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.
The Pickens County Dragons have poured their hearts into wrestling this season, and it’s certainly been one to remember. But – it’s not over, yet.
Just one week after hosting the Burnt Mountain Classic, where the Dragons finished 2nd overall, the team came together to hit the mats with a lot more on the line this time than just ‘braggin’ rights. Gilmer hosted this year’s AAAA-Region 6 area tournament, and the Dragons were one of the team favorites coming into the competition,
In traditional area wrestling, the top four individual competitors in each class qualify to compete at the GHSA AAAA Sectionals meet next weekend at Woodward Academy. On the other side of Sectional competition, Jefferson will host Area winners from areas 2, 3, 7 and 8. Jefferson won the team dual state championship last month, their 17th straight GHSA state dual championship. Gilmer County finished 2nd in that tournament.
With Pickens wrestling in what is arguably the most competitive region in the state, the team faced off against rival Gilmer, as well as quality wrestlers from Ridgeland, Heritage and more. The day turned out to be one of the best in school history, with a record number of sectional qualifiers and three traditional area champions: Zack Meadows, CJ Murphy and Michael Burrell.
Dalton Brunner also had a big day, finishing 2nd in his class.
Other qualifiers for the Dragons include Michael Hernandez (3rd) and Joseph Ferguson (3rd), as well as 4th-place finishers Nate Davis, Jared Edwards, Kelley Dover and Sam Stout.
The overall performance by the Dragons varsity wrestling squad earned them 6AAAA Area Runner-up honors, behind defending champion Gilmer High.
TeamFYNSports would like to wish the Dragons wrestling program all the best as they prepare for sectional competition this week!
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The Burnt Mountain Classic took place on Friday night and Saturday at Pickens Co. High School. The Classic comes with high expectations by the teams attending – and although inclement weather forced school cancellations throughout the week – the tournament still lived up to the bill.
Although the weather was rough all week, 15 of 19 Varsity teams that were scheduled came off the buses ready to strap on their head gear and hit the mat. Fannin County was one of 22 varsity teams scheduled to attend but like a handful of the teams who cancelled, they followed the school cancellation schedule due to potential hazardous road conditions.
The acclaimed Gilmer Bobcats varsity squad, who have been living up to their legacy of absolute domination all season long, was originally scheduled to attend as well. After speaking with head coach Josh Ghobadpor about his decision to give his varsity the weekend off, he stated that with the weather being what it was during the week, they hadn’t been able to practice. Rather than put his varsity in a high-pressure situation so close to area and sectionals, Ghobadpor focused instead on taking his junior varsity team to compete in the JV Scramble.
“We tried to get to the gym to train but with ice on the roads we didn’t want to take any chances. This weekend we decided to bring our JV and let them get the extra work in, though. After all the JV is the future of Bobcat wrestling,” Ghobadpor told TeamFYNSports.
As the wrestlers laced up and shook hands, match-by-match the competition began to heat up right away. Pickens, Lumpkin, Creekview, Etowah, Cherokee High, Calhoun, Alcoa, Milton, Sequoyah, Chestatee, Towns, SE Whitfield, Walker, West Hall and River Ridge all came in pursuit of conquest.
With each win or loss, the cream began to rise to the top. While all in attendance had much to be proud of, two standout teams battled for the heralded prize of tournament champions. As the dust (and sweat) settled, congratulations went to the Creekview High School Grizzlies for capturing the crown in the team scoring with 219 points. Narrowly taking the runner up award in the team points was the host: the Pickens County High School Dragons.
On Saturday, the action heated up with the JV Scramble. The young freshmen and sophomore athletes showed up and showed out on the mats with Calhoun Yellow Jackets taking the JV trophy. Individual award winners from Pickens County included: Zach Meadows(113 lbs) 2nd Place, C.J. Murphy(120 lbs) 2nd Place, Joseph Ferguson(152 lbs) 2nd Place Michael Burrell(160 lbs) 1st Place, Tyler Vreeland(170 lbs), Kellie Dover(182 lbs) 3rd Place and Dalton Bruhner(195 lbs) 4th Place.
Other results were not available at the event. Congratulations to all athletes and best of luck in Area Competition and State!
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 what was a rainy, turned foggy evening last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team traveled to take on the Heritage Generals. Coming into the game, Pickens sat 3rd in the region at 3-2, while Heritage was just ahead at 4-1. The winner, would finish 2nd in the region, & host the 1st round of the state playoffs next week.
Pickens won the toss, but elected to differ to the 2nd half. Heritage, with the help of some costly penalties, got on the board first with a 1-yd TD run at the 9:51 mark of the opening quarter to take a 7-0 lead. That would be the only scoring done in the 1st quarter and we would head to the 2nd quarter with the Generals ahead, 7-0. Both teams were trading possessions back and forth in the 2nd quarter until Heritage intercepted a pass and took it all the way to the end zone to increase the lead to 14-0 with 5:22 left in the 1st half. The Generals again added to their lead at the 3:37 mark with a 9-yd TD run to make it 21-0. After nearly missing on several prior chances, Senior QB Jacob Brumby connected down the middle of the field to an open Zach Goss for a 56-yd TD pass at the 1:09 mark of the first half. However, Heritage would strike just before the half with a 35-yd TD pass to give us a halftime score of 28-7 in favor of the Generals.
The Dragons, came out battling in the 3rd quarter as they’re opening drive of the 2nd half lasted over 6 minutes, & was capped off by a 1-yd TD run from Sophomore C.J. Streicher to make it 28-14 with 5:46 left in the 3rd. Then, the Pickens defense would step up as Brady Moore picked off a pass attempt that was short of it’s intended target, & set up the Dragons with good field position after a nice return. The esuing drive stalled however & we would head to the 4th with Heritage leading, 28-14.
A pair of 1-yd TD runs from the Generals at the 11:47 & 7:13 marks of the 4th, gave Heritage a 42-14 lead over the Dragons. Pickens would not go quietly however as Brumby found fellow Senior Josh Cain on a well designed screen play & Cain would take it into the end zone from 28-yds out to make it 42-21 with 4:05 left in the game. The Generals, would score late in the game with a 13-yd TD run to give us a final of 49-21.
19 1st downs, 2/12 on 3rd down, 2/5 on 4th down, 399 total yards on 71 plays, 157 rushing yards, 242 passing yards. Defense forced 4 turnovers. 3 fumbles & 1 interception
Jacob Brumby: 16-27, 242 yards, 2 TD & 53 yards rushing on 14 carries
Robert Davis: 14 carries, 83 yards
C.J. Streicher: 7 carries, 49 yards
Josh Cain: 6 catches, 86 yards, 1 TD
Zach Goss: 2 catches, 62 yards, 1 TD
Kaleb Ray: 2 catches, 42 yards
Robert Davis: 3 catches, 20 yards
C.J. Streicher: 2 catches, 14 yards
Michael Burrell: 1 catch, 14 yards
Brady Moore: 8 total tackles, 6 solo, 2 assists, 1 TFL, 1 INT, & 1 fumble recovery
Hunter Hermann: 7 total tackles, 6 solo, 1 assist, 1 TFL, & 1 forced fumble
Kaleb Ray: 6 total tackles, 6 solo, & 1 forced fumble
Trevon Hawkins: 6 total tackles, 3 solo, & 3 assists
Alex Snelgrove: 5 total tackles, 5 solo, 1 TFL, 1 fumble recovery, & 1 pass break up
Michael Burrell: 5 punts, 184 yards, 36.8 yard average, long of 47, & 1 inside the 20. 3/3 on PAT
Kaleb Ray: 2 kick returns, 51 yards
Josh Cain: 2 kick returns, 35 yards
Robert Davis: 2 kick returns, 31 yards
With the loss, Pickens finishes the regular season at 5-5, & in a tie for 3rd in the region at 3-3. Due to the 3-way tie, Pickens, Northwest, & Southeast Whitfield will play in a mini-playoff on Monday at 7 p.m. at North Murray. Pickens and Northwest Whitfield will play first. The winner, will be in the playoffs. The loser of that first game, will then play Southeast Whitfield. Winner of that game will be in the playoffs. The loser, will finish 5th in the region.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Player of the Week is Punter/place kicker Michael Burrell. Burrell did a fine job punting last Friday against Ridgeland. He was able to bring down some tough snaps & avoided being brought down by a would be tackler on one attempt and managed to kick the ball away. Burrell punted the ball six times against Ridgeland averaging 37.8 yards per punt, his long on the night went 53 yards, & stuck two of the punts inside the 20-yd line. Burrell also went 3/3 on PATs, & contributed to the run game gaining 38 yards on 7 carries. On the season, Burrell has punted the ball 20 times, for a total of 705 yards, & is averaging 35.3 yards per attempt. Burrell is also 37-42 on PAT for the year. Burrell also has 26 total tackles on the season thus far with two fumble recoveries, as well as two forced fumbles, & six pass break ups. You can catch Burrell & the rest of the Pickens Dragons back at home this coming Friday as they host they LaFayette Ramblers in a crucial 6-AAAA match up. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
This past Friday, the PHS Dragons varsity football team made the long trip up to Rossville to take on the num. 5 ranked team in 4-A, the Ridgeland Panthers. In recent meetings between these two teams, they have provided some heart stopping excitement for the fan bases & looked to have another good game this past Friday night.
The Panthers, won the toss, but elected to differ to the 2nd half, giving the Dragons the ball first. Ridgeland was able to pick off a 3rd down pass attempt after it had been tipped, and took it to the end zone for the early score and a 7-0 lead at the 10:34 mark of the opening quarter. The Panthers stretched it’s lead out to 14-0 after a 3-yd TD run at the 6:24 mark. Ridgeland added a 2nd 3-yd TD run to take a 21-0 lead over Pickens going to the 2nd quarter.
Both teams traded series’ until the Panthers tacked on a 36-yd TD run at the 4:02 mark to make it 27-0. The Dragons got on the board for the 1st time on the night after Jacob Brumby hooked up with Zach Goss for a 25-yd TD. Goss, made and outstanding catch, and then stretched out to make it into the end zone to make it 27-7 Ridgeland at the 2:55 mark of the 1st half. The Panthers got a 61-yd TD run at the 2:40 mark, to give usa score of 34-7 at the half.
The 2nd half was a very back and forth half with the two teams finding the end zone multiple times in the 3rd quarter. The Dragons kicked off the scoring in the 3rd at the 5:44 mark after a 25-yd TD run by Robert Davis to make it 34-14 Panthers. Ridgeland scored on a 76-yd TD run at the 4:40 mark to make it 41-14. Brumby & Goss connected for a 2nd time at the 2:14 mark on a 31-yd pitch and catch to make it 41-21, going into the 4th.
The Panthers scored just as the 4th got underway after a 30-yd TD run to make it 48-21 with 11:51 left to go in the game. Ridgeland then would add the final points of the game after an 18-yd TD run to make it the eventual final score of 55-21.
18 1st downs, 2/11 on 3rd down, 1/2 on 4th down, 391 total yards, 221 yards rushing, 170 yards passing
Jacob Brumby: 10-27, 170 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, & 28 yards rushing
Robert Davis: 14 rushes, 97 yards, & 1 TD
C.J. Streicher: 8 rushes, 60 yards
Michael Burrell: 7 rushes, 38 yards
Zach Goss: 3 catches, 87 yards, & 2 TD
Josh Cain: 4 catches, 68 yards
Robert Davis: 3 catches, 15 yards
Brady Moore: 10 total tackles, 6 solo, 4 assists, & 2 TFL
Hunter Hermann: 10 total tackles, 6 solo, 4 assists, & 1 TFL
Alex Snelgrove: 6 total tackles, 3 solo, & 3 assists
Zach Swaim: 5 total tackles, 4 solo, & 1 assist
Michael Burrell: 6 punts, 227 total yards, 37.8 yard average, long of 53, 2 punts inside the 20-yd line, & 3-3 on PAT
Robert Davis: 3 kick returns, 61 total yards, 20.3 yard average
Pickens, is now 4-4 overall, & 2-2 in region play. They are currently tied in 4th with Southeast Whitfield, but hold the tiebreaker over the Raiders due to the win earlier in the season. The Dragons can lock up a playoff spot next Friday against LaFayette with a win.
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.