By David Just
District 13-4A has been a mess all season, but the playoff scenarios entering the final week of the season are quite simple: Win and you’re in.
That Wylie Band qualified for state and they will be heading this weekend to San Antonio for the State Competition.
There will be a send-off for the band at the Stadium on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
Because the band always comes out to support football including our send-offs to play-offs, Coach Howard wants Pirate Football to have a BIG presence at the send-off.
Therefore, all football players (Freshmen, JV & Varsity) will be required to attend the Band send-off at the Stadium on Sunday.
All football parents are also asked to attend and support the band and band parents.
Even with their disappointing loss to Denison last week, the Pirates still have the opportunity to continue on to post season. Last year when the Pirates met the Bearcats in Sherman, it was a very charged game that ended in a 45-35 loss for the Pirates. Despite the loss, Wylie secured their postseason place based on the outcome of their other District matches. This week, they need to beat Sherman in order to secure their position.
This season, Sherman is presently 3-5 and 2-3 District, having lost to teams like Denison, Wylie East and Lovejoy. Usually a top team in District 13-4A, they have a very talented group of players. Senior Case Rolen is at the helm as quarterback. However, Rolen was injured last week and running back Tre Mask stepped up. Rolen should be back this week. Mask is one of Sherman’s biggest weapons. According to Howard, Mask is one of the best running backs in the district having rushed for over 750 yards and 15 TDs this season. Coach Howard stated, “The Bearcats have played good defense this year. We will have to play one of our better games this week. We need to play very close to mistake-free football.”
It’s senior night at Wylie Stadium. The final home game for the senior Pirates. Before the game, all senior football players, managers & video, trainers, cheerleaders, ROTC, Pacesetters and band members will be recognized on the field. It is also Blackout Night, and Blackout tees have been on sale this week.
Join the Pirates for their last home game of the season. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.
The JV Gray game vs. Rockwall that was scheduled for Wednesday, October 31st has been cancelled.
This Friday is Senior Night and Blackout 2013. Shirts are available for purchase during lunch times this week. Pre-orders can be picked up at that time, as well. Cost: $10
For any questions, please contact Jalina Dotson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-205-0645.
Pirate Football is having a drawing for a 7-day Vacation to Steamboat Springs, CO (Airfare not included). Estimated value of vacation - $3,200
The drawing will take place at the end of the 3rd quarter (need not be present to win).
Tickets will be available at the Spirit Trailer (3 tickets for $20 suggested donation/1 ticket for $10 suggested donation)
Someone will get a great vacation for about $20 - you can’t beat that!
In recognition of our senior football players, Pirate Football has a Pre-game Gathering/Spirit Night on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Chili’s Restaurant in Wylie. 15% of all sales between 4PM -10PM will go towards Pirate Football with the presentation of flyer and/or mention that you are there for Pirate Football. Click HERE for flyer.
Come out and celebrate our seniors before they take to the field on Friday Night for the very last time as Wylie Pirates in Wylie Stadium.
This being the last home game for the Pirates, it is Blackout night and the night all seniors are honored. The senior football players, managers & video, trainers, cheerleaders, ROTC, Pacesetters and band members will be recognized before the game.
Blackout shirts will be on sale during lunch times this week.
The JV Gray game that was scheduled in Rockwall has been cancelled. Their next game is scheduled for Nov. 7th vs. Frisco Centennial at Wylie Stadium.
Here are the other activities this week:
THURSDAY, OCT. 31
5:30 pm Freshmen White vs. Sherman @ Wylie Stadium
7:00 pm Freshmen Maroon vs. Sherman @ Wylie Stadium
5:30 pm JV Black @ Sherman - Bearcat Stadium
FRIDAY, NOV. 1
7:30 pm Varsity vs. Sherman @ Wylie Stadium (Senior Night/Blackout)
Congratulations to Kameron Kelly on the BIG PLAY OF THE GAME
Updated through Week 9 (Oct 27)
(#) – indicates enrollment rank within district
|Wylie East (4)||5||3||4||1||294||189|
|Lucas Lovejoy (8)||5||3||3||2||348||252|
|McKinney North (1)||3||5||2||3||293||319|
|Royse City (6)||1||7||1||4||139||262|
Link to Class 4A Standings
Wylie vs. Denison
Offense: Castin Neumeyer and Alex Wesley
Defense: Israel Acuay and Ramiro Gomez
Special Teams: Michael Kloza and Kameron Kelly
See all of Friday Night's photos in the PHOTO GALLERY
Tkls=Tackles Hur=Hurries on QB Ast=Assists PBU=Pass Break Up TFL=Tackle For Loss Int=Interception S=Sacks CF=Caused Fumble FR=Fumble Recovery
Wylie 27 Denison 35
Royse City 14 Wylie East 53
Greenville 7 McKinney North 45
Lovejoy 35 Sherman 21
The Varsity Football Team would like to encourage all Pirate Football Families and fans to come out to the game in Denison on Friday, October 25, 2013 and cheer them on as they try to claim the district lead and make the playoffs.
We need ALL PIRATE FANS including freshman football parents, JV football parents, band parents, cheer parents and pacesetter parents to SHOW UP AND STAY FOR THE ENTIRE GAME!!!
It is going to be a big week, and the team is going to need everyone to come out and support them.
In addition to showing up to support the crowd, we need to drown out the noise on the visitor’s section. If you do not know this, the Denison students and band sit on the visitor’s side in Munson Stadium. Therefore, we need to show up and drown the noise that will be planted on the visitor’s side. We need to make our presence known - AHMO will not be deterred or drowned out!!!
With that, let’s hit the road together. It is an hour and a half drive up 75 to Denison.
READY, SET, HUT . . .LET’S GO
JOIN THE PIRATE FOOTBALL FAN CARAVAN TO DENISON!!!!
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Scott Phillips, 2005 Inductee, has led a life pursuing all of his dreams. He is the only Hall of Honor member who has served in the military as a Navy SEAL and is a minister of the Gospel.
Scott played football, basketball and track while at Wylie High School. Lettering in football three years, he racked up a few honors. As a junior and senior, he was team captain and 1st team All-District middle linebacker. Both years, he was named Defensive player of the year. His senior year, Scott was awarded 1st team All-State honors. One of his most memorable games was his senior year as he and his teammates battled together against Southlake Carroll in the 3A Area Finals Play-off game. The Pirates were Bi-District champs beating Mabank 24-0. Southlake Carroll became the Area champs with their 27-12 win against Wylie.
After graduating in 1988, Scott walked on and was given a scholarship to attend Southern Methodist University. He then attended a couple of other colleges, before enlisting in the U.S. Navy to become a Navy SEAL. He served in the military a total of nine years and traveled to California, Georgia, Hawaii and was deployed to Korea. After his tour of duty, he became a Naval Reserve and served from 2004-2007.
In 2007, Phillips felt called to full-time ministry and applied for the Children’s Pastor position that was open at First Baptist Wylie. He has served in that capacity the last six years. This month, he transitioned into a new position as Connections Pastor.
Remaining an ardent sportsman, Scott is an avid biker, firearms instructor, sports fan and martial artist.
Scott and his high school sweetheart, Lori (WHS ’89), have been married 19 years. Lori (Caskey) was “Pete the Pirate” when she was in school. They have four sons - Gus (18), who attends Collin College and will transfer to Texas Tech in the fall; Barrett, a sophomore at WHS; Grayson, a 6th grader at Harrison; and Gage, a 4th grader at Smith Elementary.
His words of wisdom to Pirate athletes, “Keep playing your chosen sport for as long as you can, at whatever level you can…..regardless if you are a starter or not, keep at it…don’t quit…play until you can’t play anymore.” To all Pirates, “Pray like everything depends on God and work like everything depends on you and no matter what never, ever quit!”
After a sweet victory over McKinney North on Friday night, the Pirates will travel north this week to Denison. This is a crucial game, with both teams 4-3 for the season and 3-1 district. They will battle for the district lead at Munson Stadium beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Last year the Pirates had a big win against Denison at home, defeating them 33-50. The win put Wylie in the play-off race.
Denison has shown to be a formidable opponent with substantial wins this season, beating Wylie East (46-47) and Sherman (42-24), who are both tough district contenders. Last week’s game against Lovejoy was tied 42-all with over 2 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. Lovejoy broke the tie then ended the game with another touchdown, but Denison showed their strength with the running game as they racked up 490 yards, including more than 100 yards from three different players. Colton Henslee led with 194 yards, Quarterback Denard Whitfield had 158 yards and Devon Blanton 130 yards. The three combined for six Yellowjacket touchdowns. A familiar name on their defense is linebacker Jacob Hunt, who previously played for Wylie and moved this year.
Coach Howard believes that if the Pirates can play solid defense and keep the offense on the field, they will have the advantage. “Denison lives by the blitz, so we expect them to blitz a lot. Their defense has given up some points this season though, so we’re going to try exploit some things they do on defense. We can’t let them grind down the field and keep our offense off the field”, said Howard.
The Pirates need a solid fan base this Friday night, so the Pirate Football Caravan will leave Wylie Stadium at 5:00 p.m. Bring your AHMO spirit and join the team in Denison for what should be a very exciting game.
See all of Friday Night's Photos in the Photo Gallery
This is a BIG week for the Pirates as they battle Denison for the District Lead. We are calling on all Pirate fans to come up to Denison and support the Pirates!!! We need all the Pirate fans' support on Friday Night. Here are the happenings for the week....
Thursday, October 24
5:30pm Freshmen White at Denison-Munson Stadium
7:00pm Freshmen Maroon at Denison - Munson Stadium
5:30pm JV vs. Denison at Wylie Stadium
Friday, October 25
5:00pm Pirate Football Caravan leaves Wylie Stadium
7:30pm Varsity at Denison - Munson Stadium
Congratulations to Tristen Clark on the BIG PLAY OF THE GAME