a great baseball player and pitched on the Auburn team as a freshman; the first freshman starter, I am told." Segers said.
        Segers went on to say "Tommy hustled and was a gifted athlete with a serious affliction that most would have probably been sidelined or chosen not to play (had they had juvenile diabetes).  He chose to play and excelled; always with his 'juice jug' on the sideline."

        He was # 22 in this video.

* - Monroe County is in the white jerseys.
** - 3:15 minutes

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