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
He was # 22 in this video.
* - Monroe County is in the white jerseys.
** - 3:15 minutes
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