“Number 46 Drew Myers on the carry for three yards,” it says over the P.A. system at Ron Poe Stadium in McKinney, Texas on an unexpectedly chilly Thursday night.
This ordinarily would be the typical call you would expect to hear at your local Friday night football feast but this was no ordinary call.
This call over the p.a. announcing the unnoteworthy result of the Wylie Pirates’ first play from scrimmage went ignored by many but for the fans of AHMO Football, it sent chills and a light rumble through the thick ‘visiting’ crowd. You see, Drew Myers, a junior at Wylie High School, had suffered a stroke less than a week ago. He was very much in the thoughts of all his teammates yet most visibly in the form of this #46 uniform being worn in support by Drew’s friend of many years, Victor Jones, Jr.
Jones, the Pirates leading rusher and receiver, delivered a memorable night for all in attendance. Normally, the calls of ‘number 11 on the carry’ and ‘number 11 in for the score’ rang, but on this night, the retorts of the exploits of this #46 roared loudly through what was formerly Lions Stadium. His 28 yard scamper early in the second quarter brought the crowded visitor’s side to their feet as Wylie ran to the games first points. After inspired play from the defense gave the ball back to the Pirate’s offense, Jones soon collected his second six pack on the way to an unforgettable evening.
The 13-8 halftime score was about the only thing more unusual than the scene of blankets, coats and flying crickets that littered the stadium. A 36 yard td run by Jones and extra point just over a minute into the second half made the score 20-8 and again you could feel the ‘something special’ that was in the air. On the Pirates next possession, #46 took the hand off left tackle for an eye-opening 75 yard td burst through three Lion defenders that extended the lead to 27-8. Jones finished the night with 198 yards on, ironically, just 11 carries and 4 touchdowns as Wylie was victorious 41-22.
While all who know Jones would agree that he always plays and runs hard, this was a little different. This had a little more meaning than just the first district game. It was refreshing to see someone do something that they love with even more intensity and more passion, not for themselves, but for the honor and love of someone else. On a night that ‘featured’ the yellow flag 29 times, Jones’ ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ is certainly an infraction that I wouldn’t mind seeing more often.