Defense ~ Ja'Vareyea Hicks #5 and Preston Burnett #31
Offense ~ Kalen Winkler #4 and Charles Okpoko #12
Special Teams ~ Jarell "JB" Brown #27 and Israel Acuay #74
Non-District Results for District 13-4A Teams (Week Two)
Mesquite Poteet 21
Wylie East 34
Denton Ryan 31
Frisco Heritage 10
McKinney North 21
Frisco Centennial 42
Frisco Liberty 26
Highland Park 35
Royse City 7
Prestonwood Christian 24
Volleyball: Lady Pirates open up District play with 3-0 record
The Lady Pirates move to 3-0 against District 13-4A opponents with wins over Denison, Wylie East and Sherman.
Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Greenville (varsity 6:30)
Friday, Sept. 21, v Royse City (WHS, varsity 5:30)
Tuesday, Sept. 25, v McKinney North (WHS, varsity 6:30)
Friday, Sept. 28, at Lovejoy (varsity 5:30)
Tuesday, Oct. 2, v Denison (WHS, varsity 6:30)
Albertson's Game of the Week: Mesquite Poteet Preview
Two games into the 2012 season and the Pirates have already been battle tested with back-to-back overtime losses on the road at Class 5A Sachse 44-36 and against top-ranked Class 4A West Mesquite 34-33. Despite the setbacks, the Pirates have shown themselves to be hard working and mentally tough.
The final tune-up game prior to the start of District 13-4A play comes tonight (Sept. 14) against Mesquite Poteet in Wylie’s home opener.
Poteet comes in with a 2-0 record and ranked No. 6 among area Class 4A schools in a recent Dallas Morning News poll. They posted wins over Frisco Liberty 35-14 and Arlington Seguin 61-22 and can be expected to come into Friday’s game with a lot of confidence.
They are a well-rounded crew led by a big and mobile signal caller in Tanner Ramsey (6-foot-2, 220). Ramsey has good protection up front and a pack of skill players who can make things happen.
Head coach Bill Howard said receiver Verkedric Vaughns is their playmaker. He has exceptional speed and plays both sides of the ball.
Receiver Buck Rodges and tailback James Swindle are notable performers as well.
Howard said linebacker Demario Dixon is a leader on defense along with team captain Patrick Brackens.
Rodney Douglas is a dangerous return man who returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in Poteet’s opening week.
AHMO Tailgate, 5-7 p.m., Friday, IMPAC Parking Lot
Pirates Fans! Support Your Team and Eat at Cici's Murphy
Eat at Cici’s Murphy and support the Pirates! Every Thursday night during the football season, just mention the Wylie Pirates and eat for just $5 per person. Not only is that a great deal, but Cici's will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Pirates football program. Click here for flyer. Thank you, Cici's!
Hall of Honor Profiles, Richard Parker
T.F. Birmingham High School, Wylie
Richard Parker was an early inductee into the Wylie Hall of Honor as an athlete who distinguished himself on the gridiron and on the basketball court. A 1965 graduate of T.F. Birmingham High School (as Wylie High School was known at the time), he was one of 36 graduates that year.
Parker was the Pirates quarterback in his senior season when famed coach Grady Burnett arrived on the scene and turned the struggling football program around. Under Burnett’s direction, the team went 9-1 that first season but were upset by Frisco in the playoffs.
Parker earned three letters in football and was a two-year starter at quarterback earning all-district honors in his senior year. While he was a good football player, Parker considered himself first and foremost a basketball player.
He said football ran a distant second to basketball in those days.
“We played football just to kill time until basketball season,” he said.
R.C. Dodd coached basketball for many years at Wylie. The little community was renowned for producing excellent girls’ basketball teams. The boys’ teams, while not as successful as the girls, were consistent winners and won the district championship and advanced into the postseason every year that Parker was in high school.
Parker, who played forward, earned three letters in basketball and started two years. He was a two-year all-district selection for his on-court heroics.
After graduation, he laced ‘em up for Austin College until a knee injury ended his playing days. He then worked for a couple of years before enrolling at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce) where he earned a business degree in 1972.
That same year he opened Richard Parker Real Estate in Wylie. With that success, he expanded his business into other areas including Party Barn.
Parker shared an interesting bit of history about the 1960s-era Wylie that claimed a population of 1800 residents. He said Birmingham HS was located on the plot of land that currently backs up to Sonic. A covered walkway connected the high school to Hartman Elementary and the 1965 graduation ceremonies were held in the Hartman cafeteria. Parker said the north end zone of the football field was approximately where Taco Delite stands today and the south end zone was situated near Stone Road.
Parker is a lifelong Wylieite following his parents who came before him – his mother was a 1944 graduate and played basketball for the Lady Pirates – and he has three daughters who also wore the maroon.
“I’ve loved Wylie,” he said. “It’s a dear place. It has good people and always has.”
One of Parker’s proudest accomplishments revolves around the establishment of the Wylie Hall of Honor. When Athletic Director Mark Ball initiated the concept in 1998, Parker was one of the first Wylie alums to climb aboard. He said he and Anita Collins acted as “emcees” when the awards were handed out those first few years. As the organization has taken shape, developed by-laws, and set criteria for recognition, Parker has been a vocal supporter. He served as president for the first 10 years or so before passing the gavel to Dr. Jerry Shaffer two years ago.
Purchase Tickets for Friday’s Home Opener versus Mesquite Poteet
Varsity football tickets will be sold 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.
All general admission tickets are $6 at the gate; $12 reserve seats are also available.
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.
Woodbridge Golf Club Postgame Show (Week One v West Mesquite)
Pirates head coach Bill Howard gives his perspective on Friday's game at West Mesquite and what the Pirates can take away from recent non-district outcomes. Click here to hear the postgame show.
Players of the Week v West Mesquite (Week One)
Offense ~ Erik Betancourt #77, Kalen Winkler #4
Defense ~ Israel Acuay #74, Joseph Ewing #3
Special Teams ~ T’Kevian Rockwell #28, Collin Mathers #30
Statistical Leaders: Offense v West Mesquite (Week One)
Statistical Leaders: Defense v West Mesquite
4 TFL, 2 Sacks, 3 Hurries
2 TFL, 2 Sacks
1 Caused Fumble
2 TFL, 3 Hurries
3 PBU, 1 INT
Pirates at West Mesquite Scoring Summary
West Mesquite 34, Wylie 33 (OT)
WM: Chason Virgil to Raashaan Reason 25-yard pass;
Miguel Garza kick (2:02/1Q) WM 7, Wylie 0
WM: Kameron Miles 2-yard run; Garza kick
(1:16/2Q) WM 14, Wylie 0
Wylie: T’Kevian Rockwell 94-yard kickoff return;
conversion failed(1:04/2Q) WM 14, Wylie 6
WM: Reason 2-yard run; Garza kick
(9:35/3Q) WM 21, Wylie 6
WM: Miles 3-yard run; kick blocked by Divine Rockwell
(5:30/3Q) WM 27, Wylie 6
Wylie: Kalen Winkler 8-yard pass from Carsen Cook;
Christian Salas kick (1:32/3Q) WM 27, Wylie 13
Wylie: Zach Collins 18-yard run; Salas kick
(6:25/4Q) WM 27, Wylie 20
Wylie: Cook 1-yard run; Salas kick
(0:23/4Q) WM 27, Wylie 27
WM: Virgil 25-yard pass to Xavier Young; Garza kick
Non-District Results for District 13-4A Teams (Sept. 7)
Wylie 33, West Mesquite 34 (OT)
Lovejoy 38, Forney 16
Wylie East 10, Frisco Liberty 30
Greenville 7, The Colony 21
McKinney North 10, Prosper 31
Denison 6, Paris 18
Sherman 49, Sulphur Springs 44
Royse City 3, North Forney 34
Pirate Football Day @ Cici's Pizza Murphy, Saturday, Sept 8
Get the word out! Cici's Pizza Murphy will host a Pirates Football Day on Saturday, Sept. 8, from noon to 2 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.
Present this flyer or mention the Pirates and 10 percent of proceeds will benefit the Pirates football program.
Albertson's Game of the Week: Pirates v West Mesquite Preview
The Pirates travel to Mesquite Memorial Stadium Friday to take on West Mesquite. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
The two teams have built a considerable rivalry over the last few years and have traded victories repeatedly; most notably in the 2010 season when the Wranglers won an early-season, non-district match on a last-second FG, but fell to the Pirates 38-30 in the third round of the playoffs. Wylie came out on top 16-6 in a 2011 contest.
West Mesquite comes into the 2012 season ranked third in Class 4A by the Dallas Morning News. In their season opener, they blew up Rockwall 43-17 scoring on four of their first five possessions.
The combination of a very fast, senior-laden defense and an explosive young offense was too much for the Yellow Jackets to overcome.
Pirates head coach Bill Howard said, “(West Mesquite) has as good a defense as we will see this year.”
The offense is led by sophomore QB Chason Virgil. In the Rockwall game, he threw for over 300 yards completing 70 percent of passes and rushed for another 50 yards. Howard said they have receivers who will “go get the ball” when it’s thrown their way. Receiver William Stanley had a standout performance last week.
Tailback Raashaan Reason averaged seven yards per carry and he is an explosive return man, breaking one kickoff return for a 99-yard touchdown against Rockwall.
Pirates on the Radio
The Pirates travel to Mesquite Memorial Stadium tonight, Sept. 7, where they take on the West Mesquite Wranglers. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
At home or at the game, you can keep up with the action. Click the Listen Live feature on your desktop to hear the game broadcast at home or you can listen on the radio inside the stadium. Scoring updates will be posted on the Pirates Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AHMOfootball and on twitter at www.twitter.com/AHMOfootball; both Facebook and Twitter feeds are linked to this Pirates mobi website as well.
Broadcast Note: Tonight's "in stadium" FM broadcast will be available on 95.5 FM for fans at Memorial Stadium. Please be advised that because of the KEOM 88.5 FM radio tower in the south end zone, 95.5 FM, and all other frequencies may be rendered useless because of the interference. Radio frequency interference is a funny thing, especially when one is directly beneath the tower. Thanks for your patience.
JV Pics versus West Mesquite
Check out the JV game pics under Photos, file 9-6-12 jv
Hall of Honor Profiles, Coach Jerry Shaffer
The Wylie Sports Hall of Honor was established in 1998 under then Athletic Director Mark Ball and with the help of local community leaders. Its stated purpose is to “recognize and honor athletic achievement, scholarship, community service and character.”
Coach Jerry Shaffer was inducted into the Hall in 1999 with the second class of inductees. While he is most famous as the head coach who led the Pirates to the state title in 1977 (and having a football stadium named in his honor), Shaffer’s achievements away from football are equally outstanding.
Shaffer’s coaching career began in 1963 at Rockwall High, a year the Yellow Jackets won a state title.
He accepted the head coaching position at Wylie in 1974 and stayed on until 1987. During those years, the Pirates averaged over eight wins per season, a run that included 10 district championships. Back then, only the district champ advanced into the postseason.
After his years coaching in Wylie, he became the athletic director at Carrollton-Farmers Branch where he served seven years. He stepped away from athletics in the 1990s and took a position teaching in Farmersville ISD while he also ventured into the home construction business.
He has been back teaching at Wylie High School since 2008. Although he has worked elsewhere, Shaffer has lived in Wylie continuously since taking that first coaching position here.
Shaffer said he had not initially planned to get into coaching. He had played quarterback at Leonard High School. It was later while studying physics at Austin College that he started to reconsider his options for the future.
“I didn’t think I had football out of my blood, so I thought I would try my hand at coaching,” he said.
He completed his physics degree, then began teaching physics and coaching at Rockwall. After serving two years there, Shaffer changed course. An opportunity came up under a program at the National Science Foundation and he was among 40 people nationwide selected for a specialized program at Purdue University where he earned a Masters in Physics. After graduation, he worked for a time in research.
He returned to coaching in 1971 at Sherman. After three years, he made his move to Wylie where he was head coach and athletic director. During his tenure at Wylie, Shaffer earned a PhD in physics and education administration at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce) in 1990.
He said the highlight of his coaching career has been those two state championships. Academically, the shining moment was his 1966 induction in the National Physics Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma.
Shaffer is currently the chairman of the Board of Governors for the Hall of Honor. He and wife Ollene have been married 37 years.
Dickey's BBQ Coach's Show (Sept. 5)
Pirates head coach Bill Howard and sportscaster Scot Harrison discuss last Friday's game at Sachse as well as the upcoming contest with West Mesquite.________________________________________