NACOGDOCHES, TX (KLTV) - From no wins, to a top five national ranking. The punching bag has become the puncher.
"Going from 0-and-11 to 4-and-8 to 10-and-3, I think that's pretty good," said Brownsboro native Ryan Epperson.
S.F.A.'s added pop was helped by a heavy recruitment of East Texas talent. Nearly 40 percent of the Lumberjacks current roster came from East Texas high school's.
"I take a lot of pride in it," said former Brook Hill star Jeremy Chapelle. "It makes me feel proud to know S.F.A. came all this way and we had a lot to do with it."
"I feel like we're the cream of the crop," said Longview native Gordon Booker. "I feel like anytime we go on the field we tell each other we're about to represent for the '903.'"
S.F.A. coach J.C. Harper has dialed up the right combination of East Texas talent. Many of whom were rivals.
"There's nothing like coming out here with some people that you know that was good in high school and seeing us on the same team," said former John Tyler Lion Romonte Hampton.
His former J.T. teammate agrees.
"When we go back home or anywhere around here or in East Texas and you hear people talking about SFA and East Texas, it makes you feel good," said Derrick Choice.
Just call them East Texas U. Former Tyler Lee Red Raider Josh Aubrey says it's the place to be.
"It's East Texas," he said. "I feel like no one can play ball like an East Texan."