It is that time of year again, when summer weather begins to fade and slightly cooler weather begins to take its place. Soon, the trees will begin to paint the landscape with beautiful scenes of color and hunters will begin preparations for the upcoming season. 

It is also the time that excites many local Bear fans as football season has returned. A large number of Pierce County residents attended the opening game at Bear Stadium against McIntosh County Academy (MCA) August 23. The Bears were able to start the season off well, winning 49-7.

During the game it was announced new Head Football Coach Ryan Herring’s father, Robert Herring, Sr., was in attendance. The elder Herring won 301 games and three state championships during a 45-year career. He was voted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Hall of Fame in 2001.

During the MCA contest, a tent was set up in the corner of the endzone with a fan for the visiting Herring. I have had the pleasure to attend numerous sporting events while I played, as I have covered events for newspapers, and as a spectator. Having seen those games, this was a great example of the way to treat visitors.  I was honored to call myself a Bear fan witnessing the way Coach Herring, Sr. was treated and respected.

Athletic Director Brandon “Rock” Jernigan and all involved should be commended.

I also encourage all Bear fans to come and support all athletes when you can. The Lady Bears Varsity and Junior Varsity Softball teams have started play, as well as Pierce County Middle School (PCMS) Lady Bears Softball. The cross-country and junior varsity football seasons have also started. 

The Pierce County High School Sound of Silver band has also been performing well. “The Sounds of Motown” are featured in this years routine, which pays tribute to the music from Detroit — Motor City. Featured songs include, ‘Get Ready” by the Temptations, ‘The Tears of a Clown” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas, and “I Want You Back” by the Jackson Five. The PCMS band is also performing well.


•Matt Gardner is the Publisher of The Blackshear Times. Email him at