Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team began the region portion of their schedule by hosting their longtime rival, the Gilmer Bobcats for Homecoming. With it being such a big game, Pickens decided to break out new black uniforms for a blackout.
The Gilmer Bobcats won the toss and elected to receive to begin the ball game. After converting a third down & getting a first down, the first drive of the night for the Bobcats stalled and the Dragons found themselves with good field possession their first drive. The opening drive for Pickens ended in six after a 19-yd TD run for Junior Robert Davis at the 6:13 mark to give the Dragons a 7-0 lead in the 1st quarter. Pickens tacked on another TD at the 3:09 mark after a 30-yd connection from Senior Jacob Brumby to Junior Zach Goss Jr. The PAT would fall wide, but the Dragons held a 13-0 lead, still in the 1st quarter. Brumby then connected with Davis for a 47-yd TD strike to stretch the Dragon lead out to 20-0 at the end of the 1st quarter.
Just after the 2nd quarter got underway, Sophomore C.J. Streicher took the punt return 47-yds to the house to make it 27-0 with 11:05 left in the half. After a turnover, Pickens turned it into points after a 34-yd TD run from Trevon Hawkins at the 10:43 mark to make it 33-0 Dragons in the 2nd quarter. Brady Moore made it 40-0 after a 2-yd run at the 6:50 mark. 11 seconds later, Zach Swaim scooped up a Gilmer fumble & took it all the way to make it 47-0 Pickens with 6:39 left in the 1st half. At the 1:17 mark, the Dragons forced a safety to extend the lead to 49-0 going into halftime. At halftime, Miss Haley Aiken was named 2017-18 PHS Homecoming Maid of Honor, & Bailey Payne was named 2017-18 PHS Homecoming Queen.
The 2nd half saw a running clock. In the 3rd, Brady Moore would collect his 2nd rushing TD of the night, this one from 52-yds out to make it 55-0 with 11:13 left in the 3rd. Pickens held a 55-0 lead over the Bobcats going to the 4th. The lone score in the 4th saw Dawson Turner take it in from 12-yds out to make it 62-0. The final, Dragons take this one, 62-0.
15 first downs, 2/4 on 3rd down, 0/2 on 4th down, 513 total yards, 45 plays, 282 rush yards, 26 carries, 231 passing yards on 19 attempts
Jacob Brumby: 14-16, 231 yards, 2 TD
C.J. Streicher: 5 carries, 70 yards
Dawson Turner: 7 carries, 55 yards, 1 TD
Brady Moore: 3 carries, 54 yards, 2 TDs
Trevon Hawkins: 2 carries, 45 yards, 1 TD
Robert Davis: 2 carries, 32 yards, 1 TD
Eric Ray: 2 carries, 10 yards
Bailey Truett: 2 carries, 10 yards
Jacob Brumby: 1 carry, 6 yards
Josh Cain: 5 catches, 75 yards
Robert Davis: 2 catches, 58 yards, 1 TD
Alex Snelgrove: 2 catches, 33 yards
Zach Goss: 1 catch, 30 yards, 1 TD
Brady Moore: 2 catches, 19 yards
Trevon Hawkins: 1 catch, 11 yards
Bailey Truett: 1 catch, 5 yards
Hunter Hermann: 10 total tackles, 4 solo, 6 assists, 3 TFL
Trevon Hawkins: 7 total tackles, 5 solo, 2 assists
Clayton Holland: 6 total tackles, 3 solo, 3 assists, 1 TFL, 1 sack, & 1 forced fumble
Boz Gayden: 5 total tackles, 3 solo tackles, 2 assists, 1 fumble recovery
Joe Massey: 4 total tackles, 3 solo, 1 assist, 1 TFL, 1 forced fumble
Colby McDowell: fumble recovery
Zach Swiam: fumble recovery
Trevon Hawkins: 3 punt returns, 59 yards, 19.7 avg, long of 28 yards
C.J. Streicher: 1 punt return, 47 yards, 1 TD
Michael Burrell: 5/7 on PAT
Logan Joiner: 1/2 on PAT
With the win, Pickens is now 3-2 overall & 1-0 in 6-AAAA region play. Next week, the Dragons will continue their region schedule as they travel to Southeast Whitfield to take on the Raiders. This will be the first road game for Pickens in about a month. The Raiders are 5-1, & 1-1 in region play.
Yesterday, two of the top teams in the JV Mountain League faced off at PCMS as the JV Dragons of PHS, welcomed their rival, the JV Bobcats of Gilmer, to Dragons Field. Last Friday, Pickens came away with a 10-5 victory over Gilmer, and were looking for the sweep heading into the Tournament later this week.
In the top of the 1st inning, the Bobcats got on the board when Tyler Woody brought in Brandon Weaver and Evan Frady on a double and Will Barnes came in on a passed ball. Gilmer led things 3-0 going to the bottom of the frame. The Dragons were unable to capitalize on a Brady Moore two-out triple, as we went to the 2nd, Bobcats ahead, 3-0. After a scoreless 2nd, the Dragons were able to cut into the Gilmer lead in the 3rd as Adam Massey came in on Moore’s two-out RBI single, making things 3-1 in favor of Gilmer.
The Bobcats tacked on two runs in the top of the 4th when Bradley Thomas drove in Sam Nicholson. Thomas then scored on an error, making it 5-1 going to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the 4th, Pickens again cut into the Gilmer lead as Tyler Vreeland & Will Lawrence brought in runs. Going to the 5th, the Bobcats led, 5-3. A lead off single from Weaver paid off for Gilmer as Woody brought him in on a sac fly, to give the Bobcats a 6-3 lead. The Dragons had a chance in the bottom of the 5th, but left the bases loaded, as we went to the 6th, Gilmer ahead, 6-3.
The Bobcats had another scoring chance in the top of the 6th, but left two on as the Dragons were able to get out of it. A Massey single in the bottom of the 6th and Bailey Truett reaching on an error was all Pickens could manage as they were left stranded as we headed to the 7th. Moore, now in to pitch for the Dragons, pitched very well striking out the side in his lone inning of work. Pierce was able to close things out for Gilmer as the Bobcats avenged their loss at home, winning this one 6-3.
Barnes went 5 innings giving 3 runs on 7 hits and striking out 4 on 75 pitches & went 1-3 with a single & run scored
Taylor Nolan went 1 inning not allowing a run & giving up 1 hit on 9 pitches
Tripp Pierce went 1 inning not allowing a run & giving up 2 hits on 23 pitches
Frady drew a walk and scored a run
Woody went 1-3 with a double & 3 RBI
Nicholson went 2-3 with 2 singles and a run scored
Thomas went 1-2 with a single, a walk, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Caswell Smith went 2 innings giving up 2 ER, 1 unearned on 2 hits & striking out 2 on 42 pitches & went 2-3
Damain Watkins went 2 innings giving up 1 ER, 1 unearned on 2 hits on 26 pitches
Isaiah Payne went 2 innings giving up 1 run on 2 hits & striking out 1 on 32 pitches
Brady Moore went 1 inning striking out 3 and walking 1 on 18 pitches & went 2-3 with 1 RBI
Josh Holbert went 2-3 with 2 singles & a run scored
Michael Burrell scored a run (courtesy ran for Gabe Groover)
Tyler Vreeland went 2-3 with 2 singles & 1 RBI
Will Lawrence had a sacrifice RBI
Adam Massey went 2-3 with a run scored
Both teams will now get ready for the JV Mountain League Tournament this week. The Tournament will begin on Friday and will run through Saturday. All games will be held at GHS.
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