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Madison QB Bryce Pearson talks football with Dallas South News

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Story by R. Lamar Brooks and Photos by Grant Meeks

Madison H.S. Quarterback Bryce Pearson

Bryce Pearson, starting quarterback for Dallas ISD’s James Madison Trojans, sat down with Dallas South News a day before they notched yet another victory, this time over Carrollton Ranchview 83-28, to take their record to a sparkling 7-1 – including victories over three different 4-A programs.

Ranked #2 in the Dallas South News DISD rankings and #4 in the DMNews 3A-Others ranking, the Trojans are steamrolling towards the playoffs with a dynamic offense (averaging an area best 54 points per game) led by Pearson, who has thrown for over 1,400 yards passing and 22 touchdowns with only 3 interceptions and a 60% passing completion rate.

With a GPA near 3.0, Madison Head Coach Ronald Johnson and others are scratching their heads and wondering why college recruiters are not knocking down Pearson’s door to sign him.  The 17 year old Pearson is 6′ 7″ and weighs 200 lbs. and has a birthday coming up (November 13th).  The standout QB spoke with me about the high school his family, his early football career and why he wanted to be a signal caller.

RLB:  Tell me about your family.

BP:  My mom Gail is a cheerleader coach and I have a brother named Rush and a sister named Briana.

RLB: What is your favorite subject in school?

BP:  My favorite subject is Math, I love dealing with numbers.

RLB:  What other sports do you play besides football?

BP:  I’ve been playing baseball since I was 5 years old, I was a pitcher. I also play basketball, my second favorite sport.

RLB:  Bryce, with 8 general positions on the football field, how did you end up as a quarterback?
BP:  I choose to play quarterback because it puts you in a leadership role; it teaches you to take control and to keep your composure no matter what is happening on the field. I remember my second year playing quarterback, I was 8 years old. That is when I became a leader.

Even though we were young, my team looked to me to lead them to victory. I learned that no matter if the game is going your way or not, you still have to make sure your teams knows that this is still a battle and we still have to fight for a victory.

RLB:  Of all of the past and present N.F.L. quarterbacks, who do you like and why?

BP:  Peyton Manning….Peyton is the definition of a quarterback.  He leads his team to victories and keeps his composure no matter what. He takes control of the game.

RLB:  When you’re not playing football, what things do you like to do?

BP:  Most kids my age like to play video games. I like computers, I learn a lot of stuff and I’m sure that will benefit me in my future.

RLB:  Speaking of your future, what are your plans?

BP:  Of course, I would like to play collegiate football and professionally as well. Beyond that I would like to someday own my own business. I have thought about majoring in Sports Medicine and opening up my own practice. Of the in-state schools, I like University of Texas and my favorite out of state school is Oklahoma State University.

RLB:  Recount your steps from your youth until the time you became Madison’s starting quarterback.

BP:  While in elementary school, I played for the West Dallas Boys and Girls Club and also for the Duncanville Colts. I have always played quarterback only.

I attended Bessie Coleman Middle School in Cedar Hill. The school had been open for 2 years. I tried out and won the starting quarterback position. We were a passing team and we played good competition in Duncanville, DeSoto and the Grand Prairie schools.

We wound up winning the district championship (and) by the next year when I was in the 8th grade, some of the best players were kicked off of the team due to disciplinary issues, so we didn’t do as well as a team

RLB:  You attended Cedar Hill 9th Grade School, what was that experience like?

Well, both Permenter Middle School and Coleman Middle School emptied into the Cedar Hill 9th grade center, so the competition grew tougher. We had myself and another quarterback and he was given the nod to start by the coaching staff. His style was more of a running quarterback than a passer.

(But) the third game of the season, I became the starter. We had a great year and won the district championship that year. We had good players like current Cedar Hill players John Abercrombie and Lovett Gibson.


RLB:  Was the transition to Madison a smooth one on the field?

BP:  Not really. Coach (Randal) Johnson is kind of hard. I found that even if his quarterbacks throw for touchdowns, but yet don’t make the correct read, he is not happy.

RLB:  Madison recently played in the Texas vs. Florida High School Football Showcase, which allowed you guys to go up against Florida’s number 2 ranked 6A program, Miami Central. Though the score wound up heavily in favor of Central (48-6), what did Madison gain from the defeat?


BP:  First, we knew Miami Central was going to be a good test. We felt this game was going to see where we stood as, not just a team, but a family. We learned a lot from this game and knew that if we were going to win state we had to take that game and learn from it. I think we did just that.

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  • Deterries Jackson

    MY OLD HIGH SCHOOL….GLAD TO SEE THEY ARE FINALLY GETTING NOTICED FOR LARGE AMOUNT OF TALENT……

  • http://beasports.org Darron Beasley

    Keep up the good work Bryce,Lets get that GPA up and what ever collage that pass on you will miss out on the next great pocket passer.Work hard stay grounded it will pay off.
    Love Yea Coach Beasley

  • Kawana

    heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! what about that special girl in your life!!!! =\

  • http://www.dallassouthnews.org shawnpwilliams

    November 13th……My birthday too. Keep up the great work, Dallas South News will follow Madison as far as you guys go.

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    [...] first half, which resulted in a Madison recovery. It took Madison all of three plays to score as QB Bryce Pearson leaned over from the one-yard line for a Madison touchdown.  The two-point conversion was good and [...]

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