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.
WE: 9-yd pass Garrett McCain to Marcell Ateman, PAT Dylan Cook 7:35/1Q ~ East 7, Wylie 0
WE: 21-yd pass McCain to Ateman, PAT Cook; 5:15/1Q ~ East 14, Wylie 0
W: 28-yd fumble return, Micheal Johnson, PAT Christian Salas; 8:54/2Q ~ East 14, Wylie 7
WE: 2-yd run McCain, PAT Cook; 2:12/2Q ~ East 21, Wylie 7
W: 33-yd run Alex Wesley, PAT Salas; 1:55/2Q ~ East 21, Wylie 14
WE: 29-yd pass McCain to Ateman, PAT Cook; 0:22/2Q ~ East 28, Wylie 14
W: 5-yd pass Carsen Cook to Kalen Winkler, PAT Salas; 7:25/3Q ~ East 28, Wylie 21
WE: Safety; 5:02/3Q ~ East 30, Wylie 21
W: 45-yd pass Cook to Freddy Gibbs, PAT Salas; 3:17/3Q ~ East 30, Wylie 28
WE: 42-yd pass McCain to Ateman, PAT Cook; 0:43/3Q ~ East 37, Wylie 28
W: Salas 42-yd FG; East 37, Wylie 31
W: 25-yd pass Cook to Winkler, PAT Salas; 6:34/4Q ~ Wylie 38, East 37
WE: 85-yd kickoff return Jabari Anderson, run failed; 6:18/4Q ~ East 43, Wylie 38
WE: 33-yd FG Cook; 3:26/4Q ~ East 46, Wylie 38
Pirates Come Up Short Against Raiders
The Pirates took a 38-37 lead on a 25-yard pass play from Carsen Cook to Kalen Winkler with 6:34 to go in the fourth quarter, but the Raiders came right back to regain the lead and take the eventual win 46-38.
Wylie East jumps to 2-0 versus District 13-4A opponents while the Pirates fall to 0-2.
Wylie hosts Greenville in next Friday's contest. It will be Future Pirates Night. The Lions are also looking for their first district victory with losses to Royse City and Lovejoy.
District 13-4A Friday Night Action (Week Five)
Wylie East 46
Royse City 21
McKinney North 35
Albertson's Game of the Week, Pirates versus Wylie East
The Pirates take on a talented Wylie East squad tonight at Wylie Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Wylie is the home team for the Maroon Out contest.
The Raiders come in with one of the hottest Class 4A offenses in the area. QB Garrett McCain has already thrown for more than 1100 yards in this young season with 12 touchdown passes and only two interceptions.
The junior signal caller has a pair of gifted outside receivers in Marcell Ateman and Quan Jones. Both have exceptional height and athleticism. Ateman, who has committed to Oklahoma State University, leads the DFW area with 29 receptions for 548 yards and six touchdowns. Jones, who is committed to Baylor, has nine catches for 295 yards and four touchdowns. Tight end Jesse Brubaker, committed to SMU, adds another physical presence.
After graduating a solid offensive line last year, this all-new version has developed more quickly than expected. That has paved the way for tailback Jabari Anderson to put up strong numbers. The senior has posted 78 carries for 521 yards.
Overall, East has posted a 3-1 record (1-0 district) with wins over Red Oak 52-21, Denton Ryan 34-31, and Denison 57-36. Tonight’s game will tell if the 30-10 loss to Frisco Liberty (Week One) was an aberration or an indication of chinks in the Raider armor. And it is worth noting that the East defense gave up 36 points to a Denison team that was averaging just 10 points per game through the non-district portion of the schedule.
The Pirates have been bitten by the injury bug early and often this season. The 0-4 record is not indicative of their abilities. Those first three games that include two overtime losses have no bearing on the District 13-4A race. For all practical purposes, they are 0-1 with six games to go. There's still plenty of time to get this program back on the map in 2012. Fans should expect both the Pirates and Raiders to be in the postseason mix come November.