Wylie ~ Kameron Kelly 1-yd run (Christian Salas kick); 9:53/1Q
Sherman ~ Smith to Luper 12-yd pass (Roan kick); 5:28/1Q
Sherman ~ Smith to Mask 14-yd pass (Roan kick); 1:24/1Q
Sherman ~ Smith to Pough 10-yd pass (Roan kick); 9:23/2Q
Sherman ~ Mask 1-yd run (Roan kick); 7:26/2Q
Wylie ~ Dontae Slay 3-yd run (Salas kick); 5:43/2Q
Wylie ~ Carsen Cook to Alex Pina-Rhoden 15-yd pass (Salas kick); 3:08/2Q
Sherman ~ Smith to Luper 10-yd pass (Roan kick); 9:21/3Q
Wylie ~ Alex Wesley 8-yd run (Salas kick); 6:32/3Q
Sherman ~ Mask 3-yd run (Roan kick); 3:48/3Q
Sherman ~ Roan 31-yd FG; 8:01/4Q
Wylie ~ Kelly to Leland Dotson 9-yd pass (Salas kick); 6:21/4Q
District 13-4A Results (Week Nine), Pirates Secure Postseason Berth
Sherman 45, Wylie 35
Wylie East 50, McKinney North 26
Lovejoy 49, Royse City 28
Denison 28, Greenville 16
The Pirates fell to Sherman 45-35 Friday night at Bearcat Stadium. Despite the loss, the Pirates have secured a postseason appearance based on outcomes of other District 13-4A matchups.
Lovejoy extended their perfect district record to 6-0 with a 49-28 win over Royse City. The Leopards wrap the district schedule against Wylie East. A Raiders win would give them a share of the district crown.
Sherman and Wylie East are each 5-1. With the win over Wylie, the Bearcats have secured the top seed in the Div. 1 bracket. Sherman plays Nov. 9 at Greenville (0-6).
Wylie grabs the fourth playoff berth with a 3-3 record. They host Royse City (1-5 record) at Wylie Stadium for senior night Nov. 9.
First-round playoff information will be posted later this week.
McKinney North (2-4) finishes their season Thursday against Denison (2-4). Wylie holds the tiebreaker over both teams in head-to-head contests in the event of a tied record at season’s end thus securing the playoff berth.
Albertson’s Game of the Week, Pirates at Sherman
Pirates at Bearcat Stadium, Tonight, 7:30 p.m. Kickoff
Wylie started the season with back-to-back losses in overtime amid a plague of injuries to key players. That losing streak extended into the early District 13-4A schedule with losses to Lovejoy and Wylie East, but the Pirates have emerged from the darkness with wins in the last three contests. Many starters are back in the mix and the backups who were pressed into service are better equipped through the experience. That all lends to depth in almost every position. For all purposes, the Pirates look ready to roll in these final two district games.
Barring any upsets throughout the district, the playoff picture should be crystal clear after tonight’s games. On the line for the Pirates and Bearcats tonight is the top seed in the Div. 1 bracket heading into the playoffs.
Lovejoy is atop the standings with 5-0 record. Sherman and Wylie East are each 4-1, and the Pirates are 3-2. McKinney North is 2-3, while Royse City and Denison are 1-4 and Greenville is 0-5. Besides the obvious, Wylie will want to keep an eye on the outcomes of McKinney North at Wylie East and Lovejoy at Royse City. Both games have playoff implications.
The Bearcats should provide some of the best all-around competition the Pirates have seen this year. They have averaged 43 points per game while putting up a 4-1 district record (6-2 overall). The Wylie defense will look to slow that down a bit while the high-flying Pirates offense plans to put up good numbers to counter.
Over the years, Sherman has developed into one of the most successful programs in the North Texas region. They are known for producing explosive offenses that consistently post high scores. They have recorded only three district losses in the last four seasons including last week’s loss to Lovejoy.
Senior quarterback Dru Smith (6-1, 200, senior) connected with receiver Joseph Harvey for 92 yards for the first score of last week’s Sherman-Lovejoy game. Wideout J.T. Luper is equally impressive in his big-play abilities.
The offensive line averages 295 pounds and includes a 330-pound center and a sophomore right tackle who weighs in at 305. The Pirates will counter that with a strong rotation on the defensive line that will keep Wylie fresh up front. Expect big battles to be waged there.
Smith has an impressive arm and can also make plays with his feet. Junior tailback Tre Mask (6-foot, 195) is another great weapon in the Bearcats arsenal.
Dickey's BBQ Coach's Show (Week Nine)
Volleyball, Lady Pirates advance to Area Round
Congratulations to the Lady Pirates on Tuesday’s sweep of Hallsville in the bi-district round of the playoffs. Wylie won the match 25-16, 25-22, 25-17.
They face Mansfield Lake Ridge in a area-round match. First serve goes off 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at Mesquite Horn. Tickets are $5 adults, $3 students.
All four playoff teams out of District 13-4A were bi-district champs. Other second round matches pit Wylie East against Waxahachie, Lovejoy against Mansfield Legacy and Royse City against Red Oak.
6 p.m. ~ Freshmen Maroon at Sherman @ Bearcat Stadium
6 p.m. ~ Freshmen White v Duncanville @ Wylie Shaffer Stadium
Friday, Nov. 2
7:30 p.m. ~ Varsity at Sherman, Bearcat Stadium
Advance Football Tickets Sold in IMPAC Office
Advance tickets for Friday's varsity football game versus Royse City can be purchased in the IMPAC office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday (office is closed for lunch from 11:30-12:30). Game tickets are also sold Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and noon. Cost is $5 adult, $3 student if purchased in the office.
Tickets can also be purchased in the WISD Athletic office in Wylie Stadium during regular hours, and in the ticket office at Wylie Stadium on Thursday’s between 5-8 p.m. during subvarsity games.
Volleyball, Lady Pirates Play Hallsville Tuesday in First-Round Action
Sendoff at 3:15 p.m. at the Bus Loop
The Lady Pirates will meet Hallsville (the third-place team out of District 14-4A) in the first round of the playoffs. The game will be played Tuesday at Emory Rains High School. Game time is 6 p.m. Wylie earned second place in the District 13-4A standings after running up an 11-3 district record.
In other playoff action out of District 13-4A, first-place Lovejoy faces Mount Pleasant, Royse City plays Longview Pine Tree and Wylie East draws Texarkana Texas High.
District 13-4A Matchups for Nov. 2 (Week 9)
Wylie (3-2) at Sherman (4-1)
Greenville (0-5) at Denison (1-4)
Lovejoy (5-0) at Royse City (1-4)
McKinney North (2-3) at Wylie East (4-1)
Woodbridge Golf Club Postgame Show versus Denison
Scoring Summary versus Denison
DEN ~ Denard Whitfield 79-yd run (Jake Walters kick); 8:27/1Q
WYL ~ Christian Salas 23-yd FG; 5:54/1Q
DEN ~ Clifton Hines 30-yd run (Walters kick); 3:21/1Q
WYL ~ Carsen Cook to Alex Pina-Rhoden 78-yd pass (Salas kick); 3:01/1Q
WYL ~ Cook to Winkler 10-yd pass (Salas kick); 0:59/2Q
DEN ~ Hines to Quamie Bush 15-yd pass (run failed); 0:02/2Q
DEN ~ Hines to Bush 25-yd pass (run failed); 4:38/3Q
WYL ~ Kameron Kelly 2-yd run (Salas kick); 0:36/3Q
WYL ~ Cook to Wesley 18-yd pass (Winkler run); 8:36/4Q
Statistical Leaders on Offense versus Denison
Pirates 50, Denison 33
Carsen Cook ~ 26-42-405, 3TDs
Kameron Kelly ~ 1-1-7
Leland Dotson ~ 1-1-28, TD
Receiving ~ 440 yards
Kalen Winkler ~ 11-184, TD, conversion
Freddy Gibbs ~ 5-103, TD
Alex Pina-Rhoden ~ 1-78, TD
Alex Wesley ~ 7-67, TD
Leland Dotson ~ 2-5
Rushing ~ 82 yards
Kameron Kelly ~ 5-23, TD
Kalen Winkler ~ 3-15
Dontae Slay ~ 2-13
Charles Okpoko ~ 8-11
Carsen Cook ~ 2-9
Leland Dotson ~ 1-6
Alex Wesley ~ 2-4
Christian Salas, 2FGs, 4PATs
Statistical Leaders on Defense versus Denison
Collin Mathers ~ 5T, 2TFL
Keith Lilly ~ 5T, 1TFL
Isaiah Hunt ~ 5T
T’Kevian Rockwell ~ 5T
Israel Acuay ~ 4T, 1TFL, 1Sack, 1H
Ja’Vareyea Hicks ~ 4T, 1TFL, 1Sack
Zack Myers ~ 4T, 2TFL, 1Sack
Devon Hughes ~ 4T, 1TFL
Preston Burnett ~ 4T
Micheal Johnson ~ 3T, 2TFL, 2Sacks
Divine Rockwell ~ 3T, 1TFL, 1H
Matt Loomis ~ 3T, 1H
Cameron Deland ~ 2T, 1INT/TD
Joseph Ewing ~ 2T, 1CF
Ray Lea ~ 2T, 2PBU
Gary Bailey ~ 2T
Elijah Harris ~ 2T
TFL=Tackle for Loss
PBU=Pass Break Up
H=Hurried Pass Attempt
Viewpoint Bank Players of the Week versus Denison
Offense ~ Kalen Winkler #4, Carsen Cook #18
Defense ~ Cameron Deland #6, Gary Bailey #29
Special Teams ~ Alex Menchaca #20, Isaiah Hunt #24
District 13-4A Results and Breakdown
District 13-4A Results and Standings
Wylie 50, Denison 33
McKinney North 31, Greenville 6
Lovejoy 35, Sherman 27
Wylie East 56, Royse City 14
Lovejoy (5-0 district record) grabbed the inside track to the District 13-4A championship with a 35-27 victory over Sherman. The Leopards have been the surprise team of the year after moving up from Class 3A in the last realignment. It is notable that they are doing the job with a freshman quarterback. The team plays Nov. 2 at Royse City and wraps the district schedule Nov. 9 at Wylie East. They have clinched a playoff berth and, with the smallest school enrollment in the district, will play in the Div. 2 bracket (see complete District 13-4A enrollment figures below).
Sherman (4-1) has also secured their place in the postseason and will compete in the Div. 1 bracket. The Bearcats face Wylie Friday and finish up Nov. 9 at Greenville.
Wylie East (4-1) topped Royse City 56-14 and moved into a two-way tie for second place. A few more things have to be settled, but expect the Raiders to lock up a playoff berth; they would be slotted into the Div. 2 bracket with Lovejoy. They may have the toughest final two games of any team, Nov. 2 versus McKinney North and Nov. 9 at Lovejoy.
Wylie (3-2) maintained the status quo as the district’s fourth-place team after a 50-33 win against Denison (1-4). After dropping the first two district games, the Pirates have ticked off three convincing wins in a row. A victory over Sherman Friday would secure Wylie's playoff berth as the top seed in the Div. 1 bracket.
McKinney North (2-3) is hanging around, but they would need significant help to supplant Wylie in the standings. They will certainly put up a fight against the Raiders, and Denison could give them trouble as well.
Denison (1-4) and Royse City (1-4) have been effectively (but not officially) eliminated from playoff contention. Greenville (0-5) is out.
To view a grid of all district results and standings, click here.
District 13-4A Enrollment Figures
McKinney North 1771
Wylie East 1612
Royse City 1239
Lucas Lovejoy 1104
Volleyball, Lady Pirates Draw Hallsville in First-Round Action
The Lady Pirates earned second place in the District 13-4A standings after running up an 11-3 record. In the first round of the playoffs, the team will face Hallsville out of District 14-4A. Details will be posted here as they become available. Bi-district matches are set for Oct. 29-30.
Albertson's Game of the Week, Pirates versus Denison (Homecoming)
The Denison Yellow Jackets may be 1-3 against District 13-4A opponents (1-6 overall), but no one should expect anything less than their best effort when they face the Pirates tonight (Oct. 26). They have already played the district leaders, and averaged over 30 points per game in those contests; losses to Wylie East 57-36, Sherman 42-21, and Lovejoy 54-30 with a singular win over Royse City 34-21.
Denison has underperformed in the previous two seasons, but they have a solid history behind them. In 2009, they reached the state semifinal and went three rounds deep in 2008.
Tailback Denard Whitfield has rolled up an average 100 yards per game and quarterback Clifton Hines is an effective runner as well.
Hines has good size and operates behind a big offensive line. The signal caller’s favored target is tight end Tyler Reeves, who is averaging 25 yards per catch.
With three games to go, it’s make-or-break time for the teams in the bottom half. A loss against the Pirates would all but eliminate the Yellow Jackets from postseason contention, so they will pull out all the stops. Wylie needs the win to hold their spot in the standings, so the outcome holds tremendous importance for both squads.
FBW Wylie Sports Hall of Honor Profiles: Chuck Edge
Chuck Edge was inducted into the Wylie Sports Hall of Honor in the 2005 class. A 1979 graduate of Wylie High School, Edge competed on some of the best athletic teams in Pirates history.
He was a 3-year starter for a football team that went 34-8 over three seasons including the 1977 state champion and the 1978 state finalist. Edge played defensive tackle and offensive guard for the Pirates. For his football endeavors, he received all-district honors all three seasons, including honorable mention as a sophomore, all-district defense in his junior season, and all-district offense and defense as a senior.
Anyone who was around for the 1977 football season probably remembers the season that began with a win followed by two losses. Expectations were low, but then things got rolling with a string of victories that swept through the District 2-2A field and ended with Wylie claiming a district championship and advancing into the postseason where they eventually won the state championship.
Edge said head coach Jerry Shaffer was a great coach; “He got the best out of everybody,” he said.
They clipped Granbury 16-14 in bi-district and drew Breckenridge in the regional championship. No one gave Wylie much of a chance going into that game, but the Pirates won 12-10. Even though they had been knocking off opponents left and right, Edge said the players had doubts about how far they could actually get in the playoffs.
“Beating Breckenridge changed that,” he said.
Next up, they whipped Mount Vernon 35-10 in the state quarterfinal which set up a state semifinal versus Childress. As they had been throughout the run, Wylie was the underdog.
One of the interesting storylines to come out of the Childress game was the exceptional value of film study. Coaches noticed that the way one of the Childress lineman placed his hand on the ground telegraphed the play that had been called.
“He put his hand down one way if he was going straight ahead, another way if he was going to pull out,” said Edge.
After defeating Childress 27-7, they traveled to Waco where they defeated Bellville 22-14 in the state final. The following season found the Pirates back in the state final, but they lost to Sealy.
“Bellville was better as a team than Sealy,” said Edge. “What most people don’t know is that (Sealy running back) Eric Dickerson was also an all-state safety.”
Football may have dominated the fall, but springtime was all about baseball for Edge. A four-year starter at third base, he earned all-district honorable mention as a sophomore and was named all-district as a junior and senior.
Wylie baseball had amassed a solid winning reputation over the years. In Edge’s senior season, which was also the inaugural year under head coach Sam Terry, the Pirates rang up a 29-1 record. The singular loss came in the playoffs to the eventual state champion. The 1979 baseball season was the first year small enrollment schools (Wylie in 2A at the time) were able to advance into a state championship. Prior to that, only 3A and 4A schools had that opportunity while small school playoffs only extended to regional. In 1980-81, the B classification was dropped and Class 5A was added and state champions were crowned in every classification.
Edge is married to Donna, also a 1979 WHS graduate and an assistant principal at Wylie East High School. Both of their sons also graduated from Wylie (2001, 2003). Edge serves on the Wylie Sports Hall of Honor Board of Governors.
Dickey's BBQ Coach's Show (Week 8)
District 13-4A Matchups for Oct. 26 (Week 8)
Denison (1-3) at Wylie (2-2)
McKinney North (1-3) at Greenville (0-4)
Sherman (4-0) at Lovejoy (4-0)
Wylie East (3-1) at Royse City (1-3)
Statistical Leaders versus McKinney North: Defense
Ja’Vareyea Hicks ~ 14T, 1H
Preston Burnett ~ 9T, 1PBU
Elijah Harris ~ 8T
Israel Acuay ~ 7T, 3TFL, 2Sacks
Zack Myers ~ 6T
Collin Mathers ~ 5T, 2TFL, 2Sacks
Isaiah Hunt ~ 5T, 1H
Divine Rockwell ~ 5H, 1H
Keith Lilly ~ 4T, 1TFL, 1Sack
Alex Pina-Rhoden ~ 4T, 2PBU
Micheal Johnson ~ 4T, 1PBU
Joseph Ewing ~ 4T, 1PBU
Alex Menchaca ~ 4T
T’Kevian Rockwell ~ 3T
Matt Loomis ~ 3T
Gary Bailey ~ 3T
Cameron DeLand ~ 2T
Devon Hughes 1T, 1PBU
Statistical Leaders versus McKinney North: Offense
Rushing ~ 43 total yards
Charles Okpoko, 3-22
Alex Wesley, 5-21
Leland Dotson, 1-10
Dontae Slay, 4-7
Receiving ~ 323 total yards
Alex Wesley, 8-114, 2TDs
Kalen Winkler, 11-110, 2TDs
Alex Pina-Rhoden, 2-72, 1TD
Leland Dotson, 3-16
Dontae Slay, 2-11
Carsen Cook, 27-37-323, 5TDs
Players of the Week versus McKinney North (Week Seven)
Offense: Carsen Cook #18, Kalen Winkler #4
and Alex Wesley #88
Special Teams: Preston Burnett #31
Defense: Collin Mathers #30, Alex Pina-Rhoden #17
Pirates Take Down McKinney North, Move to 2-2 District Record
The Pirates scored a big-time win over McKinney North 35-20 Friday night. The victory moves the Pirates to a 2-2 district record and puts them in prime position to claim one of the four playoff berths out of District 13-4A.
Four games into the district schedule, Lovejoy and Sherman have maintained their undefeated status with wins over Denison and Royse City respectively. Wylie East (3-1 record) holds onto the third spot after beating Greenville, while Wylie stands in fourth place.
McKinney North, Royse City and Denison are each 1-3; Greenville is 0-4.
Week Eight (Oct. 26) matchups have Denison at Wylie for homecoming, Sherman at Lovejoy, Wylie East at Royse City, and McKinney North at Greenville.
Wylie jumped out to an early 14-point lead with touchdowns passes from Carsen Cook to Alex Wesley and Kalen Winkler. North got on the board midway through the second quarter, but Wylie responded with a 65-yard pass play from Cook to Alex Pina-Rhoden. The Bulldogs added a 33-yard field goal leading to a halftime score of Wylie 21, North 10.
Late in the third quarter, Wesley scored his second TD on a 34-yard pass from Cook. North narrowed the margin with a 70-yard TD pass and a 31-yard field goal, but Wylie tightened things up with a final touchdown from Cook to Winker for 5 yards with just over four minutes remaining in the contest.
Scoring Summary, Pirates at McKinney North
Pirates 35, Bulldogs 20
Wylie ~ Carsen Cook to Alex Wesley 4-yd pass (Christian Salas kick), 8:12/1Q