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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Dickey's BBQ Coach's Show (Week Seven)
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.
Albertson’s Game of the Week, Pirates versus Greenville (Week Six)
The turnaround starts tonight with the 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Wylie Stadium.
Friday’s game versus Greenville is a new beginning for the Pirates who have posted an uncharacteristic 0-5 record thus far. To give recognition where it is due, those first five opponents have a combined record of 23-3 through the season’s first half.
Of the five opponents left on the Pirates’ schedule, only Sherman has a winning record at 4-1. Royse City, McKinney North, Denison and Greenville have posted a combined record of 2-18. While taking absolutely nothing for granted, the Pirates have an opportunity to turn the season around and put the early struggles behind them with a win here.
The Lions, who are also looking for the season’s first victory, tend to a run-first game plan on offense and they have a pretty solid defensive component.
Quarterback Marquis Davis is an all-around athlete who throws the ball well and runs it better. He also comes in on kickoff and punt returns revealing his explosiveness with the ball in his hands.
Their 4-3 defense is highlighted by a physical defensive line.
The Pirates will need to make an early statement to keep the Lions down.
Wylie Sports Hall of Honor Profiles: 1977 State Championship Team, 35 Years and Counting
Hard to believe, but it’s been 35 years since the Pirates carried home that State Championship trophy. The 35-man squad - composed of 16 seniors, 14 juniors and five sophomores and under the direction of head coach Jerry Shaffer - beat a talented Bellville squad 22-14 to take the state crown. The following season that group of juniors carried the team back to the state finals where they were eclipsed by an Eric Dickerson-led Sealy squad.
Past Hall of Honor chairman Richard Parker said he attended every game that year with the same group of four men. Once the Pirates got rolling, supporters became superstitious about their game-day preparation. Parker said his foursome rode to every game in the same vehicle with the same seating arrangement so as not to jinx the outcome.
It was quite a run for the 1977 team that wasn’t expected to progress beyond district games. In those days, there were usually six to eight teams in a given district but only the district champion advanced into the playoffs. Bellville and Sealy were in the same district back then, as they are now; and when those two teams played each other under that format, it truly was for all the marbles.
The 1977 Pirates had won their season opener, but then dropped the next two non-district contests. After that, they pulled things together and ran the table. Take note of a few familiar names among the district opponents on the season’s scoreboard.
The 2008 Pirates were athletically gifted and advanced into the state final. The 2010 Pirates were clipped in the state semifinal, just one play short of a state final appearance. While every team is different from those that came before and those that follow, the common thread for all is strong leadership and commitment to team. Those attributes make every team better than the sum of its parts.