Robert E. Lee product T.J. Jones can enjoy his Thanksgiving holiday as his Sam Houston State Bearkats prepare for their second-round opponent in the FCS playoffs next week.
Jones, a senior, caught his first touchdown pass of the season against Northwestern (La.) State on Nov. 9, a 52-17 Sam Houston victory. Jones’ touchdown reception went for 50 yards.
Jones has seven receptions for 108 yards this season, but has played in all 11 games for the 8-3 Bearkats, who can count two of their three losses to Baylor and Texas A&M. Jones was named an All-Southland Conference first team selection at tight end/H-back earlier this week.
Sam Houston State is the No. 5 team in the nation according to the latest Sports Network Top 25 poll and will host Cal-Poly next Saturday, Dec. 1, at Bowers Stadium. The Bearkats are seeking to return to the FCS National Championship game in Frisco, where they lost to North Dakota State last year.
ET players dot All-SLC football squad
Several East Texas products found themselves on the All-Southland Conference football team, which was released earlier this week.
SFA running back Gus Johnson, who rushed for four touchdowns in a game twice this season, was named a first-team running back after gaining 954 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns. The Gilmer product has two years of eligibility remaining and was the conference’s second-leading rusher behind SLC MVP Tim Flanders of Sam Houston State.
Robert E. Lee product Josh Aubrey, a senior, capped off his SFA career with a first-team selection at defensive back. Aubrey finished the season with 65 tackles and 2 interceptions for the 5-6 Lumberjacks.
Honorable mention selections included SFA quarterback Brady Attaway of Whitehouse (3,671 yards passing, 29 touchdowns), SFA senior offensive lineman Austin Wright of Henderson, Sam Houston State freshman offensive lineman Donald Jackson of Kilgore and SFA senior linebacker Ryan Epperson of Brownsboro (96 tackles).
ET Pair earn All-LSC Honorable Mention
Two East Texas products earned inclusion on the Lone Star Conference’s All-Conference football team, both as honorable mention.
Abilene Christian junior defensive tackle Melvin Shead of Cayuga and Texas A&M-Kingsville junior defensive end Ricky Marshall of Robert E. Lee earned that honor. Shead had 19 tackles and 1 sack, while Marshall had 29 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Trio of ET players on All-ASC Football Team
Two East Texas products were named to the second team of the All-American Southwest Conference Football team, while one was named honorable mention.
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior offensive tackle Montana Duncan from Mineola earned second-team honors, along with Louisiana College sophomore placekicker Adan Olivares from Gilmer.
East Texas Baptist junior center Jacob Alford of Lindale was named honorable mention.
Of the three players, Duncan is the only one still playing. Mary Hardin-Baylor (11-0), ranked No. 2 in Division III to end the regular season, is preparing for a second-round clash with Franklin, Ind., (9-2) on Saturday in Belton.
Olivares was part of an historic season at Louisiana College, which saw it reach the Division III playoffs for the first time before losing to Mary Hardin-Baylor. Olivares finished the season with 71 points, making him second on the team in scoring.
New Diana sophomore defensive back Beau Brewer had 18.5 tackles in 10 games for LC, while Winnsboro senior receiver Chaz Baxter contributed seven tackles.
ET products playing in LSC Volleyball Tournament
East Texas volleyball players saw their seasons end in the Lone Star Conference volleyball tournament last weekend in San Angelo.
Gilmer sophomore Lacy Hodges and the Tarleton State TexAnns advanced to the LSC semifinals before losing to West Texas A&M in three sets.
Texas Woman’s University, which had a trio of East Texas players, also reached the semifinals before losing to Angelo State in five sets. White Oak sophomore Morgan Wilson, Hawkins junior Courtnee Davis and Rains freshman Torie Talkington were part of that effort.
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 competing on the college level and is worthy of recognition, email Matthew Postins at TMTpipeline@hotmail.com with the information.