Albertson's Game of the Week: Pirates v West Mesquite Preview
The Pirates travel to Mesquite Memorial Stadium Friday to take on West Mesquite. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
The two teams have built a considerable rivalry over the last few years and have traded victories repeatedly; most notably in the 2010 season when the Wranglers won an early-season, non-district match on a last-second FG, but fell to the Pirates 38-30 in the third round of the playoffs. Wylie came out on top 16-6 in a 2011 contest.
West Mesquite comes into the 2012 season ranked third in Class 4A by the Dallas Morning News. In their season opener, they blew up Rockwall 43-17 scoring on four of their first five possessions.
The combination of a very fast, senior-laden defense and an explosive young offense was too much for the Yellow Jackets to overcome.
Pirates head coach Bill Howard said, “(West Mesquite) has as good a defense as we will see this year.”
The offense is led by sophomore QB Chason Virgil. In the Rockwall game, he threw for over 300 yards completing 70 percent of passes and rushed for another 50 yards. Howard said they have receivers who will “go get the ball” when it’s thrown their way. Receiver William Stanley had a standout performance last week.
Tailback Raashaan Reason averaged seven yards per carry and he is an explosive return man, breaking one kickoff return for a 99-yard touchdown against Rockwall.
Pirates on the Radio
The Pirates travel to Mesquite Memorial Stadium tonight, Sept. 7, where they take on the West Mesquite Wranglers. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
At home or at the game, you can keep up with the action. Click the Listen Live feature on your desktop to hear the game broadcast at home or you can listen on the radio inside the stadium. Scoring updates will be posted on the Pirates Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AHMOfootball and on twitter at www.twitter.com/AHMOfootball; both Facebook and Twitter feeds are linked to this Pirates mobi website as well.
Broadcast Note: Tonight's "in stadium" FM broadcast will be available on 95.5 FM for fans at Memorial Stadium. Please be advised that because of the KEOM 88.5 FM radio tower in the south end zone, 95.5 FM, and all other frequencies may be rendered useless because of the interference. Radio frequency interference is a funny thing, especially when one is directly beneath the tower. Thanks for your patience.
JV Pics versus West Mesquite
Check out the JV game pics under Photos, file 9-6-12 jv
Hall of Honor Profiles, Coach Jerry Shaffer
The Wylie Sports Hall of Honor was established in 1998 under then Athletic Director Mark Ball and with the help of local community leaders. Its stated purpose is to “recognize and honor athletic achievement, scholarship, community service and character.”
Coach Jerry Shaffer was inducted into the Hall in 1999 with the second class of inductees. While he is most famous as the head coach who led the Pirates to the state title in 1977 (and having a football stadium named in his honor), Shaffer’s achievements away from football are equally outstanding.
Shaffer’s coaching career began in 1963 at Rockwall High, a year the Yellow Jackets won a state title.
He accepted the head coaching position at Wylie in 1974 and stayed on until 1987. During those years, the Pirates averaged over eight wins per season, a run that included 10 district championships. Back then, only the district champ advanced into the postseason.
After his years coaching in Wylie, he became the athletic director at Carrollton-Farmers Branch where he served seven years. He stepped away from athletics in the 1990s and took a position teaching in Farmersville ISD while he also ventured into the home construction business.
He has been back teaching at Wylie High School since 2008. Although he has worked elsewhere, Shaffer has lived in Wylie continuously since taking that first coaching position here.
Shaffer said he had not initially planned to get into coaching. He had played quarterback at Leonard High School. It was later while studying physics at Austin College that he started to reconsider his options for the future.
“I didn’t think I had football out of my blood, so I thought I would try my hand at coaching,” he said.
He completed his physics degree, then began teaching physics and coaching at Rockwall. After serving two years there, Shaffer changed course. An opportunity came up under a program at the National Science Foundation and he was among 40 people nationwide selected for a specialized program at Purdue University where he earned a Masters in Physics. After graduation, he worked for a time in research.
He returned to coaching in 1971 at Sherman. After three years, he made his move to Wylie where he was head coach and athletic director. During his tenure at Wylie, Shaffer earned a PhD in physics and education administration at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce) in 1990.
He said the highlight of his coaching career has been those two state championships. Academically, the shining moment was his 1966 induction in the National Physics Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma.
Shaffer is currently the chairman of the Board of Governors for the Hall of Honor. He and wife Ollene have been married 37 years.
Dickey's BBQ Coach's Show (Sept. 5)
Pirates head coach Bill Howard and sportscaster Scot Harrison discuss last Friday's game at Sachse as well as the upcoming contest with West Mesquite.________________________________________
Game Schedules versus West Mesquite
Thursday - 9/6
5:30pm ~ FreshWhite vs West Mesquite
@ AC New Middle School
7pm ~ Fresh Maroon vs West Mesquite
@ AC New Middle School
6pm ~ JV Black vs West Mesquite
@ Wylie Stadium
Friday - 9/7
7:30pm ~ Varsity vs West Mesquite
@ Memorial Stadium
Statistical Leaders: Offense v Sachse
Statistical Leaders: Defense v Sachse
1 TFL, 1 Sack
Players of the Week (Zero Week)
Offense ~ Carsen Cook #18 and Leland Dotson #9
Defense ~ Isaiah Hunt #24 and Joseph Ewing #3
Special Teams ~ Zack Myers #15 and Johnathon Copley #51
Game Pics are Up from Sachse Game
Click here to view game pics from Friday's game versus Sachse.
Woodbridge Golf Club Postgame Show (Zero Week)
Get Pirates head coach Bill Howard's take on Friday's game versus Sachse with interviewer Derek Draper. Click here to go directly to the audio show.
On the Friday Night Grass, Pirates Fall to Mustangs in Overtime
Sachse claimed a 44-36 overtime victory over the Pirates in Friday’s season opener. A back-and-forth affair from the start, the game was tied three times and featured four lead changes. It was clear from the start that both teams were fully invested and neither was willing to back down. That trend continued to the last play of the game.
The Pirates scored easily on their first drive that took just 1:53 off the clock when QB Kameron Kelly (junior) scampered 24 yards around the left side for the Pirates first score. Sachse had to work a little harder to even the score on their first series, but Wylie regained a 14-7 lead immediately. On the first play from scrimmage, Kelly dropped back and launched the deep ball to WR Freddy Gibbs who took it down the right sideline for the 65-yard score.
Sachse led 16-14 at the end of a very long first quarter with a touchdown and a safety to their credit.
A banged-up Kelly came out of the game late in the first quarter and was replaced by Carsen Cook. The sophomore is credited with a 1-yard run that put Wylie ahead 21-14, and Zack Myers carried in from two yards out to give Wylie a 28-14 advantage with 4:16 remaining in the half.
Sachse slipped in a last touchdown with 26 seconds to go in the half. Wylie led 28-23, but Mustangs had the ball first to start the third quarter and added six to pull ahead 29-28.
Cook connected with WR Leland Dotson with a 9-yard pass into the end zone, and WR Alex Pina-Rhoden battled for the ball on the 2-point conversion to give Wylie their final lead of the game 36-28 with 11:14 to go. The Mustangs tied it up 36-36 with just 34 seconds remaining in the contest.
Sachse started with the ball in the overtime period. QB Kent Myers went over the top for the go-ahead score. A mishandled snap on the extra point turned into an improvised 2-point conversion that provided the opponent a little extra cushion.
Wylie had opportunities to answer. Cook connected with Pina-Rhoden on 4th and 13 to give the Pirates a fresh set of downs at the 1-yard line, but they couldn’t punch it in.
Game stats (offensive and defensive stats) will be posted once they become available.
Scoring Summary, Pirates at Sachse
Scoring Summary, Pirates at Sachse
Wylie ~ Kameron Kelly 24-run (Christian Salas Kick), 10:07/1Q; W7, S0
Wylie ~ Cook to Leland Dotson 9-pass, conversion to Alex Pina-Rhoden, 11:14/4Q; W36, S29
Sachse ~ 35-pass, 00:34/4Q; W36, S36
Sachse ~ Myers run, 2-point conversion; W36, S44
Final ~ Sachse 44, Wylie 36
Zero Week Scores from Other District 13-4A Members
Lovejoy 53, Frisco Heritage 14
Wylie East 52, Red Oak 21
Greenville 13, Princeton 33
McKinney North 17, Newman Smith 21
Denison 9, Frisco Centennial 45
Sherman 57, Little Elm 56
Royse City 6, Forney 31
Check out the Dickey's BBQ Coach's Show
Friday's Game Preview versus Sachse
Aug. 31, 2012
7:30 p.m. Kickoff
The Mustangs had the most successful season of their short history after posting an 8-3 record in 2011. The newest high school in Garland ISD, Sachse High opened in 2002 and graduated their first class in 2005.
A promising start to Sachse’s 2010 campaign ended in disappointment when they narrowly missed the postseason, but they brought back a full squad in 2011, advanced into the playoffs for the first time, and made it into the second round.
That road to Mustangs glory began with a 30-16 victory over Wylie in the 2011 season opener. The Pirates will be looking for a different outcome when the teams meet Friday night at Williams Stadium.
Sachse graduated a lot of experience from last year’s squad including six athletes that moved into FBS ranks.
In 2012, both teams have plenty of new faces.
“It’ll be a learning experience for both teams,” said Pirates head coach Bill Howard.
Sachse comes in with a new quarterback in Kent Myers, a junior who has been molded to take over the reins.
Howard said they are well coached with a "quarterback who can run" and a pair of good tailbacks. The offensive line is an area of consistency for the Mustangs year in and year out and Howard said he anticipates that will continue. They are solid on defense, said Howard.
Other Notable Zero Week Games:
Lovejoy at Frisco Heritage
Wylie East v Red Oak
Greenville v Princeton
McKinney North at Newman Smith (Thurs)
Denison v Frisco Centennial
Sherman at Little Elm
Royse City at Forney
Game Schedules versus Sachse
5:30 p.m. ~ Freshmen White @ Sachse High School
7 p.m. ~ Freshmen Maroon @ Sachse High School
5:30 p.m. ~ JV Gray @ Wylie Stadium
7 p.m. ~ JV Black @ Wylie Stadium
7:30 pm Varsity @ Williams Stadium
Pirates Captains 2012
“A Captain on a football team is a special
honor because you are voted on by your peers.
A Captain is someone others will follow and
has the ability to lead with character and class,”
said Pirates head coach Bill Howard.
Pirates’ captains for 2012 are Freddy Gibbs, Zach Myers, Kalen Winkler and Preston Burnett. All four are seniors and returning lettermen exemplified by their work ethic, love of the game and dedication to team.
Gibbs is a three-year starter at receiver with height (6-3) and exceptional speed.
Myers earns his second varsity letter at linebacker and is distinguished as the teams’ strongest man.
Winkler picked up multiple starts at receiver in 2011; he is supremely focused with tremendous hands.
Burnett, who is a two-year starter at defensive back, is a savvy and mature athlete with speed and body control.
“I believe all four of our Captains have the ability to lead, each one a little different,” said Howard. “Freddy with experience, Zack with true grit, Kalen with hard work, and Preston with determination. They all have all these traits and are very good young men.”
Ticket Information for Wylie at Sachse, Aug. 31
Pirates at Sachse (Garland Williams Stadium)
Friday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Advance tickets can be purchased on the internet from the Garland Independent School District Athletic Office with no convenience fee added.
All tickets on the visitors’ side will be general admission.
All tickets are $7 at the gate
Season Passes for all WISD football games are on sale in the WISD Athletic Office. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8-noon and 1-4.
2012-2013 All-Sports Passes can be purchased in the WISD Athletic Office. Passes are good for all WISD home games except varsity football.
Pirate Cards on Sale Now
Pirates football players are now selling the 2012 Pirate Cards for $20.
With the card, Pirate supporters can get discounts on oil changes, local dining and car detailing among other goods and services. Cards are valid through Sept. 2013.
Show your support for our Pirates and our local businesses by purchasing a Pirate card today.
Listen to 2012 Inaugural Bill Howard Show
How will the 2012 season unfold for the Wylie Pirates? Get it straight from Pirates head coach Bill Howard in the inaugural Bill Howard Show. Click here to link directly to the audio.
Note: Android users may need to enable "plug-ins" to listen to the Coach's Show. Follow these directions when in Mobi on the Android: 1) Click the “menu” button bottom left of phone, 2) click "more," 3) Click "settings," 4) Click "enable plug-ins," 5) Click “always on”
Meet the Pirate: Freddy Gibbs, Receiver
As the only three-year starter on the Pirates squad, receiver Freddy Gibbs has experienced some of the greatest highs and most disappointing lows possible in high school football.
As a sophomore, Gibbs was a member of the state semi-finalist team that posted sensational wins over West Mesquite and Tyler John Tyler along the way. He also experienced the letdown of not reaching the postseason the following year.
Speaking of the 2010 team, Gibbs said, “We had a lot of team chemistry. We had some leaders that wouldn’t allow the team to slack off. Last year we didn’t have that and we suffered from it.”
Expectations are high that the Pirates will be back on top for 2012 in the newly realigned District 13-4A. Optional summer strength and conditioning camp has been well attended and team members are holding one another accountable.
Gibbs said it was an honor to be on varsity as a sophomore.
“I was excited but I had to keep my head small,” he said.
He said he remembers the excitement of catching that first pass as a varsity player.
Gibbs has also earned multiple varsity letters in basketball and track.
Football Brick Builders Meet Aug. 23
Brick Builders will meet Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. in the IMPAC Classroom.
Meet the Pirates Family Fun Night, Friday
Varsity Football Parent Meeting and Senior Parent/Player Picture
Friday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m., Stadium
Varsity football parents: Please join us at 8pm at the stadium to go over the many ways you can be involved this season.
Senior Parents: We will take parent/player picture at this time. Please wear either a white solid colored shirt. The boys will wear their maroon jerseys. The photographer will take individual parent/player pictures as well.