It was a beautiful Friday night as the Dragons hosted the now 5A Knights of River Ridge for their tune up to the 2014 season. The Knights won the coin toss but deferred to the second half, giving the Dragons first crack at scoring. It was a beautiful Friday night as the Dragons hosted the now 5A Knights of River Ridge for their tune up to the 2014 season. The Knights won the coin toss but deferred to the second half, giving the Dragons first crack at scoring. After the opening kickoff was taken to the Dragon 28-yard line, Jr. quarterback Marcus Byrd led the offense out on the field for the first time as the starter.
After a few successful run plays, Byrd connected with junior, Walker Lawrence, on a great pass play to put the Dragons in business. A fumble however ended the Dragons’ hopes to score as the Knights took over. A nice drive led by quarterback, Marcus Spears, ended with a 27-yard touchdown pass and put the Knights up 7-0 with 7:28 left in the first quarter.
The Dragons answered with a scoring drive of its own, highlighted by a 62-yard run from Byrd and a 3-yard run from Jr., Dillion Gasaway, tying the game at 7-7 with 1:31 to go in the quarter.
The Dragons would strike twice in the second quarter including a 62-yard strike from Byrd to Jr., Zack Herman, and another pass coming on 4th and 6 tto take a half time lead of 21-7.
The Knights had possession to start the second half and found itself deep in Dragon territory. The defense stood tall again, forcing a fumble recovered by Jr., Kyle West.
The teams went back and forth in the second half as the younger kids got a chance to shine. The Dragons added another late score to bring the final in Dragon Stadium to 28-7.
Senior Ty Prather would led the Dragons defensively with two sacks as well as a fumble recovery. Fellow Sr., Kalyn Brooks, also starred defensively laying some big hits.
Byrd performed well in his first start at quarterback going 6-9 for 124 yards and two touchdowns and the running game made its presence known as well between Byrd and the other stable of backs they combined to run the ball 35 times for 237 yards and two touchdowns without the services of Sr., Shannon Brooks, who sat out.
Pickens will now turn its focus to August 29th and the season opener in Cleveland, Ga as the Dragons take on the Warriors of White County. White Co. is an old foe from back in the 7AAA days and it’ll be the first time Pickens is traveling there in a few years.