At 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, De’Mornay Pierson-El has a way of fitting in, whether it be tight spaces on the football field, at multiple positions in all three phases of the game or at the collegiate level, when most of his peers are on the sideline as redshirts.
The fact that Pierson-El is making waves at Nebraska is no surprise for those who saw him run circles around defenses during the last three years at West Potomac. Rather, it’s that he’s doing it as a true freshman, scoring four touchdowns in three different ways: on a pass, on a catch and on a punt return (twice), that is turning heads in the Big Ten.
For that, he’s already drawn comparisons from Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald (“I’ve got nightmares of that guy”) to the likes of Jeremy Maclin, the Philadelphia Eagles receiver who put up video-game like numbers at Missouri. Pierson-El entered the Cornhusker annals by becoming the first player since Bobby Newcombe in 2000 to throw for a touchdown and score on a punt and a reception in the same season.
Remember, Pierson-El is the same guy who caught 15 touchdowns as a sophomore, then rushed for 1,658 and 26 touchdowns as a junior, and then threw for 876 yards and seven scores (and rushed for 1,007 yards and 20 TDs) as a senior when West Potomac’s starting quarterback went down with an injury in last year’s season opener.
We leave you with the below video of one of Pierson-El’s two punt return scores (Is it just me or does his quickness make it seem the video has been sped up some?) (h/t Sami Rocks)
NUMBER CRUNCH: 3
Consecutive Washington Catholic Conference volleyball championships won by Holy Cross following Thursday’s five-set victory against Paul VI. Freshman Jade Parchment, who just began playing setter this season, led a late Tartans rally.
– Episcopal capped an up-and-down season by beating St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, 2-0, to win the Interstate Athletic Conference boys’ soccer title.
– Jewish Day goalie Izzy Zissman helped the Lions blank Covenant Life, 1-0, to capture the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference girls’ soccer crown.
– Northwest’s Diego Zarate set another school record Thursday, this time running the fastest time ever on a cross-country course in the Maryland 4A West region meet.
– On Saturday, Northwest will put its No. 1 ranking on the line against No. 20 Quince Orchard, which is tasked with slowing down the Jaguars offense without All-Met defender Adam McLean.
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Lots of good football on the slate for Halloween night…
– No. 14 South County looks to extend its unbeaten record and clinch the Virginia Conference 7 title against rival Lake Braddock.
– Episcopal will vie for the upset when it takes on No. 11 Bullis with the IAC title on the line.
– Postseason seeding and county bragging rights will be on the line when No. 18 Howard takes on River Hill on the gridiron.
– Falls Church enters Friday’s game against Hayfield in search of a breakout game behind senior playmaker Will Mejia.
– Meade begins a tough stretch to end the regular season by taking on No. 12 Broadneck before playing Arundel next week.