It was a total sweep for District 13-4A teams over their District 14-4A counterparts in Friday’s bi-district round.
Mt. Pleasant 21
Wylie East 70
Sulphur Springs 33
Plans have been finalized for next week's Div. 1 Area matchup versus Tyler John Tyler.
Wylie (HOME) v John Tyler (VISITOR)
Friday, Nov. 23
7:30 p.m. kickoff
Mesquite Hanby Stadium
Tickets are $6 adults, $4 students at the gate, no presale.
John Tyler defeated Waxahachie 56-20 to advance.
Also in Div. 1 bracket, Sherman bounced back from a late deficit to take down Texarkana Texas high 40-23. They face Red Oak, who beat Corsicana 58-20.
In the Div. 2 bracket, Wylie East dismantled Sulphur Springs 70-33. They face Whitehouse who defeated Ennis 42-32. Lovejoy clipped Hallsville 40-13 and they take on Lancaster, who was the 34-2 victor over Jacksonville.
Additional details of Friday’s win over Mt. Pleasant will be posted later.
To view complete Class 4A, Region 2 bracket, click here.
Albertson’s Game of the Week versus Mt. Pleasant
Bi-District Playoffs versus Mt. Pleasant
Friday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Royse City ISD Stadium
Mount Pleasant comes into tonight’s game as the No. 2 seed out of District 14-4A. They posted a 4-1 record against district opponents with their only loss in a 71-65 shootout versus champion Sulphur Springs. The squad put up an 8-2 record overall. A highly productive offense has averaged 49 points per game while defense allowed just 31 points per game. Statistically, they are the top ranked offense in Class 4A, Region 2.
Success is new to the Tigers who are making their first playoff appearance since 2007 and they haven’t won a playoff game since 1997. The team went 4-16 over the previous two seasons. But that lack of success probably makes them a bit more dangerous because they come into tonight’s contest as a very hungry opponent with something to prove.
Pirates head coach Bill Howard said, “The Tigers can score at will.”
Quarterback Monty James is an explosive athlete with dual-threat capabilities.
Howard said he is a “very good scrambler” who can “throw the ball 50 yards on the run.”
With James behind center, the Tigers have a quick-strike offense that includes junior receiver Kaderius Cannon, who has already committed to Texas.
A wealth of talent in skill players and a solid offensive line make them difficult to shut down. The Pirates will look to frustrate them early and take advantage of the Tigers major weakness: a tendency to turn the ball over with some frequency.
On the Tigers defensive side, they have a talented nose guard, a couple of good linebackers and a lot of experience in the secondary with the East Texas leanings toward the passing game. Their defense will look to break serve and get the ball back to their offense.
Don’t expect the Tigers to punt every time they reach fourth down. They have a habit of going for it in those situations.
Wylie Pirates (HOME) vs. Mt. Pleasant Tigers (VISITOR)
Royse City ISD Stadium
700 S. FM 2642, Royse City, TX
Friday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Playoff tickets go on sale at the Wylie ISD stadium ONLY
Thursday, Nov. 15; 8 a.m. - 7 p. m.
Friday, Nov. 16; 8 a.m. - noon
Presale ticket prices are $6 adult/$4 student; all tickets will be $7 at the gate.
Playoff shirt information:
Thursday, Nov. 15; noon - 7 p.m.
Friday Nov. 16; 9 a.m. - noon
Wylie ISD stadium ONLY
Playoff T-shirt, $15 each! The shirt is a replica of a picture of the Pirates running out of the tunnel ready for victory! Pre-orders can be made by emailing Jalina Dotson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Click to view the printable Div. 1 playoff bracket.
District 13-4A Final Standings, Playoff Schedules
Bi-District Playoffs, all games Friday 7:30 p.m.
Div. 1 Bracket
Sherman v Texarkana Texas High, Paris Wildcat Stadium
Wylie v Mount Pleasant, Royse City ISD Stadium
Div. 2 Bracket
Lovejoy v Hallsville, Forney CityBank Stadium
Wylie East v Sulphur Springs, McKinney Ron Poe Stadium
Final District 13-4A Standings
Lovejoy (7-0 district record)
Wylie East (5-2)
District 14-4A Standings
1. Sulphur Springs (5-0 district record)
2. Mt. Pleasant (4-1)
3. Hallsville (3-2)
4. Texas High (2-3)
Statistical Leaders v Royse City: Defense
Ja’Vareyea Hicks ~ 18T
Preston Burnett ~ 14T
Alex Menchaca ~ 10T, 1PBU
T’Kevian Rockwell ~ 9T, 1TFL, 1Sack, 1PBU, 1INT
Devon Hughes ~ 7T
Elijah Harris ~ 7T
Divine Rockwell ~ 5T, 1TFL, 2H
Matt Loomis ~ 5T
Israel Acuay ~ 4T, 1TFL, 1Sack
Collin Mathers ~ 4T
Joseph Ewing ~ 2T, 4PBU, 1INT
Gary Bailey ~ 2T, 1H
Aaron Thomas ~ 2T
Zack Myers ~ 2T
Cameron DeLand ~ 2T
Statistical Leaders v Royse City: Offense
Kameron Kelly ~ 19-26-255, 3TDs, 1INT
Carsen Cook ~ 1-4-27
Kalen Winkler ~ 9-149, 2TDs
Freddy Gibbs ~ 3-60, 1TD
Alex Wesley ~ 5-41
Darius Carter ~ 2-35
Kameron Kelly ~ 13-100, 1TD
Carsen Cook ~ 1-10
Leland Dotson ~ 3-13
Alex Wesley ~ 6-18
Charles Okpoko ~ 3-14
Woodbridge Golf Club Postgame Show versus Royse City
District 13-4A Results for Nov. 9
Wylie 31, Royse City 28
Lovejoy 58, Wylie East 32
McKinney North 62, Denison 24
Sherman 27, Greenville 14
Viewpoint Bank Players of the Week versus Royse City
Offense: Kameron Kelly and Kalen Winkler
Defense: Ja’Vareyea Hicks and T’Kevian Rockwell
Special Teams: Christian Salas and Elijah Harris
District 13-4A Finale: Pirates 31, Royse City 28
Christian Salas kicked through a 32-yard field goal with 51 seconds remaining to give Wylie a 31-28 advantage over Royse City.
The Bulldogs took a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter before the Pirates got on the scoreboard with a 44-yard pass play from Kameron Kelly to Kalen Winkler.
Early in the second half, Joseph Ewing returned an interception to the Bulldogs 26 leading to the Pirates tying score on a 20-yard pass from Kelly to Winkler again. The senior receiver dragged a contingent of defenders over the goal line for the score.
The resilient Bulldogs jumped ahead again late in the third frame. But Kelly hit Freddy Gibbs for 35 yards to pull even 21-21 with 11:34 to go.
T'Kevian Rockwell intercepted on the Bulldogs next series to set Wylie up at the Bulldogs 30-yard line. Kelly carried in from 16 yards out for Wylie's first lead of the game with 8:38 to go.
With 2:18 remaining, Royse City re-tied the game at 28-28, but Salas's field goal provided just enough separation and the Wylie defense held on for the win.
In other District 13-4A action, McKinney North defeated Denison 62-24 (Thursday), Lovejoy claimed the district crown with a 58-32 victory over Wylie East, and Sherman topped Greenville 27-14.
Heading into the playoffs, Sherman and Wylie are slotted into the Div. 1 bracket, while Lovejoy and Wylie East head to Div. 2.
Wylie meets Mt. Pleasant in the bi-district round. Game will be played Friday, Nov. 16, at Royse City ISD Stadium. Kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
Sherman meets Texarkana Texas High Friday at Paris.
Wylie East draws Sulphur Springs and Lovejoy faces Hallsville. Game details will be posted here once they become available.
Albertson’s Game of the Week Pirates versus Royse City, Senior Night
The Pirates wrap up the District 13-4A schedule Friday at Wylie Stadium versus Royse City. Senior night festivities begin at 7 p.m.; kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
With a playoff berth secured(No. 2 seed, Div. 1 bracket), the bi-district foe known (Mt. Pleasant) and the time and place secured (Royse City ISD Stadium, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16), the Pirates might be tempted to look past this district finale against 1-8 (1-5 district record) Royse City. But that would be a mistake.
Pirates head coach Bill Howard said, “You never want to go into the playoffs limping.”
Wylie can use a strong showing as a springboard into the playoffs, while the Bulldogs probably view the game as something they can use to build on as they head into the off-season. Expect the well-coached Royse City squad to play with heart and character in a situation where they have nothing to lose.
They are most effective in the ground game, but quarterback Jackson Watts can make good passes and he has multiple receivers who can make plays including Michael Webb. Samuell Rushing is the featured back while Watts can run a little as well.
Howard said they do a “very good job at misdirection” and “use a lot of motion.”
The Bulldogs give a lot of different looks defensively and are good at keeping opponents guessing.
FBW Wylie Sports Hall of Honor Profile: Coach Grady Burnett
Coach Grady Burnett arrived in Wylie as the head football coach in 1964 and held the position until 1970, when he moved into administration. In his first season as head coach, the Pirates went 9-1 and earned a spot in the state playoffs.
Burnett stepped away from coaching in 1970 to become the principal of Wylie High School. At that time, the high school was housed in the building now known as Harrison Intermediate. A new high school was constructed on Hilltop Lane and opened in 1976. Burnett continued as principal there until his untimely death in 1980.
When the newest Wylie High School building opened on FM 544 in 1996, the old high school became Wylie Junior High. In 2003, that school was renamed Burnett Junior High in his honor.
Burnett’s son Rick, a 1970 graduate of Wylie High School and now the Executive Director of Student Services at Frisco ISD, said his dad coached both sides of the ball, but was probably a little more offensive minded.
“He always had some tricks up his sleeve,” said Rick.
But he said the coach’s strength as an educator was his ability to relate to his students.
“He had such a unique way of relating to kids. He was very confident in building relationships with kids. I could see it even at a young age, not just in Wylie but the other places he coached. He made kids feel like they were special and he could get more out of kids,” said Rick Burnett.
Burnett had joined the U.S. Army following graduation from Slaton High School. After leaving the service, he played football for Coffeyville College in Coffeyville, Kansas where he met and married Shirley McBride.
He went on to play football at West Texas State (now West Texas A&M University), where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1951. His first coaching position was at Springlake-Earth Consolidated High School (1951-1953). He then coached football and other sports at Canadian High School (1953-1961) where he was head football coach the last five years there.
He took a break from coaching and served as an elementary principal in Vega, Texas (1961-1962).
Rick Burnett said, “I still run into (Denton ISD Athletic Director) Ken Purcell who was a 6th grader in Vega when my dad was principal there.”
He said Purcell has shared his memories of how big the coach’s forearms were back then and has commented on “how hard he could swing the paddle.”
Burnett was back into coaching football the following year and worked two years at Wheeler High School.
In 1964, Burnett was hired by then Wylie ISD superintendent Charles Mann, whom had he known from his time coaching in the Texas panhandle. Through his coaching years, Burnett continued his education and completed a Masters of Education Administration from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce).
Shirley Burnett still resides in Wylie. Rick’s sister Roe was a 1974 WHS graduate.
Bi-District Playoff Info and Tickets
Wylie Pirates (HOME) vs. Mt. Pleasant Tigers (Visitor)
Royse City ISD Stadium
700 S. FM 2642, Royse City, TX
Friday, Nov. 16, 2012
Pirate playoff tickets go on sale at Wylie Stadium ONLY
Thursday, Nov. 15, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and
Friday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Tickets prices are $6 adult/$4 students during presale.
We apologize that we were not able to have the Spirit Trailer at last week’s JV Home Games. For your convenience we will have made arrangements to sell Spirit Wear this week. We hope that one of these times will be convenient for you to come see the TWO NEW HOODIE DESIGNS and pick up your BLACK OUT SHIRTS and also pre-order PLAYOFF SHIRTS.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Wylie Stadium, Spirit Trailer open from 5-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 8
WHS Cafeteria, BLACK OUT SHIRTS ONLY will be sold during all lunches
Wylie Stadium, Spirit Trailer opens 5 p.m., continues during both Freshman Games
Friday, Nov. 9
WHS Cafeteria, Spirit Trailer located outside of the Cafeteria during all lunches
Wylie Stadium, Spirit Trailer opens at approximately 6:30 p.m. and remains open until game ends
If you have any questions, contact Jalina Dotson at 214-205-0645 or email@example.com
Friday Night Notes
Senior night celebration will precede Friday’s District 13-4A finale versus Royse City. On-field introductions of football, band, Pacesetters, cheerleaders and AFJROTC seniors begin at 7 p.m. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
For the calendar, ink in this bi-district round information: Wylie faces Mt. Pleasant at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, at Royse City Stadium. Pirates will be the home team. Playoff shirts will be sold next week.
Wylie East (5-1) and Lovejoy (6-0) meet Friday; the winner of the game will take the top seed in Div. 2 bracket. Div. 2 teams coming out of District 14-4A are Sulphur Springs and Hallsville.Sherman faces Texarkana Texas High in the first round of the Div. 1 bracket.
Dickey's BBQ Coach's Show (Week 10)
Brick Builders Family Breakfast, Friday, Nov. 9
Brick Builders Family Breakfast
Friday, Nov. 9
7:15 – 8:15 a.m.
First Baptist Events Center
Mark your calendar for a Football Family continental breakfast (donuts, rolls, fruit, juice or coffee).
Coach Ron Poe will be the special guest speaker.
Cost is $2 per person. Tickets will be sold in the IMPAC athletics office beginning next week, or pay at the door. All players and family members are invited to attend.