Pirates Finish Season with Loss at Tyler

The Pirates season ended Friday with a 38-10 loss to Tyler-John Tyler. The Lions will face Frisco in the regional round.
In other games involving District 13-4A teams, Wylie East clipped Whitehouse in a 63-56 shootout at Garland HBJ Stadium. The Raiders draw Mesquite Poteet in the next round.
Lovejoy fell to Lancaster 41-16 and Sherman lost to Red Oak 28-17.

Albertson’s Game of the Week, Pirates at John Tyler (Area Round)

Albertson's Market
The Pirates meet Tyler-John Tyler tonight in an area round contest at Trinity-Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler. Kick off at 6 p.m.
These two teams last met in 2010 state quarterfinals. The game was a wire-to-wire thrillfest played at Wylie Stadium. The Pirates claimed the 20-16 victory with a sheer hustle play in the closing moments. That image is likely burned into the Lions’ collective memory and no one should expect either team to throw up a white flag at any point in this contest.
That sort of never-give-up attitude is something that has shown up in this 2012 rendition. These Pirates have shown a lot of hustle in going after every inch they can get on every down.
The Lions, ranked No. 2 statewide, come in as a confident bunch riding the District 16-4A title and a nine-game win streak into tonight’s contest. They tagged Waxahachie 77-20 while amassing almost 700 yards of total offense in last week’s bi-district round. Tonight’s contest will determine if that was an aberration or an overriding mismatch. Through the first 10 games of the year, the Lions averaged 38 points per game.
Senior QB Greg Ward #1 and receiver Fred Ross #8 provide a one-two punch similar to the Mt. Pleasant duo seen last week. Tyus Bowser #81 (6-2, 230) is one of the Lions most notable defensive players. He is a big, strong and fast and the Pirates will have to slow him down.

Dickey's BBQ Coach's Show (Nov. 21)


Pirates Football Send Off Friday, 11:30 a.m.

Pirates Football Send Off Friday at 11:30 a.m., Wylie Stadium
Fan Caravan will leave WHS Front parking lot at 2:30pm
Bring your noisemakers, your signs and LOADS OF SPIRIT!

Important Fan Info for Friday's Game at Rose Stadium


Other District 13-4A Teams in the Second Round

*All Games to be played Friday
Div. 1 Bracket
Wylie (Visitor) v John Tyler (Home)
Tyler Rose Stadium, 6 p.m.
Winner Advances to Quarterfinals
against Frisco OR Dallas Samuell
Red Oak (Visitor) v Sherman (Home)
Allen Eagle Stadium, 1 p.m.
Winner Advances to Quarterfinals
against FriscoCentennial OR Dallas Kimball
Div. 2 Bracket
Lovejoy (Visitor) v Lancaster (Home)
Richardson Wildcat-Ram Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Winner Advances to Quarterfinals
against Prosper OR Dallas Carter
Whitehouse (Visitor) v Wylie East (Home)
Garland Homer B. Johnson Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Winner Advances to Quarterfinals
against Mesquite Poteet OR Dallas Lincoln

Realtor Rick Highlight Video versus Mt. Pleasant (Bi-District)

Rick Smith


Revised Area Round Game Information


Statistical Leaders versus Mt. Pleasant: Offense

Carsen Cook ~ 20-27-198, TD
Kameron Kelly ~ 10-10-99
Charles Okpoko 9-32, TD
Dontae Slay ~ 7-28
Kameron Kelly ~ 8-26
Carsen Cook ~ 7-18
Leland Dotson ~ 3-12
Kalen Winkler ~ 7-88, TD
Leland Dotson ~ 10-71
Freddy Gibbs ~ 2-65, TD
Alex Wesley ~ 9-44, TD
Alex Pina-Rhoden ~ 1-19
Dontae Slay ~ 1-10

Statistical Leaders versus Mt. Pleasant: Defense

Preston Burnett ~ 8T
Alex Pina-Rhoden ~ 6T, 2INTERCEPTIONS
Ja’Vareyea Hicks ~ 5T, 1H, 1PBU, 2RFum
T’Kevian Rockwell ~ 5T, 1TFL, 1CFum
Elijah Harris ~ 5T
Keith Lilly ~ 4T, 1PBU
Divine Rockwell ~ 3T, 1TFL, 1Sack
Devon Hughes ~ 3T
Collin Mathers ~ 3T
Gary Bailey ~ 2T, 1TFL, 1Sack, 2H
Isaiah Hunt ~ 2T, 2H
Matt Loomis ~ 2T
Israel Acuay ~ 1T, 1TFL, 1Sack, 2H
Micheal Johnson ~ 1T, 1TFL, 1Sack
Jarrell Brown ~ 1PBU
Joseph Ewing ~ 1PBU
Zack Myers ~ 1T
Cameron Deland ~ 1T

Viewpoint Bank Players of the Week versus Mt. Pleasant

Offense: Leland Dotson #9 and Carsen Cook #18
Defense: T’Kevian Rockwell #28 and Alex Pina-Rhoden #17
Special Teams: Christian Salas #10 and Joseph Ewing #3

Pirates Take Down Tigers, Advance to Area Round

It was a total sweep for District 13-4A teams over their District 14-4A counterparts in Friday’s bi-district round.
Wylie 45
Mt. Pleasant 21
Wylie East 70
Sulphur Springs 33
Lovejoy 40
Hallsville 13
Sherman 40
Texarkana 23
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

Albertson's Market
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.

Bi-District Playoff Game, Send Off at 3 p.m.


Dickey's BBQ Coach's Show (Bi-District)


Pirates Playoff Roster

Click here to view 2012 Playoff Roster.

Important Football Playoff Information

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 - wyliepirateads@gmail.com
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)
Sherman (6-1)
Wylie East (5-2)
Wylie (4-3)
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

Woodbridge Golf


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

Viewpoint Bank
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

Albertson's Market
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.
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