Lovejoy comes into the District 13-4A opener with a 3-0 record and ranked No. 17 in Class 4A in a recent Dallas Morning News poll. Averaging 42 points per game, they have posted wins over Frisco Heritage (53-14), Forney (38-16) and Frisco (35-24).
A successful Class 3A program, they made the jump to Class 4A in the last realignment. Their most telling victory came against Frisco. Down 24-7 at the half, they made necessary adjustments to score 28 second-half points while holding the Lions scoreless.
Led by freshman QB Bowman Sells, the Leopards are not only doing a good job of moving the chains but have demonstrated big-play capability. The offensive line has provided the protection Sells needs to operate while also creating opportunities for Nick LaSane, one of the area’s most effective runners.
Daniel Sefcik is their playmaker. He can carry the ball and catch passes, as well as coming in at wildcat in some goal line situations. He also lines up at free safety on the defensive side.
Pirates at Lovejoy, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. Kickoff at Lovejoy Stadium
Pirates take on Lovejoy in tonight’s District 13-4A opener. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Lovejoy Stadium. Don’t forget the after-game gathering at Whataburger (Murphy) from 10 p.m. to midnight.
Whataburger will host the Pirates gathering with 20% of ALL sales from 10 p.m. to midnight (includes drive-through and walk-ins) benefiting the Pirates Football Program. So make plans to stop at Whataburger after the game and support the Pirates!
Volleyball: Battle of Undefeateds, Wylie and Lovejoy both 6-0 in District Play
The Lady Pirates enter tonight’s district match with a 6-0 record. The varsity game begins at 5:30 p.m. at Lovejoy, also 6-0 against district opponents. Come early to cheer on the Lady Pirates, and then head to the football game.
It’s a BYE week for the Pirates, a bit of calm before the storm with District 13-4A opener coming up Sept. 28 at Lovejoy.
Here are a couple of dates/events to get on the calendar . . .
Friday, Sept. 28
*Pirates at Lovejoy ~ 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Lovejoy Stadium
*Whataburger After-Game Gathering, 10 p.m. to midnight ~ After the game, head to Whataburger Murphy for an After-Game Gathering. Whataburger will host the Pirates gathering with 20% of ALL sales from 10 p.m. to midnight (includes drive-through and walk-ins) benefiting the Pirates Football Program. So make plans to stop at Whataburger after the game and support the Pirates!
Monday, Oct. 1
*Brick Builders meeting, 7 p.m., IMPAC classroom ~ We will have a short meeting to go over the Tailgate and breakfast for later that week. All football parents are invited to attend.
Friday, Oct. 5
*Mentor Breakfast @ Dickey's Wylie, 7:15-8:30 a.m., $6.50/person ~ All football players are invited to bring their mentor (dad, uncle, grandpa, friend, coach, mom) to this special breakfast just for the Pirate players at Dickey's. A guest speaker will give a talk on the power of the family. Tickets will be sold in the WHS Athletic Office (Carrie Evans) beginning Thursday. Only 150 tickets are available.
*AHMO Tailgate, 5-7 p.m. ~ The Brick Builder Dads will host the AHMO Tailgate before the Wylie East game. There will be great food and a time for the families to come together before the game.
*A special maroon tee is being created for the Wylie East Game. Sale of the tees begins next week. Watch for updates posted on this website for details on how to get yours!
Woodbridge Golf Club Postgame Show (Week Two)
Brick Builders Meet Monday, Sept. 17
Players of the Week v Mesquite Poteet (Week Two)
Defense ~ Ja'Vareyea Hicks #5 and Preston Burnett #31
Offense ~ Kalen Winkler #4 and Charles Okpoko #12
Special Teams ~ Jarell "JB" Brown #27 and Israel Acuay #74
Non-District Results for District 13-4A Teams (Week Two)
Mesquite Poteet 21
Wylie East 34
Denton Ryan 31
Frisco Heritage 10
McKinney North 21
Frisco Centennial 42
Frisco Liberty 26
Highland Park 35
Royse City 7
Prestonwood Christian 24
Volleyball: Lady Pirates open up District play with 3-0 record
The Lady Pirates move to 3-0 against District 13-4A opponents with wins over Denison, Wylie East and Sherman.
Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Greenville (varsity 6:30)
Friday, Sept. 21, v Royse City (WHS, varsity 5:30)
Tuesday, Sept. 25, v McKinney North (WHS, varsity 6:30)
Friday, Sept. 28, at Lovejoy (varsity 5:30)
Tuesday, Oct. 2, v Denison (WHS, varsity 6:30)
Albertson's Game of the Week: Mesquite Poteet Preview
Two games into the 2012 season and the Pirates have already been battle tested with back-to-back overtime losses on the road at Class 5A Sachse 44-36 and against top-ranked Class 4A West Mesquite 34-33. Despite the setbacks, the Pirates have shown themselves to be hard working and mentally tough.
The final tune-up game prior to the start of District 13-4A play comes tonight (Sept. 14) against Mesquite Poteet in Wylie’s home opener.
Poteet comes in with a 2-0 record and ranked No. 6 among area Class 4A schools in a recent Dallas Morning News poll. They posted wins over Frisco Liberty 35-14 and Arlington Seguin 61-22 and can be expected to come into Friday’s game with a lot of confidence.
They are a well-rounded crew led by a big and mobile signal caller in Tanner Ramsey (6-foot-2, 220). Ramsey has good protection up front and a pack of skill players who can make things happen.
Head coach Bill Howard said receiver Verkedric Vaughns is their playmaker. He has exceptional speed and plays both sides of the ball.
Receiver Buck Rodges and tailback James Swindle are notable performers as well.
Howard said linebacker Demario Dixon is a leader on defense along with team captain Patrick Brackens.
Rodney Douglas is a dangerous return man who returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in Poteet’s opening week.
AHMO Tailgate, 5-7 p.m., Friday, IMPAC Parking Lot
Pirates Fans! Support Your Team and Eat at Cici's Murphy
Eat at Cici’s Murphy and support the Pirates! Every Thursday night during the football season, just mention the Wylie Pirates and eat for just $5 per person. Not only is that a great deal, but Cici's will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Pirates football program. Click here for flyer. Thank you, Cici's!
Hall of Honor Profiles, Richard Parker
T.F. Birmingham High School, Wylie
Richard Parker was an early inductee into the Wylie Hall of Honor as an athlete who distinguished himself on the gridiron and on the basketball court. A 1965 graduate of T.F. Birmingham High School (as Wylie High School was known at the time), he was one of 36 graduates that year.
Parker was the Pirates quarterback in his senior season when famed coach Grady Burnett arrived on the scene and turned the struggling football program around. Under Burnett’s direction, the team went 9-1 that first season but were upset by Frisco in the playoffs.
Parker earned three letters in football and was a two-year starter at quarterback earning all-district honors in his senior year. While he was a good football player, Parker considered himself first and foremost a basketball player.
He said football ran a distant second to basketball in those days.
“We played football just to kill time until basketball season,” he said.
R.C. Dodd coached basketball for many years at Wylie. The little community was renowned for producing excellent girls’ basketball teams. The boys’ teams, while not as successful as the girls, were consistent winners and won the district championship and advanced into the postseason every year that Parker was in high school.
Parker, who played forward, earned three letters in basketball and started two years. He was a two-year all-district selection for his on-court heroics.
After graduation, he laced ‘em up for Austin College until a knee injury ended his playing days. He then worked for a couple of years before enrolling at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce) where he earned a business degree in 1972.
That same year he opened Richard Parker Real Estate in Wylie. With that success, he expanded his business into other areas including Party Barn.
Parker shared an interesting bit of history about the 1960s-era Wylie that claimed a population of 1800 residents. He said Birmingham HS was located on the plot of land that currently backs up to Sonic. A covered walkway connected the high school to Hartman Elementary and the 1965 graduation ceremonies were held in the Hartman cafeteria. Parker said the north end zone of the football field was approximately where Taco Delite stands today and the south end zone was situated near Stone Road.
Parker is a lifelong Wylieite following his parents who came before him – his mother was a 1944 graduate and played basketball for the Lady Pirates – and he has three daughters who also wore the maroon.
“I’ve loved Wylie,” he said. “It’s a dear place. It has good people and always has.”
One of Parker’s proudest accomplishments revolves around the establishment of the Wylie Hall of Honor. When Athletic Director Mark Ball initiated the concept in 1998, Parker was one of the first Wylie alums to climb aboard. He said he and Anita Collins acted as “emcees” when the awards were handed out those first few years. As the organization has taken shape, developed by-laws, and set criteria for recognition, Parker has been a vocal supporter. He served as president for the first 10 years or so before passing the gavel to Dr. Jerry Shaffer two years ago.
Purchase Tickets for Friday’s Home Opener versus Mesquite Poteet
Varsity football tickets will be sold 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.
All general admission tickets are $6 at the gate; $12 reserve seats are also available.
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.
Woodbridge Golf Club Postgame Show (Week One v West Mesquite)
Pirates head coach Bill Howard gives his perspective on Friday's game at West Mesquite and what the Pirates can take away from recent non-district outcomes. Click here to hear the postgame show.
Players of the Week v West Mesquite (Week One)
Offense ~ Erik Betancourt #77, Kalen Winkler #4
Defense ~ Israel Acuay #74, Joseph Ewing #3
Special Teams ~ T’Kevian Rockwell #28, Collin Mathers #30
Statistical Leaders: Offense v West Mesquite (Week One)
Statistical Leaders: Defense v West Mesquite
4 TFL, 2 Sacks, 3 Hurries
2 TFL, 2 Sacks
1 Caused Fumble
2 TFL, 3 Hurries
3 PBU, 1 INT
Pirates at West Mesquite Scoring Summary
West Mesquite 34, Wylie 33 (OT)
WM: Chason Virgil to Raashaan Reason 25-yard pass;
Miguel Garza kick (2:02/1Q) WM 7, Wylie 0
WM: Kameron Miles 2-yard run; Garza kick
(1:16/2Q) WM 14, Wylie 0
Wylie: T’Kevian Rockwell 94-yard kickoff return;
conversion failed(1:04/2Q) WM 14, Wylie 6
WM: Reason 2-yard run; Garza kick
(9:35/3Q) WM 21, Wylie 6
WM: Miles 3-yard run; kick blocked by Divine Rockwell
(5:30/3Q) WM 27, Wylie 6
Wylie: Kalen Winkler 8-yard pass from Carsen Cook;
Christian Salas kick (1:32/3Q) WM 27, Wylie 13
Wylie: Zach Collins 18-yard run; Salas kick
(6:25/4Q) WM 27, Wylie 20
Wylie: Cook 1-yard run; Salas kick
(0:23/4Q) WM 27, Wylie 27
WM: Virgil 25-yard pass to Xavier Young; Garza kick