Like any other dual-threat quarterback, Devin Pearson wants to be considered a passer first.
After leading the No. 6 South Pointe Stallions to a 28-25 win against the No. 2 Northwestern Trojans at District Three Stadium with 209 passing yards and three touchdown passes, the senior earned that respect.
South Pointe coach Strait Herron draped his arm around Pearson, who finished 16-of-21 through the air.
This guy doesnt like to throw the ball, Herron said with a laugh. He likes to make plays with his feet.
Then Herron gave Pearson his due.
He finds guys and makes the plays he has to when he needs to.
As usual, Pearson didnt have trouble finding running room. He totaled 104 rushing yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run on third-and-20 for South Pointes first score.
Pearsons passing, however, kept South Pointe (6-0, 2-0) close early. He hit 8-of-9 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.
Both scores came on play action. Pearson hit a wide-open Kyle Brandt for a 23-yard touchdown on the second play of the second quarter. He added a 17-yard strike to Anthony Johnson in the closing seconds of the first half to trim Northwesterns lead to 23-21.
I knew where I was throwing the ball before the ball was snapped, Pearson said. Our guys were able to get wide open.
Pearsons first pass of the second half was intercepted, and the Stallions missed two field goals to help Northwestern (4-2, 1-1) keep its lead. Pearson also suffered a hand injury.
That adversity didnt affect his throwing the fourth quarter. He went 5-of-6 passing for 71 yards, and saved his best throw for last.
Pearson roped a pass between two defenders to P.J. Heath on a post route for the game-winning 33-yard touchdown with 3:49 remaining.
I trust my quarterback to get me the ball on deep routes, Heath said. Im 6-foot-4. I got to get the ball.
Pearson ran out of the end zone on the last play for a safety. It goes down as a 14-yard loss, but that capped a huge win in Class 4A-Region 3 play.
Its about getting respect, Pearson said. A lot of people said they were going to blow us out.
For his part, Herron expects more of the same moving forward.
Thats what were expecting from him, Herron said. Thats what we want him to do every day.
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