Offensive Woes Plague Dragons In Series Finale With Ridgeland

PHS Baseball, Sports

On Friday afternoon, the PHS varsity baseball team, made the long trip up to Rossville, Ga, to take on the Ridgeland Panthers in the 3rd and final game of the series. After falling in the previous two games, Pickens was looking to build some momentum heading into the final series of the regular season.


In the top of the 1st, the Dragons got a lead off single from Joseph Gossett, but a double play turned by the Panthers after the pitcher caught a comebacker right at him & flipped over to 1st, & a grounder to the shortstop, ended any potential threat in the top half of the 1st. In the bottom of the 1st, Ridgeland got out to an early 3-0 lead, sending us to the 2nd. In the top of the 2nd, Chad Pacas got hit by the first pitch of the inning, Brady Moore drew a walk, Tyler Vreeland then moved the runners to 2nd & 3rd with a sacrifice bunt, Will Lawrence would get hit with a pitch with 2-outs to load the bases, but the Panthers were able to get out of the mess, sending us to the bottom of the 2nd. Ridgeland, then plated two runs in the bottom of the frame, to extend their lead to 5-0 over Pickens, going to the 3rd.


The Panthers, added another run in the bottom of the 3rd, giving them a 6-0 lead over the Dragons, going to the 4th. Pickens, got a 2-out single from Colby James in the top of the 4th, but were unable to bring him around to score. In the bottom half of the frame, Ridgeland plated 5 runs, to increase their lead to 11-0, going to the 5th. The Panthers, got the win, 11-0, in 5 innings.


Pickens, is now in 4th place in 6-AAAA. They will begin their final series of the regular season tomorrow afternoon at home as they host the Southeast Whitfield Raiders. First pitch is scheduled for 5:55.


Dragons Look To Take Game 3 After Tough Game 2 Against Ridgeland

PHS Baseball, Sports

Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, hosted the Ridgeland Panthers, in game 2, of a critical 3-game set. On Tuesday, Ridgeland scored 9 runs in the bottom of the 6th, to take game 1, 11-2. Pickens, came in looking to even up the series. Prior to the game, PHS Baseball recognized the 1st responders around the county for all that they do. We also, saw Jake King hit a towering home run.

In the top of the 1st, Ridgeland got on the board with 3 runs to take an early lead. In the bottom of the frame, Pickens had runners at 1st & 2nd after Jace Franklin reached on an error, & Caswell Smith hit a 2-out single. The Panthers, were able to get out of it, as we’d head to the 2nd Ridgeland leading, 3-0. In the top half of the 2nd, the Panthers added to their lead after a 2-run home run, to take a 5-0 lead over the Dragons. Pickens, went in order in the bottom of the 2nd. Ridgeland took a 5-0 lead into the 3rd.


Dragons starter, Dylan Huffman, needed 7 pitches in the top of the 3rd, to bring Pickens up to bat, looking to cut into the Panther lead. Cut into the lead is what they would do as Joseph Gossett would get a 2-out single, & would come all the way around to score on an RBI double by Franklin. Franklin, would then come in to score after Smith reached on an error, to make it 5-2 Ridgeland, heading to the 4th. In the top of the 4th, the Panthers swung momentum right back to their side as they would plate 5 runs, to stretch their lead out to 10-2. In the bottom of the frame, Will Lawrence beat out an infield hit, Huffman drew a walk, Gossett then drew a walk to load the bases with 2 out. Franklin would then walk to score Lawrence. Smith would follow, getting in on the walk-a-thon as Huffman would come in to score. Two runs would be all the Dragons would be able to get as they left the bases loaded, now trailing, 10-4.


In the top of the 5th, the Panthers again pulled away from Pickens as they would score 4 runs in the top half of the inning to take a 14-4 lead. Ridgeland was able to get the win in 5 innings, 14-4.



Joseph Gossett: 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 run scored

Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a double, a walk, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 RBI

Will Lawrence: 1-2 with a single, 1 HBP, & 1 run scored

Dylan Huffman: 1 walk, & 1 run scored


The Dragons, will look to grab game 3 this afternoon as they will head to Rossville to take on the Panthers in the series finale. First pitch is at 5:55.


Dragons Drop Series Finale To Generals, Start Important Series With Ridgeland This Week

PHS Baseball, Sports

This past Thursday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Heritage Generals for the third and final game of their 3-game series. This game, was originally set to be game 2 of the set, but impending weather forced game 3 to be moved from Friday to Wednesday, meaning this game became game 3. After falling in the first two games in tough fashion, Pickens looked to take game 3, ahead of another big series for them.


In the top of the 1st, Heritage struck early as they would plate 3 runs on 2 hits, to take a 3-0 lead. The Dragons, made solid contact in the bottom of the 1st, but all were fielded, sending us to the 2nd, Generals leading Pickens, 3-0. Heritage, again would score 3 times in the top of the 2nd, to increase their lead to 6-0. Pickens, went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the frame, sending us to the 3rd, Generals leading, 6-0.


The Dragons, were able to quite down the bats of Heritage in the 3rd & 4th innings, but were unable to get anything going offensively, as the Generals continued to lead 6-0, going to the 5th. Heritage, would score 3 more times in the top of the 5th, to make it 9-0. In the top of the 6th, the Generals plated 1 run, to make it 10-0, going to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the 6th, Tyler Vreeland collected the Dragons first hit of the ball game. A courtesy runner for Vreeland made it to 3rd, but would be left stranded. The game was called after a run rule took into effect and Heritage got the win, 10-0.


Pickens, now finds themselves in a tie for 2nd place with the team they will face next, the Ridgland Panthers. Both teams have a 7-5 record in region play, & this series will go a long way in determining who might be hosting a playoff series in the 1st round of the state tournament. The Dragons, will start this series on the road tomorrow afternoon as they head to Rossville to meet the Panthers in game 1 of the 3 game series. First pitch is scheduled for 5:55.


Dragons Get Big Road Win Against Ridgeland, Welcome Chestatee For Senior Day

PHS Basketball, Sports

The Dragons, took to the road last night as they made the long trek to take on the Ridgeland Panthers in a crucial 6-AAAA meeting. Pickens, came into the game looking to gather some momentum heading into the final week of the regular season, & hoped to start that, by splitting with Ridgeland.


Both teams came out firing in the opening quarter as the offense was flowing on both ends. The Dragons, used the fast start to grab a 20-17 lead over the Panthers going to the 2nd. The offensive success for both squads carried over into the 2nd quarter, & it looked like after the first half of play that we’d be in for a shootout. Ridgeland, used an 18-17 quarter advantage to trim the Pickens lead to 37-35, going to the break.


The 3rd quarter, was again, fast paced, intense back and forth action as both teams looked fairly matched up with each other. The Panthers, with the help of a 19-15 quarter advantage, seized the lead over the Dragons going to the 4th, 54-52. In the 4th, Pickens, would show no quit, as they used a 22-13 quarter run, and some nicely timed defensive stops to get the big road win over the Panthers, 74-67.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Joseph Gossett: 18 points, 2 assists, & 2 rebounds

Seth Bishop: 16 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds, & 1 block

Keinyuan Hooks: 14 points, 12 assists, & 4 rebounds

Zach Goss: 14 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 8 points, 1 assist, & 3 rebounds

Tucker Lowe: 3 points, 1 assist, & 1 steal

Hunter Hermann: 1 point, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 2 blocks


The Dragons, will look to continue last night’s good play as they will host the Chestatee War Eagles this afternoon for Senior Day. Tip off is scheduled for 4:30 pm.


Dragons Fall To The Generals, Head To Ridgeland On Friday

PHS Basketball, Sports

The PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Heritage Generals inside the Dragons Den last night for a 6-AAAA region ball game, with the regular season coming to a close in a hurry, both teams were looking for momentum to carry them through the final stretch towards the region tournament.


The opening quarter, saw highly contested action as both teams found success offensively. The Generals, came away with the lead going to the 2nd, 19-14. The 2nd quarter, was an 8 point ball game, until Heritage went on a run to close the first half. Using a 21-5 quarter advantage, the Generals held a 40-19 lead over the Dragons going to the half.


The 3rd, saw a very competitive frame between both teams. Heritage, outscored Pickens 21-18 in the quarter to maintain their lead a 61-37, going to the 4th. The Dragons, outscored the Generals in the 4th 16-12, getting some good play out of some younger players. Pickens, outscored Heritage in the 2nd half, 34-33. It would not be enough as the Generals took this one, 73-53.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Zach Goss: 14 points, 2 rebounds, & 1 block

Seth Bishop: 9 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 steal

Joseph Gossett: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Hunter Hermann: 5 points, 2 assists, 1 steal, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 2 steals

Owen Moss: 3 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Avonta Johnson: 3 points, & 1 steal


Pickens, will be on the road on Friday as they head to Ridgeland to take on the Panthers in the 2nd to last region game of the regular season. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.


Dragons Come Up Just Short Against Ridgeland After A Hard Fought Game

PHS Basketball, Sports

This past Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Panthers of Ridgeland in a 6-AAAA battle. Both teams came into the game, needing a win as both were near the middle of the pack in the region standings.


In the first, it was Ridgeland getting off to a quick start, but Pickens got things going and kept up with the Panthers. After one, Ridgeland lead a closely contested frame, 14-10. The 2nd quarter, saw both teams go back and forth in fast paced action. The Panthers, outscored the Dragons 17-13, to take a 31-23 lead into the break.


The 3rd quarter, saw the Dragons ramp things up trying to get back into the game. Pickens, would outscore Ridgeland 20-17 in the 3rd, to cut the Panther lead to 48-43, going to the 4th. The 4th quarter, again saw the Dragons outscore Ridgeland 14-13. Despite that, the Panthers were able to hang on and win 61-57 after several late free throws.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 17 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, & 2 steals

Joseph Gossett: 12 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Keinyuan Hooks: 8 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, & 3 steals

Chase Simmons: 8 points, 2 assists, & 8 rebounds

Zach Goss: 7 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 3 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound

Owen Moss: 2 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal


Pickens, will now turn their attention to the Northwest Whitfield Bruins. The Dragons, will welcome the Bruins to the Dragons Den tomorrow night as part of a make up game after the original game was postponed due to snow. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.


Dragons Tied For Fourth In Region, Look To Seal Playoff Spot Next Week


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

Special Teams:

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.




Dragons Fall To Bruins, Head To Ridgeland Next Week


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

Special Teams:

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.



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