Category: Wylie Bulldogs

GAME STORY: Special teams lift Wylie past Canutillo and into state quarterfinals

FORT STOCKTON — It’s time to hang the “Football in December” banner at Hugh Sandifer Stadium.

The Wylie football team continued its postseason run through the Region I-5A Division II bracket with a thrilling 21-18 win over Canutillo at Fort Stockton’s Panther Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

After the game, Wylie players were quick to admit that they knew the last time the banner went up was in 2016 when the Bulldogs lost 31-17 to Carthage in the Class 4A Division I state championship.

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FEATURE: Clutch Wylie Bulldogs comfortable with game on the line

It may seem obvious, but pressure situations are described as such because of the increased stress put on teams trying to perform in the late stages of close games.

Playing in “crunch time” is supposed to make things more difficult.

Apparently no one ever bothered to inform the Wylie football team of this.

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GAME STORY: Wylie scores 20 points in final five minutes to rally past Colleyville Heritage in area round

GRAPEVINE — After Wylie quarterback KJ Long’s fourth-down pass was intercepted with less than six minutes remaining and his team trailing Colleyville Heritage 40-30, there was a sigh of relief on the home side of Mustang-Panther Stadium.

It was clear from the reaction to Bryson Burgess’ pick that most in the Panthers’ cheering section and on the Heritage sideline thought that was the knockout blow in a wild Region I-5A Division II area-round matchup.

It was also clear from that reaction that those same people hadn’t followed Wylie’s season closely enough.

The Panthers’ hadn’t broken the Bulldogs’ fighting spirit, they’d ignited it. And after forcing and recovering a fumble on the very next play, Wylie sandwiched a pair of clutch touchdown drives around a huge fourth-down stop to escape Grapevine with a thrilling 50-40 win and earn a region semifinals date next week with Canutillo.

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FEATURE: Senior end Price a steady leader for rapidly improving Wylie defense

Wylie defensive end Ryan Price has had a lot put on his plate this season.

As one of just three returning starters from last year’s defense — and the top returning producer after tallying 61 tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks for that unit — the 6-foot-1, 230-pound senior was tasked with leading a young Bulldogs defense through a minefield of a schedule that would test both its ability and resolve.

Through his steady — and sometimes spectacular — play and rock-solid example, Price has shouldered that weight well. And in doing so, he’s been a key part of a defensive transformation that has the Bulldogs riding a six-game winning streak into Friday’s area-round playoff matchup at Colleyville Heritage.

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GAME STORY: Cisco girls open Pug Parris Classic with win over Cooper

Kyla Speights gave the Cooper girls basketball team a 3-0 lead early against Cisco as both teams began the Pug Parris Classic at Cougar Gym on Thursday night, but the Lady Loboes rebounded quickly on their way to a 52-34 win.

Braley Brunson and Brooklyn Hurtado led Cisco with 16 and 11 points, respectively, while Speights’ 14 points led the Lady Cougars.

Having scrimmaged each other already, both coaches knew what they would get from the other squad.

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CLASS 4A/5A BI-DISTRICT REPORT: Big Country teams combine to go 6-1 in strong opening-round showing

REGION I-4A DIV. I

Big Spring 38, El Paso Riverside 35 — The Steers pulled out and absolute thriller over the District 1-4A DI champion Rangers, scoring the winning points on a wild fourth-and-10 play with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game.

Quarterback Gavin Padron, who passed for 230 yards and three touchdowns, evaded multiple sack attempts with some creative scrambling in the backfield before heaving it up running Kavien Ford in the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown hookup. That ended a back-and-forth that saw three lead changes in the final 15 minutes.

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GAME STORY: Wylie blasts El Paso High 54-14 to claim first playoff win as Class 5A program

Coach Clay Martin’s Wylie Bulldogs kicked off the playoffs in dominating fashion Thursday night, starting fast and never letting up in a 54-14 win over El Paso High. 

Playing on its home field after earning the District 2-5A Division II title outright, WHS turned a Blake Borho interception on the first play from scrimmage into a 42-yard scoring drive, and it was off to the races from there as the Bulldogs claimed their first playoff win as a Class 5A program.

Wylie led 21-0 after one quarter and 41-7 at halftime, allowing Martin to play the bulk of his roster on the way to his first postseason victory as a head football coach.

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Big Country Preps Boys Basketball Position Rankings: Posts

After highlighting the Big Country’s top guards and forwards the past two nights, we now take a look at the area’s best big men.

For the final installment in our three-part boys basketball position rankings series, we rank the Big Country’s top 10 post players.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading through our rankings, and make sure to check back for all our boys and girls basketball coverage this season.

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FEATURE: Confidence, competitive fire fuel breakout season for Wylie QB Long

Coming into the season, few knew what to expect out of Wylie quarterback KJ Long. 

The senior signal caller had thrown just five career passes and recorded a single rush attempt at the varsity level before this year, making him a virtual unknown to all but those closest to the WHS program.

Even Bulldogs coach Clay Martin wasn’t entirely sure what he would get out of the 5-foot-8, 155 pound playmaker. So the fact that Long has undeniably been one of the top quarterbacks in all of the Big Country this fall has been a pleasant development, indeed.

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Big Country Preps Boys Basketball Position Rankings: Guards

With boys basketball season beginning this week, it’s time to shine a spotlight on some of the players you’ll be reading about throughout the 2022-23 season.

For the first installment in a three-part series that will cover all positions on the area boys basketball scene, we’ll be taking a look at the Big Country’s top guards, ranking our top 10 with a list of others to watch this winter.

We hope you enjoy reading through our list.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Wylie safety Wright takes top honors with three fourth-quarter picks

If it’s true that big-time players make big-time plays in big moments, few had a stronger claim to that “big-time” title this past week than Wylie sophomore Hayden Wright.

The Bulldogs free safety not only came through with three interceptions in his team’s 20-10 District 2-5A Division I title-clinching win over crosstown rival Cooper, he recorded all three picks in the fourth quarter as Wylie was trying to hold off a late Cougar rally.

For that effort, which saw him snatch his fourth, fifth and sixth interceptions of the season, the young playmaker has been named the Big Country Preps Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 5.

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DISTRICT 2-5A DIV. II WEEK 11 REPORT: Wylie tops Cooper for outright title; Palo Duro claims fourth playoff spot

Wylie 20, Cooper 10 — The Bulldogs capped a perfect run through district play with their first-ever win over Cougars, locking up their first district championship as a Class 5A program with the victory.

Wylie (7-3, 5-0) outgained Cooper 372-310, racing out to a 14-3 halftime lead on their way to the win. Cooper (5-5, 3-2) trimmed the deficit to 14-10 with a touchdown in the third quarter, but a long touchdown pass from KJ Long to Derrick with 5:53 remaining in the fourth sealed the win for the Bulldogs.

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GAME STORY: Wylie clinches outright district title with first-ever win over Cooper

Friday was a night of firsts for the Wylie football team.

Sitting at 0-3 all time against crosstown rival Cooper heading into Friday night’s matchup at Hugh Sandifer Stadium, the Bulldogs outlasted the Cougars for a thrilling 20-10 win to claim their first victory over CHS and clinch their first outright district title as a Class 5A program.

After racing out to a 14-3 halftime lead, the Bulldogs saw their advantage cut to four points late in the third quarter. But a 76-yard touchdown hookup from KJ Long to Derrick Evans with just six minutes remaining gave Wylie a cushion, and sophomore safety Hayden Wright protected it with his last two of three fourth-quarter interceptions — both occurring in the end zone.

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Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Position Rankings: Posts

After focusing on the top guards and forwards the Big Country has to offer the past two nights, it’s time to shift our attention to the paint.

For the final installment in our three-part position rankings series, we list our top-10 post players for the 2022-23 season.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading through these rankings, and make sure to come back next week when we’ll feature the top boys basketball players in the Big Country.

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Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Position Rankings: Forwards

After kicking off our girls basketball position rankings series with the guards on Tuesday, we now turn our attention to the forwards.

For the second installment in our three-part series, we rank the area’s top 10 players at that position with some others to watch for in 2022-23.

We hope you enjoy our list.

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Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Position Rankings: Guards

With the girls basketball season upon us, it’s time to take a look at the local and area players who will be making the biggest impact for their teams during the 2022-23 season.

For the first installment in a three-part series that will cover all positions, we’ll be focusing on the Big Country’s top guards, ranking our top 10 with a list of others to watch this season.

As with any such list, these rankings are subjective. We hope you enjoy reading through our selections.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brock junior takes the award with one big half of play

Every now and then, two quarters of playing time is enough to have a enormous impact. That was the case several times last week in a Friday night filled with lopsided finals throughout the area.

Topping that list: Our BCP Player of the Week, junior running back Brett Tutter, who helped lead Brock to a 77-27 win over Ponder. 

Tutter got only 16 carries in two quarters of play, but finished with an eye-popping 318 yards and five touchdowns as Brock (5-4, 4-0 District 4-3A DI) earned its fifth straight win after an 0-4 start. 

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DISTRICT 2-5A DIV. II WEEK 10 REPORT: Cooper, Wylie win to set up big ‘Southtown’ clash this week

Cooper 54, Lubbock High 7 — The Cougars made quick work of the Westerners, scoring 30 first-quarter points and building a 44-0 halftime lead on their way to a Senior Night blowout.

Cooper (5-4, 3-1), which outgained Lubbock High 390-151, had a shutout until the 1:27 mark of the fourth quarter, when Zeke Rodriguez scored on a two-yard run to finally put the Westerners (2-7, 0-4) on the board.

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GAME STORY: Wylie clinches share of district title with heart-stopping win over Palo Duro

AMARILLO — On Sept. 23, the Wylie football team suffered a heartbreaking 63-61 loss to San Angelo Central on a Hail Mary at the buzzer.

Friday night, clinging to a 27-24 lead over Amarillo Palo Duro in District 2-5A Division II play at Dick Bivins Stadium, the Bulldogs faced another Hail Mary attempt.

This time, Wylie was on the right end of it as Liam Cisneros pulled down an interception, giving the Bulldogs the win and at least a share of the district championship for the first time as a Class 5A program. The Bulldogs last won a district title in 2016 and will look to claim the outright title next week in the Southtown Showdown against crosstown rival Cooper at Hugh Sandifer Stadium.

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GAME STORY: Wylie stuns Lubbock Cooper with Senior Night sweep

The Wylie volleyball team entered Tuesday’s District 4-5A volleyball match against Lubbock Cooper with nothing tangible on the line.

The Lady Bulldogs were already locked into the league’s No. 2 playoff seed and a date with Amarillo Caprock in next week’s bi-district round when they took the floor for their Senior Night match against the district champions.

Making matters tougher, the Lady Pirates had only lost one set over the past seven weeks entering their match at Bulldog Gymnasium.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Zephyr running back brings home Player of the Week honors

With some people projecting Zephr as an underdog in last week’s game with Sidney, very few people were expecting ZHS to provide us with the Big Country Preps Player of the Week.

Nonetheless, here we are.

Zephyr senior running back Jayden Millican takes the spotlight after rushing for 285 yards and six touchdowns in a 68-20 win over over Sidney. But he wasn’t finished there.

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DISTRICT 2-5A DIV. II WEEK 9 REPORT: Wylie, Cooper and Rider all pick up blowout wins

Wylie 43, Lubbock High 0 — The Bulldogs stayed perfect in district play with a shutout win over the Westerners, outgaining LHS 361-111 in a game they controlled from start to finish.

Wylie (5-3, 3-0) got off to a bit of a slow start, scoring its only first-quarter touchdown with 4:30 remaining in that period, but the Bulldogs led 27-0 by halftime and tacked on 16 more points after the break.

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