Record Night, Late Defensive Stop Gives Dragons Win Over Trojans

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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.

 

Stats

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

Passing

Jacob Brumby: 24-37, 340 yards (school record), 4 TD & 73 yards rushing on 14 carries

Rushing

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

Receiving

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

Defense

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

Special Teams

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.

 

 

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Dragons Fall To 1-1 After Tough Defeat To Pepperell, Prepare For First Home Game

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Last Friday, the Pickens Dragons varsity football team took to the road yet again. This time, to take on the 2-A Pepperell Dragons in the “Battle of the Dragons.” This game, was originally scheduled to take place at Pepperell High School, but due to field conditions, the game was moved to Berry College. These two teams met last year in Pickens, with Pepperell coming away the 18-10 victors.

 

The Dragons in green got things started and wasted little time driving down the field. Pickens ended their opening possession of the game with a 27-yd touchdown strike from Jacob Brumby to Zach Goss, giving the Dragons an early 7-0 lead with 10:03 left in the opening quarter. Pepperell took the lead at the 6:31 mark of the 1st quarter after a 4-yd run & successful two-point conversion giving them an 8-7 advantage. Pickens, took back the lead at the 1:45 mark as Brumby tucked it an ran it for an 11-yd score, giving the Dragons a 13-8 lead going to the 2nd quarter.

 

Early on in the 2nd quarter, Pepperell regained the lead in this back and forth affair with a 5-yd run at the 11:17 mark to put them up 15-13. Soon after, Robert Davis would scamper to the end zone from 46-yds away at the 9:45 mark to reclaim the lead for the Dragons. The 2-point try would be converted, and Pickens held a 21-15 lead. The final score of the 1st half came at the 5:04 mark as Pepperell connected on a 44-yd field goal. Pickens lead Pepperell going into the break, 21-18.

 

In the 3rd quarter, Pepperell got the scoring started with another 5-yd TD run to retake the lead 25-21, with 8:27 left in the quarter. Both teams went back and for the rest of the quarter as Pepperell took a 25-21 lead into the 4th and final quarter. At the 11:47 mark of the 4th, Pepperell added to their lead with a 4-yd run to make it 32-21 over Pickens. The Dragons however, wouldn’t go down quietly as the tandem of Brumby & Goss hooked up again at the 8:35 mark, this time, from 19-yds away. That cut the Pepperell lead down to 32-28. The Dragons had a couple of opportunities to take the lead before Pepperell scored at the 3:14 mark with a 7-yd run to make it 39-28. That would be your final as Pepperell took this one, 39-28.

 

Pickens will finally be at home this Friday as they host the 3-A North Hall Trojans for the home opener. The Dragons will have home games for the next several weeks, with another bye week sprinkled in between before taking to the road again on October 6th.

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Dragons Fall In Heartbreaking Fashion To North Hall

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Last night, the Pickens Dragons varsity football team took to the road for the first time in the 2016 campaign as they took on a familiar opponent in the North Hall Trojans. These two teams were apart of the 7-AAA region some years ago, but haven’t faced off since 2009 with the Trojans carrying a 4 game win streak into last night’s match up.

 

Pickens won the coin toss and elected to differ to the 2nd half giving the home standing Trojans the ball first. North Hall used their wing-t offense to drain nearly 8 minutes off the 1st quarter as they powered it in from 2-yds out, giving them a 7-0 advantage with 4:07 left in the opening frame. The first quarter came to an end as the Trojans held the lead, 7-0.

 

Both teams went back and forth in the 2nd quarter, with neither team able to come away with points. Late in the half, North Hall marched their way down the field as the Pickens defense thought that they had forced a fumble at their 5-yd line. When it was determined that the ball went out of bounds, the Trojans were able to get points with 26 seconds left, to stretch their lead out to 13-0 at the break.

 

The 3rd quarter, like the 2nd, saw both teams trading field position looking for points. North Hall found those points in the form of a 25-yd field goal at the 5:30 mark, to make it 16-0. Pickens finally was able to get a sustained drive going towards the end of the 3rd, and 8 seconds into the 4th, Chris Pittman fought his way into the end zone for the score. Jacob Brumby connected with Dylan Huffman on the 2-pt try and suddenly, the Dragons were in the game with 11:52 left.

 

Both teams traded possessions during the 4th, and Pickens had their last chance at tying the ball game up with just over 2 minutes left. The Dragons mixed the run and the pass well converting on key 3rd downs during the drive. Pickens found themselves on the edge of the goal line as time was winding down. As the clock struck 0, the Dragons fell inches shy of a score that would have given them the chance to tie it. North Hall was able to come away with this one, 16-8.

 

Stats for Pickens

 

For the game, the Dragons had 18 1st downs, went 7-14 on 3rd down, & 2-5 on 4th down, racked up 301 total yards including 244 on the ground and 57 through the air

Jacob Brumby was 7-14 for 57 yards passing

Chris Pittman led the Dragons in rushing with 112 yards on 20 carries & a score, Dylan Huffman ran it 12 times for 71 yards, Trevon Hawkins ran it 6 times for 37 yards, & Kelton Gilbert ran it 5 times for 22 yards

Huffman led Pickens in receiving with 31 yards on 4 catches, Zach Goss had 23 yards on 2 catches

Avery Luke led the Dragons in tackles with 11 including 7 solo, Will Wotring & Michael Cain each had 9 tackles, Michael Burrell finished with 8, & both Alex Pittman & Josh Cain finished with 6 tackles each.

C. Pittman punted the ball twice on the night for 75 yards, Wotring returned 1 kick for 21 yards, & Hawkins returned a kick for 20 yards

 

Pickens will again be on the road for next week’s opponent, the North Forsyth Raiders. North Forsyth is out of region 5 7-A and is 2-1 on the season after having a bye week this past week. This will be the first match up in football between the two schools since 2001, with the series tied at 3-3. Game time will be 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 Drop Tough Game To Trojans Prepare For Doubleheader Saturday

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted former 7-AAA region foe, the North Hall Trojans for an afternoon ball game. It may have been cool, but the weather was perfect for the teams, and fans.

 

In the 1st, North Hall looked to put up some early runs, but starting pitcher Dominic Stephens and the rest of the Dragons had other ideas and sent us to the bottom of the inning with two Trojans stranded. Pickens got a lead off single from Travis Huffman, but could not manage anything else in the bottom half as we went to the 2nd. An RBI double for North Hall in the top of the frame gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead. The Dragons got three straight hits to load the bases with two outs looking to tie or take the lead, but were picked off at 2nd to end the threat and send us to the 3rd.

 

In the 3rd inning, North Hall went quietly as the Dragons turned two to keep the deficit at 1-0. In the bottom of the 3rd, Pickens could not get anything offensively as well going down in order, as we headed to the 4th. The 4th saw the Trojans plate a 2nd run to stretch their lead to 2-0. The Dragons had yet another scoring opportunity, but it was derailed by a double play that ended the inning and sent us to the 5th.

 

The 5th inning saw North Hall get another run added to their total to make it 3-0 going to the bottom of the frame. Pickens again had a potential scoring chance denied as they hit into their 3rd double play of the game, ending the 5th, and sending us to the 6th. In the 6th, the Trojans tacked on another run to make things 4-0. The Dragons were finally able to plate a run when Walker Lawrence drove in Joseph Gossett to make it 4-1 going to the 7th.

 

North Hall added two more runs in the top of the 7th to make it 6-1 in favor of the Trojans going to the bottom of the 7th. A Stephens homer would be all the scoring the Dragons could muster in the final inning giving the visiting Trojans the win, 6-2. Pickens now moves below .500 on the early season at 2-3.

 

Dominic Stephens went 4 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, on 50 pitches & went 2-3 from the plate with a single, HR, & 1 RBI

Walker Lawrence went 2-3 with two singles & 1 RBI

Wyatt Gooch went 3-3 with 3 singles

Joseph Gossett went 1-3 with 1 single & 1 run scored

 

Pickens will now get ready for doubleheader Saturday as they travel to Gainesville to take on the Chestatee War Eagles & the Dawson Co. Tigers at Chestatee High School. The Dragons will take on the War Eagles first at 11 a.m. then follow that up with a scheduled 2 p.m. first pitch against the Tigers.

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8 Run Inning Powers Dragons Past Apalachee

PHS Baseball, Sports

After a thrilling 9 inning game between the Dawson Tigers and the Apalachee Wildcats, the Dragons were next to play the Wildcats. Pickens wasted little time getting the scoring started.

 

After Senior starting pitcher Tyler Garner got a 1-2-3 top of the first, the Dragons got on the board in the bottom of the frame as Senior Walker Lawrence drove in Travis Huffman on a sac fly to give Pickens a 1-0 lead going to the 2nd. Garner continued his stellar work on the mound as he fanned all three Wilcat batters he faced in the top of the 2nd. The Dragons added to their lead in the bottom half as Travis Huffman drove in Joseph Gossett & his brother Dylan Huffman, then Garner helped his own cause after driving in T. Huffman to stretch the lead to 4-0 going to the 3rd.

 

In the 3rd, Garner again struck out the side to send us to the bottom of the 3rd. In the bottom of the 3rd, the Dragons opened things up with an 8 run inning on 7 hits, getting an RBI from Wyatt Gooch, D. & T. Huffman, Zach Moore, Garner, Lawrence, Dalton Presley, & Gossett. Dominic Stephens replaced Garner in the 4th and shut down Apalachee allowing only one hit and one walk. Pickens came away with the win after 5 innings, 12-0. Evening their season record at 2-2.

 

Tyler Garner went 3 IP, 6 K’s, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 R on 53 pitches & went 1-4 with 1 single, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Dominic Stephens went 2 IP, 3 K’s, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 R on 33 pitches

Travis Huffman went 3-3 with 2 singles, 1 double, 3 RBI, & 3 runs scored

Dylan Huffman went 2-3 with 2 singles, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored

Walker Lawrence had a single, & 2 RBI

Dalton Presley went 2-3 with an RBI, & 2 runs scored

 

The Dragons will again be on the home field this Wednesday as they host former region foe, the North Hall Trojans. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

 

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Diamond Dragons Fall To Coosa

Dragon's Corner, Featured Stories, Sports

Yesterday, the Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Coosa Eagles to Dragons Field for an early afternoon ball game. Pickens came in riding a two game win streak after two back to back walk off thrillers and looked to continue their winning ways against the AA school. (more…)

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Trojans Don’t Horse Around With Dragons

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The North Hall Trojans and the Lady Trojans traveled to Jasper, Georgia on Tuesday to take on the Dragons and Dragonnettes of Pickens High School. North Hall was victorious in both the girls’ and boys’ contests, as the Dragonettes lost 75-45, and the Dragons fell 66-51. (more…)

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