“They said that a lot of their skill guys play both ways,” said Pierce about what position he will play next fall. “So whatever gets me on the field the fastest.”
After leading Beverly in rushing attempts (97), yards (831) and touchdowns (11) in his junior campaign, Pierce was part of a three-headed-attack with Brendan Flaherty and Isaiah White his senior year. The Panthers rolled to a perfect 13-0 campaign that included the Division 2A Super Bowl championship.
“It didn’t matter to him how many times he carried the ball, he was the same kid. Nothing phased him, he just played,” said Beverly offensive coordinator Roger Day. “He’s a unique kid in this day and age. He was so unselfish and made things happen.”
It was never about the yards or the touchdowns for Pierce, who saw a decline in carries as an opportunity to improve another area of his game. Since Beverly runs the Wing-T offense, when Pierce wasn’t getting the ball the Panthers needed him to block.
“It absolutely helped my blocking skills. Running, more comes naturally, but the blocking side, a lot of the guys are bigger than us so we had to get low and stay low,” noted Pierce. “Lifting and technique came into play. All-around it made me that much better.”
Pierce first saw varsity action as a sophomore the year the Panthers won their first ever Super Bowl and while he only had 343 yards on 48 carries including two touchdowns, he was third on the team in rushing and had garnered the attention of the coaching staff.
His junior season Pierce, had two separate games where he scored five touchdowns including a monster performance in the Panthers 36-35 win over Lynn English.
“I played him as a sophomore because he just had tremendous speed and he got it done no matter how good the team we were playing. He had that tremendous speed that just made it happen,” said Day. “He could turn the game around for you on one play. I always think of him as a game-changer.”