No. 3 reason to get excited: Antonio Pierce at LB Poly
AUG 27, 2014 10:57a ET
If Long Beach Poly's scrimmage against Servite last Friday is any indication of the type of season the Jackrabbits are going to have, look out.
Poly's first team had their way with the Friars. Of course, the results are to be taken with a grain of salt. Servite, believed to be a top-five team in the state, held out key players during the exhibition.
One thing that can't be taken away from Long Beach Poly is the fact that the energy and enthusiasm inside the program is alive and well under first-year head coach Antonio Pierce, which is No. 3 on our list of "15 Reasons to Get Excited for the 2014 CIF-SS High School Football Season."
The Jackrabbits made a splash in selecting a new head coach following the resignation of Raul Lara. They tabbed the Super Bowl winning, network television analyst, Pierce to take over the reins of one of the most storied programs in high school football.
Pierce, who has no prior head-coaching experience, has injected an energy into the program that hasn't been seen in quite some time. Some of the events Pierce oversaw during the offseason were a camp and a star-studded spring game, building buzz around an already popular program.
With Pierce being a defensive guy by trade, the Poly D will continue to be as feared as ever. It's the offensive side of the ball, however, that could receive the biggest jolt. Quarterback Josh Love no longer has to look over his shoulder ... he's now the guy who will lead an offense that's expected to air it out more frequently than what Poly has done in recent years.