This past Friday, the Pickens Dragons varsity football team opened up their 2018 season by welcoming the Pirates of Stone Mountain to the newly upgraded Dragons Stadium. Stone Mountain, is out of region 5 in the 3-A classification. This was the first varsity game on the new turf field for the Dragons that will count on the record books as Pickens hosted Dawson several months ago in a spring scrimmage. Prior to the game, the youth football teams & cheerleaders of Pickens County were recognized as their seasons are just getting underway as well.
The Dragons would receive the ball first to begin the game, & wasted little time pulling out the trick plays. On the first play from scrimmage, Qb C.J. Streicher took the snap, rolled to his left, handed it off to Michael Burrell, who looked to be running a reverse. Instead, Burrell, launched the ball to an open Alex Snelgrove, for a 49-yd gain. Pickens, would then march down the field, & Streicher capped off the opening drive with a 1-yd TD run, to put the Dragons up 7-0, at the 10:46 mark of the 1st. After the Dragons’ defense came up with a stop on the Pirates’ drive, Streicher again found the end zone on a 10-yd TD run to give Pickens a 14-0 lead with 4:48 left in the 1st. The Dragons again found pay dirt after a 44-yd TD pass from Streicher to Burrell to put Pickens up 21-0 with 2:47 left in the opening quarter. The defense for the Dragons wanted in on the scoring & that’s when Brady Moore picked off a pass and took it all the way to the end zone to stretch the lead over Stone Mountain 28-0, as we’d head to the 2nd quarter.
Both teams went back and forth in the 2nd quarter, until the 5:56 mark when the Dragons defense came up with a safety, to make it 30-0. Moore, this time on offense, found the end zone after a 9-yd TD run, making it 37-0, with 5:04 left in the first half. Moore, wanted more as he again found the end zone, this time after a 16-yd TD run, making it 44-0 Dragons, heading into halftime. With a running clock in the 2nd half, the Dragons would put in their younger players to give them some varsity experience. Stone Mountain scored with just over 10 minutes left in the game, & that would be all the scoring in the 2nd half. Your final in this one, Pickens 44 Stone Mountain 6.
First Downs: 11
Third Down: 3 of 6
Total Yards: 426
Total Plays: 42
Avg Per Play: 10.1 yards
Rushing Yards: 262
Yds Per Rush: 10.48
Passing Yards: 164
Passing Attempts: 17
Yds Per Attempt: 10.65
C.J. Streicher: 6-13, 115 yds passing, 1 TD, 1 INT, 63 yds rushing, 2 TD
Michael Burrell: 1-1, 49 yds passing, 40 yds rushing, 44 yds receiving, 1 TD, 3 total tackles, 1 pass break up
Trevon Hawkins: 3 rushes for 81 yds, 11 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks
Brady Moore: 3 rushes, 37 yds, 2 TDs, 1 catch, 26 yds, 2 total tackles, 1 INT, 1 defensive TD
Alex Snelgrove: 1 catch, 49 yds
Hunter Hermann: 11 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
Jay Jones: 6 total tackles
Andrew Macom: 6 total tackles
Clayton Holland: 6 total tackles
Dallas McHale: 4 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery
Sy Chadwick: 4 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack
The Dragons defense held Stone Mountain to just 12 yards rushing on 33 attempts, & just a 136 total yards on 56 plays run.
Pickens, will have next week off, but will be back in action at home on the 31st as they host the Dragons of Pepperell. Pepperell has become a familiar opponent over the last couple of seasons and if any of the previous meetings are any indications, this one will be an exciting one to watch as well. Game time is set for 7:30.
Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, were once again in Ringgold to take on the Heritage Generals, in game 2 of their 3 game set. This game, was originally supposed to take place on Friday, but was moved up to yesterday, because of impending weather. Pickens, was looking to get back into the series after a tough first game on Tuesday.
The 1st inning saw the Dragons put the bat on the ball in the top half of the frame, unfortunately, those hits were right to General defenders & Pickens went in order. Dragons starter Dylan Huffman, needed 12 pitches to get out of the bottom of the 1st, as he struck out two Heritage batters in the process. The Dragons had a good start to the top of the 2nd with a lead off single from Jace Franklin, but a double play turned by the Generals stopped any potential scoring chance. In the bottom of the 2nd, Heritage was able to get on the board after plating 5 runs to take a 5-0 lead, going to the 3rd.
In the top of the 3rd, Pickens got a pair of 1-out singles from Hunter Hermann & Brady Moore, to set the Dragons up with a good scoring opportunity. The Generals however, got a ground ball & a fly out, to get out of the top of the 3rd. The bottom half of the 3rd saw Heritage plate another run to extend their lead over the Dragons, 6-0, going to the 4th. Pickens, got a 1-out single, & a 2-out double from Colby James in the top of the 4th, but again, the Generals were able to manage to escape the threat without any damage done. Heritage, would score 8 times in the bottom of the 4th to make it 14-0. The ball game would be called after the top of the 5th due to run rule, as the Generals got the win, 14-0 in 5 innings.
Brady Moore: 1-3 with a single
Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a single
Caswell Smith: 1-2 with a single
Chad Pacas: 1 walk drawn
Colby James: 1-2 with a double
Hunter Hermann: 1-2 with a single
These two teams will meet again this afternoon for the 3rd & final game of the series. Game 3 will be at PCMS, with a start time of 5:55.
Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, headed up to Ringgold, to take on the region leading Heritage Generals, in a big first game of a 3-game set. Coming into the game, Pickens, were coming off of a series sweep of Lafayette, & held down the 2nd spot in 6-AAAA at 7-2.
Colby James, got the start for the Dragons, and got off to a good start. James, would collect his first K of the game, & left a runner stranded in the bottom of the 1st, sending us to the 2nd. In the bottom of the 2nd, Heritage got on the board after two runs would come across to score, one via a solo home run. We headed to the 3rd, Pickens down 2-0.
Early on offensively for the Dragons just seemed to be a case of being unlucky. Pickens, were getting contact on the ball, but they just would not fall. The Generals, extended their lead in the bottom of the 3rd, plating 3 runs to lead the Dragons 5-0, going to the 4th. Pickens, finally got on the base path in the top of the 4th as Brady Moore would reach on an error by the 2nd baseman, & Dylan Huffman would collect the Dragons first hit of the game with a single. James, got out of the bottom of the 4th on 13 pitches, & sent us to the 5th, Pickens still trailing, 5-0.
The Dragons, had their first scoring threat of the game in the top of the 5th, with runners at 1st & 2nd with just one out. However, Heritage was able to get out of it, & send us to the bottom of the 5th. James, again needed 13 pitches to get out of the bottom of the 5th, & also got his 2nd K of the game. Joseph Gossett, gave the Dragons their first extra base hit of the game in the top of the 6th with a 1-out double. The Generals, would again get out of the jam as we’d head to the bottom of the 6th. Heritage, added two more runs in the bottom of the frame with a 2-run home run, to stretch their lead out to 7-2, going to the 7th.
Jace Franklin, began the Dragons’ 7th with a single, Caswell Smith followed that up with a double, Will Lawrence then drew a walk, then Hunter Hermann delivered a 2-out, 2-run double to get the Dragons on the board. The late rally would not be enough, as Heritage took game 1, 7-2.
Joseph Gossett: 1-3 with a double
Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a single
Jace Franklin: 1-3 with a single & 1 run scored
Caswell Smith: 2-3 with a single, a double, & 1 run scored
Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a double & 2 RBI
Due to impending weather on Friday, Game 3 of the series was moved up to today. It now becomes game 2, & game 2 now becomes game 3, & will be a PCMS on Thursday. Game 2 today, is scheduled for 5:30.
This past Friday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, traveled up to LaFayette, to take on the Ramblers in a doubleheader. Pickens, took game 1 last Tuesday in Jasper 2-1, & looked to gain as much momentum as they could, heading into a big series with Heritage next week.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Pickens looked to get things going early, loading the bases with no one out. However, a diving catch by the Ramblers 2nd baseman, a throw to the shortstop covering 2nd, & a throw to 1st, negated any scoring chance for the Dragons as LaFayette turned a 4-6-3 triple play. Dragons starter Dylan Huffman, needed 10 pitches to send us to the top of the 2nd, still scoreless. Colby James & Tyler Vreeland collected RBI hits in the 2nd to give the Dragons a 2-0 lead, heading to the bottom of the frame. Huffman, got his 1st K in the bottom of the 2nd, as we headed to the 3rd, Pickens ahead, 2-0.
In the top of the 3rd, Joseph Gossett, launched his 4th home run of the season, to extend the Dragons lead over the Ramblers to 3-0, going to the bottom of the 3rd. Huffman, breezed through the bottom of the 3rd on only 9 pitches, to send us to the 4th. Pickens, got hits from Chad Pacas & Hunter Hermann in the top of the 4th, but that would be all, and we would go to the bottom of the 4th. Huffman, continued to keep his pitch count down by needing 11 pitches to send us to the 5th, Dragons leading 3-0.
The Dragons, got RBI hits from both Brady Moore, & Jace Franklin, to extend their lead over LaFayette to 5-0, going to the bottom of the frame. In his longest inning of the game, Huffman threw 16 pitches, but got out of the half inning, with no damage done. Pickens had a scoring chance in the top of the 6th, but left two runners on. A 6 pitch bottom of the 6th from Huffman, sent us to the 7th, Dragons up, 5-0. Vreeland, brought in Pacas in the top of the 7th, to make it 6-0 Dragons. LaFayette, scored 3 in the bottom of the 7th, but that would be all as they Dragons took the first game, 6-3.
Dylan Huffman: 6IP, 3H, 3K, 0R, 0ER on 65 pitches
Joseph Gossett: 2-2 with a home run, a double, 2 walks, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored
Brady Moore: 2-4 with 2 singles, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Jace Franklin: 2-4 with 2 singles, & 1 RBI
Caswell Smith: 1-2 with a single, 1 HBP, & 1 run scored
Chad Pacas: 2-4 with 2 singles, & 2 runs scored
Colby James: 2-4 with 2 singles & 1 RBI
Tyler Vreeland: 3-4 with 3 singles, & 2 RBI
Hunter Hermann: 2-4 with 2 singles
Pickens, got a 1-out hit from Joseph Gossett in the top of the 1st, but left him stranded at 3rd. LaFayette, jumped out to the early lead in the bottom of the inning, plating one run. That lead for the Ramblers would not last long as the Dragons got an RBI from Colby James & Tyler Vreeland in the top of the 2nd, to take a 2-1 lead. Dragons starter Caswell Smith, helped himself out in the top of the 3rd, driving in Gossett, to give Pickens a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the 4th, Pickens widened it’s lead on LaFayette, scoring 3 runs on 1 hit, to take a 6-1 lead. The Dragons, kept it rolling in the top of the 5th, as they again scored 3 runs on 1 hit, to extend their lead to 9-1. In the top of the 6th, Pickens got back to back home runs from Jace Franklin & Smith, to make it 11-1. James, came on in relief of Smith in the bottom of the 6th, and needed 9 pitches in his lone inning of work. With a 10-run lead after 5, the game was called and the Dragons took game 2 of the doubleheader, 11-1, to get the series sweep.
Caswell Smith: 5IP, 9K, 1R, 1ER on 82 pitches & 2-4 with 1 double, 1 home run, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored
Colby James: 1IP, 2K on 9 pitches & 1-4 with a single & 1 RBI
Brady Moore: 2 runs scored
Joseph Gossett: 3-3 with 2 singles, 1 double, 1 walk, & 1 run scored
Jace Franklin: 1-4 with a home run, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored
Chad Pacas: 1-1 with a single, 2 walks, & 2 runs scored
Will Lawrence: 1-1 with a double
Tyler Vreeland: 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a single & 2 runs scored
Pickens, will look to keep their bats hot as they head to Ringgold on Tuesday to begin a big 3-game series with the Heritage Generals. Heritage, is leading 6-AAAA at 9-0, with the Dragons right behind them at 7-2. First pitch on Tuesday scheduled for 5:30.
Yesterday afternoon & into evening, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, hosted the Lafayette Ramblers, for the first game of what looks to be an important series in terms of region standings, Pickens, came into the series in 2nd place at 4-2, but was looking to shake off a tough series with Northwest Whitfield. The Ramblers, came in just behind the Dragons at 3-3 in the standings.
The top of the 1st saw the starter for the Dragons, Isaiah Payne, work quickly as he sat the Ramblers down on 9 pitches. Pickens, went quietly as well in the bottom of the 1st, sending us to the 2nd, still tied at 0. Payne, found himself in a little trouble in the top of the 2nd, but was able to pitch around it, and send us to the bottom of the frame. A lead off walk drawn by Jace Franklin, came back to haunt Lafayette as Caswell Smith would bring in Franklin on an RBI double, giving the Dragons a 1-0 lead, going to the 3rd.
Payne, got out of the top of the 3rd, needing only 10 pitches to send us to the bottom of the inning. Hunter Hermann, got things started in the Dragons half of the 3rd, by getting hit by a pitch, taking 2nd base on a passed pick off attempt, & scoring on an RBI single by Dylan Huffman, to make 2-0 Pickens, going to the 4th. In the top of the 4th, Payne again worked around trouble as he would strikeout two Ramblers, sending us to the bottom of the inning. The Dragons, got hits from Chad Pacas, & Tyler Vreeland in the bottom of the frame, but left runners stranded at the corners, sending us to the 5th, Pickens still ahead, 2-0.
In the top of the 5th, Lafayette cut the Dragons lead in half, as Payne got through the top half of the 5th, giving up the one run. Pickens, got a lead off double from Huffman, but were unable to bring him around, & we would head to the 6th, Dragons now leading 2-1. Cobly James would come on in relief of Payne in the top of the 6th, & needed 12 pitches, & collected 2 strikeouts to send the Dragons offense back up. A two out single by Vreeland, would be all Pickens would get in the bottom of the 6th, & we’d go to the 7th, Dragons up, 2-1.
In the top of the 7th, Lafayette, was threatening to tie the ball game up or even take the lead, loading the bases up at one point in the frame. James, was able to get out of it, with the help of some good defensive plays, to give the Dragons the narrow 2-1 win over the Ramblers.
Isaiah Payne: 5IP, 4K, 1R, 1ER, 72 pitches
Cobly James: 2IP, 3K, 0R, 0ER, 28 pitches
Dylan Huffman: 2-3 with a single, & a double, & 1 RBI
Jace Franklin: a walk, & 1 run scored
Chad Pacas: 1-3 with a single
Caswell Smith: 1-2 with a double, & 1 RBI
Tyler Vreeland: 2-3 with 2 singles
Will Lawrence: 1-3 with a single
Hunter Hermann: hit by pitch, & 1 run scored
Games 2 & 3 will be played at Lafayette in a doubleheader on Friday. First pitch for game 2 is scheduled for 4:40.
On Friday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, hosted the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield in the 3rd & final game of their 3-game set. The night before, the Dragons took the lead in the top of the 7th, only for the Bruins to get the win in the bottom of the inning, setting up the rubber game in this crucial region series.
Colby James, started for the Dragons, and his evening began rather smoothly as he only needed 5 pitches to send us to the bottom of the 1st. Both pitchers got through the first two innings giving up nothing to either team. Northwest Whitfield, broke through in the top of the 3rd, with 2 runs scoring on 3 hits, to take a 2-0 lead over Pickens.
The Bruins, added to their lead in the top of the 6th, by plating 6 runs, to take a 8-0 lead over the Dragons. Pickens, got an RBI single from Chad Pacas, & a 2-RBI double from Caswell Smith, to cut into the Northwest Whitfield lead, 8-3, going to the 7th. In the top of the 7th, the Bruins scored two runs, to stretch their lead to 10-3. The Dragons, would score two runs themselves in the bottom of the frame, but would fall, 10-5.
Brady Moore: HBP, 1 run scored
Joseph Gossett: 1-4 with a single
Colby James: HBP, 1 run scored
Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a single, 2 walks, & 1 run scored
Chad Pacas: 1-4 with a single, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Caswell Smith: 1-3 with a double & 2 RBI
Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a single & 1 stolen base
Dylan Huffman: 1 run scored
Even after dropping that tough series to Northwest Whitfield, the Dragons still find themselves in 2nd in 6-AAAA (9-7, 4-2). They will host the Lafayette Ramblers at PCMS, to begin a 3-game set starting on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 5:55.
Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team traveled up to Tunnel Hill to take on the Northwest Whitfield Bruins in game two of the their 3-game set. On Tuesday, the Dragons got the upper hand in the series as they took game one, 4-2 over the Bruins. Coming into this game, Pickens looked to keep that momentum going, & take the series outright.
The top of the 1st got off to a promising start for the Dragons as lead off hitter Brady Moore reached base after an error. However, Northwest Whitfield got out of the half inning with out any damage done. The starting pitcher for Pickens, Dylan Huffman, got off to a good start to his day as he would K the side, to send us to the 2nd. Jace Franklin kicked off the 2nd with a lead off single. Franklin would be stranded at 2nd as the Dragons were unable to score. The Bruins, took advantage of a lead off walk in the bottom half of the inning, as that walk would come into score after a pitch got away from the catcher. We headed to the 3rd, Northwest Whitfield lead the Dragons, 1-0.
Tyler Vreeland, led off the 3rd with a single, but again, the Bruins would be able to work around it and maintain their lead, 1-0, going to the bottom of the 3rd. Huffman, would bring his strikeout total to 5 in the bottom of the frame as he kept Northwest Whitfield in check, and sent us to the 4th, Pickens still trailing, 1-0. Both starting pitchers kept the offenses for both teams scoreless in the 4th, as we’d head to the 5th, Bruins still leading, 1-0.
The Dragons, broke through in the top of the 5th as Huffman, got hit by a pitch, advanced on a passed ball, & scored on a Moore RBI, to tie things up at 1, going to the bottom of the inning. With some good defensive help behind him, Huffman and the Dragons got through the bottom of the 5th, tied at 1 a piece. In the top of the 6th, Pickens had runners at 1st & 2nd, with 1 out, but could not take the lead. The bottom of the 6th saw Isaiah Payne come on in relief of Huffman, & got out of the inning with nothing doing for the Bruins.
In the top of the 7th, Hunter Hermann reached on a 1-out single, advanced to 2nd after a pick off throw got past the 1st baseman, then scored after a RBI double from Huffman, to give the Dragons a 2-1 lead, going to the bottom of the 7th. Northwest Whitfield, would display a little timely hitting of their own as a single would bring in two runners, & give the Bruins the win, 3-2.
Dylan Huffman: 5IP, 1R, 1ER, 1H, 6K, 99 pitches, & 1-2 with a double, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Isaiah Payne: 1IP, 1K, 0R, 0ER, 14 pitches
Brady Moore: 1-4 with a single & 1 RBI
Colby James: 1-3 with a single
Jace Franklin: 1-1 with a single & 2 walks
Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a single & 1 run scored
Tyler Vreeland: 1-3 with a single
The 3-game set between these two teams concludes today as the Dragons will welcome the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield to Dragons Field. First pitch set for 5:55 pm.
Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Northwest Whitfield Bruins to Dragons Field to begin their 3-game set. Pickens, came into this game 8-5 overall, but more importantly, 3-0 in region play after sweeping the Gilmer Bobcats to start region play. The Bruins, went 2-1 against Southeast Whitfield, & dropped all three games against Heritage in close fashion.
Caswell Smith took to the mound to start for the Dragons and pitched very well. Smith would strikeout 2 Bruins batters to begin the game. Pickens, had an early chance to put some runs on the board, but would leave two runners stranded to send us to the 2nd, still scoreless. Smith would add to his strikeout total in the top of the 2nd, giving him 3 in two innings. Smith then led off the bottom of the frame with a single, but the Dragons would not be able to score as we’d head to the 3rd, still tied at 0.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Pickens broke through and broke the tie after a 2-out RBI single from Jace Franklin brought in Dylan Huffman. Going to the top of the 4th, the Dragons held a 1-0 lead over the Bruins. Smith, struck out 2 in the 4th, bringing his total to 7 for the game, & keeping the lead at 1-0 in favor of Pickens. In the bottom of the 4th, the Dragons again did damage with 2-out as Brady Moore had a 2 RBI triple, & Joseph Gossett would follow that up with an RBI single to stretch the lead to 4-0 over Northwest Whitfield, going to the 5th.
We pick up the action in the top of the 6th, as Northwest Whitfield got on the board, and cut the Dragons lead in half. Isaiah Payne came on in relief of Smith, & needed 1 pitch to get out of the 6th. In the the top of the 7th, Payne was able to end any potential game tying threats by the Bruins, and sealed the win for Pickens, 4-2.
Caswell Smith: 5 2/3rd innings, 9K, 2R, 2ER, 110 pitches, & 1-3 with a single
Isaiah Payne: 1 /1/3rd innings, 1K, 20 pitches
Brady Moore: 1-3 with a walk, a triple, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored
Joseph Gossett: 1-2 with a HBP, a single, & 1 RBI
Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a walk, a single, & 1 RBI
Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a single, & 1 run scored
Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a double, & 1 run scored
Evan Jones: 1 run scored
These two teams will play again tomorrow at Northwest Whitfield in game two of the three game set. First pitch set for 5:55.