NAIA championship Selco watch presented to all members of the 1972 East Texas State football team following their NAIA championship win. Six months after the Lions tennis team earned its first national championship, the Lions football team notched its only national football championship in school history with a 21-18 victory over No. 2 Carson-Newman College of Tennessee. Head coach Ernest Hawkins, Lions Hall of Fame and Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor Coach, along with team captains Denver Crawley, Harvey Martin, and Dour Walker helped the Lions finish with a 10-2 overall record. In 2007, the 1972 football team was inducted to the Lions Athletic Hall of Fame.