Dragons Season Ends In State Playoffs At #4 Ranked Jefferson

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Last night, the PHS Dragons football team traveled to Jefferson Ga, to take on the Num. 4 ranked Jefferson Dragons in the 1st round of the GHSA 4A state playoffs. Pickens represented region 6 as the 4 seed & Jefferson was the 1 seed out of region 8. This was the 1st meeting between the two schools since 1989, with Pickens winning the last two meetings.

 

Pickens, won the toss and elected to receive to begin the ball game. Jefferson held the Dragons and were able to get a blocked punt to take over deep in Dragon territory. Two plays later, Jefferson punched it in from a yard out, giving them the 7-0 lead with 9:42 left in the opening quarter. Jefferson was able to add to their lead at the 2:53 mark with a 38-yd field goal, making it 10-0. The Dragons of Jefferson again stretched their lead out after a 52-yd punt return, giving Jefferson a 17-0 lead after one.

 

Jefferson continued to add to their lead early in the 2nd with a 7-yd td run at the 10:16 mark making it 24-0. On the ensuing kickoff, Trevon Hawkins took it to the house from 96 yards to put Pickens on the board at 24-7. Jefferson answered at the 7:16 mark with a 25-yd td run to make it 31-7. A 20-yd td pass from Jefferson with 38 seconds left in the half, gave them a 38-7 advantage going to the break.

 

Jefferson started the 2nd half with the football and would end the possession with a 4-yd td run at the 9:17 mark, to make it 45-7. Jefferson added a 1-yd td run at the 3:36 mark to make it 52-7. Just before the end of the 3rd, Pickens found some offensive success. The Dragons were able to get into the end zone after a 19-yd run from Dylan Huffman to make it 52-14 with 11:50 left in the game. The Dragons again found pay dirt when Jacob Brumby found Josh Cain on a 31-yd screen play at the 5:39 mark to make it 52-21. Jefferson added a 1-yd td run at the 1:57 mark to make it a 59-21 final.

 

Stats for the game:

Pickens had 10 1st downs, went3/12 on 3rd down, & 2/4 on 4th down. Totaled 339 yards on 54 plays, 262 passing & 77 rushing.

Jacob Brumby went 18-30 for 262 yards, 1 TD & 1 INT

Dylan Huffman ran it 6 times for 48 yards & 1 TD, Chris Pittman ran it 8 times for 10 yards, Trevon Hawkins ran it 2 times for 10 yards, C.J. Streicher ran it 2 times for 6 yards, & Brumby ran it 6 times for 3 yards

Zach Goss caught 2 passes for 71 yards, J. Cain caught 3 passes for 70 yards & 1 TD, C. Pittman caught 5 passes for 51 yards, Streicher caught 3 passes for 42 yards, Hawkins caught 3 passes for 23 yards, & Huffman caught 2 passes for 5 yards

Will Wotring led with 11 tackles with 6 assts, Alex Pittman had 10 tackles with 7 solo, Elijah Lawson had 8 tackles with 6 solo, Michael Coriell had 7 tackles with 6 assts, Hawkins had 6 tackles, Devin Grant & J. Cain each had 5 tackles

C. Pittman punted 3 times for 112 yards, a 37.3 yard average & Brumby punted 2 times for 45 yards

T. Hawkins returned 5 kickoffs for 178 yards, a 35.6 yard average, 1 TD, & a long of 96, Streicher had 1 return for 10 vyards, J. Cain had 1 return for 9 yards, & C. Pittman had 1 return for 6 yards

Rudy Perez went 3/3 on PAT attempts

Season Stats:

4,335 total yards (394 ypg), 2,404 rushing yards (218.55 ypg), & 1,991 passing yards (175.55 ypg), & Defense forced 14 takeaways

Passing:

Jacob Brumby went 126-212 for 1,704 yards, 11 TD & 9 INT

C.J. Streicher went 6-7 for 152 yards, 1 TD & 1 INT

Rushing:

Chris Pittman 182 rushes, 1,024 yards, 5.6 ypc, 11 TD

Dylan Huffman 83 rushes, 525 yards, 6.3 ypc, 7 TD

C.J. Streicher 43 rushes, 220 yards, 5.1 ypc, 6 TD

Receiving:

Zach Goss 32 catches, 462 yards, 14.4 ypc, 3 TD

Trevon Hawkins: 24 catches, 375 yards, 15.6 ypc, 4 TD

Dylan Huffman 26 catches, 355 yards, 13.7 ypc, 2 TD

Tackles:

Will Wotring 83 total, 57 solo, 26 assists, 1 TFL

Alex Pittman 79 total, 43 solo, 36 assists, 19 TFL

Michael Cain 64 total, 42 solo, 22 assists, 15 TFL

Devin Grant 62 total, 35 solo, 27 assists, 13 TFL

Jacob Gordon 57 total, 32 solo, 25 assists, 6 TFL

Sacks:

Devin Grant 5

Michael Cain 3

Alex Pittman 3

Nick Southern 3

Jordan Burton, Kelton Gilbert, Jacob Gordon, & Zach Swain with 1

Interceptions:

Michael Casey 2

Alex Pittman 2

Josh Cain 1

Punts:

Chris Pittman 29 punts, 1,104 yards, 38.1 yard average, long of 51, & 10 inside the 20-yd line

Punt Return:

Dylan Huffman 16 returns, 168 yards, 10.5 yard average, long of 31 yards

Kick Return:

Trevon Hawkins 14 returns, 403 yards, 28.8 average, long of 96, 1 TD

Will Wotring 4 returns, 99 yards, 24.8 average, long of 35

Kelton Gilbert 3 returns, 84 yards, 28 yard average, long of 41

Kicking:

Rudy Perez 32-37 on PAT attempts, 3-5 on field goals with a long of 32

Victor Moya 5-5 on PAT attempts

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Dragons Hold On To Upset Ridgeland Now Tied For Region Lead

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Last night, the PHS Dragons football team hosted the 4A top ten ranked, and region leading Ridgeland Panthers. Coming into the ball game, the Dragons were 3-4 and in 3rd by themselves in 6-AAAA at 2-1. The all-time series between these two teams was even at 2 a piece with the home team never winning. Prior to the game, the 2016-17 PHS Athletics Hall of Fame class was recognized. Inductees included Katie Frye, Jordan Shaw, & Don Boggus, Sr.

 

Ridgeland won the toss and elected to receive. After each team took turns stalling on drives, the Dragons were able to cash in on points when Dylan Huffman took it in from 3-yds out to give Pickens a 7-0 lead with 4:31 left in the opening quarter. The Panthers were able to tie things up after a 4-yd run just before the quarter ended and we went into the 2nd, tied at 7 a piece. It was all Pickens in the 2nd quarter.

 

As the teams went back and forth trading possessions, the Dragons took the lead back when Jacob Brumby found Huffman on a wheel route from 15-yds out at the 4:01 mark making things 14-7 in favor of Pickens. A turnover by Ridgeland gave it right back to the Dragons offense and Pickens cashed in on that turnover when Brumby tossed it to C.J. Streicher, then Streicher connected with a wide open Trevon Hawkins for the 47-yd score giving the Dragons the lead at the half, 21-7.

 

Nearly 2 minutes into the 2nd half, the Panthers cut the Pickens lead in half after a 59-yd td run at the 10:04 mark, making it 21-14. The Dragons answered fairly quickly with a big play of their own as Brumby found Zach Goss wide open for a 51-yd td at the 8:37 mark of the 3rd quarter making it 28-14. Streicher added to the Dragon lead after another Ridgeland fumble with a 4-yd td run, making it 35-14 as we would head to the 4th and final quarter of play.

 

The 4th quarter was both exciting and heart wrenching to say the least. Knowing they had to make something happen quick, the Panthers drove down the field and scored on a 1-yd run, making it 35-21 with 10:54 left in the game. After getting the ball back, another 1-yd run by Ridgeland cut the Pickens lead down to 35-28 with 6:54 left. Ridgeland again got possession of the ball and took it 54-yds to cut it to 35-34 with the ensuing PAT to follow. To the delight of the home crowd and the dismay of the away side, the potential game tying PAT went wide right, sailing off the right upright, and Pickens clung to a 35-34 lead. The Dragons, were able to run off the final 2:57, to secure the upset, 35-34.

 

Stats for the game:

 

Pickens had 16 1st downs, went 8-15 on 3rd down, had 475 yards of total offense on 65 plays, 223 yards rushing on 41 carries, & 252 yards passing on 24 attempts

Jacob Brumby went 13-22 for 176 yards 2 tds & 1 INT

C.J. Streicher went 2-2 for 76 yards & 1 td

Chris Pittman ran it 15 times for 97 yards, Streicher ran it 11 times for 64 yards & 1 td, Dylan Huffman ran it 11 times for 60 yards & 1 td

Zach Goss caught 2 passes fro 82 yards and 1 td, Trevon Hawkins caught 3 balls for 64 yards and 1 td, Huffman caught 4 passes for 58 yards and 1 td, Streicher caught 3 balls for 25 yards, & Josh Cain caught 3 balls for 23 yards

Defensively, the Dragons held Ridgeland’s high powered rushing attack to 193 yards on 31 carries and forced 2 turnovers

Michael Cain & Josh Gordon led the Dragons with 8 tackles each, Alex Pittman & Hawkins each had 7 tackles, Will Wotring had 6 tackles, Michael Corriell had 5 tackles, Michael Casey & Micheal Burrell added 4 tackles with Burrell also recording a forced fumble and fumble recovery

C. Pittman punted it 6 times for 199 yards (33 yard average), Huffman had 1 punt return for 20 yards, Hawkins had 1 kick return for 22 yards, Casey had 1 kick return for 18 yards, J. Cain had 1 return for 13 yards & Jordan Burton had 1 return for 12 yards. Rudy Perez went 5-5 on PAT attempts

 

With the win, the Dragons find themselves .500 on the season at 4-4, & more importantly, tied for 1st in 6-AAAA at 3-1. Next Friday, Pickens will travel to LaFayette to take on the Ramblers. The Ramblers to this point are 2-6 on the season and 0-4 in region play but that is no reason to look past them. Kick off scheduled for 7:30.

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Dragons Fall In Shootout With Northwest Whitfield

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Last night, the PHS Dragons football team traveled to Tunnel Hill to take on the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield in a 6-AAAA meeting. This was the 6th meeting between the two schools with the Bruins holding a 1-4 series advantage.

 

The Dragons won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. After driving down the field, Jacob Brumby found Zach Goss for a 29-yd score. The PAT was missed, giving Pickens the 6-0 lead with 9:57 left in the opening quarter. The Bruins got into field goal range during their first drive, looking to cut the Pickens lead in half. The Dragons were able to block the attempt, and Michael Casey took it to the house to extend the lead to 13-0 with 7:23 left in the opening frame.

 

23 seconds later, Northwest Whitfield got on the board with a 54-yd td run. The two point conversion was good, cutting the Dragons lead to 13-8 with 7:00 left in the 1st. Two minutes later, the Bruins took the lead after an 80-yd td run, giving them a 15-13 advantage over Pickens going to the 2nd quarter.

 

Dylan Huffman scored after a 23-yd run and the ensuing two-point conversion try was good, giving the Dragons a 21-15 lead with 10:11 left in the half. Northwest Whitfield took the lead back at the 8:28 mark of the 2nd quarter after a 3-yd run, making it 22-21. The Bruins extended their lead after a 30-yd td pass at the 7:27 mark, giving them a 29-21 lead. Northwest Whitfield again found the end zone again after a 33-yd td pass at the 5:46 mark, making it 36-21 Bruins. Pickens cut into the lead just before halftime after a 1-yd run from Huffman. The score at the break, was 36-28 Bruins.

 

The Dragons surprised Northwest Whitfield with an onside kick to start the 2nd half as Pickens would recover, setting themselves up with great field position. The Dragons capitalized on the recovered onside when Brumby found CJ Streicher in the back of the end zone for a 25-yd score at the 8:16 mark of the 3rd. The two-point try was unsuccessful, making the score 36-34. The Bruins again stretched their lead after a 32-yd td pass, making it 43-34 as we went to the 4th.

 

Pickens cut the Bruins lead to 43-41 after a 15-yd run from Kelton Gilbert at the 8:31 mark of the 4th. At the 3:01 mark, Northwest Whitfield extended their lead to 50-41 after a 1-yd td run. The Bruins were able to hold on and get the win over the Dragons, 50-41.

 

Stats for Pickens:

 

15 1st downs, 10-17 on 3rd down, 1-2 on 4th down, 355 total yards on 68 plays, 159 yards rushing, 196 yards passing

Jacob Brumby went 16-28 for 192 yards & 2 tds & CJ Streicher went 1-1 for 4 yards

Chris Pittman ran it 14 times for 67 yards, Dylan Huffman ran it 8 times for 36 yards & 2 tds, Kelton Gilbert ran it 2 times for 29 yards and 1 td, & Josh Cain ran it 1 time for 11 yards

Zach Goss caught 8 passes for 79 yards & 1 td, C.J. Streicher caught 2 passes for 48 yards & 1 td, Luke Smith caught 1 pass for 23 yards, Huffman caught 2 passes for 16 yards, C. Pittman caught 1 pass for 14 yards, J. Cain caught 2 passes for 11 yards, & Trevon Hawkins caught 1 pass for 5 yards

Alex Pittman had 12 tackles, 2 TFL, Michael Burrell had 8 tackles, 1 forced fumble, Jordan Burton with 8 tackles, 1 TFL, & 1 sack, Michael Casey, Jacob Gordon, & Will Wotring had 7 tackles each

C. Pittman punted it 5 times for 207 yards. A 41.4 yard average, Huffman had 2 punt returns for 24 yards & 3 kick returns for 24 yards, & Gilbert had 2 kick returns for 56 yards

Victor Moya went 3-3 on PAT

 

Next Friday, the Dragons return home to host the 4A top ten ranked Ridgeland Panthers. The Panthers are 6-0 & 3-0 in 6-AAAA while Pickens is 3-4 & in 3rd in 6-AAAA at 2-1. The series is tied between the two schools at 2-2, with the away team winning each game. Kickoff is at 7:30.

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Dragons Use Defense, Running Game To Pull Away From Bobcats

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team made the short trip up 515 to Ellijay to take on the Bobcats of GHS in the annual rivalry match up. After having a bye week last week, Pickens came in playing their first of six straight region games.

 

Pickens won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. The Dragons had a drive going, until Gilmer was able to force and recover a fumble deep in their own territory. The Bobcats turned that turnover into points when Kell Kiker scrambled 57-yds for the touchdown at the 4:37 mark of the 1st quarter. That would be the only points in the opening quarter as Gilmer took a 7-0 lead into the 2nd.

 

Pickens tied things up when Freshman CJ Streicher bullied his way in from the 2-yd line at the 9:08 mark of the 2nd quarter. For the rest of the 1st half, both teams traded possessions. Both teams went into the lockerooms tied at 7 at halftime.

 

In the 3rd quarter, the Pickens defense, and Chris Pittman took over. C. Pittman had two touchdowns runs during the frame. The first, came from 5 yards out at the 3:48 mark to give the Dragons their first lead of the ball game, 13-7. The 2nd, was a 52-yd rumble to the endzone with 12 seconds left, to give Pickens a 19-7 lead going to the 4th and final quarter.

 

In the 4th, the Dragons found pay dirt from the ground again as this time, Dylan Huffman got in from a yard out at the 7:34 mark to make it 25-7. At the 2:38 mark, Alex Pittman picked up a loose ball and took off for a 45-yd score, to make it 32-7. The annual rivalry game went to Pickens by a final of 32-7.

 

STATS for the game

 

Pickens went 12/22 on 1st downs, 6/12 on 3rd downs, & 1/5 on 4th down, totaled 489 yards of offense on 70 plays, 308 yards rushing, 181 yards passing

 

Jacob Brumby went 10-16 passing with 150 yards while C.J. Streicher went 1-1 for 31 yards

Chris Pittman led the Dragons in rushing with 152 yards on 19 carries and 2 tds, Brumby ran it 11 times for 60 yards, Dylan Huffman ran it 9 times for 48 yards and 1 td, Streicher ran it 8 times for 32 yards, & Kelton Gilbert ran it 4 times for 16 yards

 

Trevon Hawkins led Pickens in receiving with 55 yards on 4 catches, Zach Goss had 54 yards on 2 catches, Huffman caught 3 passes for 50 yards, Streicher caught a pass for 20 yards, & C. Pittman caught 1 pass for 2 yards

 

Defensively, the Dragons held the Bobcats to just 7 points, including a shutout in the 2nd half, 194 total yards, 137 rushing, 57 yards passing, & forced 4 turnovers

 

Jacob Gordon led Pickens in tackles with 9, collecting 2 TFL & forcing a fumble, Alex Pittman had 6 total tackles with 1 INT, & a fumble recovery for a td, Nick Southern had 5 total tackles including 3 TFL, Jordan Burton had 5 total tackles on the night, Will Wotring forced a fumble, Zach Swaim forced a fumble and collected a sack, Devin Grant collected a sack, & Michael Casey had an INT.

 

Pickens did not punt the ball once last night or had any kickoff or punt returns. Rudy Perez went 2/3 on PAT

 

Next week, the Dragons will be back home for the first time since September 2nd when they host the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield this coming Friday. After the win over Gilmer, Pickens finds themselves at 2-3 on the season but more importantly, 1-0 in region and tied for 2nd place. Southeast Whitfield is 4-2 after a loss to Heritage last night and is 1-1 in region play, tied for 4th. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

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Dragons Fall To Raiders In The Final Seconds

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Last Friday, the Pickens Dragons football team traveled to take on the North Forsyth Raiders out of the 7A classification. This was the 7th all time meeting between these two schools with the series tied at 3-3. The Dragons were looking to end a tough two game stretch as this was their final game before region play.

 

Pickens won the toss and elected to take the 2nd half kick off giving the Raiders the ball first. After managing to get one first down on the drive, the Dragons were able to hold the high powered Raider offense and it would be Pickens’ turn with possession. Chris Pittman got the first points of the ball game as he rumbled 60 yards for the score, giving the Dragons a 7-0 lead with 7:53 left in the opening frame. After getting the ball back after another defensive stop, Kelton Gilbert added to the lead for Pickens at the 4:07 mark with a 5 yard run, making it 14-0.

 

North Forsyth found the end zone for their first points on a 4 yard run at the 2:25 mark to make it 14-7. The Dragons however answered right back with a touchdown of their own as C. Pittman got in from a yard for his 2nd score of the frame, making it 21-7 as we headed to the 2nd quarter. The lone score of the quarter came from the Raiders as they punched it in from 3 yards out, giving us a halftime score of 21-14 Pickens.

 

The 3rd quarter saw both teams go back and forth, trading possessions. The Raiders again found the only points to be had on a 1 yard run, tying things up at 21 as we went to the 4th and final quarter. The Dragons got their first points of the 2nd half at the 7:27 mark of the 4th quarter after a 29 yard field goal from Rudy Perez, giving Pickens the lead back, 24-21. North Forsyth answered back with a 5 yard touchdown run with 5:41 left, giving them their first lead of the game, 28-24.

 

Showing fight and determination, the Dragons drove down the field and Jacob Brumby connected with Zach Goss for a 5 yard touchdown with 48 seconds left giving Pickens a 31-28 lead. However, North Forsyth had some magic left of their own and were able to connect on a 42 yard pass with 16 seconds left to take a 35-31 lead. Pickens were unable to get anything on their final drive as the Raiders came away with the win in a back and forth thriller.

 

Stats against North Forsyth:

 

15 1st downs, 5/13 on 3rd down, 2/3 on 4th down, 393 total yards on 63 plays, 257 rushing yards, 136 passing yards

Jacob Brumby went 11-19 for 102 yards and 1 touchdown

C.J. Streicher went 1-1 for 34 yards

Chris Pittman led in rushing with 152 yards on 21 carries & 2 td’s, Dylan Huffman rushed for 50 yards on 7 carries, Trevon Hawkins rushed it 4 times for 24 yards, Brumby 6 times for 18 yards, & Kelton Gilbert ran it 5 times for 13 yards and a td

Zach Goss led in receiving with 7 catches for 57 yards and a td, Hawkins had 1 catch for 30 yards, Huffman had 1 catch for 24 yards, C. Pittman had 2 catches for 15 yards, & Streicher had 1 catch for 10 yards

Michael Cain & Will Wotring led with 12 tackles with M. Cain adding a sack, Avery Luke made 10 tackles, Alex Pittman made 7 tackles, Michael Burrell, Michael Casey, & Devin Grant finished with 6 tackles each

C. Pittman punted it 3 times for 129 yards with a 43 yard average, Rudy Perez was 4/4 on PAT’s and 1/1 on field goals with a long of 29

 

The Dragons finish up their non-region portion of their schedule at 1-3 after facing some tough teams. The combined record of those teams is 11-4. Two of those schools (North Hall, Pepperall), went 7-3 and made the playoffs in 2015, while Chattahoochee & North Forsyth have greatly improved from a year ago. This is all building to what comes next, and that is region play. These next 6 straight games that Pickens have coming up are of the utmost importance.

 

The first region game just happens to be against a familiar face in the Gilmer Bobcats. This year’s match up will be like last year’s, at Gilmer. Pickens has a bye week next week and will essentially have 2 weeks to prepare for the Bobcats. This showdown will happen on September 30th, at 7:30

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Pickens Goes To 1-1 After Tough Game With Pepperell

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This past Friday night, The Pickens Dragons varsity football team welcomed the Dragons of Pepperell In a clash of the Dragons. Pepperell is out of 2-AA and was looking to complete their first game of the season after playing two scrimmages and having their first actual game of the season called a no contest due to lightening last week. This was the first meeting between the two schools since the mid 80’s. Prior to the game, the Mr. & Miss PHS court was recognized as Dominic Stephens was selected Mr. PHS & Hunter Harrington was crowned Miss PHS.

 

Pepperell won the toss and elected to differ to the 2nd half giving the Dragons the first shot at points. While both teams went back and forth with defensive stops, Pickens finally was able to get on the board at the 6:02 mark of the 1st quarter with a 32-yard field goal from Rudy Perez, making it 3-0. Pepperell struck for their first points soon after with a 58-yd pass and catch. The Dragons of Pepperell then got a two-point conversion to make it 8-3 with 3:02 left in the opening quarter. With the score still 8-3 as we went into the 2nd, quarter, Pickens grabbed the lead back after a 5-yd run by Trevon Hawkins, making it 10-8 with 4:21 to go in the 1st half. Pepperell got in after a 2-yd run with 33 seconds left to take a 15-10 lead going into the break.

 

In the 3rd, both teams again were going back and forth taking turns with possessions but finding no success. Pepperell got the lone points in the 3rd quarter with a 29-yd field goal at the 3:53 mark to stretch their lead out to 18-10. Pickens had several chances in the 4th including one late in the game, but it was not meant to be as the Pepperell Dragons got their first win on the year, 18-10.

 

Stats for the game.

 

Pickens had 11 1st downs, went 3-11 on 3rd down, 2-3 on 4th down, ran 52 plays for a total of 239 yards including 108 yards rushing on 37 attempts, and 131 yards passing on 15 attempts

Jacob Brumby went 7-14 for 81 yards & Avery Luke went 1-1 for 50 yards

Chris Pittman led the way rushing with 39 yards on 13 attempts, Trevon Hawkins ran it 5 times for 30 yards and a td, & Brumby ran it 14 times for 27 yards.

Alex Pittman led the receivers with 50 yards on 1 catch, Hawkins caught 3 passes for 46 yards, Zach Goss had 2 catches for 20 yards, & Dylan Huffman had 2 catches for 15 yards

 

The Pickens defense did all it could on Friday night keeping the Dragons in the ball game till the very end.

Alex Pittman & Will Wotring led the Dragons in tackles, each coming up with 10, Avery Luke had 8 total tackles, Devin Grant & Michael Cain each came up with 6 stops & Cain added a sack, Michael Casey forced the lone turnover on the night for the Dragons defense with an interception to go along with 3 total tackles

C. Pittman punted it 2 times for a total of 85 yards, Huffman returned 5 punts for a total of 47 yards, & Wotring returned 3 kickoffs for a total of 78 yards

Rudy Perez went 1-1 on PAT’s & went 1-2 on field goals

 

Pickens will now prepare for their first road game of the season next week when they travel to Gainesville to take on the North Hall Trojans in the Brickyard. The Trojans are in the AAA classification and were former region mates of Pickens several years ago. Game time is set for 7:30.

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Dragons Clinch Playoff Berth With Win Over Heritage

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the Generals of Heritage in another crucial 7-AAAA region game. On a night where the newest class of the PHS Athletics Hall of Fame and the 8th grade middle school championship football team were honored, the Dragons looked to clinch their 2nd straight playoff berth with a win over the Generals.

 

Pickens won the toss, electing to differ to the 2nd half giving Heritage the ball first. The Generals tried to catch the Dragons off guard with a trick play on the opening kickoff but, Pickens didn’t fall for it and Heritage had to start deep inside their own territory as a result. The Generals were able to march down the field however and got into the end zone after a double pass taking the 7-0 lead with 8:58 left in the opening frame. The Dragons answered the Generals score with a 1-yd Chris Pittman touchdown run to tie things up at 7 as we went to the 2nd quarter.

 

Both teams went back and forth defensively in the 2nd quarter as the only scoring came at the 5:34 mark when Ty Chastain knocked a 42-yd field goal through the uprights giving Pickens a 10-7 lead at the break. In the 3rd quarter, Chris Pittman found the end zone for the 2nd time on the night at the 3:17 mark as he put the Dragons ahead 17-7 going the 4th and final quarter.

 

Early in the 4th, with the Generals backed up deep in their own territory, the Pickens defense forced a safety with 11:34 left in the ball game stretching the lead out to 19-7. After getting the ball back on the ensuing kickoff, the Dragons marched down the field and Chris Pittman found pay dirt for the 3rd time making it 25-7 with 9-13 left in the game. Heritage did not go quietly as they connected on a 33-yd screen pass for a touchdown at the 6:01 mark cutting it it 25-13. Kelton Gilbert got in on the action as the Sophomore running back scampered 27-yds for the touchdown making it 32-13 with 3:29 left in the game.

 

The Generals found the end zone at the 1:06 mark after a 1-yd pass but could not convert the two-point try giving us a score of 32-19. The Dragons were able to fall on the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock to seal the win, 32-19. With the win, Pickens has clinched a playoff berth and are now 7-1 on the season & 4-1 in region play.

 

On the night, Pickens had 18 1st downs, went 6/13 on 3rd down, and 1/1 on 4th down, ran 69 plays for a total of 422 yards, ran for 366 yards on 63 rushes & threw for 56 yards on 6 passes.

Marcus Byrd went 3/4 passing for 45 yards & Jacob Brumby went 1/2 for 11 yards

Chris Pittman ran it 28 times for 119 yards and 3 tds, Marcus Byrd ran it 12 times for 95 yards, Dillon Gasaway ran it 7 times for 53 yards, & Kelton Gilbert ran it 5 times for 69 yards and a touchdown

Bradley Ragano led the Dragons in receiving with 21 yards, Caleb Brooks had a catch for 15 yards, Zack Hermann caught 1 ball for 11 yards, & Walker Lawrence reeled in 1 catch for 9 yards

Defensively, Pickens forced one fumble, recovered a fumble, recorded a sack, and forced several hurries and broke up 6 passes on the night.

Dillin Eilers led the Dragons in tackles with 11, 9 solo & 2 assists, Will Wotring finished with 5 total tackles, 1 solo, 4 assists, Caleb Brooks, Jacob Gordon, Avery Luke, Cortlin Norton, & Alex Pittman each finished with 4 total tackles

Chris Pittman punted it 5 times for a total of 171 yards for a 34.2 yard average, a long of 50, and left 2 inside the 20-yd line

Caleb Brooks returned 1 punt return for 22 yards and 1 kickoff for 32 yards while Michael Casey returned 1 kickoff for 21 yards

Ty Chastain went 3/4 on PAT’s & 1/1 on field goal attempts with a long of 42 yards

Pickens will travel to Ellijay to take on the Bobcats of Gilmer next week in the annual 515 rivalry match up. Gilmer is 3-5 on the season & 2-3 in region play and fighting for a possible 3 or 4 seed in the playoffs. Pickens, is hoping to stay in the hunt for the 2 seed.

 

 

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Dragons Win Scrimmage Game Over River Ridge

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Last Friday night, the Pickens High School football team traveled to Woodstock to take on the 5-A River Ridge Knights. The Knights are a former region foe of the Dragons and the Dragons were victorious the last time these teams squared off. River Ridge won the toss and elected to receive the opening kick. The Dragons defense wasted little time making an impact as Caleb Brooks came up with the interception and almost took it back the other way.

 

PHS would have to settle for a Ty Chastain field goal however as they went up 3-0 with 8:42 remaining in the 1st quarter. Chris Pittman then would add to that lead for the Dragons as he muscled his way in from 3-yards out to give his team a 10-0 advantage with 5:51 still remaining in the opening quarter. One of the main things to work on early in the season is penalties and it would be some costly penalties by the Dragon defense that would lead to a River Ridge field goal making it 10-3 with 2:27 left in the 1st quarter. As the opening frame came to a close, Dillon Gasaway got in to the end zone from 21-yards out to stretch the lead to 17-3 after one quarter.

 

The only scoring in the 2nd quarter would be a 1 yard run by the Knights to cut the PHS lead to just 7, 17-10, with 3:15 remaining in the first half. The Dragons were able to pick off River Ridge for the 2nd time in the opening half, but were unable to do anything with it and took a 17-10 lead into the break. The Dragons started the 2nd half with the ball as Michael Casey nearly took the kickoff to the house. Chris Pittman took it in for his 2nd score of the night giving PHS the 23-10 lead with 11:32 left in the 3rd quarter.

 

To the Knights credit, they came right back and scored on a 58-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 23-17 with 10:39 to go in the 3rd. Dylan Huffman scored on a long touchdown run of 39 yards to bring the Dragon lead back to double digits 30-17 with 2:08 left in the 3rd quarter. PHS then secured it’s third interception of the game just before the 3rd quarter came to a close and looked to add more to their score. Just 7 seconds into the 4th quarter, Freshman Trevon Hawkins got in from 10-yards out, adding to the Dragons lead, 37-17 with 11:53 to go in the game.

 

Hawkins added a 2nd touchdown run, this time from 3-yards out giving the Dragons a 44-17 lead as that ended up being the final for this scrimmage.

 

The Dragons will now prepare and work on things for the season/home opener against non-region opponent, White County. This opening game will be on the 28th of this month at 7:30 at Dragons Stadium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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