Wylie ISD Stadium will host the TXA 21 High School Football Game of the Week this Friday as the Wylie Pirates face the Lovejoy Leopards. The game will be broadcast at 10:30 p.m. Friday night on Ch. 21. Kick-off is 7:30 p.m.
You can also 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 6:30 p.m. Every game is broadcast and archived. You can listen via your smartphone or on your desktop.
As the Executive Director of Wylie ISD Athletics, 1999 Hall of Honor Inductee Kyle Craighead’s job revolves around sports. Knowing how he came to be a Hall of Honor inductee, you can understand why it comes so naturally to him.
Mr. Craighead graduated from Wylie High School in 1982. He was an all-around sportsman playing football, basketball, baseball and running track. Two of his three years on Varsity Football, the Pirates went to the playoffs. Of his four years playing baseball, three of those the Pirates were a play-off team. Craighead received All-district honors for Football as quarterback and Baseball as pitcher/outfielder and was voted Team MVP in Football and Baseball his senior season. He was also a Varsity Football team captain. He described his senior year as the most memorable as their varsity football team advanced three deep in the playoffs that season. Then in the spring, his varsity baseball team made it to the state baseball tournament and advanced to the final four. They lost a close game in the state semi-final round. “All of us had grown up together and played sports together. This is probably my fondest memory, as it was the culmination of our senior year,” said Craighead.
Being coached under two of Wylie’s finest, Coach Jerry Shaffer (football) and Coach Sam Terry (baseball), Mr. Craighead shared how much was learned from the life lessons that these coaches taught. “Much like the coaches do now a days, they taught about family values and reinforced those through athletics. I was able to do something I loved to do, but was still learning things about life. We didn’t always win, but we always did the best we could.”
After graduating, he walked on at Texas Tech for football as a freshman. He ended up moving to University of North Texas, where he played baseball for one season. Craighead graduated with a Bachelor’s in English from North Texas and went on to get his Master’s in Education from Dallas Baptist University.
Mr. Craighead is in his twenty first year working for the Wylie Independent School District. He started his career in Wylie at Wylie Middle School (now Harrison Intermediate) in 1993. In 1996, he moved over to Wylie High School as the assistant Baseball Coach and assistant Football Coach. From 1997-2004, he was Head Baseball Coach and Head Freshmen Football Coach. He was then named Assistant Principal at Wylie High School in 2005. After two years, he became the Principal of Burnett Junior High. In 2011, Craighead took over as Executive Director of Wylie ISD Athletics, where he continues to serve.
His wife, Beth, is also a Wylie graduate and Principal at Draper Intermediate. They have four children – Ryan (Wylie ’08), Logan (Farmersville ’10), Julia (Farmersville ’12) and Keanan (Wylie ’12) and one grandson, Leighn.
His exhortation to fellow Pirates - “Enjoy the moment, time goes by so quickly and you will be out of school before you know it. I think sometimes it seems to drag by at practice…when you are looking forward to the games…But most of us that have long since been out of high school, we wish very much that we could put on the pads on Friday night or could take out the glove to play a game. Enjoy the moment, it does go by quickly!”
This week the Pirates take on a talented Lovejoy team at Wylie Stadium. The Leopards are 2-1 with their first loss since October, 2011 to Frisco during week 3. Their quarterback, Bowman Sells, was injured during week 2 and sat out the Frisco game. Despite the loss, they still lead at #3 in the DFW area 4A in total offense averaging 500+ yards per game. Sophomore Dakota Michaels stepped in as QB and has shown he is quite capable. Other playmakers for Lovejoy include Daniel Sefcik and Hunter Pfaff at running back and Chochy Luce at receiver, giving them a very balanced offense.
Both teams are coming off of a bye week, which gave them the opportunity to heal with both battling injuries. Returning this week for the Pirates will be Jarell Brown and T’Kevian Rockwell, who were out the last couple of games with injuries. This will definitely be an added strength to the defense and the Pirate’s running game.
Looking at it for the Pirates, Coach Howard said, “Our defense needs to get the right fits and reads and adjust to the schemes they come up with. Lovejoy is well coached and their kids adjust pretty quick.” Offensively the Pirates will need to take care of the ball and move it. “I think we have a chance to be very effective on our offense against their defense. One of our strengths going in is that we have the ability to move the ball against them.”
Pre-season is now over and the real season begins. “Both teams will have a lot of energy. We have to match their energy and play good solid football for 48 minutes,” said Howard. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Wednesday - Sept 25
Pirate Night @ Chili's Wylie - 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, Sept 26
Freshmen White vs. Lovejoy @ Wylie Stadium - 5:30 p.m.
Freshmen Maroon vs. Lovejoy @ Wylie Stadium - 7:00 p.m.
JV Gray vs. Frisco @ Frisco High School - 7:00 p.m.
JV Black vs. Lovejoy @ Lovejoy - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept 27
Mentor Breakfast - 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. First Baptist Church EC Community Room
Tickets on sale in the IMPAC $3.00/person (also available at the door)
Varsity vs. Lovejoy @ Wylie Stadium - 7:30 p.m. (Future Pirate Night)
TXA 21 Broadcast of Wylie vs. Lovejoy game - 10:30 p.m.
Join the Pirates for a Pre-game Gathering/Spirit Night on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Chili’s Restaurant in Wylie. Present the flyer below and/or mention you are with Pirate Football and 10% of the sales between 4PM -10PM will go towards Pirate Football. Thanks for your usual support!
Hall of Honor 1998 Inductee Staci Watkins Sherman comes from a long line of “Pirates”. Her grandmother, Irene Watkins, taught in the Wylie Independent School District for many years. Both of her parents are Wylie graduates and her father, Wally Watkins, who was very instrumental in the school district, has an Elementary school named after him. With this strong "Pirate blood", it is no surprise that Staci went on to represent the Pirate family as she did.
Staci graduated in the WHS class of 1979. During her four years at Wylie High, she was a four year letterwinner in both volleyball and basketball. She played tennis three years and ran track for two years. She received All-District honors in volleyball, basketball and tennis. One of her fondest memories as a Pirate, was riding the old Pirate bus, especially after a big win on the road!
Upon graduation, Staci received a four year full scholarship to East Texas State University (now Texas A&M Commerce) for Volleyball. She, of course, left her mark there as she was named Most Valuable freshmen (1979) and Honorable-mention All-American (1980). Sherman was an integral part of the 1980 Lady Lions Volleyball Team, which acrued eight-straight wins in the post season to reach the NAIA Championship finals against Azuza Pacific. The Lady Lions lost to Azuza Pacific in the First annual NAIA Volleyball National Championship tourney ever held. Her successes continued as she was named Team MVP and selected Lone Star Conference 1st team in 1983. In 2005, Staci was inducted into the Texas A&M Commerce Athletic Hall of Fame. Her 1980 Volleyball team was inducted in 2010. She has served on the Texas A&M Commerce Athletic Board of Directors since 1998.
Finishing her degree in K-12 Physical Education and Health, Staci taught and coached in various Texas schools for twenty-nine years. Leading up to her retirement, she taught 5th/6th Grade Physical Education at Draper Intermediate.
Staci and her husband, Larry (Allen Eagles '77), have been married 32 years and have two daughters, who have each given them a grandchild. They have two beautiful granddaughters, Paisley (3) and Mia (4 months). Both daughters also became teachers and presently teach in Texas. Her daughter, Aly, played basketball for West Texas A&M and was named Lonestar Conference Defensive Player of the year in 2011.
Her encouragement to fellow Pirates, “Work hard and push yourself everyday! Enjoy every minute of your athletic career because it goes by really fast! Most important – HAVE FUN!”
On Friday, September 27, 2013, Pirate Football will host a Mentor Breakfast from 7:00am to 8:30am at the First Baptist Church (EC Community Room) in Downtown Wylie.
All football players (Freshman, JV & Varsity) are invited to bring their mentor (dad, uncle, grandpa, mom, grandma, godparent, friend, coach, etc.) to this special breakfast. WHS Principal Virdie Montgomery will be the guest speaker and will talk about the importance/power of mentors.
Tickets are on sale now in the IMPAC Office. Cost: $3.00/person
The Pirates have a BYE Week this week as they prepare for their first district game next week Friday, September 27th, against the Lovejoy Leopards at Wylie Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. This is "Future Pirate Night" with special things planned during half time.
TXA 21 will broadcast the game at 10:30 p.m. that night. Information on pre-sale tickets will be posted soon.
Photos from Thursday Night's game vs. Mesquite Poteet are in our Photo Gallery.
Check out the B&B Theatre Big Play of the Game
Mesquite Poteet vs. Wylie - Week Two
Offense: Kameron Kelly and Greyson Williams
Defense: Micheal Johnson and Divine Rockwell
Special Teams: Ben Kendama and Tristen Clark
|Ast=Assists||Hur=Hurries on QB|
|TFL=Tackle For Loss||PBU=Pass Break Up|
|DISTRICT 13-4A SCORES - WEEK TWO|
|Lovejoy, 36||Frisco, 49|
|Greenville, 49||Frisco Heritage, 56|
|Wylie East, 10||Denton Ryan, 37|
|Royse City, 27||Prestonwood Christian, 45|
|Sherman, 7||Highland Park, 49|
|Denison, 33||Frisco Liberty, 16|
|McKinney North, 27||Frisco Centennial, 43|
Mesquite Poteet, 51 Wylie, 36 Final
MP 9:38 Jaylon Smith 7-yard run (Derric Davis kick) MP 7, W 0
MP 5:36 Kody Edwards 90-yard pass from Lane Novy (pass failed) MP 13, W 0
W 2:39 Kameron Kelly 1-yard run (Christian Salas kick) MP 13, W 7
MP 9:25 Kody Edwards 42-yard pass from Lane Novy (Derric Davis kick) MP 20, W 7
W 6:33 Tristen Clark 28-yard pass from Kameron Kelly (Christian Salas kick) MP 20, W 14
MP 9:39 Deandre McNeal 3-yard pass from Lane Novy (Derric Davis kick) MP 27, W 14
MP 4:16 Derric Davis 36-yard field goal MP 30, W 14
W 1:19 Kameron Kelly 15-yard run (Kameron Kelly run) MP 30, W 22
MP 11:55 Deandre McNeal 12-yard pass from Lane Novy (Derric Davis kick) MP 37, W 22
W 10:04 Tristen Clark 2-yard run (Christian Salas kick) MP 37, W 29
MP 8:38 Jaylon Smith 4-yard run (Derric Davis kick) MP 44, W 29
W 5:21 Darius Carter 22-yard pass from Kameron Kelly (Christian Salas kick) MP 44, W 36
MP 3:25 Jaylon Smith 27-yard run (Derric Davis kick) MP 51, W 36
General Admission Tickets are sold in the Field House Room #602
Mon – Wednesday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (closed 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm)
Thursday 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
· Adults $5
· Students $3
Cash or check made out to Wylie ISD
After a big win against the Mesquite Wranglers last Friday night, the Pirates will face the Mesquite Poteet Pirates this week at Memorial Stadium in Mesquite.
Poteet, who is ranked #2 in DFW Class 4A by SportsDayHS, has a 2-0 record thus far and is one of the top 20 teams in the state. In their first two games of this season, Mesquite Poteet has averaged 50 points a game and has only given up an average of 23 points on defense.
With a team full of seniors, comprising a top class of players, they are very strong on offense and defense. Senior quarterback Lane Novy has had 606 yards passing and 317 yards rushing so far this season. A host of talented skill players has given Novy many sure targets. In their game against Frisco Liberty, Poteet scored on five of its first seven possessions, with a different player getting each. In their game against Arlington Seguin, junior running back Jaylon Smith rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Their offensive line is made up of returning seniors with much experience.
With top ranked college prospects making up their defense, their defense is as explosive as their offense. Junior linebacker Malik Jefferson and senior linebacker Malachi Cobb helped force four punts on Liberty’s first six possessions last week.
Wylie improved a lot last week in all areas. The running game is forming and last week showed great improvement with 179 yards rushing over all. Defense was on top of their game and held West Mesquite to only 236 yards with two turnovers. The Pirates are still overcoming some injuries, but are continuing to get better as they get ready for district.
“This is the kind of game that is fun to play. You play somebody that is highly ranked and it shows you where you are at and where you need to be”, said head coach Bill Howard. “We have to take care of ourselves and not make mistakes. Our players have to make plays – Kameron Kelly, Alex Wesley, Carsen Cook, Jordan Whaley, Elijah Harris, Ja’Vareyea Hicks – these guys have to make plays. If we do that we have a good shot at beating them.”
Cici's Pizza Murphy will host a Spirit night for Wylie Pirate Football this Friday, September 13 from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. Cici's will donate 10% of the net sales to Wylie Pirate Football.
Come out and dine to donate!!!
WEDNESDAY - 9/11/13
Freshmen White v. Mesquite Poteet @ Mesquite Memorial Stadium 5:30pm
Freshmen Maroon v. Mesquite Poteet @ Mesquite Memorial Stadium 7:00pm
JV Gray v. Frisco @ Shaffer Stadium 5:30pm
JV Black v. Mesquite Poteet @ Wylie Stadium 7:00pm
THURSDAY - 9/12/13
Varsity v. Mesquite Poteet @ Memorial Stadium, Mesquite 7:00pm