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.
The Spirit Trailer has new hoodies and sweatshirts. BlackOut shirts will be sold Thursday and Friday during the lunch hours at school.Or preorder BlackOut shirts by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shirts are $10 S-XL, and $12 2X & 3X.
Whataburger After-Game Gathering, Friday, Nov. 9
Statistical Leaders v Sherman: Defense
Preston Burnett ~ 12T, 1PBU
Elijah Harris ~ 8T
Ja’Vareyea Hicks ~ 7T, 1TFL, 1Sack
Zack Myers ~ 6T, 1TFL
Isaiah Hunt ~ 6T
Joseph Ewing ~ 6T, 1CF
Keith Lilly ~ 5T, 1TFL, 1Sack
T’Kevian Rockwell ~ 5T
Gary Bailey ~ 4T
Divine Rockwell ~ 3T, 2H
Devon Hughes ~ 3T
Matt Loomis ~ 3T
Israel Acuay ~ 2T, 1TFL, 1Sack, 2H
TFL=Tackle for Loss
PBU=Pass Break Up
H=Hurried Pass Attempt
Statistical Leaders versus Sherman: Offense
Alex Wesley ~ 15-126, TD
Kameron Kelly ~ 9-39, TD
Leland Dotson ~ 1-13, TD
Charles Okpoko ~ 3-8
Carsen Cook ~ 6-8
Dontae Slay ~ 1-3, TD
Kalen Winkler ~ 4-47
Leland Dotson ~ 5-40, TD
Alex Wesley ~ 4-34
Freddy Gibbs ~ 2-31
Alex Pina-Rhoden ~ 1-15, TD
Carsen Cook ~ 11-20-117
Kameron Kelly ~ 5-9-50
Christian Salas ~ 5-5 PATs
Viewpoint Bank Players of the Week versus Sherman
Offense ~ Leland Dotson and Alex Wesley
Defense ~ Ja’Vareyea Hicks and Gary Bailey
Special Teams ~ Kalen Winkler and Christian Salas
Scoring Summary versus Sherman
Wylie ~ Kameron Kelly 1-yd run (Christian Salas kick); 9:53/1Q
Sherman ~ Smith to Luper 12-yd pass (Roan kick); 5:28/1Q
Sherman ~ Smith to Mask 14-yd pass (Roan kick); 1:24/1Q
Sherman ~ Smith to Pough 10-yd pass (Roan kick); 9:23/2Q
Sherman ~ Mask 1-yd run (Roan kick); 7:26/2Q
Wylie ~ Dontae Slay 3-yd run (Salas kick); 5:43/2Q
Wylie ~ Carsen Cook to Alex Pina-Rhoden 15-yd pass (Salas kick); 3:08/2Q
Sherman ~ Smith to Luper 10-yd pass (Roan kick); 9:21/3Q
Wylie ~ Alex Wesley 8-yd run (Salas kick); 6:32/3Q
Sherman ~ Mask 3-yd run (Roan kick); 3:48/3Q
Sherman ~ Roan 31-yd FG; 8:01/4Q
Wylie ~ Kelly to Leland Dotson 9-yd pass (Salas kick); 6:21/4Q
District 13-4A Results (Week Nine), Pirates Secure Postseason Berth
Sherman 45, Wylie 35
Wylie East 50, McKinney North 26
Lovejoy 49, Royse City 28
Denison 28, Greenville 16
The Pirates fell to Sherman 45-35 Friday night at Bearcat Stadium. Despite the loss, the Pirates have secured a postseason appearance based on outcomes of other District 13-4A matchups.
Lovejoy extended their perfect district record to 6-0 with a 49-28 win over Royse City. The Leopards wrap the district schedule against Wylie East. A Raiders win would give them a share of the district crown.
Sherman and Wylie East are each 5-1. With the win over Wylie, the Bearcats have secured the top seed in the Div. 1 bracket. Sherman plays Nov. 9 at Greenville (0-6).
Wylie grabs the fourth playoff berth with a 3-3 record. They host Royse City (1-5 record) at Wylie Stadium for senior night Nov. 9.
First-round playoff information will be posted later this week.
McKinney North (2-4) finishes their season Thursday against Denison (2-4). Wylie holds the tiebreaker over both teams in head-to-head contests in the event of a tied record at season’s end thus securing the playoff berth.
Albertson’s Game of the Week, Pirates at Sherman
Pirates at Bearcat Stadium, Tonight, 7:30 p.m. Kickoff
Wylie started the season with back-to-back losses in overtime amid a plague of injuries to key players. That losing streak extended into the early District 13-4A schedule with losses to Lovejoy and Wylie East, but the Pirates have emerged from the darkness with wins in the last three contests. Many starters are back in the mix and the backups who were pressed into service are better equipped through the experience. That all lends to depth in almost every position. For all purposes, the Pirates look ready to roll in these final two district games.
Barring any upsets throughout the district, the playoff picture should be crystal clear after tonight’s games. On the line for the Pirates and Bearcats tonight is the top seed in the Div. 1 bracket heading into the playoffs.
Lovejoy is atop the standings with 5-0 record. Sherman and Wylie East are each 4-1, and the Pirates are 3-2. McKinney North is 2-3, while Royse City and Denison are 1-4 and Greenville is 0-5. Besides the obvious, Wylie will want to keep an eye on the outcomes of McKinney North at Wylie East and Lovejoy at Royse City. Both games have playoff implications.
The Bearcats should provide some of the best all-around competition the Pirates have seen this year. They have averaged 43 points per game while putting up a 4-1 district record (6-2 overall). The Wylie defense will look to slow that down a bit while the high-flying Pirates offense plans to put up good numbers to counter.
Over the years, Sherman has developed into one of the most successful programs in the North Texas region. They are known for producing explosive offenses that consistently post high scores. They have recorded only three district losses in the last four seasons including last week’s loss to Lovejoy.
Senior quarterback Dru Smith (6-1, 200, senior) connected with receiver Joseph Harvey for 92 yards for the first score of last week’s Sherman-Lovejoy game. Wideout J.T. Luper is equally impressive in his big-play abilities.
The offensive line averages 295 pounds and includes a 330-pound center and a sophomore right tackle who weighs in at 305. The Pirates will counter that with a strong rotation on the defensive line that will keep Wylie fresh up front. Expect big battles to be waged there.
Smith has an impressive arm and can also make plays with his feet. Junior tailback Tre Mask (6-foot, 195) is another great weapon in the Bearcats arsenal.
Dickey's BBQ Coach's Show (Week Nine)
Volleyball, Lady Pirates advance to Area Round
Congratulations to the Lady Pirates on Tuesday’s sweep of Hallsville in the bi-district round of the playoffs. Wylie won the match 25-16, 25-22, 25-17.
They face Mansfield Lake Ridge in a area-round match. First serve goes off 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at Mesquite Horn. Tickets are $5 adults, $3 students.
All four playoff teams out of District 13-4A were bi-district champs. Other second round matches pit Wylie East against Waxahachie, Lovejoy against Mansfield Legacy and Royse City against Red Oak.
6 p.m. ~ Freshmen Maroon at Sherman @ Bearcat Stadium
6 p.m. ~ Freshmen White v Duncanville @ Wylie Shaffer Stadium
Friday, Nov. 2
7:30 p.m. ~ Varsity at Sherman, Bearcat Stadium
Advance Football Tickets Sold in IMPAC Office
Advance tickets for Friday's varsity football game versus Royse City can be purchased 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.
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.
Volleyball, Lady Pirates Play Hallsville Tuesday in First-Round Action
Sendoff at 3:15 p.m. at the Bus Loop
The Lady Pirates will meet Hallsville (the third-place team out of District 14-4A) in the first round of the playoffs. The game will be played Tuesday at Emory Rains High School. Game time is 6 p.m. Wylie earned second place in the District 13-4A standings after running up an 11-3 district record.
In other playoff action out of District 13-4A, first-place Lovejoy faces Mount Pleasant, Royse City plays Longview Pine Tree and Wylie East draws Texarkana Texas High.
District 13-4A Matchups for Nov. 2 (Week 9)
Wylie (3-2) at Sherman (4-1)
Greenville (0-5) at Denison (1-4)
Lovejoy (5-0) at Royse City (1-4)
McKinney North (2-3) at Wylie East (4-1)
Woodbridge Golf Club Postgame Show versus Denison
Scoring Summary versus Denison
DEN ~ Denard Whitfield 79-yd run (Jake Walters kick); 8:27/1Q
WYL ~ Christian Salas 23-yd FG; 5:54/1Q
DEN ~ Clifton Hines 30-yd run (Walters kick); 3:21/1Q
WYL ~ Carsen Cook to Alex Pina-Rhoden 78-yd pass (Salas kick); 3:01/1Q