El Molino’s Pierson impressive in loss

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
Even before the opening kickoff, El Molino is facing some serious challenges this season.
In their loss to Analy, for example, the Lions (2-4) arrived with nearly as many cheerleaders (18) as players in uniform (26).
But even in El Molino’s blowout loss, it was hard to miss this: Lions junior quarterback Mike Pierson has an excellent chance to keep playing after high school.
Pierson, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior, doesn’t have eye-popping stats. He’s completed 82 of 163 passes for 1,004 yards with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
But he does have a rocket right arm – he seemed to effortlessly flick 40-yard lasers downfield – and constantly flashed his speed. With El Molino’s offensive line ravaged by injuries, Pierson was forced to sprint away from Analy’s hard-charging defensive linemen, who did manage to corral him for five sacks.
Two coaches who know something about playing at the next level – Analy’s Dan Bourdon and El Molino’s Mike Roan – are both big fans.
“He’s got all the tools,” said Bourdon, a former star quarterback at Santa Rosa Junior College. “He’s a big and tall kid with a strong arm and he’s pretty darn nimble as well.”
Said Roan, a former NFL tight end, “He wants to get better, he loves football and he has a desire to play at the next level. I think he has the tools to do it. We have to do a better job blocking for him and allowing him to make some plays.”