Dragons Fall In The 1st Round Of The State Playoffs To Cartersville

PHS Football, Sports

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

Passing:

Jacob Brumby: 172-290, 59.3%, 2,457 yards, 22 TD’s, 8 INT

Rushing:

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

Receiving:

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

Defense:

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

Special Teams:

Michael Burrell: 33 punts, 1,142 yards, 34.6 yd average, long of 53, 5 inside the 20, 52-58 on PAT

Punt Return:

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

Kick Return:

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

Season Records:

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

Career Records:

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

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Dragons To Face Northwest Whitfield For 3rd Place

PHS Basketball, Sports

Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled once again to Southeast Whitfield for the 7-AAAA Region Tournament. This time, Pickens faced the #1 seeded Canes of Cartersville for a shot at a region championship, and a home state game in the 1st round.

 

In the opening quarter, things did not get off to a good start for the Dragons as Cartersville went on a 9-0 run. However, the offense picked up for Pickens as they went on a run of their own, even taking the lead during the run. A 14-5 run for the Dragons tied things up at 14 as we went to the 2nd. In the 2nd, both teams went back and forth. The Canes pulled away a bit by the end of the quarter to take a 34-26 lead into the break.

 

In the 3rd, the ball game was still up in the air. Cartersville outscored 18-16 to take a 52-42 lead into the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, the Canes were able to close things out using a 23-13 quarter run to get the win, 75-55. With the win, Cartersville will now face #3 seed Heritage for the region title today at 7:30.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Holden Roop: 20 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals

Trent Rizoti: 10 points, & 6 rebounds

Tyler Garner: 8 points, 1 assist, 8 rebounds, & 2 steals

Avery Luke: 8 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

 

With the loss, the Dragons will now face the #2 seeded Northwest Whitfield this afternoon for 3rd place at 4:30. 7-AAAA is facing 6-AAAA in the first round of the state tournament. Depending on the 6-AAAA region championship game, and the outcome of the Dragons game today, Pickens will either be traveling to play Lithonia or Grady in the opening round.

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Dragons Upset Raiders Make State Tournament For The 6th Time

PHS Basketball, Sports

After getting past their 515, rival, the Gilmer Bobcats earlier in the day, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team looked to earn a 4A State Tournament berth. It would not be easy as they had to battle the hosting school, the Southeast Whitfield Raiders for that bid.

 

Pickens got momentum early as Joseph Gossett, nailed 2 of his 3’s on the night back to back. After a back and forth opening frame, the Dragons led things, 24-20. In the 2nd, Pickens continued it’s scoring ways. Outscoring the Raiders 13-11, the Dragons took a 37-31 lead into the break.

 

In the 3rd, Pickens stretched out their lead even more. A 21-13 quarter, gave the Dragons a 58-44 advantage over Southeast heading to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, Pickens exploded for 29 points. The Raiders poured it in as well, scoring 34 in the quarter. The Dragons were able to hit timely buckets and win the free throw game to take this one, 87-78. The win gives Pickens it’s 6th State Tournament berth in 60 years.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Holden Roop: 36 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, & 3 steals

Joseph Gossett: 15 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, & 3 steals

Tyler Garner: 12 points, 2 assists, & 7 rebounds

Trent Rizoti: 11 points, 3 assists, & 7 rebounds

Blake Gorth: 8 points, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Avery Luke: 5 points, 3 rebounds, & 2 steals

 

The Dragons will have little time to rest, as they will be back at Southeast Whitfield later tonight for the semifinals of the 7-AAAA Region Tournament. Pickens will be facing the #1 seeded Purple Hurricanes of Cartersville. Winner will play for a region championship tomorrow, and earn a home game in the first round of the 4A State Tournament. Tip off set for 8:30 p.m.

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Dragons Fall To Cartersville Prepare For Big Region Week

PHS Basketball, Sports

Last Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to Cartersville to take on the Purple Hurricanes in region 7-AAAA action. The Dragons, came in winners of 3 of their last 4 games with all 3 of those being region games.

 

In the first quarter, everything just went Cartersville’s way. The Purple Hurricanes took a 27-11 lead heading into the 2nd. Cartersville just could not miss as they stretched out their lead. The Purple Hurricanes outscored the Dragons in the quarter 30-15 to take a 57-26 lead into the break.

 

In the third, Cartersville again stretched out their lead using a 23-8 quarter run. The Purple hurricanes led things, 80-34, going to the fourth. A highlight for the Dragons in the 4th quarter was freshman Seth Bishop’s put back dunk that even had the home crowd cheering. Cartersville took this one, 92-40.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Trent Rizoti: 10 points, & 4 rebounds

Avery Luke: 9 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Holden Roop: 7 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound

Chase Simmons: 3 points, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Seth Bishop: 2 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tyler Garner had 2 points, 1 assist, & 2 rebounds, & DJ Walden finished with 2 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound.

 

The Dragons will look to shake that game off and get back in the win column this Tuesday as they host the Heritage Generals. The Generals are currently at the top of the 7-AAAA standings at 8-1 while the Dragons are currently in 5th at 3-4. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Dragons Comeplete Comeback For Third Straight Region Win

PHS Basketball, Sports

Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to take on the LaFayette Ramblers in a critical 7-AAAA game. Pickens, came into the ball game winners of two straight region games and looked to get the home and home split with LaFayette.

 

In the opening quarter, things got off to a slow start the Dragons. The Ramblers led things going to the 2nd, 12-7. In the 2nd, LaFayette stretched their lead out by using a 17-14 quarter run to take a 29-21 advantage over Pickens at the half.

 

The third quarter belonged to the Dragons. Pickens held the Ramblers to just 3 quarter points while putting up 15 to take a 37-32 lead. In the 4th, the Dragons were able to hit key shots and get stops on defense to leave LaFayette with a 55-46 win. Thier 3rd straight region win, 2nd straight on the road.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Joseph Gossett: 17 points, & 1 rebound

Trent Rizoti: 15 points, 2 assists, & 10 rebounds

Holden Roop: 8 points, 4 assists, & 3 rebounds

Tyler Garner: 5 points, 4 assists, & 11 rebounds

DJ Walden: 4 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Sam Davis had 2 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 3 blocks, Blake Gorth had 2 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound, & Seth Bishop finished with 2 points, & 2 rebounds.

 

The Dragons will look to continue their winning ways in region road games when they travel to take on the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes on Friday night. Tip off scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

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Dragons Fall To Canes After Close Game

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On Friday evening, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Purple Hurricanes of Cartersville in a 7-AAAA game. This was the makeup game for the game that had been scheduled for the 4th.

 

In the 1st, both teams went back and forth offensively. Cartersville took the slight lead going to the 2nd, 11-9. More of the same high paced action continued in the 2nd quarter. The Purple Hurricanes edged the Dragons in the frame, 14-13, to take a 25-22 lead after one half of play.

 

The 3rd belonged to Pickens. In the quarter, the Dragons outscored Cartersville 21-17, capped off by a massive Tyler Garner dunk off of a fast break. Dragons held the lead after three, 43-42. The 4th quarter was neck and neck as both teams traded buckets. In the end, the Purple Hurricanes were able to win the free throw game and outscore Pickens 29-23, to take this one, 71-66.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Holden Roop: 25 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, & 4 steals

Trent Rizoti: 16 points, & 6 rebounds

Tyler Garner: 11 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds, & 3 blocks

Joseph Gossett: 6 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Sam Davis added 3 points, 3 assists, & 1 rebound

 

The Dragons will be back in the Dragons Den tomorrow night as they host the Tigers of Dawson County in non-region action. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

 

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Dragons Battle Bruins Come Up Short In Region Contest

Sports

Earlier tonight, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team was on the road for another big game. The Dragons took on the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield in 7-AAAA action. Pickens, looked to turn their fortune around after the last several games.

 

In the 1st quarter, both teams came out firing. At the end of the opening frame, both teams were tied at 21 a piece. In the 2nd quarter, we saw more of the same. Northwest Whitfield outscored the Dragons slightly, 20-16 to take a 41-37 lead into the break.

 

As we entered the 3rd quarter, both offenses continued to trade buckets. The Bruins again outscored Pickens 20-16 to take a 61-53 lead going to the 4th and final quarter. Northwest Whitfield closed things out in the 4th with a 22-12 quarter run. The Bruins took this one over the Dragons, 82-65.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Trent Rizoti: 23 points, 1 assist, & 9 rebounds

Holden Roop: 22 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals

Joseph Gossett: 9 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 4 steals

Sam Davis chipped in 4 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound.

 

The Dragons will be back at home on Friday as they host the Purple Hurricanes of Cartersville in another 7-AAAA region game. This is the makeup game that was originally scheduled for the 4th but got moved due to Cartersville’s state championship playoff run. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30.

 

 

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Dragons Finish Regular Season 8-2 Prepare For Playoff Game At Marist

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This past Friday, the PHS varsity football team host the Purple Hurricanes of Cartersville in what was the 7-AAAA Region Championship game. Cartersville came in ranked anywhere from 1-3 in different polls and undefeated on the season at 9-0 with a 6-0 region record. Pickens came in winners of 4 straight, undefeated at home on the season, 8-1 overall, & 5-1 in region play. The Dragons had a little extra motivation as the seniors were recognized for Senior Night prior to the game beginning.

 

Cartersville won the toss and elected to receive. Pickens held the high powered Purple Hurricane offense and gave the Dragon offense a chance at the first points. The Cartersville defense held the Pickens offense as both defenses came to play early. The Purple Hurricanes got on the board at the 7:51 mark after a 49-yd run by Trey Creamer to make it 7-0. Both teams went back and forth for the rest of the quarter, but no points could be found and we’d head to the 2nd quarter with Cartersville leading 7-0.

 

It was a defensive battle in the 2nd quarter as both teams showed why they have been two of the top defenses in the region all year long. Creamer again found the end zone after a 19-yd run at the 3:06 mark making it 14-0. 14-0 would be our halftime score as we went into the break. Cartersville added to their lead in the 3rd with a 50-yd run by Creamer at the 9:43 mark & a 10-yd passing td from Trevor Lawrence to Creamer at the 1:18 mark giving the Purple Hurricanes a 28-0 lead going to the 4th and final quarter.

 

Lawrence connected on another td pass at the 7:46 mark in the 4th to make it 35-0 Cartersville. The Dragons got down to the red zone late in the quarter but an intercepted pass in the end zone stopped the Pickens drive & the Purple Hurricanes ran out the clock to take this one, 35-0. With the win, Cartersville wins the 7-AAAA Region Championship and will go into the playoffs as the #1 seed with a 10-0 record. The Dragons finish the regular season with their 2nd straight 8-2 regular season and will be the 7-AAAA #3 seed and travel to Atlanta to take on the 6-AAAA #2 seeded Marist War Eagles.

 

In what was a tough game offensively for Pickens, the Dragons finished with 8 1st downs, 2/13 on 3rd down, & 0/2 on 4th down, had 181 total yards on 55 plays, 113 yards rushing on 40 total carries, & 68 yards passing on 15 attempts.

Marcus Byrd finished the night 2/6 for 32 yards & Jacob Brumby went 4/9 for 36 yards

Byrd led the Dragons in rushing with 33 yards on 9 carries followed by Chris Pittman with 28 yards on 10 carries, Brumby finished with 24 yards on 6 carries, & Dillon Gasaway ended the night with 17 yards on 9 carries

Walker Lawrence led the Dragons in receiving with 22 yards on 2 catches, followed by Cortlin Norton with 17 yards on 1 catch, & Jacob Pair finished with 1 catch for 15 yards

The Dragons defense 3 TFL, forced & recovered a fumble, broke up 3 passes, & Dillin Eilers & Nick Southern combined for a sack

Ricky Klimbal & Avery Luke led the Dragons with 6 total tackles. Luke finished with 5 solo & 1 assist, & a fumble recovery, while Klimbal had 4 solo and 2 assists, Eilers finished with 5 total tackles, 4 solo, 1 assist, 1.5 TFL, & a 1/2 sack, & Dalton Gasaway ended the night with 5 total tackles, 4 solo, & 1 assist

Byrd punted 8 times for 337 yards, a 42 yard average, a long of 54 yards, & landed 2 inside the 20-yd line

Pickens will be taking on 8-2 Marist next week in the 1st round of the 4A state playoffs. This will be the 1st meeting between the two schools. Marist is ranked in the top 10 in 4A in some polls. Pickens will be looking for their first playoff win in school history.

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