Jack Dunn, RPh, owner of Jasper Drugs and Gifts in Jasper, Ga., has been named the 2014 NCPA Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year. The award is sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. Dunn received his award on Sunday, Oct. 19 during the First General Session of the 116th Annual NCPA Convention and Trade Exposition held October 18-22 in Austin, TX.
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Last night, the Dragons traveled to LaFayette High School to take on the Ramblers. This game would be the first road game for Pickens since September 19th. It would also be the first meeting between the two teams. LaFayette's Homecoming would serve as the backdrop for this game.
The Dragons would get the ball first and would start on their own 35 after the opening kickoff traveled out of bounds. The opening possession would lead to quick points as the Dragons would pull out the double pass when Marcus Byrd would swing it to Shannon Brooks and Brooks would load up and launch it down field to a wide open Zack Herman for a 65-yd score. That would make it 7-0 Dragons with 11:46 left in the 1st quarter. The Ramblers would start on their own 16 and the Dragon defense would force a three and out to give the offense the ball back.
Marcus Byrd would then run it in from 16 to stretch the lead to 14-0 with 7:51 left in the quarter. LaFayette would return the kickoff back to cut the lead in half 14-7 with 7:38 still left in the opening quarter. A fumble by the Dragons soon after the ensuing kickoff led to another score for the Ramblers. A missed PAT would make it 14-13 Dragons with 6:22 left in the 1st.
Shannon Brooks would run it in from 62-yds out to make it 21-13 with 5:30 still left in the 1st quarter. As we moved into the 2nd quarter, the Ramblers had it at the goal line for a 4th down play and the defense would hold giving the ball back to the offense. The drive would last one play as Shannon Brooks would rumble 98 yards for the td giving the Dragons a 28-13 lead with 11:32 left in the 1st half. LaFayette would come back and get a 16-yd td pass with 8:40 left in the half to make it 28-20.
Shannon Brooks would then take it in from 6 to make it 35-20 with 7:40 left in the half. Brooks would then again get in from 1-yd out to stretch it to 42-20 with 4:24 left in the half. Byrd would get in from 2 yds to make it a halftime score of 49-20 Dragons. LaFayette would return the 3rd quarter kickoff all the way to make the score 49-27 with 11:38 left in the 3rd.
Byrd would connect with Herman for a touchdown pass to make it 56-27 with 9:47 left in the 3rd. LaFayette would come back with a 54-yd td pass to make it 56-34 and 9:22 left in the 3rd. After a long kickoff return by Caleb Brooks, Chris Pittman would take it in from 4 to make the score 62-34 with 8:33 still left in the 3rd. After coming in at quarterback, Caleb Cowart would get the final score of the night after a 5-yd run making it a final of 69-34 Dragons.
Offensive totals for Pickens: 18 first downs, 3/5 on third down, and 1/1 on fourth down. 699 total yards on 50 plays, a 13.98 average, 431 yards rushing on 36 carries for an 11.97 average, and 268 yards passing on 14 attempts for a 19 yard average.
Passing: Marcus Byrd was 9/12 for 199 yards and a touchdown and Shannon Brooks was 1/1 for 65 yards and touchdown and Caleb Cowart was 1/1 for 4 yards
Rushing: Shannon Brooks ran it 13 times for 274 yards and 4 touchdowns Marcus Byrd ran it 11 times for 71 yards and 2 touchdowns Chris Pittman ran it 7 times for 45 yards and a touchdown and Caleb Cowart ran it one time for 5 yards and a touchdown
Receiving: Zack Herman had 4 catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns Hunter Golden had 4 catches for 70 yards Shannon Brooks had 1 catch for 45 yards and Bradley Ragano had 2 catches for 30 yards
Defensively, the Dragons were led by Dillon Gasaway with 13 total tackles 7 solo and 6 assisted, and Caleb Brooks had 11 tackles 8 solo and 3 assisted
Next Friday the Dragons will once again be on the road as they head to Ringgold, Ga to take on the Generals of Heritage. Heritage is 4-3 overall and 2-2 in region play after what many are calling an upset over Ridgeland. Pickens is 6-1 overall and 3-1 in region play and have won three straight ball games