Dragons Earn 1st Win Of Season, Even Region Record

PHS Basketball, Sports

After the Nettes’ took care of business in the opening game, the Dragons looked to complete the sweep on the evening and notch their first win of the season. Pickens, has been in every game they’ve played so far, & looked to finally close one out, while getting a region win at the same time.

 

In a competitive opening frame, both Pickens & Ridgeland got things rolling for themselves. The Dragons, were able to grab the lead going to the 2nd, 15-11. This game looked like it was going to be tied heading into the break, but Brady Moore was able to corral a shot attempt and put it back up and in just before the buzzer sounded to give Pickens the 27-25 lead at the half.

 

The 3rd quarter saw the Dragon lead increase as Pickens outscored the Panthers 22-18, to take a 49-43 lead going to the 4th. In a back and forth final quarter, Ridgeland outscored the Dragons 26-23, but Pickens held on and picked up their first win of the season, 72-69. This also marks the first win for Mike Duffie as Dragon head coach.

 

Stats:

Zach Goss: 27 points, 3 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks

Seth Bishop: 16 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 steals

Tucker Lowe: 16 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds

Brady Moore: 11 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Owen Moss: 2 points, 7 assists, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks

Alex Snelgrove: 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

 

Pickens, will look to build off of this hard fought win as they host the Cedartown Bulldogs on Tuesday in non-region action. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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Dragons Come Close, Fall To Heritage, Host Ridgeland On Friday

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After the Nettes’ & Lady Generals wrapped up, it was time for the final game of the evening as the Dragons took on the Generals of Heritage. Pickens, came into the game looking to get their first win on the young season & get region play started off on the right foot.

 

In the 1st, the Generals found their shot from deep early. Heritage, took a 18-6 lead over the Dragons going to the 2nd quarter. In the 2nd quarter, Pickens was able to get some offense going, but the Generals also kept up their offensive output from the opening quarter. Going into the half, Heritage led the Dragons, 41-25.

 

The 2nd half saw much improvement for the Dragons as they were able to chip away at the Heritage lead. By outscoring the Generals 18-11 in the 3rd, Pickens found themselves down 52-43, going to the 4th. In the 4th, Pickens had the General lead down to as much as 7, & outscoring them in the 2nd half, 28-23, Heritage was able to hold on at the end & get the win, 64-53.

 

Stats:

Zach Goss: 24 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

Seth Bishop: 13 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds, 1 steal

Owen Moss: 8 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 3 steals

Brady Moore: 5 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds

Tucker Lowe: 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound

 

The Dragons, will finally make their 2018-19 home debut as they welcome the Ridgeland Panthers to the Dragons Den on Friday night. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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Pickens Captures First Region Title With Senior Night Win Over Ridgeland

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the Ridgeland Panthers for Senior Night. Not only was it Senior Night, it was a region championship game. With Pickens sitting at 4-0, & Ridgeland sitting at 3-0 in the region, this became the deciding game for the 6-AAAA crown. Prior to the ball game, the Seniors for the team, cheerleaders, & band were all recognized. The most special one, was Jordan Simonds. Simonds, lost his life in an automobile accident last year. This would’ve been his Senior year. Jordan’s mother, Jessica, represented him. She was surrounded by Jordan’s fellow Seniors, & was presented a bouquet of flowers. The Simond’s family has set up a Memorial Scholarship fund in his name. If you haven’t already, please go contribute in any way you can.

 

Pickens won the toss, but elected to defer to the 2nd half, giving Ridgeland’s speedy offense first possession. After a big loss on 3rd down, the Panthers were forced to punt from the back of their own end zone. The Dragons took over at the Ridgeland 30-yd line. It took Pickens one play from scrimmage to find points as the Dragons worked the double pass to perfection. CJ Streicher sent it over to Michael Burrell, then Burrell connected with a wide open Brady Moore for a 30-yd TD pass, giving the Dragons a 7-0 lead, with 11:27 to go in the 1st. Pickens looked to catch the Panthers off guard again with a surprise onside attempt, but were unable to recover it. Ridgeland used the good starting field position to drive down the field, & cap it off with a 3-yd TD run to make it 7-7 with 9:59 left in the 1st. Ridgeland then took the lead after a 47-yd TD pass, to make it 14-7, with 7:45 left in the opening quarter. The Dragons, were able to drive down the field, and get a 21-yd field goal from Jose Sanchez to make it 14-10 Ridgeland, going to the 2nd.

 

Pickens, regained the lead at the 9:36 mark of the 2nd quarter after Robert Davis barreled his way in from 7-yds out, to make it 17-14. Ridgeland, looked to tie things up with a long field goal attempt, but Kaleb Ray came swooping from the left side and blocked the kick, giving the Dragons possession at their own 27-yd line. On the very next play, Streicher found an open Ray near the sideline & he took it 73-yds for the score, giving Pickens a 24-14 lead, as we’d head into halftime.

 

The Dragons, got the ball to start the 2nd half, & methodically drove it down the field, chewing up nearly half of the 3rd quarter on their first drive. The drive ended with Davis getting into the end zone from 13-yds out after nearly losing it prior to scoring. That made it 31-14 Dragons, going to the 4th. The defense for Pickens, as they have all season long, really stepped up in the 2nd half shutting down the high powered Panther offense. Ridgeland’s only other score came with 19 seconds left to go in the game. Your final in this one, Pickens 31, Ridgeland 21. With the win, Pickens secures it’s first region championship in school history.

 

Region Standings:

Pickens: 9-0 (5-0) 6-AAAA region champions

Ridgeland: 5-3 (3-1)

Heritage: 4-5 (3-2)

NW Whitfield: 5-3 (2-2)

LaFayette: 4-4 (1-3)

SE Whitfield: 3-5 (1-3)

Gilmer: 0-8 (0-4)

 

Stats:

1st Downs: 19

3rd Down: 7/15

4th Down: 3/4

Total Yards: 455

Rush Yards: 323

Pass Yards: 132

CJ Streicher: 2/7, 102 yards, 1 TD, 29 rushes, 151 yards,

Michael Burrell: 1/1, 30 yards, 1 TD, 6 rushes, 30 yards, 3 tackles, 3 punts for 109 yards

Robert Davis: 13 rushes, 75 yards, 2 TD, 1 catch, 29 yards, 2 kick returns for 47 yards

Kaleb Ray: 1 catch, 73 yards, 1 TD, 2 tackles, 1 pass break up, 1 blocked field goal, 1 kick return, 24 yards

Brady Moore: 1 catch, 30 yards, 1 TD, 8 tackles

Trevon Hawkins: 16 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 pass break up, 7 rushes, 31 yards

Dallas McHale: 8 tackles

Andrew Macom: 7 tackles, 6 solo, 2 tackles for loss, 2 pass break ups

Hunter Hermann: 6 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass break up

Jose Sanchez: 4/4 on PAT, 1 field goal from 21 yards

 

Pickens, will look to complete it’s first ever undefeated season next week when they travel to Walker County to take on the LaFayette Ramblers. Game time is set for 7:30.

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Dragons Now 8-0 After Big Road Win Over Northwest Whitfield

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This past Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team traveled to Northwest Whitfield to take on the Bruins in a crucial region ball game. The past couple of seasons, the Bruins have gotten the better of the Dragons, winning the last 3 match ups. Pickens looked to end that streak & stay atop the 6-AAAA standings.

 

The Northwest Whitfield Bruins got the ball first on offense. The Dragon defense came out aggressive & forced the Bruins to punt. The first possession for Pickens ended with 6 as the offense drove down the field, & the drive was capped off by a 2-yd TD run for CJ Streicher to put the Dragons ahead, 7-0, with 7:53 left in the opening quarter. The Dragon defense again came up with a big stop, & gave the offense good field position to work with. Pickens again marched down the field & would score after a 2-yd TD pass from Streicher to Hunter Hermann, who was all alone in the back of the end zone. Going to the 2nd quarter, the Dragons held a 14-0 advantage.

 

In the 2nd, the Dragons added to their lead after the defense again set them up with prime field position & Robert Davis would find the end zone from 4-yds out, to give Pickens a 21-0 lead, with 7:43 left in the 1st half. Streicher scored his 2nd rushing TD of the game 6:14 mark of the 2nd quarter to make it 28-0. This score, again was set up by a swarming defense. After a big kick off return, the Bruins got their first points of the game after a 9-yd run at the 5:05 mark of the 2nd. Northwest Whitfield tried to catch the Dragons off guard by using the swinging gate formation & tried to go for 2, but Pickens had it figured out from the start & stopped it. Giving us a score of 28-6. Just before the first half came to an end, the Dragons looked to add to their lead and add to it they did. Streicher connected with Zach Goss from 34-yds out to give Pickens a 35-6 lead at the break.

 

The Dragons, got the ball to start the 2nd half, & wasted little time picking up where they left off in the first half. Streicher & Goss hooked up for the 2nd time on the night, this time from 53-yds out. Pickens, took a 41-6 lead with 10:02 left in the 3rd. Davis, got his 2nd score of the night at the 5:50 mark of the 3rd as he was able to get in from 5-yds out, to make it 48-6. Another good kick off return by the Bruins helped set them up for a score as they got in after a 6-yd pass to make it 48-13 Dragons going to the 4th.

 

Pickens, got the only points in the 4th as Jarod Whitmore got past several Bruin defenders to score from 20-yds out. The final score in this one would be 55-13, Pickens.

 

Region Standings:

Pickens: 8-0 (4-0)

Ridgeland: 5-2 (3-0)

Heritage: 3-5 (2-2)

NW Whitfield: 4-3 (1-2)

SE Whitfield: 3-4 (1-2)

LaFayette: 4-4 (1-3)

Gilmer: 0-7 (0-3)

 

Stats:

1st Downs: 20

3rd Down: 7/10

4th Down: 2/2

Total Yards: 540

Rush Yards: 363

Pass Yards: 177

Takeaways: 1

CJ Streicher: 8/12 for 177 yards, 3 TD’s, 16 rushes, 80 yards, 2 TD’s, 1 punt, 35 yards

Robert Davis: 14 rushes, 104 yards, 2 TD’s

Brady Moore: 6 rushes, 48 yards, 5 tackles, 4 solo

Anthony Jones: 2 rushes, 39 yards

Trevon Hawkins: 4 rushes, 34 yards, 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 2 pass break ups

Jarod Whitmore: 2 rushes, 21 yards, 1 TD

Zach Goss: 2 catches, 87 yards, 2 TD’s

Kaleb Ray: 3 catches, 38 yards, & 4 tackles, 1 pass break up

Michael Burell: 1 catch, 34 yards, & 1 pass break up

Alex Snelgrove: 1 catch, 16 yards, & 2 tackles, 1 interception

Hunter Hermann: 1 catch, 2 yards, 1 TD & 7 tackles, 1 pass break up

Clayton Holland: 6 tackles

Dallas McHale: 6 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 pass break up

Andrew Macom: 4 tackles

Jose Sanchez: 7/7 on PAT

 

Next week, the Dragons will host the Ridgeland Panthers. This game, will more than likely determine the region champion for 6-AAAA. Kick off is set to start at 7:30.

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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.

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

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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.

 

Stats:

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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