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
For full district standings under the "Standings" tab.
Albertson’s Game of the Week: Pirates at McKinney North
The outcome of this week’s contest between Wylie and McKinney North will have lasting implications for the remainder of the season. Lovejoy, Sherman and Wylie East are currently standing in the top three spots and, with four games remaining, are the only District 13-4A teams with winning records. If those teams win the games they should, that leaves a single playoff spot up for grabs. The Pirates and Bulldogs are the front-runners to take it and the winner of tonight’s game will clearly have a leg up in that race.
Pirates head coach Bill Howard said, “This is a big game in controlling our own destiny.”
Both teams come in with 1-5 records, but the similarity doesn’t stop there. Both played above-average opponents early in the season, and both teams have had to make adjustments for injuries forcing younger, less-experienced athletes into starting roles. Like the Pirates, the Bulldogs young athletes are getting better every week.
The Bulldogs are led by QB Ben Dutz who has scored five rushing touchdowns, but the junior has thrown more interceptions (9) than touchdown passes (6). Sophomore receiver Gabe Constantine is among his favorite targets. Junior tailback Trey Smith and sophomore Ronald Jones are the primary ball carriers.
There is nothing big and flashy about the way McKinney North operates, but the team did hold their own last week against Lovejoy in a 24-17 loss. A near miss like that can certainly give them a confidence boost.
Howard said the defensive line is their strength and they have a solid offensive line along with some good skill players.
Keep an eye out for senior DB Marc Bresnahan. He returned a pick six 60 yards against Royse City.
Points will matter. End-of-season tiebreakers go first to head-to-head results, then to 17-point system plus or minus (point totals matter up to 17 points, so no extra consideration for blowouts).
Volleyball, Lady Pirates 10-2 District Record
With two matches remaining on the District 13-4A schedule, the Lady Pirates record stands at 10-2 and they have a firm grip on second place in the district standings.
They play Friday at McKinney North; game time 5:30 p.m. The district finale comes Tuesday at Wylie against undefeated Lovejoy (12-0).
District certification is Oct. 27. Bi-district matches are set for Oct. 29-30.Wylie will face the third place team out of District 14-4A. The east Texas district includes Hallsville, Longview Pine Tree, Marshall, Mount Pleasant, Sulphur Springs and Texarkana Texas High.
Wylie Sports Hall of Honor Profiles: Dr. Sam Terry
Coach Sam Terry was inducted into the Wylie Sports Hall of Honor in 2005. He joined the Pirates coaching staff in fall 1978, hired by then athletic director Dr. Jerry Shaffer to coach baseball.
Terry came into coaching with an exceptional baseball pedigree. A multi-sport standout at Daniel Webster High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he gathered all-state honors in baseball, Terry was awarded a full scholarship to Baylor University. He played four years for the Bears while earning a Bachelor’s degree in English (1962). He continued his education at Florida State University where he added an M.A. (1964) and a Ph.D. (1970).
After teaching at North Texas State University (1966-1971) and Appalachian State University (1971-1976), Terry decided he wanted to get back into baseball and took a coaching position at Pilot Point.
In spring 1978, Terry heard Shaffer speak at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast. The Pirates were fresh off the 1977 state football championship and Terry said, “I liked what (Shaffer) had to say.”
Terry joined the Pirates staff as head baseball coach a short time later, a position he held from 1978-1997. Over that stretch, the Pirates won 332 games, advanced to the playoffs 13 times, and made the trip to Austin for the four-team state tournament in 1982 and again in 1988.
Terry said the two teams he took to the state tournament were filled with good people who also happened to be good athletes.
The 1982 team included current Athletic Director Kyle Craighead, who pitched and played center field.
Terry said in those days, Wylie had a “Pirate” bus that was used to transport the football and baseball teams to away games. It was a 1952 model painted up with the school colors, and only Terry was able to drive it.
“It sounded like a freight train,” he said.
One of his fondest memories was rolling up in front of their hotel in Austin in that bus, and the valet coming out with an intention of parking it.
Terry said the 1988 squad was made up of good athletes, but it was that team’s exceptional “want to” that made them successful.
Terry taught English classes while coaching baseball in those first 10 years. But in fall 1988, he took over as head football coach and athletic director. After four years, he passed the football baton to incoming head coach Jimmy Brooks, but Terry retained his position as athletic director until spring 1997. At that time, he made a career shift to assistant principal at Wylie High School. He retired from full-time work in 2003 and continues his affiliation with the WISD athletic department where he helps manage the stadium.
“I wouldn’t trade my years in coaching for anything,” he said.
Terry and wife Anne have three children, Kelly (WHS ’90), Jocelyn (WHS ’94) and Justin (WHS ’97).
District 134-A Matchups (Week Seven)
Wylie (1-2 record) at McKinney North (1-2)
Lovejoy (3-0) at Denison (1-2)
Greenville (0-3) at Wylie East (2-1)
Royse City (1-2) at Sherman (3-0)
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Current District 13-4A Standings
It may be too early to start looking at playoff scenarios, but three games into the District 13-4A schedule and the stage is already set. Four teams will make the postseason with the two largest enrollment schools going into Div. 1 and the two smaller enrollment schools slotted into Div. 2 for playoff purposes.
Lovejoy (enrollment 1104) stands at the top with a 3-0 district record. They are the smallest school in the district and therefore a lock for Div. 2. While the Leopards haven’t nailed down a playoff spot at this early date, they are headed in the right direction.
Sherman (1710) is tied for the top spot also with a 3-0 record. Wylie East (1612) is currently in third place in the district standings. There is a lot of football left to be played before it is clear where these two teams could land.
If the Pirates can win three of the last four games, that may be good enough to qualify for the playoffs. Running the table would assure the Pirates of extending their season beyond Nov. 9. With an enrollment (for UIL purposes) of 1750.5, Wylie is the second largest school in the district and guaranteed to go Div. 1 should they advance.
Wylie, McKinney North (1771), Denison (1291) and Royse City (1239) are each 1-2 through three district games. At this point, every one of these teams is fighting for their playoff life. Greenville (1204) is virtually out of the picture at 0-3.
Wylie will play at McKinney North Oct. 19, homecoming for Denison Oct. 26, at Sherman Nov. 2. The Nov. 9 district finale versus Royse City will be played at Wylie Stadium.
Woodbridge Postgame Show Pirates versus Greenville (Week Six)
Brick Builders Meet Oct 15, IMPAC Classroom
Next meeting for the Brick Builders will be Monday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the IMPAC Classroom. All football parents are encouraged to attend.
We will have a special speaker, Mr. Victor Cheatham, who will be addressing Sexting and Internet Safety techniques for parents to engage in conversations with their teens. He will provide facts that will enable us to encourage our teens to make more informed decisions regarding online practices.
Next meeting for the Wylie Pirates Athletic Booster Club, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. in IMPAC Classroom.
Players of the Week versus Greenville (Week Six)
Offense: Leland Dotson and Castin Neumeyer
Defense: Ja’Vareyea Hicks and Israel Acuay
Special Teams: T’Kevian Rockwell and Preston Burnett
Scoring Summary versus Greenville
Wylie ~ Zack Myers 2-yard run (Christian Salas kick)
G’ville ~ Eric Quiroz 17-yard pass from Marquist Davis (Kellen Cox kick)
Wylie ~ Alex Wesley 8-yard pass from Cook (Salas kick)
Wylie ~ Slay 39-yard run (Salas kick)
Statistical Leaders versus Greenville: Offense
54 plays, 371 yards
Carsen Cook, 14-22-174 yards, 3 TDs
Leland Dotson, 7-84, TD
Alex Wesley, 4-33, TD
Kalen Winkler, 2-51
Freddy Gibbs, 1-6, TD
Rushing (3TDs, Conversion)
Dontae Slay, 16-115, 2TDs
T’Kevian Rockwell, 2-43
Carsen Cook, 4-13
Zack Myers, 3-8, TD
Kalen Winkler, 1-3, Conversion
Christian Salas, 6-6 PATs
Statistical Leaders versus Greenville: Defense
Ja’Vareyea Hicks, 9T, 1RF
Keith Lilly, 7T, 1TFL
Elijah Harris, 7T
Israel Acuay, 6T, 1TFL, 1Sack, 2H
T’Kevian Rockwell, 5T, 1TFL, 1H
Divine Rockwell, 5T, 1H
Zack Myers, 4T
Collin Mathers, 3T, 2CF
Isaiah Hunt, 3T, 1TFL, 1Sack
Devon Hughes, 3T, 1TFL, 1RF
Alex Menchaca, 3T
Preston Burnett, 2T, 1PBU, 1INT
Gary Bailey, 1T, 1CF, 1RF
Alex Pina-Rhoden, 1T, 1INT
Joseph Ewing, 1INT
Pirates Topple Greenville 50-7
The Pirates took the first step in recovering their season with a 50-7 win over Greenville Friday at Wylie Stadium. It was a less than spectacular beginning with the teams posting a combined five turnovers in the scoreless first quarter, but Wylie settled down in the second quarter and took care of business.
Touchdowns by Zack Myers (2-yard run) and Dontae Slay (4-yard run) provided Wylie with a 14-0 halftime lead. T’Kevian Rockwell returned the third-quarter kickoff for a touchdown to squelch any momentum the Lions may have carried out of the halftime locker room.
Leland Dotson padded the Wylie lead 28-0 on a 7-yard pass play from quarterback Carsen Cook. After a Lions score, Cook connected with Alex Wesley to put the Pirates up 35-7 after three quarters of play.
Slay broke loose for a 39-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter and Cook hit Freddy Gibbs in the end zone for Wylie’s final touchdown. The extra-point attempt went awry, but holder Kalen Winkler made the best of it and carried the ball in for a 2-point conversion to cap the scoring.
The Pirates defense held the Lions to just 134 yards of total offense and forced six turnovers, three lost fumbles and three interceptions. Preston Burnett, Joseph Ewing and Alex Pina-Rhoden each tallied an interception.
In other District 13-4A action Friday night, Lovejoy remains undefeated with a 24-17 win over McKinney North. The other team without a district loss is Sherman. The Bearcats defeated Wylie East 49-38. The loss drops the Raiders to 2-1. Denison beat Royse City 34-21. Wylie, McKinney North, Denison and Royse City are each 1-2 in district action. Greenville drops to 0-3.
Next up will be McKinney North Friday (Oct. 19) at Ron Poe Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
Full offensive and defensive statistics from the Greenville game will be reported here once they become available.
District 13-4A Results (Week Six)
Royse City 21
McKinney North 17
Wylie East 38
Check out District 13-4A standings under the "Standings" tab.