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Hall of Honor Profiles, Richard Parker

First Baptist
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. 
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Dickey's BBQ Coach's Show (Week Two)

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Pictures from West Mesquite Game are Up

Click here to view game pics from West Mesquite.

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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.
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Woodbridge Golf Club Postgame Show (Week One v West Mesquite)

Woodbridge Golf

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.

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Players of the Week v West Mesquite (Week One)

Viewpoint Bank

Offense ~ Erik Betancourt #77, Kalen Winkler #4

Defense ~ Israel Acuay #74, Joseph Ewing #3

Special Teams ~ T’Kevian Rockwell #28, Collin Mathers #30

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Statistical Leaders: Offense v West Mesquite (Week One)

Passing

Att/Comp

Yards

 

Cook

24-45

264

TD

 

 

 

 

Receiving

 

 

 

Winkler

7

109

TD

Dotson

8

51

 

Pina-Rhoden

2

37

 

Collins

2

29

 

Gibbs

2

22

 

Oliver

2

18

 

 

 

 

 

Rushing

 

 

 

Collins

6

27

TD

Slay

6

12

 

Okpoko

1

20

 

Burnett

5

14

TD

Mathers

1

6

 

 

 

 

 

Kicking

 

 

 

Salas

3-4

 

PATs

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Statistical Leaders: Defense v West Mesquite

 

Tackles

Other

Hicks

8

 

Acuay

7

4 TFL, 2 Sacks, 3 Hurries

Burnett

5

1 PBU

Myers

4

2 TFL, 2 Sacks

Mathers

4

1 TFL

TK Rockwell

4

 

Harris

4

 

Lilly

3

1 Caused Fumble

Micheal Johnson

2

2 TFL, 3 Hurries

D Rockwell

2

3 Hurries

Brown

2

 

Ewing

1

3 PBU, 1 INT

Hunt

1

1 TFL

Thomas

1

 

Loomis

1

 

Hughes

1

 

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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
(overtime) WM 34, Wylie 27
 
Wylie: Preston Burnett 1-yard run; conversion failed
(overtime) WM 34, Wylie 33
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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
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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.
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Albertson's Game of the Week: Pirates v West Mesquite Preview

Albertson's Market
 
 
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.
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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.

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JV Pics versus West Mesquite

Check out the JV game pics under Photos, file 9-6-12 jv

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Hall of Honor Profiles, Coach Jerry Shaffer

First Baptist
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.
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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.________________________________________

Game Schedules versus West Mesquite

Thursday - 9/6
 
5:30pm  ~ FreshWhite vs West Mesquite
     @ AC New Middle School
7pm ~ Fresh Maroon vs West Mesquite
     @ AC New Middle School
 
6pm ~ JV Black vs West Mesquite
     @ Wylie Stadium
 
Friday - 9/7
7:30pm ~ Varsity vs West Mesquite
     @ Memorial Stadium
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Statistical Leaders: Offense v Sachse

Passing

Att/Comp

Yards

 

Kelly

2-3

68

TD

Cook

11-22

141

TD

 

 

 

 

Receiving

 

 

 

Gibbs

3

92

T

Dotson

3

44

 

Pina-Rhoden

3

36

Conv

Slay

2

9

 

 

 

 

 

Rushing

 

 

 

Dotson

6

70

 

Collins

5

40

 

Slay

14

43

 

Kelly

4

32

TD

Cook

14

5

TD

Z Myers

3

7

TD

Winkler

1

6

 

 

 

 

 

Kicking

 

 

 

Salas

4

4

PATs

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Statistical Leaders: Defense v Sachse

 

Tackles

Other

Burnett

9

 

TK Rockwell

7

 

Hunt

6

1 TFL, 1 Sack

Mathers

6

 

Lilly

5

1 TFL

Hicks

5

 

Z Myers

5

 

Ewing

3

1 INT

D Rockwell

3

1 Hurry

Brown

2

1 PBU

Harris

2

 

Pina-Rhoden

2

 

Menchaca

1

1 PBU

 

Players of the Week (Zero Week)

Viewpoint Bank

Offense ~ Carsen Cook #18 and Leland Dotson #9

Defense ~ Isaiah Hunt #24 and Joseph Ewing #3

Special Teams ~ Zack Myers #15 and Johnathon Copley #51

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Game Pics are Up from Sachse Game

Click here to view game pics from Friday's game versus Sachse.

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Woodbridge Golf Club Postgame Show (Zero Week)

Woodbridge Golf

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.

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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.
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Scoring Summary, Pirates at Sachse

Scoring Summary, Pirates at Sachse
 
First Quarter
Wylie ~ Kameron Kelly 24-run (Christian Salas Kick), 10:07/1Q; W7, S0
Sachse ~ Devin Ozigbo 3-run (John Pannell kick), 6:31/1Q; W7, S7
Wylie ~ Kelly to Freddy Gibbs 65-pass (Salas kick), 6:12/1Q; W14, S7
Sachse ~ Kent Myers to Bruce Brookins 18-pass (Pannell kick), 1:32/1Q; W14, S14
Sachse ~ Safety, 00:29/1Q; W14, S16
 
Second Quarter
Wylie ~ Carsen Cook 1-run (Salas kick), 10:23/2Q; W21, S16
Wylie ~ Zack Myers 2-run (Salas kick), 4:16/2Q; W28, S16
Sachse ~ Alex Spielbauer to Austin Williams 17-pass, 00:26/2Q; W28, S23
 
Third Quarter
Sachse ~ Touchdown, failed conversion, 9:46/3Q; W28, S29
 
Fourth Quarter
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
 
Overtime
Sachse ~ Myers run, 2-point conversion; W36, S44
 
Final ~ Sachse 44, Wylie 36
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