Posted On: 12/2/19 2:51 AM

Last season, I interviewed a little-known defensive back, receiver and kick returner from Pierz by the name of Matthias Algarin. At that point, he was known more for his results on the track – he is one of the better sprinters and jumpers in the state - than on the football field. Then the offseason and his senior year happened. Algarin has become one of the best players in the state and showed why during the Pioneers' last minute, come from behind victory. Pierz's 22-21 win over Dassel-Cokato gave the Pioneers the 3A championship. Besides Algarin – who else showed out during Saturday's middle game?

Matthias Algarin – Pierz running back/defensive back/kick returner

Algarin has quick feet in the hole. He made an excellent cut behind a trap block from offensive lineman Robert Schaefer and showed speed down the sidelines. He made a cutback that took him across the field for a big gain. He is a physical runner who can break tackles too. On the game-winning drive, the senior gave the drive a jump start by catching a 22-yard pass down the sidelines. On the next play, he picked up eighteen yards on the ground. Faced with a fourth

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