By Greg Ford
The Pirates did quite a bit of pillaging Friday evening, as they sailed into Greenville to confront the Lions and left with a 58-10 victory.
The triumph improved Wylie’s record to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in District 13-4A. Next up is Friday’s Homecoming game against McKinney North, which is also 2-1 in district following a 48-45 win over Lovejoy.
Currently, Denison leads 13-4A at 3-0, with Wylie, Wylie East, McKinney North each a game behind them at 2-1.
“McKinney North is a good ball club. Every game is a big one in this district because there is a logjam, and we have to keep pushing every day,” Wylie head coach Bill Howard said.
On Friday, the Pirates produced 516 yards of offense against an outmanned Lions’ team, which is currently 0-6 and 0-3.
More than half that total, 356 yards, came through the air. Carsen Cook produced most of that, going 33-for-42 for 335 yards with two touchdowns. Dylan Riley was 1-for-1 for 21 yards with a touchdown.
The team’s top receiver was Kameron Kelly, who snared 10 balls for 115 yards.
“We played pretty decent. Greenville is a team that is struggling,” Howard said
He added, “We were very consistent in our passing game. We still need to improve in our running game. That was Greenville’s strength, stopping the run.”
Wylie gained 160 yards on 36 attempts, with Dontae Slay gaining 60 yards on eight carries, including a 49-yard touchdown run to end the game.
The offensive success made things easier for Wylie’s defense, which surrendered just 186 yards and only seven first downs. Ja’Vareyea Hicks led the unit with six tackles, with fellow inside linebacker Devon Hughes and linemen Divine Rockwell and Ryan Beattie each adding five.
“I thought that our defense stepped up and played much better last night,” Howard said
The large margin of victory also meant plenty of backups saw some playing time, which could benefit the Pirates later this season.
“We got to evaluate a lot of kids. That’s always a positive. Everybody played a lot,” Howard said
The coach added, “When you play everybody on the team, it helps them evaluate themselves. It builds depth.”
Darius Carter opened the scoring Friday with a seven-yard reception from Cook. After Lions cut things to 7-3 with a field goal, the Pirates then went to work, scoring four unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter for a 35-3 halftime lead.
Michael Kloza got things going with 20-yard fumble return, which was followed by Slay’s 1-yard run, a seven-yard pass from Cook to Alex Wesley and Cook’s 1-yard run.
Kevin Tran added an 11-yard run in the third quarter, with Riley and Romello Keck hooking up for a 21-yard score in the fourth quarter.
The freshman White team defeated Greenville 13-6, with Austin Breen scoring the only touchdown on a 4-yard run. Easton Orr kicked one extra point and two field goals.
Meanwhile, the freshman Maroon recorded a 17-6 win over the Lions behind a pair of rushing touchdowns from Travis Price and Nick Griffin, with Wariebi Jituboh kicking a field in the first quarter.
The Wylie junior varsity also was successful, beating Greenville 31-21.