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LSG Preview — Wylie Pirates

Team: Wylie Pirates

District: 8-5A

Coach: Bill Howard (3 years) 21-16 at Wylie 21-16 Overall

Last Years Record: 13-3 overall 4-2 Distirct

2008 Games:
at Lewisville Hebron (8-4) (W 21-14)
vs Arlington Seguin (5-7) (W 52-13)
at Mesquite Horn (4-7) (W 60-21)
vs Garland Rowlett (7-4) (W 45-21)
vs *McKinney Boyd (3-7) (W 44-0)
at *Plano (10-2) (L 31-38)
vs *Dallas Jesuit (3-7) (W 49-31)
at *Plano East (1-9) (W 30-25)
vs *Plano West (5-6) (W 36-21)
at *Allen (15-1) (L 28-31)

Playoffs: Division II Runner-Up
Won 45-7 vs Irving (5-6) -- Bi-District
Won 31-28 vs Lewisville Hebron (8-4) (OT) -- Area
Won 43-20 vs Arlington Bowie (11-2) -- Regionals
Won 31-21 vs Cedar Hill (12-2) -- Quarterfinals
Won 23-7 vs Copperas Cove (13-2) -- Semifinals
Lost 3-17 vs Katy (13-3) -- Championship

Returning Lettermen: 17

Returning Starters: Offense: 5 Defense: 6

Key Players:
RB Nick Knott 1502 yards 24 TDs rushing
WR Colby Harper 87-993 yards 9 TDs receiving
TE Noah Chesier 6-3, 225, 4.7 39-139 10 TDs rushing 23-276 12.0 avg 1 TD receiving
C Paul Finnie Committed to Rice
G Ethan Linton
DT Alvaro Umana
LB Toby Ball 6-0, 205, 4.65 159 tackles 5 TFL 3 sacks
DB Zach Lowe 4 INTs

Notes:
No one expected Wylie to go from 5-6 in 2007 to the state championship game in 2008. What do the Pirates have in store for us this season. With Knott, Harper and Chesier behind a good offensive line leading the offense and Ball dominating on the defensive side, can they make it back to back appearances at the state championship game? They play is a very tough district battling Allen and Plano for the district 8-5A championship. Look for them to go 7-3 or 8-2 for the regular season and be a tough out in the playoffs. It will be tough to duplicate what they did last season because now they are the hunted and not the hunter.

History:
Playoff Appearances (18) 1941,71,76,77,78,79,81,83,84,85,86,87,2002,03,04,05,07,08
Bi-District -- 1941, 83, 2007
Area -- 1984, 85, 86, 87
Regionals -- 1971, 76, 2003
Quarterfinals -- 1981, 2002, 04, 05
Semifinals -- 1979
State Runner Up -- 1978,2008
State Champions -- 1977

Championship History: Wylie (3) 1-2
1977 2A - Wylie 22, Bellville 14
1978 2A - Sealy 42, Wylie 20
2008 5A Division II Katy 17, Wylie 3

Last 5 year record: 41-24

Last 10 year record: 78-44

By: Michael Wright
Lone Star Gridiron
www.lonestargridiron.com

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