Special Teams ~ Zack Myers #15 and Johnathon Copley #51
Game Pics are Up from Sachse Game
Click here to view game pics from Friday's game versus Sachse.
Woodbridge Golf Club Postgame Show (Zero Week)
Get Pirates head coach Bill Howard's take on Friday's game versus Sachse with interviewer Derek Draper. Click here to go directly to the audio show.
On the Friday Night Grass, Pirates Fall to Mustangs in Overtime
Sachse claimed a 44-36 overtime victory over the Pirates in Friday’s season opener. A back-and-forth affair from the start, the game was tied three times and featured four lead changes. It was clear from the start that both teams were fully invested and neither was willing to back down. That trend continued to the last play of the game.
The Pirates scored easily on their first drive that took just 1:53 off the clock when QB Kameron Kelly (junior) scampered 24 yards around the left side for the Pirates first score. Sachse had to work a little harder to even the score on their first series, but Wylie regained a 14-7 lead immediately. On the first play from scrimmage, Kelly dropped back and launched the deep ball to WR Freddy Gibbs who took it down the right sideline for the 65-yard score.
Sachse led 16-14 at the end of a very long first quarter with a touchdown and a safety to their credit.
A banged-up Kelly came out of the game late in the first quarter and was replaced by Carsen Cook. The sophomore is credited with a 1-yard run that put Wylie ahead 21-14, and Zack Myers carried in from two yards out to give Wylie a 28-14 advantage with 4:16 remaining in the half.
Sachse slipped in a last touchdown with 26 seconds to go in the half. Wylie led 28-23, but Mustangs had the ball first to start the third quarter and added six to pull ahead 29-28.
Cook connected with WR Leland Dotson with a 9-yard pass into the end zone, and WR Alex Pina-Rhoden battled for the ball on the 2-point conversion to give Wylie their final lead of the game 36-28 with 11:14 to go. The Mustangs tied it up 36-36 with just 34 seconds remaining in the contest.
Sachse started with the ball in the overtime period. QB Kent Myers went over the top for the go-ahead score. A mishandled snap on the extra point turned into an improvised 2-point conversion that provided the opponent a little extra cushion.
Wylie had opportunities to answer. Cook connected with Pina-Rhoden on 4th and 13 to give the Pirates a fresh set of downs at the 1-yard line, but they couldn’t punch it in.
Game stats (offensive and defensive stats) will be posted once they become available.
Scoring Summary, Pirates at Sachse
Scoring Summary, Pirates at Sachse
Wylie ~ Kameron Kelly 24-run (Christian Salas Kick), 10:07/1Q; W7, S0
Wylie ~ Cook to Leland Dotson 9-pass, conversion to Alex Pina-Rhoden, 11:14/4Q; W36, S29
Sachse ~ 35-pass, 00:34/4Q; W36, S36
Sachse ~ Myers run, 2-point conversion; W36, S44
Final ~ Sachse 44, Wylie 36
Zero Week Scores from Other District 13-4A Members
Lovejoy 53, Frisco Heritage 14
Wylie East 52, Red Oak 21
Greenville 13, Princeton 33
McKinney North 17, Newman Smith 21
Denison 9, Frisco Centennial 45
Sherman 57, Little Elm 56
Royse City 6, Forney 31
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Friday's Game Preview versus Sachse
Aug. 31, 2012
7:30 p.m. Kickoff
The Mustangs had the most successful season of their short history after posting an 8-3 record in 2011. The newest high school in Garland ISD, Sachse High opened in 2002 and graduated their first class in 2005.
A promising start to Sachse’s 2010 campaign ended in disappointment when they narrowly missed the postseason, but they brought back a full squad in 2011, advanced into the playoffs for the first time, and made it into the second round.
That road to Mustangs glory began with a 30-16 victory over Wylie in the 2011 season opener. The Pirates will be looking for a different outcome when the teams meet Friday night at Williams Stadium.
Sachse graduated a lot of experience from last year’s squad including six athletes that moved into FBS ranks.
In 2012, both teams have plenty of new faces.
“It’ll be a learning experience for both teams,” said Pirates head coach Bill Howard.
Sachse comes in with a new quarterback in Kent Myers, a junior who has been molded to take over the reins.
Howard said they are well coached with a "quarterback who can run" and a pair of good tailbacks. The offensive line is an area of consistency for the Mustangs year in and year out and Howard said he anticipates that will continue. They are solid on defense, said Howard.
Other Notable Zero Week Games:
Lovejoy at Frisco Heritage
Wylie East v Red Oak
Greenville v Princeton
McKinney North at Newman Smith (Thurs)
Denison v Frisco Centennial
Sherman at Little Elm
Royse City at Forney
Game Schedules versus Sachse
5:30 p.m. ~ Freshmen White @ Sachse High School
7 p.m. ~ Freshmen Maroon @ Sachse High School
5:30 p.m. ~ JV Gray @ Wylie Stadium
7 p.m. ~ JV Black @ Wylie Stadium
7:30 pm Varsity @ Williams Stadium
Pirates Captains 2012
“A Captain on a football team is a special
honor because you are voted on by your peers.
A Captain is someone others will follow and
has the ability to lead with character and class,”
said Pirates head coach Bill Howard.
Pirates’ captains for 2012 are Freddy Gibbs, Zach Myers, Kalen Winkler and Preston Burnett. All four are seniors and returning lettermen exemplified by their work ethic, love of the game and dedication to team.
Gibbs is a three-year starter at receiver with height (6-3) and exceptional speed.
Myers earns his second varsity letter at linebacker and is distinguished as the teams’ strongest man.
Winkler picked up multiple starts at receiver in 2011; he is supremely focused with tremendous hands.
Burnett, who is a two-year starter at defensive back, is a savvy and mature athlete with speed and body control.
“I believe all four of our Captains have the ability to lead, each one a little different,” said Howard. “Freddy with experience, Zack with true grit, Kalen with hard work, and Preston with determination. They all have all these traits and are very good young men.”
Ticket Information for Wylie at Sachse, Aug. 31
Pirates at Sachse (Garland Williams Stadium)
Friday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Advance tickets can be purchased on the internet from the Garland Independent School District Athletic Office with no convenience fee added.
All tickets on the visitors’ side will be general admission.
All tickets are $7 at the gate
Season Passes for all WISD football games are on sale in the WISD Athletic Office. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8-noon and 1-4.
2012-2013 All-Sports Passes can be purchased in the WISD Athletic Office. Passes are good for all WISD home games except varsity football.
Pirate Cards on Sale Now
Pirates football players are now selling the 2012 Pirate Cards for $20.
With the card, Pirate supporters can get discounts on oil changes, local dining and car detailing among other goods and services. Cards are valid through Sept. 2013.
Show your support for our Pirates and our local businesses by purchasing a Pirate card today.
Listen to 2012 Inaugural Bill Howard Show
How will the 2012 season unfold for the Wylie Pirates? Get it straight from Pirates head coach Bill Howard in the inaugural Bill Howard Show. Click here to link directly to the audio.
Note: Android users may need to enable "plug-ins" to listen to the Coach's Show. Follow these directions when in Mobi on the Android: 1) Click the “menu” button bottom left of phone, 2) click "more," 3) Click "settings," 4) Click "enable plug-ins," 5) Click “always on”
Meet the Pirate: Freddy Gibbs, Receiver
As the only three-year starter on the Pirates squad, receiver Freddy Gibbs has experienced some of the greatest highs and most disappointing lows possible in high school football.
As a sophomore, Gibbs was a member of the state semi-finalist team that posted sensational wins over West Mesquite and Tyler John Tyler along the way. He also experienced the letdown of not reaching the postseason the following year.
Speaking of the 2010 team, Gibbs said, “We had a lot of team chemistry. We had some leaders that wouldn’t allow the team to slack off. Last year we didn’t have that and we suffered from it.”
Expectations are high that the Pirates will be back on top for 2012 in the newly realigned District 13-4A. Optional summer strength and conditioning camp has been well attended and team members are holding one another accountable.
Gibbs said it was an honor to be on varsity as a sophomore.
“I was excited but I had to keep my head small,” he said.
He said he remembers the excitement of catching that first pass as a varsity player.
Gibbs has also earned multiple varsity letters in basketball and track.
Football Brick Builders Meet Aug. 23
Brick Builders will meet Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. in the IMPAC Classroom.
Meet the Pirates Family Fun Night, Friday
Varsity Football Parent Meeting and Senior Parent/Player Picture
Friday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m., Stadium
Varsity football parents: Please join us at 8pm at the stadium to go over the many ways you can be involved this season.
Senior Parents: We will take parent/player picture at this time. Please wear either a white solid colored shirt. The boys will wear their maroon jerseys. The photographer will take individual parent/player pictures as well.
Peak Performers, Tips from the Athletic Trainer
Pirates Athletic Trainer Eric Maxey stresses the importance of athletes making advance preparation for August football drills.
With sports like cross country and football starting up during the Texas summer, it is important that young athletes start the process of getting acclimated to the heat. If your son or daughter has been working an outside job or attending a summer conditioning camp, they should be fairly acclimated to the heat. However if your child has spent the majority of the summer indoors, they need to start the process of getting acclimated immediately.
A few good ways to get started are by jogging or playing sports for a minimum of 30 minutes in the morning or evening. Make sure they are drinking plenty of water and staying away from sugary drinks. Getting acclimated to the heat does not guarantee that heat illness will not occur, but it greatly decreases the chances. The majority of heat illness in athletes occurs during the first week of practice with the third and fourth days of practice being the most dangerous. The two main points are 1) start acclimating early and 2) get used to drinking large amounts of water.
Countdown to Kickoff, Season Opener Rapidly Approaching
Yes, Pirates fans, football season is just around the corner.
Football practice schedules are linked below.
For a detailed printable schedule of August football practices and meetings (varsity and JV), click here.
For freshmen practice schedule in printable format, click here.
Meet the Pirate: John Copley, Senior, Center
It all begins with the snap. It may seem like a minor detail, but a team can’t move the ball without a well-executed exchange between the center and quarterback.
Senior John Copley will be the man putting the ball into the hands of quarterback Kameron Kelly.
Copley has spent the last two seasons sharpening skills on JV Black and he is ready for his turn on the Friday night grass.
Speaking to Copley, it is clear he understands his role in the Pirates success and has a clear view of the entire offensive line’s responsibility in it.
“On the offensive line, you need to be very intense. We are going to be going up against a lot of guys bigger than us and older than us. We have a very young offensive line, so a lot of it has to do with heart,” said Copley.
Part of that heart is in bonding with the signal caller they are protecting. Copley has a positive view of returning starter Kelly.
“He’s (Kelly) a good quarterback and I respect him,” said Copley.
While Copley is a little undersized for the position, he has been working to add bulk and strength this summer. A stubborn streak may be one of his best attributes.
“Coach Howard is working to get me up to 225. I’m not the strongest either, but I’m a lot meaner than many of the opponents I go up against,” he said.
And if Copley needs a few pointers or a bit of encouragement, he has an experienced role model he can look to. Dad Billy Copley, a 1993 WHS graduate, played center for the Pirates in the early 1990s.
Joseph Ewing was among the leaders on the Pirates 2011 defense. As a junior, he had specifically responsibility for reading opposing offenses and getting the Wylie defense into the proper defensive set to counter.
In his senior season, Ewing slides from safety to cornerback.
Explaining the switch, Ewing said, “We were short at corner and had more depth at safety. Coaches felt like I would be better there.”
Typically, safeties are more involved in defending the run while corners line up one-on-one over a receiver.
Ewing knows the cornerback is frequently “out there on an island,” and he‘s ready for the challenge. Coaches are confident he has the speed and the smarts to get the job done.
The senior said his most memorable football moment from last season came in the Sept. 30 Homecoming game versus Rockwall when he hauled in an interception just before halftime.
Describing the scene, Ewing said, “We were in cover 2 and our corner made it seem like the receiver was going to be wide open, when really I was coming over the top. The quarterback didn’t see it fast enough and I came in front and jumped the play. I was right there. He threw it right into my hands.”
Ewing was a solid performer last fall and, with the season of varsity experience under his belt, he should be a standout in the coming season.
He said this 2012 squad has great chemistry. Players are holding one another accountable and that has been demonstrated in the athletes’ commitment to attend the summer workouts at strength and conditioning camp.
In addition to leadership coming from the seniors, Ewing said the younger players are stepping up as well and setting a high standard for their classmates.
Watch for other athlete profiles coming this week.
Pirates Head to State 7-on-7 Tournament, July 20-21
Linebacker Collin Mathers breaks up a pass attempt during Wylie SQT.
The Pirates will head south to the campus of Texas A&M University for the 15th annual FOX Sports Southwest 7-on-7 State Championship Tournament presented by Adidas and Academy Sports & Outdoors set for July 20-21.
Sixty-four class 4A and 5A teams from around the state have been slated into 16 4-team pools. Each team will play three pool games Friday. Action begins at 1 p.m. Outcomes of pool play determine the seeding for Saturday's single-elimination bracket. The top two teams in each pool will be plugged into the championship bracket, and bottom two into the consolation bracket. The first round in the consolation bracket begins at 8 a.m. Saturday followed by championship bracket opener at 9 a.m.
Wylie opens competition in Pool H with Edcouch, Jersey Village and Longview. Friday’s game times are 1, 3, and 5 p.m. Live scoring updates will be posted on this website under the Facebook and Twitter feeds during the tournament.
Other District 13-4A teams earning berths in the state tournament are Sherman (Pool M) and Wylie East (Pool K).
The state championship for Class 3A and under takes place July 19-20.
Rockwall SQT and Other 7-on-7 News
The Pirates wrapped up the SQT portion of the summer at the June 23 Rockwall SQT. The squad was dropped into Pool E where they matched up with three other state-qualified teams: Plano West, Hebron and Tyler Lee.
After qualifying at their own SQT earlier this month, the Pirates travel to the state 7-on-7 tournament set for Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, on the campus of Texas A&M University. Sixty-four Class 4A and 5A teams open up with pool play Friday, and switch to single-elimination bracket play on Saturday.
Wylie finishes up play in their summer 7-on-7 league Tuesday, June 26. The round robin begins at 6 p.m. A linemen challenge will take place in the IMPAC also beginning at 6 p.m. Spectators are welcome.
Pirates at Rockwall SQT; 9am start at Garland HBJ Stadium
If you are planning to see the Pirates play Saturday in the Rockwall SQT, you will need to go to Garland's HBJ Stadium for the 9 a.m. start.
Rockwall SQT officials have added a twist to the usual 16-team configuration by adding Pool E, which is composed of Wylie, Plano West, Hebron and Tyler Lee. All four teams have already qualified for state, so the only goal will be to get in a little extra practice against elite teams. Games begin at 9, 10, and 11 a.m.
The state tournament comes up July 20-21 at Texas A&M University.