Wylie remains upbeat after upset loss to Denison


ABILENE, Texas - The Wylie Bulldogs are trying to rebound this week after a 24-23 loss at Class 5A Denison last Friday night.

Wylie, which dropped from 8th to 10th in Monday's AP Class 4A poll, committed 11 penalties and three turnovers in the loss. Even with the mistakes the Bulldogs still had a chance at the end of the game, but missed a 48-yard field goal.

But the team is taking the mindset that this loss isn't going to change how they want their season to go.

"If a loss in a non-district football game is the worst thing that ever happens to you, then you're going to have a nice life," smiled head coach Hugh Sandifer.

"We didn't turn our equipment in. It isn't like losing in the playoffs or losing district games. Our kids are disappointed, and it knocks you back a little bit, but you just go back to work."

In 2016 the Bulldogs lost in week two against Class 5A Lubbock Monterey, and then ran off 12 straight victories.

They hope the Denison loss could be another kick-start.

"Traditionally, we respond to a loss in non-district," said Sandifer. "Our kids have a maturity level to understand that it's non-district football and we're playing somebody good every week.

"That will be a big key for us this week. Learn from this, put it behind us and let's go play. I feel confident we'll be a better team this Friday than we were last week."

Wylie will have another long road trip as it travels to Argyle, which is ranked 4th in Class 4A, on Friday night at 7:30.

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