Sam Houston State lost to North Dakota State, 39-13, in the 2013 FCS National Championship game at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco on Saturday.
The game proved to be the swan song for two East Texas-area seniors. Tight end T.J. Jones of Robert E. Lee and Gilmer offensive lineman Dan Jenkins each played in the contest. Jones did not have a catch in the contest. Jenkins started the game and the season at left tackle.
The Bearkats have Jacksonville sophomore defensive back Cody Hamlett, Kilgore freshman offensive lineman Donald Jackson, Longview freshman tight end Braden King and Arp sophomore defensive back Michael Wade all scheduled to return in 2013.
PT’s Popelar joins elite H-S club
Hardin-Simmons senior Alexis Popelar, a Pine Tree product, recently became the 13th player in Hardin-Simmons women’s basketball history to score at least 1,000 points in a career.
The milestone came against Mississippi College in mid-December, as Popelar scored 30 points in an 85-73 win.
Popelar crossed that scoring threshold thanks to a couple of free throws. She also had 10 rebounds in the contest.
Most recently Popelar scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds against LeTourneau College on Jan. 5, providing her one final opportunity to play in front of her high school fans.
Popelar is making a play for American Southwest Conference Player of the Year honors. As of Jan. 9 she’s averaging 18.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. She leads the ASC in scoring and is 10th in rebounding.
CHill’s Tucker to play in All-Star game
TCU senior Matthew Tucker, a former Chapel Hill standout, will play for Texas in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star game set for Feb. 2 at Eagle Stadium in Allen.
Tucker’s draft prospects are unclear, but the All-Star game gives him a chance to bolster those hopes. NFLDraftScout.com lists Tucker as the No. 42-ranked draft-eligible running back.
Kennedy part of A&M rout in Cotton Bowl
Cayuga product Malcome Kennedy caught three passes for 28 yards in Texas A&M’s 41-13 blowout of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl last Friday.
Kennedy, a redshirt sophomore, finished the season fifth on the team in receptions with 26. He also racked up 285 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kennedy has two years of eligibility left.
On the Sooner side, Lufkin product and senior defensive lineman JaMarkus McFarland wrapped up his college career. McFarland finished the season with 29 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks and an interception. He’ll play in the Casino Del Sol All-Star Game in Tucson, Ariz., tonight.
Another Sooner senior, Gilmer’s Lamar Harris, ended his college career. Harris, a safety, finished the season with 17 tackles.
Whitehouse product Trey Meteyor, a freshman wide receiver, will be back next season after catching 17 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown.
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