Okolona’s Pierce signs with Hinds

Okolona High School Senior Zach Pierce, seated, signed a letter of intent with the Hinds Community College Eagles on National Signing Day Wednesday. Shown standing behind Pierce, from left, are his mother Petrino Eddie, Okolona football coach Calvin Aldridge, grandfather James Pierce and Okolona High School interim principal Tami Doss. (Photo by Floyd Ingram)

Okolona High School Senior Zach Pierce, seated, signed a letter of intent with the Hinds Community College Eagles on National Signing Day Wednesday. Shown standing behind Pierce, from left, are his mother Petrino Eddie, Okolona football coach Calvin Aldridge, grandfather James Pierce and Okolona High School interim principal Tami Doss. (Photo by Floyd Ingram)

Chieftain lineman will be a force for Eagles

OKOLONA – Zach Pierce signed a full scholarship with Hinds Community College Thursday, but also had an offer from Northwest on the table.
Pierce, a 6-foot-3, 330-pound, four-year starter for the Chieftains was a driving force for Okolona’s high powered offense and is expected to contribute quickly to the Eagle’s program in Raymond.
“I felt like they wanted me,” said Pierce. “I also liked the surroundings.”
Pierce said he plans to major in criminal justice and while he prefers the offensive line, Hinds is looking to make him a noseguard on defense.
“He has the size and speed to play defense,” said Okolona football coach Calvin Aldridge. “He played both short and long side guard for us and that shows he has good lateral movement. He has long arms and if he puts his hands on you he takes you down.”
Aldridge also pointed to Pierce’s leg strength and strong fundamentals.
“Zach played junior high ball in Aberdeen and came to us in the 9th grade and immediately became a player,” said Aldridge. “The four years he played with us we averaged 3,000-yards on offense and used a lot of different running backs. Ask anybody that has ever run with the ball and they will tell you if you’ve got a man like Zach to run behind, you’ll get your yards and you’ll score points.”
Hinds Community College Eagles went 4-5 last season and 1-2 in the conference.

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