Sam Houston State will get its rematch with North Dakota State in the FCS National Championship game at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco on Saturday at noon. The game will be broadcast at noon on ESPN2.
Six East Texas products will be either on the field or on the sideline for the contest hoping to take home the program’s first national championship in football.
That group includes Robert E. Lee senior tight end T.J. Jones, Jacksonville sophomore defensive back Cody Hamlett, Kilgore freshman offensive lineman Donald Jackson, Gilmer senior offensive lineman Dan Jenkins, Longview freshman tight end Braden King and Arp sophomore defensive back Michael Wade.
Bullard’s Moore scores in Heart of Texas Bowl
Oklahoma State junior wide receiver Charlie Moore scored the first touchdown in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, played at Cotton Bowl Stadium, on Jan. 1.
The 8-yard touchdown pass came from junior quarterback Clint Chelf.
Moore, a junior from Bullard, ended up with 4 receptions for 42 yards in the game.
Moore had a breakthrough season with the Cowboys, finishing with 35 receptions for 542 yards and 6 touchdowns. He was second on the team in all receiving categories.
Also during the Heart of Dallas Bowl former Tyler Junior College standout Akeem Shavers of Purdue led the Boilermakers with 95 yards rushing. Shavers rushed for 871 yards and 6 touchdowns in his senior season.
Troup’s Thompson leads SMU in Hawaii Bowl win
Troup product Der’rick Thompson led the SMU Mustangs in receiving during their 43-10 win over Fresno State in the Shearton Hawai’i Bowl on Dec. 24.
Thompson caught five passes for 82 yards. Also, Mount Enterprise linebacker Kevin Pope had two assisted tackles in the contest.
John Tyler product Jeremy Johnson didn’t catch a pass, but he did finish the season as SMU’s leader in receptions with 67.
All three will return to SMU in 2013.
Chapel Hill’s Tucker scores in final game as Horned Frog
TCU senior Matthew Tucker, a former Chapel Hill standout, rushed for 28 yards and scored TCU’s first touchdown in their 17-16 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl loss to Michigan State on Dec. 29.
Redshirt freshman safety Chris Hackett, who played at John Tyler, had seven tackles in the contest. Hackett was recently named a freshman second-team All-American by Collegefootballnews.com.
Senior offensive lineman Trevius Jones of Robert E. Lee appeared in his final game as a Horned Frog.
Marshall’s Jones plays in Baylor victory
Baylor drilled UCLA, 49-26, in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27. In that game, junior cornerback Darius Jones of Marshall had two total tackles.
Along with Jones, redshirt freshman offensive lineman Pat Colbert of Kilgore and sophomore deep snapper Jimmy Landes will return for the Bears next season.
Kilgore’s Bustin lifts Texas Tech to win in Meineke Car Care Bowl
Ryan Bustin, a redshirt sophomore placekicker from Kilgore, kicked the winning field goal for Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas on Dec. 28.
Bustin’s 28-yard field goal came as time expired and clinched a 34-31 win for the Red Raiders. Bustin had another 28-yard field goal in the first half.
Bustin returns next season for Texas Tech and should be one of the best kickers in the Big 12. He finished the 2012 season with 110 points, making 17 field goals and 59 extra points.
New Diana product Terry McDaniel started at right tackle in the contest. For McDaniel, a senior, it was his final game in a Texas Tech uniform. McDaniel was a full-time starter in his final two seasons in Lubbock.
Longview’s Pete Robertson, a redshirt freshman, had one tackle and a sack in the contest. Robertson ended the season with 20 tackles and 3 sacks.
West Rusk’s Morton plays final collegiate game
Senior linebacker Matt Morton had 5 tackles for Iowa State in its 31-17 loss to Tulsa in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31. Morton made the start at strong side linebacker, marking his only start of 2012.
Morton, a West Rusk product, finished his final season with the Cyclones with 15 tackles.
Browning, La.-Monroe lose first bowl game
Junior quarterback Kolton Browning and the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks lost to Ohio, 45-14, in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 27. It was the first bowl game for Browning and the Warhawks. Browning, a Mabank product, threw for 219 yards and 2 touchdowns, and also rushes for 47 yards. But he was also sacked five times.
Gladewater redshirt freshman wide receiver Cortney Davis had 2 catches for 5 yards. Longview senior linebacker DaCorris Ford had four tackles in his final collegiate game, while Canton senior tight end Kevaon Milton had one tackle. Whitehouse sophomore defensive end Joey Gautney had one tackle.
Turner plays in Rice’s bowl victory
Gilmer freshman running back Luke Turner carried one time for 3 yards in Rice’s Armed Forces Bowl victory over Air Force, 33-14, on Dec. 29. Turner, one of eight true freshmen to play for Rice in 2012, finished with 146 yards and two touchdowns.
East Texans in Friday’s Cotton Bowl
Texas A&M and Oklahoma squared off in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Friday.
Playing in the game for Texas A&M was redshirt freshman receiver Malcome Kennedy of Cayuga. Playing in the game for Oklahoma were senior defensive back Lamar Harris of Gilmer, senior defensive lineman JaMarkus McFarland of Lufkin, and freshman wide receiver Trey Meteyor of Whitehouse.
— East Texas Pipeline appears weekly in the Tyler Morning Telegraph and is dedicated to updating readers on East Texas athletes who have gone on to college sports. If you know of a former ET high school athlete who is now completing on the college level and is worthy of recognition, email Matthew Postins atTMTpipeline@hotmail.com with the information.