The PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Heritage Generals inside the Dragons Den last night for a 6-AAAA region ball game, with the regular season coming to a close in a hurry, both teams were looking for momentum to carry them through the final stretch towards the region tournament.
The opening quarter, saw highly contested action as both teams found success offensively. The Generals, came away with the lead going to the 2nd, 19-14. The 2nd quarter, was an 8 point ball game, until Heritage went on a run to close the first half. Using a 21-5 quarter advantage, the Generals held a 40-19 lead over the Dragons going to the half.
The 3rd, saw a very competitive frame between both teams. Heritage, outscored Pickens 21-18 in the quarter to maintain their lead a 61-37, going to the 4th. The Dragons, outscored the Generals in the 4th 16-12, getting some good play out of some younger players. Pickens, outscored Heritage in the 2nd half, 34-33. It would not be enough as the Generals took this one, 73-53.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Zach Goss: 14 points, 2 rebounds, & 1 block
Seth Bishop: 9 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal
Tucker Lowe: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 steal
Joseph Gossett: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound
Hunter Hermann: 5 points, 2 assists, 1 steal, & 1 block
Chase Simmons: 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 2 steals
Owen Moss: 3 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, & 1 steal
Avonta Johnson: 3 points, & 1 steal
Pickens, will be on the road on Friday as they head to Ridgeland to take on the Panthers in the 2nd to last region game of the regular season. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
It was mid-afternoon basketball earlier today as the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team headed to Calhoun to take on the Phoenix of Sonoraville in a non-region contest. Sonoraville, took the first meeting between these two earlier in the season in Jasper, & the Dragons were looking to earn a season split.
The first quarter, was a hard fought, even frame. The Phoenix, came away from a close opening quarter with the slim lead, 13-12. The 2nd quarter, saw much of the same back and forth action as the 1st quarter provided. Both teams scored 18 points a piece, & it would be the Phoenix still on top of the Dragons going to the break, 31-30.
In the 3rd, Pickens began to chip away at the Sonoraville lead. Using a 16-14 quarter advantage, the Dragons cut the Phoenix lead down to single digits as they trailed 55-46, going to the final quarter. Sonoraville, would use an 18-9 quarter run in the 4th to seal the win, 73-55.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Seth Bishop: 16 points, & 9 rebounds
Zach Goss: 11 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, & 2 blocks
Keinyuan Hooks: 11 points, 8 assists, & 3 rebounds
Joseph Gossett: 7 points, 1 assist, & 2 rebounds
Chase Simmons: 4 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, & 2 blocks
Hunter Fowler: 3 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal
Tucker Lowe: 3 points
The Dragons, will now refocus, & prepare for a region match up with the Heritage Generals inside the Dragons Den on Tuesday night. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 pm.
Last night, the PHS varsity Dragons basketball team took to the road to face the Generals of Heritage in a 6-AAAA region game. Pickens, was coming off of a thrilling last second overtime win over their rivals, the Gilmer Bobcats, & hadn’t been able to play since then due to the weather over the weekend.
In the 1st, it was much like the girls game beforehand. Both teams trying to find their footing. Heritage, was able to build a 19-11 lead over the Dragons going into the 2nd. In the 2nd quarter, the Generals would take advantage of some miscues by Pickens and outscored the Dragons 25-13 in the frame to take a 44-24 lead into the break.
Pickens, got things working in the 3rd quarter as they looked to get back into the game. The Dragons, at one time cut the lead down to single digits after being down 20 to start the frame. They outscored Heritage 23-18 in the 3rd, but found themselves still trailing going to the 4th, 62-47. In the 4th, the Generals closed it out with a 16-14 quarter run to take this one, 78-61.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Hunter Hermann: 11 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block
Chase Simmons: 11 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 block
Joseph Gossett: 11 points, 2 assists, & 5 rebounds
Keinyuan Hooks: 9 points, 3 assists, & 3 rebounds
Zach Goss: 6 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, & 4 steals
Seth Bishop: 6 points, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal
Hunter Fowler: 5 points, 1 assist, & 6 rebounds
Owen Moss: 2 points
Pickens, will be back home friday night as they host the Ridgeland Panthers in a region match up. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 pm.
Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the LaFayette Ramblers for Senior Night. Pickens, needed a win to stay in the thick of the playoff race coming down the stretch of the season. Prior to the game, the seniors from the football team, cheerleaders, & band were recognized for the contributions during their time at PHS. Another special presentation that happened prior to kick off, was PHS presenting the family of the late Shawn Mask with his Letterman’s jacket.
LaFayette won the toss and elected to receive the opening kick to get the game started. The Pickens defense was able to get the Rambler offense off the field & it would be the Dragons turn to find the first points. Those first points of the game were scored by Junior RB Robert Davis after a 5-yd run to make it 7-0 Pickens with 7:11 left in the opening quarter. The Dragons found the end zone again in the 1st quarter, this time, through the air as Senior QB Jacob Brumby connected with Sophomore C.J. Streicher from 49-yds out for the TD. After one quarter of play, the Dragons held a 13-0 lead over LaFayette.
Pickens got on the board for the first time in the 2nd quarter at the 10:22 mark after a 7-yd TD pass from Brumby to Junior Zach Goss to make it 20-0. After Senior Zach Swaim recovered a fumble & took it to the 7-yd line, fellow Senior Jacob Brumby finished it off on the next play with a 7-yd TD run to make it 27-0 Dragons with 8:08 left in the half. After nearly scoring on the previous play, Senior WR Josh Cain finished off another scoring drive for Pickens with a 1-yd TD run to make it 34-0 Dragons with 5:14 left in the half. The Dragons were getting it done defensively on the night as well. Junior Trevon Hawkins, took the ball away from the LaFayette runner & ran it back for the score to make it 41-0 Pickens with 4:53 left in the half. On the ensuing LaFayette drive, the Ramblers were looking for points prior to halftime. However, Kaleb Ray timed his jump, & made a great catch in the end zone to give the ball back to the Dragons. Pickens would turn that interception into points as Brumby connected with Streicher once again. This time, from 6-yds out to make it 48-0 Dragons at the half.
The Dragons picked up where they left off in the 1st half as they started the 3rd quarter with the football, & ended their first drive of the 2nd half with points as Streicher (now in at QB), strolled in from 7-yds out for his 3rd TD of the game & we would head to the 4th, with Pickens ahead of LaFayette, 55-0. The Ramblers got their first points of the game at the 10:27 mark of the 4th after a 4-yd TD run to make it 55-7 Dragons. The ensuing kickoff was a short pooch kick, & it was fielded by Hawkins, who then took it the distance for the touchdown making it 62-7 Pickens. Your final from Jasper would be 62-7.
With the win, the Dragons move closer to securing a playoff spot. With Southeast Whitfield’s win over Northwest Whitfield last night, that puts Pickens in 3rd for the moment. Next week, the Dragons will travel to Heritage to take on the Generals in what is more than likely, the biggest game of the whole region schedule. With a win next week over Heritage, the Dragons will vault into the #2 seed of region 6, & host a playoff game. A loss, makes things a lot more crowded & a lot more complicated.
Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Generals of Heritage in game one of a crucial three-game series. Coming into the ball game, Pickens was 12-6 overall, & 6-3 in 6-AAAA, good for 3rd. Heritage, came in ranked as high as 3rd in some 4-A polls & were 15-5 overall & 7-2 in 6-AAAA, good for 2nd.
Senior Travis Huffman got the call to start the series opener & pitched a beautiful game. T. Huffman worked around a single to strike out two in the top of the 1st to send us to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the frame, a two-out single was all the Dragons would manage as we headed to the 2nd, tied at 0. Pickens got out of the top of the 2nd without any damage done and had a real opportune chance to get something going in the bottom of the inning, but would leave them loaded as we’d go to the 3rd, still scoreless.
In the top of the 3rd, T. Huffman continued his great outing adding two more strikeouts to his total, sending us to the bottom half of the inning. Four straight hits, including an RBI from Wyatt Gooch & Zack Moore gave the Dragons a 2-0 lead over Heritage going to the 4th. In the top of the 4th, the Generals cut the Dragon lead in half with a solo home run, making it 2-1. The Dragons went in order in the bottom of the frame, sending us to the 5th.
T. Huffman ended the Heritage 5th with a K to bring his total to 5 & keeping Pickens ahead 2-1 as we headed to the bottom of the inning. The Generals again were able to sit the Dragons down in order in the bottom of the 5th to send us to the 6th. The Generals again were shut down in the top of the 6th as Pickens kept a hold of the slim 2-1 lead. The Dragons had a chance to stretch the lead to two, but was unable to as we headed to the 7th inning.
In the top of the 7th, Heritage had the bases loaded with two outs, looking to either tie it, or take their first lead of the ball game. Neither would happen as T. Huffman got the batter to pop up and the Dragons were able to hang on and get a huge win over the Generals, 2-1.
Travis Huffman: 7IP, 1R, 1ER, 7H, 6K on 96 pitches
Dalton Presley: 2-3 with 2 singles
Dominic Stephens: 1-3 with a single & 1 run scored
Wyatt Gooch: 1-3 with 1 double & 1 RBI
Zack Moore: 1-2 with 1 walk, 1 single, & 1 RBI
Brady Moore: 1 run scored
Pickens & Heritage now find themselves tied for 2nd in 6-AAAA with 7-3 records. These two teams will meet again on Thursday at Heritage for the 2nd game of the series. The series finale will be Friday at Dragons Field. Both games have a start time of 5:30 p.m.
Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Generals of Heritage in the 3rd & final game of a big time series. After taking the 1st game on Tuesday, Heritage won the 2nd game on Thursday, meaning the winner of this one, would take 2nd place in the region, & the series.
Junior Dylan Huffman got the call to start for the Dragons & had to work out of trouble early. The Generals plated one run in the top of the first, & threatened to score more, but D. Huffman & the Dragons defense did a good job of just limiting it to one run. For Heritage, they sent out their highly touted pitcher, Junior Cole Wilcox, who is committed to UGA, & an Under Armor All-American Game invitee (game is played at Wrigley Field in Chicago). Pickens could not get anything going in the bottom of the frame and we headed to the 2nd, Generals leading the Dragons, 1-0. D. Huffman was able to again settle down after early trouble and get out of the top of the 2nd without any damage done. Pickens had a chance in the bottom of the 2nd to tie things up, but were unable to bring in the runner from 2nd, to send us to the 3rd, Heritage still in front, 1-0.
After the Generals added to their lead, Dylan Huffman would be relieved by Andrew Hasbrouck in the top of the 3rd with two outs in the frame. Hasbrouck got the Dragons out of the inning, but not before Heritage tacked on 5 more runs to take a 6-0 lead going to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the 3rd, Brady Moore started it off with a single, and would be driven in by Joseph Gossett, to cut the General lead to 6-1, going to the 4th. In the top of the 4th, Heritage went down quietly as Hasbrouck needed ten pitches to get out of the inning. In the bottom of the frame, the Pickens again had a runner in scoring position, but he was unable to score and we would go to the 5th, Generals leading the Dragons, 6-1.
Isaiah Payne came on in relief of Hasbrouck in the top of the 5th. Payne was able to end the top of the 5th with a strikeout, but not before Heritage would plate 3 more runs to increase their lead over Pickens to, 9-1 going to the bottom of the 5th. The Generals were able to sit the Dragons in order in the bottom of the 5th to send us to the 6th, Heritage leading, 9-1. Payne was able to get the Dragons out of the top of the 6th without any damage done and ended the half inning with a strikeout just like the 5th. A one-out single by Dalton Presley would be all that the Dragons could muster in the bottom of the 6th. We headed to the 7th, Generals still in front, 9-1.
In the top of the 7th, Dominic Stephens took over for Payne and pitched very well in his lone inning of work. Stephens struck out two General batters and got three outs on 12 pitches to send us to the bottom of the 7th. Heritage was able to close it out, and get the win, 9-1.
Joseph Gossett: 1 RBI
Dalton Presley: 1-3 with 1 single
Dominic Stephens: 1-3 with 1 single
Brady Moore: 1-2 with 1 single & 1 run scored
Pickens will be back home next Tuesday as they begin a series with the Ridgeland Panthers. The Dragons are currently 13-8 overall and in 3rd in 6-AAAA at 7-5. The Panthers currently occupy the 5th spot in the region at 4-7. Pickens will need to continue to win to secure the 3rd seed out of 6-AAAA as the season starts winding down. You can catch the 1st game of this series Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 at Dragons Field at PCMS.
Yesterday evening, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to take on the Sonoraville Phoenix in a non region contest. Sonoraville, took the 1st match up between these two teams earlier in the season, so the Dragons came in looking to tie the season series.
In the 1st, both teams were deadlocked. At the end of one quarter, both teams found themselves tied up at 13 a piece going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the offense started to flow for both sides. Pickens, used a 26-20 2nd quarter advantage to take a 39-33 lead over the Phoenix at the half.
In the 3rd, it was again closely contested with both teams finding success on both ends of the ball. The Dragons, added to their lead over Sonoraville with a 20-18 quarter advantage to take a 59-51 lead going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, the Phoenix made their run to overtake the Dragons near the end of the game. With the seconds ticking off the clock and Pickens down 72-71, Chase Simmons hit a three from the corner pocket with 11 seconds left to give the Dragons a 74-72 lead. Pickens hit two free throws to seal the win over Sonoraville, 76-72.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Avery Luke: 19 points, 4 assists, 11 reboumds, & 2 steals
Joseph GossettL 15 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, & 2 steals
Seth Bishop: 13 points, 1 assist, & 11 rebounds
Hunter Hermann: 11 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, & 3 steals
Jacob Brumby: 7 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds, & 1 block
Chase Simmons: 5 points
Keinyuan Hooks: 3 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, & 1 steal
Hunter Jordan: 2 points, 1 assist, & 3 rebounds
Blake Gorth: 1 point, 1 rebound, & 1 block
The Dragons, will again be on the road as they head out to take on the Heritage Generals in a crucial region game. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Yesterday, the PHS Varsity baseball team hosted the Generals of Heritage at Dragons Field. There were also some very special attendees at this game as 6 MLB scouts came to watch the Generals starting pitcher, Dylan Bice. This was the third game in three days for Pickens as they fell to Southeast Whitfield on Tuesday, but came back Wednesday to defeat Ridgeland 7-2. Both games on the road.
Junior Travis Huffman was tasked to take on the Generals in this ball game. Heritage struck first early on as they were able to get a run on two hits. The Dragons were sit down in order as we’d go to the 2nd, with the Generals up 1-0. After Heritage went quietly in the top of the 2nd, a one out walk drawn by Walker Lawrence came in to score as Wyatt Gooch hit a single to left field that got by the left fielder. As we headed to the 3rd, the game was neck and neck at 1-1.
The game would not be tied for long as Heritage was able to plate two runs in the top of the 3rd to retake the lead, 3-1. With the score now 4-1 in favor of the Generals in the bottom of the 6th, Lawrence drove in Dominic Stephens on a two out RBI double. Pickens then loaded the bases with two straight walks, but were unable to bring in any other runs as the Generals got out of the big time jam. Going to the 7th, Heritage led things, 4-2.
Bice helped himself out in the top of the 7th with a three run homer to right, making things 7-2. A one out single from T. Huffman was all the Dragons could manage in the bottom of the frame as Heritage would take this one, 7-2.
Travis Huffman went 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 9 hits, & striking out 4 on 102 pitches & went 2-4 with a stolen base
Dominic Stephens drew a walk and scored a run
Walker Lawrence went 1-1 with a double, 1 RBI, 1 run scored, & drew two walks
Wyatt Gooch went 1-2 with a single, 1 RBI, & drew one walk
Pickens is now 12-8 overall and in 4th in 7-AAAA at 5-4. The Dragons have a tough week next week with three region games all on the road. The week starts at Cartersville on Tuesday, then at Northwest Whitfield on Thursday, then a battle with 515 rival Gilmer on Friday. All games have a first pitch time of 5:55.