Stephen F. Austin, stocked with 21 East Texas products, fell to SMU, 52-0, on Saturday. The Lumberjacks (1-1) committed 10 turnovers in the contest, including six interceptions and four fumbles.
Whitehouse product and junior quarterback Brady Attaway started the game, but didn't finish it. He left in the second quarter with a shoulder injury, according to head coach J.C. Harper. He finished 19 of 36 for 184 yards and four interceptions.
It's unclear if Attaway will play this weekend when the Lumberjacks travel to Bozeman, Mont., to face nationally-ranked Montana State.
Attaway was one of six East Texas products to start the game for SFA. The others were left guard Austin Wright (Henderson), running back Gus Johnson (Gilmer), middle linebacker Ryan Epperson (Brownsboro), cornerback Trey Vallier (Henderson), and cornerback Josh Aubrey (Robert E. Lee).
Epperson finished with eight tackles. Aubrey had four tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss. Vallier had two tackles.
Johnson rushed for nine yards on four carries. The only other offensive player from East Texas to log statistics was Robert E. Lee's Marquis Mosley, who had one reception for 20 yards.
Defensive contributors from East Texans included Robert E. Lee's Marvin Gray (three tackles), Longview's Jordan Burton (one tackle) and Frankston's Jamal Allen (one tackle).
SMU's East Texas products were all a part of the victory. John Tyler's Jeremy Johnson caught four passes for 46 yards. Troup's Der'rikk Thompson caught three passes for 13 yards. Mount Enterprise linebacker Kevin Pope had two tackles.
JT'S DORSEY PLAYING FOR CARDINALS
Former John Tyler defensive lineman Adren Dorsey is playing his final season for the Lamar University Cardinals. Through two games the senior has accumulated one tackle as a back-up.
The Cardinals, entering their second season in the Southland Conference, are coming off a 40-0 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette.
TUCKER, BUSH, HACKETT FIGURE IN TCU WIN
The TCU Horned Frogs opened the season with a 56-0 win over Grambling State at renovated Amon Carter Stadium, and a trio of East Texas players were a big part of it.
Former Chapel Hill product Matthew Tucker didn't start, but he did rush seven times for 35 yards in the contest, which kicked off his senior season.
Two John Tyler products made their collegiate debuts. John Tyler redshirt freshman wide receiver David Bush had a productive night, catching four passes for 36 yards and a touchdown, a 7-yarder in the third quarter. Meanwhile Chris Hackett had two tackles and a pass break-up at safety.
One other East Texas product, Robert E. Lee senior offensive lineman Trevius Jones, saw time in the contest.
VAN'S CALHOUN LEADING ASU RAMS
Running back Jermie Calhoun, a Van product, is leading Angelo State in rushing after two games this season.
Last week the junior rushed for 96 yards on 24 carries in the Rams' 19-7 loss to Chadron State. Calhoun also caught six passes for 32 yards.
This comes one week after Calhoun's effort against Western State, a game ASU won, 42-14. Calhoun finished with 65 yards rushing and 14 yards receiving.
Calhoun and ASU will play Valdosta State at noon Saturday at Cowboys Stadium as part of the Lone Star Football Festival, during which every Lone Star Conference program will play at the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
ET PRODUCTS AT LONE STAR FOOTBALL FESTIVAL
Along with Calhoun, there is the potential to see several other East Texas products during the Lone Star Football Festival this weekend.
The festivities start Thursday at 7 p.m. when Texas A&M-Commerce faces Midwestern State in a game billed as the Harvey Martin Classic. The game will also be televised on the CBS Sports Network.
Midwestern State features junior wide receiver Ricky Collins of John Tyler and sophomore offensive lineman Shadow Stokes of Kilgore. TAMU-C has sophomore cornerback Robert Wheeler of John Tyler, sophomore wide receiver Tevin Godfrey of Gilmer, freshman defensive back Kamryn Howard of John Tyler and senior offensive lineman Cade Burks of Canton.
On Saturday Abilene Christian plays Tarleton State at 4 p.m. Chapel Hill freshman defensive back Deaveron Dean and Canton redshirt freshman Chance Wallace could play in that game for TSU.
The nightcap, set for 8 p.m., pits West Texas A&M against Texas A&M-Kingsville. Brownsboro redshirt freshman linebacker Cameron Wallace of Brownsboro plays for West Texas A&M. John Tyler junior defensive lineman Ricky Marshall and Brook Hill freshman tight end Gunnar Dorsey play for Texas A&M-Kingsville.
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 at TMTpipeline@hotmail.com with the information.