, Salem, MA


November 26, 2012

Unselfish Pierce highly productive for Panthers


Flaherty has amassed 1,070 yards and 12 touchdowns on 117 carries, White has produced 666 yards and six scores on 79 touches, and Abate has done his part by accumulating 270 yards and five TDs on 48 carries.

“I think we all have our own style in the offense and I really like how he (Pierce) uses his speed to his advantage,” Flaherty said. “He makes good cuts when he needs to, but he’s also a tough runner even though he’s got the speed. I think he’s pretty well-rounded.”

Beverly’s running backs have produced a ton of big plays while helping the Panthers complete a perfect 11-0 regular season. But in a stable full of power hitters, Pierce may be the biggest home run threat.

“He keeps defenses so honest because he’s so capable of breaking a big play every time he touches it. It’s crazy what his average is for every time he touches the ball,” Day said. “He’s tough and aggressive and he’s just another piece so we can attack from anywhere. Teams can’t gang up on any other guys. You really have to pay attention to him or he’ll hurt you really bad.”

Flaherty is typically the player opposing defenses will focus on, but Pierce is a huge reason why teams can’t stack the box to shut him down.

Over-commit to Flaherty, and you’ll be trying to catch Pierce’s license plate number as he sprints to paydirt.

Pierce is an outside runner, but he’s also dangerous between the tackles.

“I’d probably say I look to the outside first, but I wouldn’t say I have a particular running style,” the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Pierce said. “I look to follow the blocks from my line. If I hit an open hole and if I break it, that just motivates me to not get caught. That’s all I’m thinking about.”

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