The Pirates annual football banquet is set for 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at Wylie High School. Tickets are $15 and will be sold in the IMPAC office beginning Jan. 14 and continuing through Jan. 25.
Pirates Recognized as Academic All-State
Three members of the Pirates football team were recognized for excellence in the classroom and named to the 2012 Academic All-State Team.
Erik Betancourt and Charles Okpoko received first-team honors. Drew Myers was named honorable mention.
Supporting Wylie Athletics, WPABC Membership
The Wylie Pirate Athletic Booster Club exists to provide support to all WHS sports. To be successful, we need your support. As a parent, you can join the booster club for just $10 for a full year. Once you join you can attend and vote on booster club business. Booster club meetings are held the first Monday of each month in the IMPAC classroom.
By joining you will have a vote in the way the booster club spends money and supports the Pirates. With budget cuts the last few years, our teams have had to tighten their belts. Many times the booster club can step in and provide financial assistance that can make a difference.
Booster club membership is a great way to show your support for our athletes and coaches. Please consider joining the WPABC today.
Our Pirates seniors collected a truck full of groceries plus $1,901 in cash donations for the Christian Care Center this past weekend. Thanks to Albertson's for hosting the food drive.
Spirit Trailer Open This Week
Wrap up last minute shopping on the Christmas list!
The Spirit Trailer will be open this week.
Tuesday ~ 12/18 ~ 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Thursday ~ 12/20 ~ 11 a.m. through all lunches
Friday ~ 12/21 ~ 10:30 a.m. through all lunches
We have more hoodies in stock and some items have been reduced. The trailer will be set up at the school outside the gym for the Basketball game and outside the cafeteria during the lunch times.
Christian Care Food Drive
The Senior Pirates will be collecting canned food and cash donations for the Christian Care Center this Saturday and Sunday at the Albertsons in Wylie. They will also be selling Pirate cards for $20 which give 5% off all purchases at Albertsons all year and all cards sales will go to the Christian Care Center. Come out and help the Pirates help the Christian Care Center this holiday season!
Saturday ~ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday ~ 1 to 4 p.m.
District 13-4A All-District Selections
The Pirates wrapped up a 4-3 record against District 13-4A foes and went two rounds deep in the 2012 state playoffs. The team placed four athletes among first-team all-district and six athletes among second-team all-district honorees as chosen by district coaches.
First-team honors were awarded to Kalen Winkler (senior, WR) and Laurent Njiki (junior, OL) on offense, and Joseph Ewing (senior, CB) and Israel Acuay (junior, DT) on defense.
Second-team recognition on offense went to Freddy Gibbs (senior, WR) and Victor Cheatham (junior, OL). On defense, Isaiah Hunt (senior, DE), Keith Lilly (senior, LB), Preston Burnett (senior, S), and Ja’Vareyea Hicks (junior, LB) were recognized as second-team selections.
Honorable mention acknowledgement went to the following:
SENIORS: LB Cameron Deland, WR Leland Dotson, LB Zack Myers, WR Alex Pina-Rhoden, DT Gary Bailey, LB Collin Mathers, DB Ray Lea, OL Erik Betancourt;
JUNIORS: K Christian Salas, S Elijah Harris, LB T’Kevian Rockwell, WR Alex Wesley;
Overall, superlative honors went to District MVP JT Luper (Sherman), Offensive MVP Dru Smith (Sherman) and Defensive MVP Slayton Shiels (Lovejoy, unanimous selection). Other superlatives went to Newcomer of the Year freshman QB Bowman Sells (Lovejoy, unanimous) and Utility Player of the Year Jesse Brubaker (Wylie East).
Wylie East (4/3)
McKinney North (1/4)
Royse City (1/1)
For a complete listing of all-district selections, click here.
Statistical Leaders v John Tyler: Offense
Carsen Cook ~ 18-38-152 yards
Alex Wesley ~ 9-61
Leland Dotson ~ 5-50
Freddy Gibbs ~ 2-29
Alex Pina-Rhoden ~ 1-10
Kalen Winkler ~ 1-2
Dontae Slay ~ 5-39
Zach Collins ~ 3-5
Alex Wesley ~ 3-7
Kalen Winkler ~ 1-7
Charles Okpoko ~ 5-8
Statistical Leaders v John Tyler: Defense
Keith Lilly ~ 7T, 1TFL, 1Sack, 1FR
Micheal Johnson ~ 5T, 2H, 1CF
Ja’Vareyea Hicks ~ 5T
Preston Burnett ~ 4T
Joseph Ewing ~ 4T
Elijah Harris ~ 3T, 1PBU
Collin Mathers ~ 3T, 1TFL
Matt Loomis ~ 3T, 1H
Isaiah Hunt ~ 3T
T’Kevian Rockwell ~ 3T
Zack Myers ~ 2T, 1TFL, 1Sack
Israel Acuay ~ 2T, 1TFL
Gary Bailey ~ 2T, 3H
Divine Rockwell ~ 2T, 1H
Devon Hughes ~ 2T
Alex Pina-Rhoden ~ 2T
David Hill ~ 1T
Cameron Deland ~ 1T
Alex Menchaca ~ 1T
TFL=Tackle for Loss
PBU=Pass Break Up
H=Hurried Pass Attempt
Viewpoint Bank Players of the Week v John Tyler
Offense: Laurent Njiki #50, Freddy Gibbs #7
Defense: Gary Bailey #29, Keith Lilly #19
Special Teams: Joseph Ewing #3, Cameron Deland #6
Pirates Finish Season with Loss at Tyler
The Pirates season ended Friday with a 38-10 loss to Tyler-John Tyler. The Lions will face Frisco in the regional round.
In other games involving District 13-4A teams, Wylie East clipped Whitehouse in a 63-56 shootout at Garland HBJ Stadium. The Raiders draw Mesquite Poteet in the next round.
Lovejoy fell to Lancaster 41-16 and Sherman lost to Red Oak 28-17.
Albertson’s Game of the Week, Pirates at John Tyler (Area Round)
The Pirates meet Tyler-John Tyler tonight in an area round contest at Trinity-Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler. Kick off at 6 p.m.
These two teams last met in 2010 state quarterfinals. The game was a wire-to-wire thrillfest played at Wylie Stadium. The Pirates claimed the 20-16 victory with a sheer hustle play in the closing moments. That image is likely burned into the Lions’ collective memory and no one should expect either team to throw up a white flag at any point in this contest.
That sort of never-give-up attitude is something that has shown up in this 2012 rendition. These Pirates have shown a lot of hustle in going after every inch they can get on every down.
The Lions, ranked No. 2 statewide, come in as a confident bunch riding the District 16-4A title and a nine-game win streak into tonight’s contest. They tagged Waxahachie 77-20 while amassing almost 700 yards of total offense in last week’s bi-district round. Tonight’s contest will determine if that was an aberration or an overriding mismatch. Through the first 10 games of the year, the Lions averaged 38 points per game.
Senior QB Greg Ward #1 and receiver Fred Ross #8 provide a one-two punch similar to the Mt. Pleasant duo seen last week. Tyus Bowser #81 (6-2, 230) is one of the Lions most notable defensive players. He is a big, strong and fast and the Pirates will have to slow him down.
Dickey's BBQ Coach's Show (Nov. 21)
Pirates Football Send Off Friday, 11:30 a.m.
Pirates Football Send Off Friday at 11:30 a.m., Wylie Stadium
Fan Caravan will leave WHS Front parking lot at 2:30pm
Bring your noisemakers, your signs and LOADS OF SPIRIT!
Important Fan Info for Friday's Game at Rose Stadium
Other District 13-4A Teams in the Second Round
*All Games to be played Friday
Div. 1 Bracket
Wylie (Visitor) v John Tyler (Home)
Tyler Rose Stadium, 6 p.m.
Winner Advances to Quarterfinals
against Frisco OR Dallas Samuell
Red Oak (Visitor) v Sherman (Home)
Allen Eagle Stadium, 1 p.m.
Winner Advances to Quarterfinals
against FriscoCentennial OR Dallas Kimball
Div. 2 Bracket
Lovejoy (Visitor) v Lancaster (Home)
Richardson Wildcat-Ram Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Winner Advances to Quarterfinals
against Prosper OR Dallas Carter
Whitehouse (Visitor) v Wylie East (Home)
Garland Homer B. Johnson Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Winner Advances to Quarterfinals
against Mesquite Poteet OR Dallas Lincoln
Realtor Rick Highlight Video versus Mt. Pleasant (Bi-District)
Viewpoint Bank Players of the Week versus Mt. Pleasant
Offense: Leland Dotson #9 and Carsen Cook #18
Defense: T’Kevian Rockwell #28 and Alex Pina-Rhoden #17
Special Teams: Christian Salas #10 and Joseph Ewing #3
Pirates Take Down Tigers, Advance to Area Round
It was a total sweep for District 13-4A teams over their District 14-4A counterparts in Friday’s bi-district round.
Mt. Pleasant 21
Wylie East 70
Sulphur Springs 33
Plans have been finalized for next week's Div. 1 Area matchup versus Tyler John Tyler.
Wylie (HOME) v John Tyler (VISITOR)
Friday, Nov. 23
7:30 p.m. kickoff
Mesquite Hanby Stadium
Tickets are $6 adults, $4 students at the gate, no presale.
John Tyler defeated Waxahachie 56-20 to advance.
Also in Div. 1 bracket, Sherman bounced back from a late deficit to take down Texarkana Texas high 40-23. They face Red Oak, who beat Corsicana 58-20.
In the Div. 2 bracket, Wylie East dismantled Sulphur Springs 70-33. They face Whitehouse who defeated Ennis 42-32. Lovejoy clipped Hallsville 40-13 and they take on Lancaster, who was the 34-2 victor over Jacksonville.
Additional details of Friday’s win over Mt. Pleasant will be posted later.
To view complete Class 4A, Region 2 bracket, click here.
Albertson’s Game of the Week versus Mt. Pleasant
Bi-District Playoffs versus Mt. Pleasant
Friday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Royse City ISD Stadium
Mount Pleasant comes into tonight’s game as the No. 2 seed out of District 14-4A. They posted a 4-1 record against district opponents with their only loss in a 71-65 shootout versus champion Sulphur Springs. The squad put up an 8-2 record overall. A highly productive offense has averaged 49 points per game while defense allowed just 31 points per game. Statistically, they are the top ranked offense in Class 4A, Region 2.
Success is new to the Tigers who are making their first playoff appearance since 2007 and they haven’t won a playoff game since 1997. The team went 4-16 over the previous two seasons. But that lack of success probably makes them a bit more dangerous because they come into tonight’s contest as a very hungry opponent with something to prove.
Pirates head coach Bill Howard said, “The Tigers can score at will.”
Quarterback Monty James is an explosive athlete with dual-threat capabilities.
Howard said he is a “very good scrambler” who can “throw the ball 50 yards on the run.”
With James behind center, the Tigers have a quick-strike offense that includes junior receiver Kaderius Cannon, who has already committed to Texas.
A wealth of talent in skill players and a solid offensive line make them difficult to shut down. The Pirates will look to frustrate them early and take advantage of the Tigers major weakness: a tendency to turn the ball over with some frequency.
On the Tigers defensive side, they have a talented nose guard, a couple of good linebackers and a lot of experience in the secondary with the East Texas leanings toward the passing game. Their defense will look to break serve and get the ball back to their offense.
Don’t expect the Tigers to punt every time they reach fourth down. They have a habit of going for it in those situations.