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
On Friday, the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the North Forsyth Raiders of the 7-A classification in the final non-region game of the regular season. Last year, these two teams came down to the wire with North Forsyth pulling it out late. The Dragons, looked to build off of their come from behind win over North Hall last week.
The Dragons began the game with the ball, but were forced to punt after going three & out. North Forsyth would then take advantage of a short punt to score the 1st touchdown of the game after a 12-yd run at the 9:04 mark of the opening quarter. Pickens answered back at the 5:59 mark when Senior Jacob Brumby connected with fellow Senior Josh Cain for a 21-yd TD, tying things up at 7 a piece. The tie only lasted :33 seconds though as the Raiders scored on an 80-yd TD run to reclaim the lead, 14-7 with 5:26 left in the 1st quarter. North Forsyth added to their lead just before the end of the quarter with a 5-yd TD pass. Going to the 2nd quarter, the Raiders lead the Dragons, 21-7.
In the 2nd, Pickens cut the North Forsyth lead down to 7 after Brumby lobbed it up to Junior Zach Goss Jr from 21-yds out. Goss Jr would then leap over the defender to make a spectacular catch at the 10:48 mark to make it 21-14 Raiders. The fun in the 2nd quarter, was only just beginning however. North Forsyth then stretched it back out to a two score advantage after a 15-yd TD pass at the 7:06 mark, making it 28-14. The Brumby & Goss Jr connection came together for a 2nd time on the night, this time from 20-yds out, making it 28-21 Raiders with 6:21 left in the 1st half. A fumble recovery by the Dragons on the ensuing kickoff gave them excellent field position as Junior Robert Davis took it to the house on a 31-yd TD run at the 6:02 mark to tie things up at 28. The tie would be broken very quickly however as North Forsyth scored on a 69-yd TD run at the 5:18 mark to make it 35-28. The Raiders then hit a 25-yd field goal just prior to halftime to take a 38-28 lead into the break.
The first score of the 2nd half came at the 5:35 mark of the 3rd after a 37-yd pass from the Raiders connected for the TD to make the score 45-28. North Forsyth again added to their lead at the 2:55 mark after a 30-yd TD pass made it 51-28, as we headed to the 4th quarter. The Raiders again found the end zone first in the 4th after a 30-yd TD run, stretching their lead out to 58-28 with 10:32 left in the game. The lone score in the 2nd half for the Dragons came at the 10:11 mark after an 80-yd TD run from Davis to make it 58-35 Raiders. North Forsyth would take this one by a final score of 58-35.
21 1st downs, 5/11 on 3rd down, 0/4 on 4th down, 70 plays, 595 total yards, 33 carries, 328 yards rushing, 37 passes, 267 passing yards, 1 INT, & 2 fumble recoveries
Jacob Brumby: 22-36, 267 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
Robert Davis: 13 carries, 225 yards, 2 TD
Jacob Brumby: 11 carries, 36 yards
C.J. Streicher: 3 carries, 26 yards
Trevon Hawkins: 4 carries, 23 yards
Brady Moore: 2 carries, 18 yards
Zach Goss Jr: 4 catches, 78 yards, 2 TD
Robert Davis: 6 catches,69 yards
Alex Snelgrove: 6 catches, 54 yards
Josh Cain: 3 catches, 48 yards, 1 TD
Trevon Hawkins: 1 catch, 14 yards
Brady Moore: 2 catches, 4 yards
Jay Jones: 12 total tackles, 4 solo, 8 assisted, 1 INT, & 1 fumble recovery
Hunter Hermann: 11 total tackles, 6 solo, 5 assisted
Trevon Hawkins: 10 total tackles, 8 solo, 2 assisted
C.J. Streicher: 7 total tackles, 5 solo, 2 assisted, & 1 blocked PAT attempt
Kaleb Ray: 7 total tackles, 4 solo, 3 assisted, & 1 forced fumble
Michael Burrell: 2 punts for 56 yards, & 5/5 on PAT attempts
Trevon Hawkins: 4 kick off returns for 98 yards, & 1 punt return for 2 yards
Robert Davis: 2 kick off returns for 19 yards
The Dragons will be off next week as they get ready for 6-AAAA region play on the 29th when they host the Gilmer Bobcats for Homecoming.
Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the North Hall Trojans out of 3-A in the first home game for the Dragons in the 2017 season. These two schools played each other last year in Gainesville, where the Trojans pulled out a close 16-8 win over Pickens. Much like their game with Pepperell the week prior, the Dragons were looking to exact a little revenge on the Trojans.
North Hall won the toss and elected to get the ball first, & got points on their first possession of the ball game. The Trojans used an 18-yd TD run to take an early 7-0 lead with 7:34 left in the opening quarter. North Hall then picked off a pass on the Dragons first play from scrimmage, then added to their lead with a 1-yd TD run at the 6:03 mark to make it 14-0 Trojans in the 1st quarter. Pickens got back into it with a 62-yd TD run from Junior Robert Davis at the 5:01 mark to make it 14-7 North Hall in the 1st. The Trojans answered the Dragons score with a 24-yd TD pass to stretch the lead out to 21-7 with 3:17 still remaining in the 1st. Pickens then would respond with a 28-yd TD pass from Senior Jacob Brumby to Junior Zach Goss Jr at the :29 mark of the first. Sending us to the 2nd quarter with the score, North Hall 21 Pickens 14.
Compared to the 1st quarter, scoring wise, the 2nd quarter was really tame. The Trojans added to their lead with a 1-yd TD run at the 8:42 mark, making it 28-14. As the 1st half came to a close, it turned into the Goss Jr show. Brumby connected with the Junior wide out several times on the final drive of the half including a 7-yd TD strike with :22 seconds left to make it 28-21 North Hall as we went into the half.
The 3rd quarter of this one, belonged to the Dragons. Pickens began the 3rd, and the opening possession of the 2nd half was capped off by a 38-yd TD pass at the 7:03 mark from Brumby to Goss Jr. Their 3rd TD connection of the night. That tied the ball game up at 28 a piece. As the 3rd quarter came to an end, Sophomore C.J. Streicher plowed his way in from 7-yds out to give the Dragons their first lead of the night, 35-28, going to the 4th.
Just 1:35 into the 4th and final quarter, the Trojans tied things back up at 35 after a 38-yd TD run at the 10:25 mark. Pickens, would not be fazed however as the duo of Brumby & Goss Jr, hooked up for a fourth time on the evening with a 17-yd TD pass to regain the lead 42-35 at the 6:24 mark of the 4th quarter. With time quickly moving down on the clock, North Hall looked to send this game into overtime, or win it outright with a score & two-point conversion. On 4th down, the Trojans were near the goal line looking to score with just :12 left. The pass attempt into the end zone sailed over the intended targets head. The Dragons held on for the win, 42-35.
22 1st downs, 7/14 on 3rd down, 5/7 on 4th down, 537 total yards on 72 plays for a 4.6 yard average, 197 rushing yards, 340 passing yards
Jacob Brumby: 24-37, 340 yards (school record), 4 TD & 73 yards rushing on 14 carries
Robert Davis: 11 carries, 93 yards, & 1 TD & 2 catches for 7 yards
Trevon Hawkins: 5 carries, 17 yards & 4 catches for 55 yards
C.J. Streicher: 4 carries, 14 yards, & 1 TD & 1 catch for 10 yards
Zach Goss Jr: 10 catches (tied school record, 180 yards, & 4 TD (tied school record)
Josh Cain: 4 catches for 49 yards
Alex Snelgrove: 3 catches for 39 yards
Hunter Hermann: 17 total tackles, 12 solo, 5 assisted
Jay Jones: 11 total tackles, 5 solo, 6 assisted
Trevon Hawkins: 10 total tackles, 7 solo, 3 assisted
Dallas McHale: 9 total tackles, 4 solo, 5 assisted, 2 TFL
Colby McDowell: 8 total tackles, 4 solo, 4 assisted, 2 TFL
Michael Burrell: 1 punt for 27 yards, & 6/6 on PAT
Robert Davis: 2 returns for 40 yards
Trevon Hawkins: 1 return for 24 yards
Pickens will continue their stretch of home games next week as the North Forsyth Raiders of the 7-A classification comes to town. This will be the final non-region game before region play begins for the Dragons on the 29th.
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
Yesterday afternoon, the PHS JV Dragons baseball team hosted the Grizzlies of Creekview at Dragons Field. Pickens, came in looking to get a big win over a school in a higher classification before facing their rival Gilmer next week.
In the top of the 1st, the Grizzlies struck early. Creekview managed to plate 3 runs on 2 hits, to lead the Dragons 3-0 going to the bottom of the frame. In the bottom half of the opening inning, Pickens scored 4 runs as Michael Burrell & Lucas Headrick knocked in 3 runs combined & 1 run came in after a wild pitch. Pickens led Creekview going to the 2nd, 4-3. A 12 pitch top of the 2nd for Isaiah Payne, & an 8 pitch top of the 3rd for Clate Mcarthur kept Pickens in front 4-3 as neither team found offense till the 4th.
In the 4th, the Grizzlies drove in 5 runs to take the lead back, 8-4. The Dragons went down in order in the bottom of the inning to send us to the 5th, Creekview ahead, 8-4. After a 9 pitch top of the 5th for Damian Watkins, the Dragons cut into the Grizzly lead in the bottom of the frame with 3 runs coming home on 4 hits to make it 8-7 Creekview going to the 6th.
In the 6th, Creekview would add to their lead. The Grizzlies scored 5 runs in the top of the 6th to stretch their lead on the Dragons out to 13-7. Haedrick drove in Burrell in the bottom of the 6th to cut the lead to 13-8 going to the 7th inning. Shawn Mask struck out two in the top of the 7th for Pickens and sent us to the bottom of the final inning. Creekview was able to come away with the win, 13-8.
Will Lawrence: 1IP, 2K’s, 3R 2H on 23 pitches, & 0-0 with a walk
Isaiah Payne: 1IP, 0R on 12 pitches
Clate Macarthur: 1IP, 1K, 0R on 8 pitches
Jackson Jones: 1IP 5R on 18 pitches
Damian Watkins: 1IP, 0R, on 9 pitches
Shawn Mask: 2IP, 4K on 27 pitches
Adam Massey: 0-2 with 2 walks & 1 run scored
Colby James: 1-4 with 1 single & 1 run scored
Michael Burrell: 2-3 with 2 singles, 1 RBI, 3 runs scored, & 1 HBP
Jay Jones: 1-2 with a sac RBI, 1 single
Lucas Headrick: 4-4 with 1 double, 3 singles, 4 RBI, & 1 run scored
Clayton Holland: 0-0 with 2 walks
Dalton Elrod: 2-2 with 2 singles & 1 RBI
Yesterday afternoon, the PHS JV Dragons baseball team hosted the White County Warriors at Dragons Field at PCMS. The JV Dragons, looked to kick things off in 2017 with a win at home.
Ben Miller, took to the mound for the JV Dragons and looked good in the top of the 1st. Miller K’d 2 batters in the top of the frame sending us to the bottom of the 1st. Pickens struck first as Jay Jones drew a leadoff walk and was driven in by Colby James on an RBI double. James then would be driven in by Adam Massey as the Dragons took a 2-0 lead going to the 2nd.
In the top of the 2nd, White County struck for 4 runs to take the lead over Pickens 4-2. The bottom of the 2nd saw the Dragons leave two stranded after Hunter Kalson led off the inning with a single. We would go to the 3rd, with the Warriors ahead, 4-2.
In the 3rd, Aiden Sanchez relieved Evan Jones and struck two Warriors out sending us to the bottom of the inning. Pickens cut the White County lead to 4-3 as Jacob Kirchoff drove in Lucas Headrick with an RBI single. In the 4th, the Dragons tied it up at 4 after Christian Chumley drove in Headrick with an RBI single.
The bottom of the 5th would be the turning point of the ball game. After Kirchoff & Bailey Truitt reached on errors, Jones drove them in with a single to give Pickens the lead back, 6-4. Headrick & Massey were able to draw back to back walks, then Chumley cleared the bases with a 3-RBI single to stretch the Dragons lead over the Warriors to 9-4.
After leading off with a single in the bottom of the 6th, Tyler Vreeland scored after a wild pitch to make it 10-4. White County would not go quietly as they started a rally in the top of the 7th. The Warriors scored two runs before Shawn Mask shut them down to seal a 10-6 win for the JV Dragons.
Ben Miller went 1 1/3 innings with 2 K’s, Evan Jones went 2/3 innings with 1 K, Aiden Sanchez went 2 innings with 2 K’s, Austin Plumley went 2 innings, & Shawn Mask went 1 inning
Pickens had 10 runs on 8 hits
Christian Chumley went 2-2 with 4 RBI
Adam Massey went 1-1 with an RBI, 1 run scored, & 3 walks
Jay Jones went 1-3 with 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 walk, & 1 HBP
Jacob Kirchoff went 1-3 with 1 RBI, a single, & 1 run scored
Lucas Headrick went 1-3 with 1 single, 3 runs scored, 1 walk, & 1 HBP
Colby James went 1-4 with 1 RBI, 1 double, & 1 walk
Tyler Vreeland went 1-2 with 1 single, & 1 run scored
The JV Dragons will have a quick turnaround as they travel to White County to take on the Warriors this afternoon. First pitch set for 5:30 p.m.