There are a lot of things that make Beverly’s Kenny Pierce a next-level football player.
His blazing speed, big play ability and elite athleticism are just a few of the reasons Pierce scored 26 rushing touchdowns combined in his junior and senior seasons with the Panthers. But it’s his unselfishness that could prove most vital next fall when Pierce suits up for Division 2 St. Anslem’s in the Northeast 10 Conference after Pierce committed to play for the Hawks this past week.
“I think that (unselfishness) in itself will take him far. When you move to the college level you’re going to be playing with all sorts of great players and in a different scheme anyway so to be able to be a team player is huge,” said Beverly head coach Dan Bauer. “Some kids come in and they were the whole team (in high school) and it’s a hard adjustment. Kenny isn’t that type of kid. He’s a great kid who is coachable and that should give him an edge right off the bat.”
Pierce, who has friends at St. A’s, fell in love with the Manchester, New Hampshire campus when he visited and felt at home in the community atmosphere.
“It (the campus) was beautiful, definitely one of the top five I’ve seen. And it’s a wonderful atmosphere. Everyone holds the door for each other,” said Pierce. “I like the whole NE-10. I have a couple friends at St A’s and they love it and that gave me a more in depth look. I really liked it too and realized it’s where I want to be.”
A superb, two-way player in high school, Pierce will look to get on the field anyway he can when he steps foot on campus.