In the Spring, he will trade his shoulder pads for a catcher's mitt as he goes behind the plate for the Cooper baseball team.
VYPE: You are blowing up this season. What's been the difference this year?
PIERCE: I've been really invested this season in looking at the film and getting to know the other team, which helps me a lot during game time when I need to make quick decisions. I've been improving on my open-field speed and hitting the hole harder to make myself a very hard back to bring down.
VYPE: People know you for football and baseball. What is something people might NOT know about you?
PIERCE: One thing people might not know about me is that I really like time to myself to keep a positive attitude in life.
VYPE: In football, who do you pattern your game after?
PIERCE: I like to watch football and it doesn't matter who is on. I love to watch backs like Josh Jacobs, Trent Richardson and Adrian Peterson. I try to model myself after them because all of those backs have power but also have the ability to make a man miss.
VYPE: How about baseball? Who's is your model?
PIERCE: For baseball, I really like the hitting style of Vladdy (Guerrero) Jr. On the defensive aspect, I love watching clips of David Ross and his mechanics behind the plate.
VYPE: How does baseball help you in football and vice versa?
PIERCE: Baseball helps me in football with hand-eye coordination. I say this because I am a catcher and I am always catching pitchers which really helps with my abilities to catch balls in football. Football also helps me with baseball because since I'm catching, I have to block balls all the time. Football helps me get used to the feeling of being hit.
VYPE: Five years from now, what are you doing?
PIERCE: If I end up not playing a college sport, I see myself going into an engineering field because math and science are my strong suits in school. I have also thought about becoming a surgeon.
VYPE: What's more fun, scoring a touchdown or hitting a home run?
PIERCE: I definitely think scoring a touchdown is a better feeling because it's a feeling that after six years of playing football that I still can't describe. It's unreal.
The Knights take the win during their Friday night lights homecoming game. Alarmingly the score was closer than expected as the Knights beat the Mavericks 26-7 at TDECU Stadium. The Episcopal community made sure to show their love with showing out in their nerd attire and having the whole stadium reserved for the Knights, talk about a home field advantage. Along with it being homecoming, it was also "Senior Knight." The varsity football team happily honored its 30 seniors.
Seniors: Reed Bourlon, Robert Buzbee, Lulu Chavarria, Cooper Corenblith, Colin Crane, Aaron Deutsch, Colton Deutsch, Cooper Deyo, Nick Florescu, Parker Forque, Charles Galtney, Jake Giesler, Billy Hall, Trey Hernandez, Gage Herrold, Donovan Jackson, Miles Jones, Sam Kant, Cooper Kincannon, Quon Marion, Paul McGarry, Jack McGreevy, Will McKinnie, James Mifflin, Cullen Montgomery, Zach Nguyen, Reid Sheppard, Truette Tumey, and Will Turlington.
Cheerleaders: Paris Bailey, Elise Branch, Elena Cokinos, Morgan Garrett, Mallette Havens, Randall Holstead, Elizabeth McLauchlin, Lindsey McNear, Annelise Miller, Caroline Miller, Mia Mithoff, Lindsay Rorschach, Payton Smith, Claire Spedale, Victoria Vella, Emma White, Mckenna Whitney.
First half, the Knights weren't expecting the intensity the Mavericks had to offer. With gun blazing, the mavericks wanted to change the narrative of having lost to Episcopal consecutively for the past nine years. Surely, the Knights felt they had stooped down to their opponent's level of play and the first half was a rocky start. The Knights successfully scored twice in the first half slowly gaining momentum. Both touchdowns for Episcopal were from quarterback, Chase Jenkins. The Mavericks retaliated with a touchdown of their own, this would be their only touchdown of the game.
Halftime was dedicated to honoring the seniors for both football and cheer. Lulu Chavarria, senior lineman, stated "It was a great experience, and I'm sure it was the same for the rest of the guys." The seniors had the opportunity to take pictures with their parents and then proceeded to take pictures with the rest of their team/squad.
By second half, the Knights kicked into full throttle. There was definitely a change in momentum and the Knights got back to playing their style of football. By fourth quarter the Knights scored two more times. Chase Jenkins managed to score his third touchdown of the night and Quon Marion, senior running back, also ran in for a touchdown of his own. This would advance the lead for the Knights leaving the Mavericks behind in the dust for a final score of 26-7.