This past Friday, on a cool, brisk evening, the PHS varsity football team travled down to Cartersville to take on the top seed from region 5, the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes in the first round of the GHSA 4-A State football playoffs. This would be the 21st meeting all time between the two schools.
Pickens, won the toss and elected to receive to start the ball game. After several first downs on a good opening drive, the Dragons were forced to punt. The Canes got on the board first at the 6:45 mark after a 17-yd TD pass making it 7-0 Cartersville in the opening quarter. Cartersville added to the lead at the 3:23 mark of the 1st quarter with a 41-yd TD pass making it 14-0. The Canes would score just before the end of the 1st quarter with a 4-yd TD pass giving us a score of 21-0 Cartersville after one.
In the 2nd quarter, Cartersville would again add to their lead after a 1-yd TD run to make it 28-o with 9:16 left in the first half. Pickens nearly snagged a fumble in the end zone after a long completion from the Canes, but were unable to secure it as Cartersville was able to fall on it and make it 35-0 at the 4:43 mark of the 2nd quarter. The Canes would score again just prior to halftime with a 51-yd TD pass to give us a score of 42-o.
In the 2nd half, things started picking up for the Dragons. After a high snap, the Dragons pounced on the loose ball, then a fumble occured, then a quick thinking Hunter Hermann scooped up that fumble, and took it into the end zone for the score to make it 42-7 Canes with 10:18 left in the 3rd. Cartersville scored on a 19-yd TD pass to make it 48-7 Canes as we headed to the 4th.
In the 4th, Pickens would find the end zone twice. This time, with the offense. The first score in the 4th came from Robert Davis. Davis was able to sneak through the left side of the defense for a 6-yd TD run at the 8:21 mark to make it 48-14. The 2nd score, was set up by a beautiful punt return that Davis nearly took all the way. Jacob Brumby finished it off with a 3-yd TD run to make the score 48-21. Your final in this one, 48-21 Cartersville.
Final Season Stats:
215 first downs, 49/116 on 3rd down, 15/32 on 4th down, 5,193 total yards (school record), 429 total points (school record), 2,675 rushing yards, 2,518 passing yards, 26 total takeaways, 17 fumble recoveries, 9 INT’s
Jacob Brumby: 172-290, 59.3%, 2,457 yards, 22 TD’s, 8 INT
Robert Davis: 123 rushes, 1,148 yards, 9.3 ypc, 14 TD, long of 80
C.J. Streicher: 72 rushes, 523 yards, 7.3 ypc, 7 TD, long of 45
Jacob Brumby: 110 rushes, 417 yards, 3.8 ypc, 4 TD, long of 25
Trevon Hawkins: 40 rushes, 296 yards, 7.4 ypc, 5 TD, long of 82
Brady Moore: 13 rushes, 116 yards, 8.9 ypc, 2 TD, long of 52
Zach Goss Jr: 45 catches, 856 yards (single season record), 19.0 ypc, 15 TD’s (single season record), long of 56
Josh Cain: 34 catches, 421 yards, 12.4 ypc, 2 TD, long of 28
Robert Davis: 33 catches, 403 yards, 12.2 ypc, 1 TD, long of 60
Alex Snelgrove: 25 catches, 322 yards, 12.9 ypc, 2 TD, long of 36
Trevon Hawkins: 12 catches, 201 yards, 16.8 ypc, long of 51
Hunter Hermann: 121 total tackles, 73 solo, 48 assists, 9 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD
Trevon Hawkins: 78 total tackles, 53 solo, 25 assists, 2 TFL, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD
Jay Jones: 78 total tackles, 35 solo, 43 assists, 2 TFL, 2 INT, 3 fumble recoveries, 3 pass break ups
Boz Gayden: 69 total tackles, 37 solo, 32 assists, 1 TFL, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass break up
Kaleb Ray: 48 total tackles, 35 solo, 13 assists, 4 INT, 2 forced fumbles, 8 pass break ups, 1 block
Michael Burrell: 33 punts, 1,142 yards, 34.6 yd average, long of 53, 5 inside the 20, 52-58 on PAT
Trevon Hawkins: 8 returns, 111 yards, 13.9 average, long of 28
Robert Davis: 6 returns, 77 yards, 12.8 average, long of 43
C.J. Streicher: 3 returns, 68 yards, 22.7 average, long of 47, 1 TD
Robert Davis: 19 returns, 460 yards, 24.2 average, long of 94, 1 TD
Trevon Hawkins: 9 returns, 249 yards, 27.7 average, long of 74, 1 TD
Jacob Brumby: total offense (2,874), passing yds (2,457), completions (172), passing TD’s (22)
Zach Goss: yards receiving (856), receiving TD’s (15), 2nd in receptions with 45
Robert Davis: kick return yards (460)
Michael Burrell: 52 makes on PAT puts him 2nd for a season
Jacob Brumby: all time leader in passing yards (4,432), completions (318), passing TD’s (33)
Zach Goss: all time leader in receiving yards (1,318) just a Junior
Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the Northwest Whitfield Bruins in a crucial 6-AAAA region game. With a win, Pickens, would hold 2nd place by itself. Before the game, there was a moment of silence to honor the late players the team has lost this year, Jordan Simonds, & Shawn Mask. Their numbers were painted at mid field last night.
Northwest Whitfield won the toss, but elected to differ to the 2nd half, giving the Dragons the ball first. Pickens would be unable to get anything going on the opening drive, giving the ball to the Bruins. On the strength of their run game, Northwest Whitfield drove down the field, & got a passing TD to make it 7-0 Bruins with 10:13 left in the 1st quarter. The Dragons evened things up after Senior Jacob Brumby pitched it to Junior Robert Davis on the option & Davis got in from 14-yds out, tying things up at 7, & we went into the 2nd quarter all knotted up at 7.
The Bruins took the lead back at the 10:06 mark of the 2nd quarter after a field goal, to make it 10-7. Northwest Whitfield stretched their lead out to ten after an 18-yd TD pass at the 4:10 mark. Just before the end of the 1st half, the Bruins again found the end zone after an 8-yd TD pass, to bring the lead to 24-7 over the Dragons going into the break.
In the 3rd quarter, Pickens stuffed the first drive of the 2nd half for Northwest Whitfield & looked to get back into the game. At the 9:09 mark in the 3rd, Davis collected his 2nd rushing TD of the game, this one from 10-yds out, making it 24-14 Bruins. The Bruins on their next drive were held to a field goal attempt. The Dragons got pressure up front and blocked the kick, & took over at their 19-yd line. One play later, Davis made a house call from 81-yds out for his 3rd TD of the game, & Pickens cut the Bruins lead to 24-21 with 7:43 left in the 3rd. Northwest Whitfield got into the end zone just before the end of the 3rd after a 41-yd TD run to make it 31-21, going to the 4th. Both teams went back & forth in the 4th quarter, however the Bruins added to their lead with a 9-yd TD run late in the quarter to seal the win. Final score, Northwest Whitfield 38, Pickens 21.
14 1st downs, 4/12 on 3rd down, 0/1 on 4th down, 373 total yards on 58 plays, 251 rushing yards, 122 passing yards
Jacob Brumby: 12-28, 122 yards
Robert Davis: 14 carries, 165 yards, 3 TD
Jacob Brumby: 9 carries, 57 yards
Trevon Hawkins: 6 carries, 29 yards
Brady Moore: 5 catches, 66 yards
Robert Davis: 2 catches, 19 yards
Alex Snelgrove: 2 catches, 19 yards
Zach Goss Jr: 2 catches, 14 yards
Josh Cain: 1 catch, 4 yards
Trevon Hawkins: 17 total tackles, 12 solo, 5 assists, 1 TFL, & 1 sack
Hunter Hermann: 13 total tackles, 7 solo, 6 assists, & 1 TFL
Dallas McHale: 9 total tackles, 7 solo, 2 assists, & 2 TFL
Boz Gayden: 8 total tackles, 4 solo, 4 assists, 1 forced fumble
C.J. Streicher: 8 total tackles, 6 solo, 2 assists
Zach Swaim: 7 total tackles, 4 solo, 3 assists, & 1 TFL
Michael Burrell: 7 punts, 280 yards, 40 yard average, long of 45 yards, 1 punt inside the 20 & 3/3 on PAT
C.J. Streicher: 2 punt returns for 14 yards
Robert Davis: 1 kickoff return for 24 yards
Pickens will be back on the road next Friday as they travel to Rossville to take on the undefeated, 4-A top ten, & 6-AAAA region leading Ridgeland Panthers. Pickens shocked Ridgeland in a similar situation at home last year, & have had recent success against the Panthers.
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.
On Friday evening, the PHS varsity football team traveled to Alpharetta to take on the 6-A Chattahoochee Cougars in the 1st official game of the 2017 season. As you may recall, the Cougars came up to Jasper last year, as Pickens came away with a win their 49-19, their first against an “Atlanta” area school. Last night, the Dragons looked to do it again.
Chattahoochee would win the toss and elect to receive the opening kickoff of the 2017 season. The Dragons were able to make the defensive stop to set up good field position for the offense’s first possession. On the 1st play of the 1st drive of 2017, Pickens pulled out the ole double pass play as Senior QB Jacob Brumby tossed it to Sophomore C.J. Streicher, who then launched it to Junior Trevon Hawkins for a 51-yard gain. Streicher put an end to the drive as he scored from 3-yds out to give the Dragons a 7-0 lead with 9:22 left in the opening quarter. After both teams played hot potato with the football, Pickens added to their lead after an 11-yd TD connection from Brumby to Junior Zach Goss, making it 14-0 with 1:31 left in the opening frame. :28 seconds later, the Cougars found the end zone for the first time on the night scoring on a 36-yd TD run. The ensuing 2-point conversion failed, & Pickens held a 14-6 lead, going to the 2nd.
Chattahoochee again would cut into the Dragons lead with a 22-yd run at the 10:42 mark of the 2nd quarter making it a 14-13 game. The Cougars used momentum gained to surge into the lead after a 27-yd field goal, giving them a 16-14 advantage with 4:26 left in the opening half. Seeing his team needed to take some of the momentum back, Junior RB Robert Davis electrified the away crowd with an incredible 82-yd scamper to the house, giving the Dragons the lead right back, 20-16 with 4:02 left in the 1st half. Pickens would then tack on another touchdown right before half as Brumby tossed his 2nd of the half, this time, to Sophomore Alex Snelgrove from 3-yds out, making it 27-16 Pickens at halftime.
The Dragons got the 2nd half kickoff and wasted little time adding to their two score lead as Davis took this one 94-yds to open the 3rd quarter, & giving Pickens a 34-16 lead over the Cougars. Pickens tacked on more at the 10:35 mark of the 3rd when Hawkins had his own 82-yd TD run, making it 41-16 Dragons. At the 7:05 mark in the 3rd, the 3rd time would be the charm for Davis as he took it in from 5-yds out, making it 47-16 Pickens. Chattahoochee got on the board for the first time in the 2nd half at the 3:44 mark of the 3rd with a 3-yd run to make it 47-24 Dragons. The Cougars cut into the Pickens lead a little more with a 49-yd TD pass, making it 47-30 Dragons going to the 4th & final quarter.
The lone score in the 4th quarter came from Hawkins as he marched in from 7-yds out at the 10:00 mark. Making it 54-30 Pickens. That would be the final score as the Dragons picked up a big road win to begin the season, 54-30 over the 6-A Chattahoochee Cougars. Pickens will have a bye week next week as they prepare for yet another tough road match up on September 1st as they take on 2-A top ten ranked Pepperell Dragons.
Pickens Stats Versus Chattahoochee
21 first downs, 4/8 on 3rd downs, 2/2 on 4th downs. 649 total yards on 61 plays for an average of 10.6 yards per play, 406 rushing yards on 42 carries for a 9.67 ypc average, & 243 passing yards on 19 attempts for a 12.7 average
Jacob Brumby: 11-18, 192 yards, & 2 TD. 61% completion percentage
C.J. Streicher: 1-1, 51 yards, 10 rushes for 50 yards (1TD), & 10 yards receiving on 1 catch (111 total yards)
Robert Davis: 11 rushes, 157 yards, 2 TD, & 2 kick returns for 113 yards & 1 TD (270 total yards)
Trevon Hawkins: 8 rushes, 123 yards, 2 TD, 1 catch for 51 yards, 4 total tackles, & 1 fumble recovery
Zach Goss: 6 catches, 146 yards, & 1 TD
Defensively, the Dragons forced four total turnovers, (2 fumbles & 2 interceptions)
Jay Jones: 11 total tackles, & 1 INT
Hunter Hermann: 9 total tackles
Boz Gayden: 8 total tackles
Michael Burrell: 6 total tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, & 6/8 on PAT
Kaleb Ray: 4 total tackles, & 1 INT
Zach Swaim: 3 total tackles & 1 sack