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
Pictures of Friday night's game are in our PHOTO GALLERY.
Check out the B&B Theatre Big Play of the Game
Special Teams: Elijah Harris and Christian Salas
Tkls=Tackles S=Sacks Ast=Assists
Wylie 24, West Mesquite 9 Final
5:45 W Christian Salas 25-yard field goal Wylie 3, WM 0
1:06 W Jordan Whaley 39-yard pass from Kameron Kelly (Christian Salas kick) Wylie 10, WM 0
11:25 WM Le'Billie Hunter 1-yard run (kick failed) Wylie 10, WM 6
2:37 W Kameron Kelly 8-yard pass from Carsen Cook (Christian Salas kick) Wylie 17, WM 6
0:00 WM Matt Smith 23-yard field goal Wylie 17, WM 9
5:42 W Tristen Clark 6-yard run (Christian Salas kick) Wylie 24, WM 9
|Lovejoy, 45||Forney, 13|
|Greenville, 0||The Colony, 48|
|Wylie East, 42||Frisco Liberty, 20|
|Royse City, 16||North Forney, 30|
|Sherman, 14||Sulphur Springs, 34|
|Denison, 13||Paris, 22|
|McKinney North, 48||Prosper, 59|
By Shiela Haynes
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 Pirate’s 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.
For Edge, Thursday nights were one of his fondest memories. “Our coach’s pep talks were out of this world. Just as Coach Howard embraces “family”, we did also.” 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.
When asked what advice he would give students and athletes now, he said, “Enjoy your coaches, teammates and the moments you are making. Do your best so you have no regrets when you reminisce later in life. It’s all gone too soon.”
Edge is married to Donna, also a 1979 WHS graduate and an associate principal at Wylie East High School. Both of their sons also graduated from Wylie (2001, 2002). They have five grandchildren. Edge serves on the Wylie Sports Hall of Honor Board of Governors.
The WPABC will be having two drawings during the season. Tickets can be bought at the Spirit Trailer.
PIRATE GET-A-WAY TO STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO
Pirate Football is having a drawing for a 7-day Vacation to Steamboat Springs (Airfare not included).
(3 tickets for $20 suggested donation/1 ticket for $10 suggested donation)
Drawing will be done at the Black-Out Night Game
(need not be present to win).
Estimated value of vacation - $3,200
DALLAS COWBOYS FOOTBALL GAME TICKET DRAWING
Your Chance to WIN a Pair of Home SEASON TICKETS to the November 3rd Game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Cowboys Stadium!
TWO CLUB LEVEL SEATS AND a parking pass included in package!
Club Level seats enjoy complimentary food, air conditioned concourse, covered seating & more...
Win and Go like a Pirate!
Estimated Value of Ticket Package ($755)
(3 tickets/$20 suggested donation).
Drawing of the Winner will take place during the 2013 Homecoming game (Oct 18)
Winner need not be present at drawing.
This week the Pirates will meet the West Mesquite Wranglers. When they met last year, in a very exciting game, the Pirates lost in overtime with a score of 34-33.
Ranked No. 13 this week in SportsDay’s area Class 4A rankings, West Mesquite is coming off of a 20-7 loss to Rockwall Heath last week.
The Wranglers are a standard powerhouse in Class 4A. Junior quarterback Chase Virgil, in his third year on varsity, racked up 265 yards last game, with receiver William Stanley adding nine catches for 95 yards. “They are very athletic and very fast, on offense and defense,” said Head Coach Bill Howard.
“Against West Mesquite, it’s not so much what they do, but what we need to do,”said Howard. “We have got to take care of ourselves. We can’t make mistakes. We’ve got to cut down on the penalties. We have to finish plays and finish the game at the pace we start.”
Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Wylie Stadium.
General Admission Tickets are sold in the Field House Office Room #602
Mon – Thursday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (closed 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm)
Friday 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
· Adults $5
· Students $3
Cash or check made out to Wylie ISD
All tickets are $6.00 at the gate
You can also purchase general admission & reserved tickets online (there is a small processing fee)
Check out the B&B Theatre Big Play of the Game.
Thursday - Sept 5th
Freshmen White vs. Allen (Wylie Stadkum) 5:00pm
Freshmen Maroon vs. West Mesquite (Wylie Stadium) 7:00pm
JV Gray vs. Mesquite Horn (Shaffer Stadium) 5:00pm
JV Black vs. West Mesquite (AC Middle School) 5:30pm
Friday - Sept 6th
Varsity vs. West Mesquite @ Wylie Stadium 7:30pm
In a hard fought game at Wylie Stadium, Sachse came from behind to win 56-52, with 1:48 left, giving Wylie a loss for its season opener.
Both teams traded the lead back and forth the entire game but a last second pick by Sachse ended a come from win for Wylie.
Wylie showed glimpses of greatness as a young offense, led alternately by Kameron Kelly and Carsen Cook, with strong showings by sophomore Jordan Whaley and senior Alex Wesley at receiver, garnered 268 yards in the air.
Strong defensive play, led by Ja’Varyea Hicks’s interception and Elijah Harris’s tackling, held Sachse to a field goal in the 3rd quarter, giving Wylie a commanding 52-34 lead going into the 4th quarter, where Wylie had a hard time executing, allowing Sachse to come from behind for the win.
The Pirates face West Mesquite at Wylie Stadium this Friday night. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
The Brickbuilders will have their monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. All football parents are invited to attend.
The Wylie Pirate Athletic Booster Club will meet immediately following at 7:30 p.m. All Parents of athletes are invited to attend.
See all the action from Friday night in our Photo Gallery.
Special thanks to Emily Bauer and Cindy Anderson.
Wylie vs. Sachse - Zero Week
OFFENSE: Kameron Kelly and Carsen Cook
DEFENSE: Israel Acuay and Ja'Vareyea Hicks
SPECIAL TEAMS: Elijah Harris and Alex Wesley
|Tkls=Tackles||Ast=Assists||TFL=Tackle For Loss|
|Hur=Hurries on QB||PBU=Pass Break Up||FR=Fumble Recovery|