Photo credit: Cindy Anderson
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Congratulations to Romello Keck on the BIG PLAY OF THE GAME
In recognition of our playoff run and Bi-District Championship, Pirate Football has a Pre-game Gathering/Spirit Night on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Wendy’s Restaurant in Wylie. 10% of all sales between 5PM -8PM will go towards Pirate Football. Please see flyer.
Come out and celebrate our promising playoff run and awesome Bi-District Championship!
Wylie vs. Marshall
Offense: Alex Garza and Laurent Njiki
Defense: Ja'Vareyea Hicks and Divine Rockwell
and Izzy Acuay
Special Teams: Jordan Duvall
Scouting the Mavericks
2013: 3-7 overall, 2-3 District
Last Week: Loss to Sulphur Springs 47-28
Last Three Games: L vs. Texas (45-0), W at Pine Tree (45-42), W vs. Mt. Pleasant (64-59)
Head Coach: Clint Harper First season as head coach at Marshall
The Mavericks clinched their place in the playoffs when they defeated Pine Tree 45-42 two weeks ago. In his first season as head coach, Clint Harper, is working to rebuild the program that has seen a 5A Division I title back in 1990 and played for 4A Division I state titles in 2004 and 2005. Marshall’s last playoff win was in 2009 as they beat Corsicana in the second-round and their last appearance in 2010.
When asked what he expects from Marshall, Head Coach Bill Howard said, “They play hard. They had a very tough district schedule. They live on the big play. We can’t allow them to have the big play. I expect Marshall to come out and give us everything they’ve got.”
In giving an overall picture of the Pirates he said,”On defense we are getting a lot more consistent. The outside linebackers have really stepped up their play. Kloza and Acuay are both playing really well. Getting TK Rockwell back will help us. Our D line is playing solid. Our linebackers/secondary have sured things up. It’s nice to have a healthy Jarell Brown back. Our offensive line is starting to gel. Our receivers are starting to become better blockers. I see things happening in the right way. We just have to focus on the mission at hand.”
The two teams meet for the first time on Friday, November 15 at Midlothian ISD Multi-purpose Sports Complex with kick-off at 7:30 p.m.
Gary Foster was inducted into the Wylie Hall of Honor in 1999 at its second annual induction. He was among twelve former athletes and two coaches inducted that year.
Foster graduated from Wylie High in 1977 and lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. He garnered many honors during his junior and senior years. He was presented the “Wylie High Outstanding Back” award, selected “Offensive Player of the Year” for District 12AA, voted Quarterback and Offensive Player of the year by The McKinney Courier and All-Metro Honorable Mention by The Dallas Times Herald his senior year. His senior year, he had All District honors in Basketball and Baseball and also went to regional finals for Long jump and High jump in Track.
“Going to the first play-off game my senior year and winning was probably my fondest memory. Back then you had to win district in order to go to the play-offs. We made it all the way to the regional finals”, shared Mr. Foster.
After high school, Gary received a football scholarship to attend Northeastern Oklahoma State University. His sophomore year, he was named the Conference Offensive Player of the Week. He attended two years.
The last twenty-eight years, Foster has been in the commercial drywall business. He and his family have remained in the Wylie area, living in St. Paul. His wife, Sandee and he have been married twenty-eight years. They have two children, Chase (WHS ’06), who is a manager at Wal-Mart and Brooke (WHS ’08), who attends University of North Texas and is on the softball team. They have one grandson, Layton. In his free time, Gary is an avid golfer.
“Always work hard every day and try to get better every day” was his encouragement to Pirates and Pirate athletes. “Always try to improve…as the only way you’ll succeed is to get better.”
Gary and Sandee Foster and Family
If you can't make it out to Midlothian, you can listen live to tonight's game as radio announcer Jordan Roberts will commentate with analyst Derek Draper and Sideline reporter Carlos Leal.
The broadcast begins at 7:00 p.m. with kick-off at 7:30 p.m. Every game is broadcast and archived. You can listen via your smartphone or on your desktop.
With their 42-21 win over Marshall last night, the Pirates became Class 4A Division I Region II Bi-District Champs and will advance to the Area Round.
Taking a commanding lead early on with a 21-0 lead going into halftime, the Pirates maintained to clutch their victory. Marshall did not get on the board until the latter part of the 3rd quarter, followed by two touchdowns in the 4th.
The Pirate defense continually held Marshall. Divine Rockwell led them with three sacks for the night.
In other district news, McKinney North defeated Texas Texarkana (26-14). Denison wrapped up their playoff run with a 66-42 loss to Sulphur Springs. Lovejoy will play Hallsville today.
Wylie will face Mansfield Summit (6-5) in the Area Round next week. Game details to follow.
Wylie wins the SportsDayHS Inflatable Mania 2013 with 274,000 votes. AHMO prevailed as Pirates throughout Wylie tirelessly voted in this year's competition. Mr. Virdie Montgomery was faithful to vote and continually reminded everyone via Facebook to keep at it as well. His due diligence paid off with the Pirates walking away with the crown a 2nd year in a row. Thanks to all who participated! AHMO!!
Read the SportsDayHS article here.
Congratulations to Devon Hughes on the BIG PLAY OF THE GAME!
The Lady Pirates became Area Champs last week as they defeated the Lindale Eagles. They now advance to the Quarterfinals and will play Waxahachie tomorrow night.
Come out and support them -- they've had a tremendous season!
Wylie vs. Waxahachie
Tuesday, November 12
Forney High School
Wylie vs. Royse City - week 10
Offense: Breylyn Weems and Romello Keck
Defense: Michael Kloza and Jarell Brown
Special Teams: Elijah Harris and Devon Hughes
See all of Friday Night's Photos in our PHOTO GALLERY
The Pirates (5-2) clinched their Division I berth in the Playoffs with their 51-3 win over Royse City (1-6).
Lovejoy (5-2) also secured their Division II spot by defeating Wylie East (4-3) 47-44. McKinney North (5-2) triumphed over Denison (5-2) 49-37 giving them a Division I place also. Denison had already qualified for their Division II berth as of last week.
The win tonight makes the Pirates Co-District Champs.
Bi-district play will begin next Friday. Tbe Pirates will travel to Midlothian High School to play Marshall. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.
2013 UIL State Football Championships -