The Orange Leader
When you think of the Orangefield Bobcats going into the 2013 football season, there is no “W’ in the school’s name or mascot.
However, it wouldn’t be the same without the wonderful, well-rounded Wiley brothers.
Both Carl and Carmichael Wiley will play key roles on both sides of the ball for Coach Josh Smalley’s Bobcats, just like last year. However, they will bring a lot of senior leadership to a squad that seeks its first playoff appearance since 2003.
“We want to be part of a group that leaves a mark and makes the playoffs,” said Carmichael. “It’s hard to believe it’s been since 2003. We’ve really got a good group with a lot of experience back. I really like our chances.”
“We not only want to make the playoffs, we want to prove ourselves in district too,” said Wiley. “They take the top four now. But we don’t want to finish there, we want to finish much higher and I think we have the guys that can do it.”
Both the Wileys are two-way threats.
Carl, after rushing for 500 yards as a sophomore in 2011, was a workhorse in the Bobcats’ Slot-T offense last season as he darted for 1,074 yards and 12 touchdowns on 168 carries, picked up All-District 21-3A honors in the process. He also played a lot at defensive back and linebacker.
Carmichael played some at running back, rushing for over 200 yards and a TD and made an impact on the defensive side of the ball, making All-District at cornerback.
The two brothers will be involved together a lot more on offense this year. Carmichael will play some at both quarterback and running back. He’s been sharing duties at QB with junior Matthew Kress.
“It’s been kinda fun playing quarterback and having a chance to hand off to your brother and throw a pass out to him,” said Carmichael. “I just love the opportunity to be out on the field the same time as he is, whether it’s at quarterback or running back or on defense. Matthew is a pretty good quarterback too, I just want to help the team be successful, no matter where I play.”
“It’s been great watching Carmichael do what he can do,” said Carl. “We’ve been playing together so long and to watch the way he’s improved every year is pretty awesome.”
Carl would love to put together back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns.
“Hopefully I can do it again but I’m about whatever it takes to help this team get to the playoffs,” said Carl. “We’ve got some great guys coming back, especially the big guys on the offensive line. I just want to do my best, keep the chains moving and getting the ball down the field. That’s what we do best.”
Carl is the older of the two. He’s 17 while Carmichael is 16.
“There’s not much of an age difference but I do get a lot of inspiration from Carl,” said Carmichael. “I remember when I always seemed to be on the ‘B’ Team when I was in junior high and he was on the ‘A’ and he always encouraged me to hang in there.”
“I may be the big brother but I’ve always looked at us as equals,” said Carl. “Growing up, we’ve always been competitive with each other. If he beat me at something, we’d keep going until I finally beat him and he is the same way.”
Both players will be far from done when the season is over. Both will be back on the varsity on the basketball team and both excel at track as well.
First things first, though, it’s all about the gridiron season right now.
“We have goals we want to accomplish and as a senior, you want to go out in style,” said Carl.
“I really like our chances and I don’t want to see it end this year for us because as seniors we’re all tight, and I’m going to miss these guys,” said Carmichael. “We want to go as far as we can and we’ve got a team that can really do well if we put it all together.”