Hard to believe, but it’s been 37 years since the Pirates carried home that State Championship trophy. The 35-man squad - composed of 16 seniors, 14 juniors and five sophomores and under the direction of head coach Jerry Shaffer - beat a talented Bellville squad 22-14 to take the state crown. The following season that group of juniors carried the team back to the state finals where they were eclipsed by an Eric Dickerson-led Sealy squad.
Past Hall of Honor chairman Richard Parker said he attended every game that year with the same group of four men. Once the Pirates got rolling, supporters became superstitious about their game-day preparation. Parker said his foursome rode to every game in the same vehicle with the same seating arrangement so as not to jinx the outcome.
It was quite a run for the 1977 team that wasn’t expected to progress beyond district games. In those days, there were usually six to eight teams in a given district but only the district champion advanced into the playoffs. Bellville and Sealy were in the same district back then, as they are now; and when those two teams played each other under that format, it truly was for all the marbles.
The 1977 Pirates had won their season opener, but then dropped the next two non-district contests. After that, they pulled things together and ran the table.
The 2008 Pirates were athletically gifted and advanced into the state final. The 2010 Pirates were clipped in the state semifinal, just one play short of a state final appearance. While every team is different from those that came before and those that follow, the common thread for all is strong leadership and commitment to team. Those attributes make every team better than the sum of its parts.
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Our own Gasevan McGrue's highlight made it into the TOP 10 Plays of the Week. Proud of you, Gasevan... AHMO !
9TH Maroon @ Home vs West Mesquite Thursday @ 5:30
Black -Thursday v West Mesquite @ 5:30 @ AC New Middle School
Gray @ 7:00 v Rowlett @ Rowlett High School
VARSITY vs West Mesquite Friday @ 7:30 @ Wylie Stadium
Are you ready for some football? Are you ready for some football? Are you ready for some football?
Come out & see the Coach's Show being broadcast @ 6:15 and show support for the WYLIE PIRATES ! A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Wylie Pirate Football Program.
Offense: Eli Smith and Justin Pegues
Defense: Lorenzo Keck and Gasevan McGrue
Special Teams: Evan Bailey and Brandon Cunningham
The Freshmen White will play Wed, 9/2/15 @ 5:30 @ Wylie Stadium v Midlothian
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Woodbridge Golf BIG PLAY of the WEEK
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If you are unable to make it out to the game, you can LISTEN LIVE!
Friday Night Lights.....Friday Night Lights.....Friday Night Lights.....Friday Night Lights
The Wylie Sports Hall of Honor was established in 1998 under then Athletic Director Mark Ball and with the help of local community leaders. Its stated purpose is to “recognize and honor athletic achievement, scholarship, community service and character.”
Coach Jerry Shaffer was inducted into the Hall in 1999 with the second class of inductees. While he is most famous as the head coach who led the Pirates to the state title in 1977 (and having a football stadium named in his honor), Shaffer’s achievements away from football are equally outstanding.
Shaffer’s coaching career began in 1963 at Rockwall High, a year the Yellow Jackets won a state title.
He accepted the head coaching position at Wylie in 1974 and stayed on until 1987. During those years, the Pirates averaged over eight wins per season, a run that included 10 district championships. Back then, only the district champ advanced into the postseason.
After his years coaching in Wylie, he became the athletic director at Carrollton-Farmers Branch where he served seven years. He stepped away from athletics in the 1990s and took a position teaching in Farmersville ISD while he also ventured into the home construction business.
He has been back teaching at Wylie High School since 2008. Although he has worked elsewhere, Shaffer has lived in Wylie continuously since taking that first coaching position here.
Shaffer said he had not initially planned to get into coaching. He had played quarterback at Leonard High School. It was later while studying physics at Austin College that he started to reconsider his options for the future.
“I didn’t think I had football out of my blood, so I thought I would try my hand at coaching,” he said.
He completed his physics degree, then began teaching physics and coaching at Rockwall. After serving two years there, Shaffer changed course. An opportunity came up under a program at the National Science Foundation and he was among 40 people nationwide selected for a specialized program at Purdue University where he earned a Masters in Physics. After graduation, he worked for a time in
He returned to coaching in 1971 at Sherman. After three years, he made his move to Wylie where he was head coach and athletic director. During his tenure at Wylie, Shaffer earned a PhD in physics and education administration at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce) in 1990.
He said the highlight of his coaching career has been those two state championships. Academically, the shining moment was his 1966 induction in the National Physics Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma.
Coach Shaffer is currently the chairman of the Board of Governors for the Hall of Honor.
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Tickets can be purchase online for tonight's game Wylie v Sachse.
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The Pirate Cards are in. Find a Pirate Football Player to purchase one, or two. They are $20. and have AHMO'mazing offers on them.
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9th @ Sachse High School
White @ 5:30 & Maroon 7:00
JV @ Wylie Stadium
Gray @ 5:30 & Black @ 7:00
Varsity 7:30 @ Williams Stadium
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Captains leading the Pirates on the field this 2015 Season are Max Lopez, Nathan Weisser, Lorenzo Keck, and Sawyer Ulmer.
All four young men are two-year starters on Varsity and all were named 2014 All-District.
“A Captain on a football team is a special honor because they are voted on by their peers and coaches. A Captain is someone others will follow and who has the ability to lead with character and class on and off the field.”
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At the Jesuit Scrimmage and Meet the Pirate, we will be passing a bucket for the THSFA. It is Our Day to Shine! The THSFA is an organization that assists injured players and families of players that incur catastrophic situations. ANY & ALL Donations are very much appreciated. AHMO !
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Freshmen Pictures 10:00am
JV Pictures 8:30pm
Varsity Pictures 9:00pm
There will be a link posted for you to view and order pictures.
All Pirate Players need to be at Media Day !
say cheese, smile, look at the camera
On their last day of Summer, we caught Pirates volunteering to set up, stuff backpacks, and tear down for the Back-to-School Drive. Y'all are AHMO'some !
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Plan on attending the informative Parent Meeting tonight @ 7:30 in the Stadium. You can drop off your 1 case of water & 1 case of Powerade per family as you enter the Stadium. Meet your son's coaches and have your questions answered.
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