Region play in 6-AAAA began last Friday night as the PHS Dragons varsity football team welcomed the Bobcats of Gilmer to Dragons Stadium for Homecoming. Pickens, came into the game looking to be 5-0 in a season for the first time since the 1986 season. That team, started 6-0, & finished the season 8-1-1. Prior to the game, PHS honored the fallen Gilmer Middle School principal, Larry Walker. The PHS band played a rendition of Taps & Amazing Grace, followed by the two teams coming together at midfield. After a moment of silence, we were ready to get the game underway.
The Dragons, won the toss and in a change up from recent weeks, decided to receive the opening kick off to begin the game. Pickens, wasted little time on their first possession scoring in just 35 seconds after a 23-yd TD run from senior Zach Goss to make it 7-0 with 11:25 left in the first. Junior QB CJ Streicher, added to the Dragons lead after a 52-yd TD run at the 2:51 mark of the 1st to make it 14-0 Dragons, going into the 2nd.
The Dragons, would find the end zone on the first play of the 2nd quarter after a 23-yd TD pass from Streicher to Brady Moore, to make it 21-0 with 11:55 left in the 1st half. Senior RB Robert Davis, found his way to the end zone after a 51-yd TD run to give the Dragons a 28-0 lead over the Bobcats with 9:31 left in the 1st half. Pickens added to the lead with a 6-yd TD run from Kaleb Ray, to make it 35-0 Dragons with 5:56 to go before the half. Streicher connected with Michael Burrell for a 31-yd TD at the 3:43 mark to give Pickens a 42-0 advantage. At the 2:40 mark, Streicher connected with Davis for and 18-yd TD, to make it 42-0 Dragons, going into the half.
The only scoring in the 2nd half came in the 3rd quarter. The Bobcats got on the board after a 16-yd TD run at the 6:17 mark, to make it 49-6 Dragons. With 47 seconds left in the 3rd, Jarod Whitmore scored for Pickens after a 27-yd run, to make it 55-6 Dragons. Final score, 55-6.
1st Downs: 10
3rd Downs: 1/1
Total Yards: 518
Plays Ran: 33
Rushing Yards: 383
Passing Yards: 135
CJ Streicher: 7/8 for 121 yards & 3 TD, 124 yards rushing, & 1 TD
Robert Davis: 4 rushes, 76 yards, 1 TD, 2 catches, 31 yards, 1 TD, 1 kick return for 14 yards
Kaleb Ray: 2 rushes, 43 yards, 1 TD, 3 tackles, 2 pass break ups
Jarod Whitmore: 2 rushes, 32 yards, 1 TD, 4 tackles
Zach Goss: 1 rush, 23 yards, 1 TD, 2 catches, 29 yards
Michael Burrell: 1 catch, 31 yards, 1 TD, 2 tackles
Brady Moore: 1 catch, 23 yards, 1 TD, 5 tackles
Hunter Hermann: 9 tackles, 6 solo, 3 assists, 1 TFL
Sy Chadwick: 8 tackles, 2 solo, 6 assists
Jay Jones: 7 tackles, 2 solo, 5 assists, 1 pass break up
Clayton Holland: 7 tackles, 2 solo, 5 assists
Chase Jarrett: 6 tackles, 1 solo, 5 assists, 1 fumble recovery
Logan Joiner: 7/7 on PAT
Pickens, will be on the road next week for the first time since their pre-season scrimmage against Denmark on August 10th when they travel to Dalton to take on the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield. Kick off is set for 7:30 pm.
Last Friday, the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the Bulldogs of Chamblee-Charter in the final non-region game before region action starts. Chamblee, is out of the 5-A classification.
Chamblee, got the ball to begin the game, & the Dragons defense was up to the task early of stopping their unique offense. Offensively, it didn’t take long for Pickens to get on the board as CJ Streicher connected with fellow Junior Alex Snelgrove on a 32-yd TD pass to give the Dragons the 7-0 lead, with 8:23 left in the 1st quarter. The Dragons would then make a play on Special Teams, by blocking a would be punt attempt from the Bulldogs, giving the offense great field position. The next play, Robert Davis would run it in from 16-yds out, & the Dragons held a 14-0 lead with 7:09 left in the opening quarter. Streicher, got in from 15-yds out after shaking off what seemed like 5 or 6 Chamblee defenders to get into the end zone, and stretch the Pickens lead out to 21-0 with 3:33 left in the 1st. Just before the 1st quarter came to an end, Streicher & Snelgrove connected again. This time, from 37-yds out to give the Dragons a 28-0 lead, heading to the 2nd.
The scoring continued for Pickens in the 2nd quarter as Davis found the end zone for the 2nd time after a 1-yd TD run to make it 35-0. At the 4:03 mark of the 2nd, Michael Burrell got in on the scoring as he would run it in from 9-yds out to give the Dragons a 42-0 as we’d go into halftime.
In the 3rd, Burrell, added his 2nd rushing TD on the night after a 45-yd scamper to the end zone at the 9:44 mark to give the Dragons a 49-0 lead. Chamblee, got on the board not long after that at the 9:05 mark after a 65-yd TD run. The Dragons were able to block the PAT attempt, making it 49-6 Pickens. 49-6 would be the final score in this one as the Dragons finish the non-region portion of their schedule at 4-0.
1st Downs: 11
3rd Downs: 5/6
Total Yards: 444
Rushing Yards: 317
Passing Yards: 127
Takeaways: 1 INT
CJ Streicher: 6-8, 110 yards, 2 TD, 6 rushes, 68 yards, 1 TD, 1 punt for 32 yards
Michael Burrell: 1-1, 16 yards, 3 rushes, 54 yards, 2 TD, 1 tackles, 1 assist, 1 INT
Kaleb Ray: 2 rushes, 61 yards, 2 catches, 26 yards, 3 tackles, 3 assists, 1 pass break up, 1 kick return for 31 yards
Robert Davis: 4 rushes, 30 yards, 2 TD
Alex Snelgrove: 4 catches, 90 yards, 2 TD
Hunter Hermann: 8 tackles, 6 solo, 2 assists, 1 tackle for loss
Hunter Weaver: 7 tackles, 2 solo, 5 assists
Sy Chadwick: 4 tackles, 1 solo, 3 assists
Dalton Elrod: 4 tackles, 2 solo, 2 assists
Daniel Parnes, Dallas McHale, James Sparks: 1 sack each
Logan Joiner: 4/4 on PAT
Jose Sanchez: 2/2 on PAT
Bailey Dispain: 1/1 on PAT
Pickens will once again be at home next week for the 5th game in a row as they begin 6-AAAA play. The Dragons will welcome the Bobcats of Gilmer to Dragons Stadium for Homecoming next Friday night. Kick off is at 7:30.
This past Friday, the PHS Dragons varsity football team welcomed the White County Warriors for non-region action. White County, is out of region 7 in the 4A classification, & this match up could potentially happen again down the road in the 1st round of the playoffs, as region 6 & 7 pair up this year. The Warriors, led the all time series heading into the game, 22-18-2. The last meeting came in 2015, where Pickens came out with a 13-6 win, the last time they started a season 3-0.
White County began the opening quarter with the ball, but the Dragon defense got them off the field. The Warriors defense ended the Dragons first series after picking off a pass & we had a stalemate after the first drives for both teams. Pickens was able to break through at the 3:54 mark of the 1st after a 5-yd TD run from Michael Burrell to give the Dragons a 7-0 lead. Just before the 1st quarter came to an end, QB CJ Streicher extended the Dragons lead with a 3-yd TD run, making it 14-0, going to the 2nd.
The White County Warriors got back into the game with a pair of TD’s early in the 2nd. The first, came after a 3-yd run at the 9:01 mark to make it 14-7. The Warriors would then tie things up at the 7:58 mark after a 39-yd TD pass, & we were all squared up at 14. After a good drive, Pickens answered after an 8-yd pitch & catch from Streicher to Zach Goss, giving the Dragons the lead back, 21-14 with 4:32 left in the first half. Right before the half was about to end, White County got a 2-yd TD run to tie things up at 21, going to the break.
In the 3rd, the Dragons reclaimed the lead at the 9:06 mark after a 27-yd TD pass from Burrell to Goss, giving Pickens the 28-21 lead. At the 3:48 mark, Pickens added to that lead after Robert Davis broke free for a 76-yd TD run, making it 35-21 Dragons. White County, went for it on their side of the 50 on 4th down on their next drive, & it ended up working out for the Warriors as they scored on a 52-yd TD pass, to make it 35-28 Dragons as we headed to the 4th.
The Dragons got that two score lead right back at the 10:37 mark of the 4th after Streicher connected with Goss from 22-yds out, giving Pickens the 42-28 lead. The Warriors, got back within a score after a 5-yd TD pass at the 1:11 mark, making it 42-35. White County, then would go for the onside kick, & the kick bounced out of bounds & the Dragons were able to run out the clock to seal the win, 42-35.
1st downs: 14
3rd downs: 5/12
4th downs: 3/6
Total Yards: 489
Rush Yards: 409
Pass Yards: 80
CJ Streicher: 4/11 for 53 yards, 2 TD 2 INT, 21 rushes, 117 yards, 1 TD
Michael Burrell: 1/1 for 27 yards, 1 TD, 9 rushes for 37 yards, 1 TD, 6 tackles, 1 pass break up
Robert Davis: 19 rushes, 216 yards, 1 TD
Zach Goss: 4 catches, 67 yards, 3 TD, 1 rush for 7 yards, 5 tackles, 1 pass break up
Alex Snelgrove: 1 catch for 13 yards, 7 tackles
Hunter Hermann: 18 total tackles, 9 solo, 9 assists
Chase Jarrett: 9 total tackles, 7 solo, 2 assists, 3 tackles for loss
Dallas McHale: 8 total tackles, 4 solo, 4 assists, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack
Andrew Macom: 7 total tackles, 4 solo, 3 assists, 2 tackles for loss
Logan Joiner: 6/6 on PAT attempts
Pickens, will once again be at home as they will welcome the Chamblee Bulldogs to Dragons Stadium in what will be the final non region game before region play starts. Kick off starts at 7:30.
This past Friday, the Pickens Dragons, welcomed the Pepperell Dragons to, you guess it, Dragons Stadium, for a non-region showdown. Pepperell, is out of the 2A classification. This was the 11th meeting all time between these two teams dating back to 1958. Pepperell, had gotten the better of Pickens in the first 10 meetings, going 9-0-1. The tie came in the first game in 1958. After a big win over Stone Mountain two weeks ago, the Dragons of Pickens looked to continue the early momentum built in this 2018 season. Prior to the game, Michael Burrell & Haley Aiken were named Mr & Miss PHS for the 2018-19 school year.
The Pepperell Dragons, won the toss, but elected to differ to the 2nd half. That meant the Dragons from Pickens, would get first crack at points. Pepperell collected the first turnover of the game as they picked off a CJ Streicher pass intended for Zach Goss & took it deep inside Pickens territory. The defense for Pickens stepped up after being backed up near their own goal line, & forced Pepperell into a field goal attempt. The field goal attempt was pushed left, & the Dragons of Pickens, would take back over on offense. Last week’s TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Player Of The Week Brady Moore, provided the first points of the game after a 12-yd TD run at the 6:33 mark, making it 7-0 Pickens. Just as the 2nd quarter got underway, Robert Davis took a hand off and plowed his way in from 4-yds out to make it 14-0 Pickens with 11:55 to go in the first half. Streicher, would then barrel his way into the end zone from 12-yds out. Making it 21-0 Pickens over Pepperell, as we hit halftime.
Pepperell, wasted little time to get on the board to start the 3rd quarter. Pepperell used a 13-yd TD pass to score their first points of the game, making it 21-7 Pickens, with 10:48 to go in the 3rd. Pickens answered that score, with a touchdown of their own as Streicher found the end zone for the 2nd time. This score came from 2-yds out, giving Pickens a three score lead, 28-7, with 7:32 left in the 3rd. 3 minutes & 12 seconds later, Streicher again was in the end zone with another 2-yd TD run, giving him three on the evening. Pickens was able to score two points on a conversion after a mishap on the PAT attempt. They led Pepperell 36-7 with 4:20 to go in the 3rd. Pepperell, scored near the end of the 3rd after a 6-yd TD run to make it 36-14 Pickens, going to the 4th. The final score of the night came after a 7-yd TD run for Jarod Whitmore to make what would be your final score, 43-14 Pickens.
First Downs: 21
Third Down: 9-13
Fourth Down: 1-1
Total Yards: 448
Rushing Yards: 382
Passing Yards: 66
Total Takeaways: 2 (1 fumble, 1 interception)
CJ Streicher: 1-2 for 45 yards, 1 catch for 21 yards, 24 rushes, 144 yards, 3 TD, 1 punt for 39 yards
Michael Burrell: 1-1 for 21 yards, 3 rushes, 25 yards, 2 tackles, 1 INT
Trevon Hawkins: 14 rushes, 52 yards, 5 tackles, 1 punt return for 16 yards, 1 kick return for 19 yards
Brady Moore: 6 rushes, 50 yards, 1 TD, 4 tackles, 1 pass breakup
Robert Davis: 9 rushes, 50 yards, 1 TD
Jarod Whitmore: 7 rushes, 41 yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble recovery
Zach Goss: 1 catch for 45 yards
Hunter Hermann: 10 total tackles, 2 TFL
Clayton Holland: 6 total tackles
Kaleb Ray: 6 total tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass breakup
Jay Jones: 5 total tackles
Andrew Macom: 5 total tackles, 1 sack
Logan Joiner: 5/5 on PAT
Jose Sanchez: 6 kickoffs, 5 touch backs
Pickens, will once again be home next Friday as they welcome a former region opponent. The White County Warriors will come to Jasper for another non-region game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30.
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.
Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the LaFayette Ramblers for Senior Night. Pickens, needed a win to stay in the thick of the playoff race coming down the stretch of the season. Prior to the game, the seniors from the football team, cheerleaders, & band were recognized for the contributions during their time at PHS. Another special presentation that happened prior to kick off, was PHS presenting the family of the late Shawn Mask with his Letterman’s jacket.
LaFayette won the toss and elected to receive the opening kick to get the game started. The Pickens defense was able to get the Rambler offense off the field & it would be the Dragons turn to find the first points. Those first points of the game were scored by Junior RB Robert Davis after a 5-yd run to make it 7-0 Pickens with 7:11 left in the opening quarter. The Dragons found the end zone again in the 1st quarter, this time, through the air as Senior QB Jacob Brumby connected with Sophomore C.J. Streicher from 49-yds out for the TD. After one quarter of play, the Dragons held a 13-0 lead over LaFayette.
Pickens got on the board for the first time in the 2nd quarter at the 10:22 mark after a 7-yd TD pass from Brumby to Junior Zach Goss to make it 20-0. After Senior Zach Swaim recovered a fumble & took it to the 7-yd line, fellow Senior Jacob Brumby finished it off on the next play with a 7-yd TD run to make it 27-0 Dragons with 8:08 left in the half. After nearly scoring on the previous play, Senior WR Josh Cain finished off another scoring drive for Pickens with a 1-yd TD run to make it 34-0 Dragons with 5:14 left in the half. The Dragons were getting it done defensively on the night as well. Junior Trevon Hawkins, took the ball away from the LaFayette runner & ran it back for the score to make it 41-0 Pickens with 4:53 left in the half. On the ensuing LaFayette drive, the Ramblers were looking for points prior to halftime. However, Kaleb Ray timed his jump, & made a great catch in the end zone to give the ball back to the Dragons. Pickens would turn that interception into points as Brumby connected with Streicher once again. This time, from 6-yds out to make it 48-0 Dragons at the half.
The Dragons picked up where they left off in the 1st half as they started the 3rd quarter with the football, & ended their first drive of the 2nd half with points as Streicher (now in at QB), strolled in from 7-yds out for his 3rd TD of the game & we would head to the 4th, with Pickens ahead of LaFayette, 55-0. The Ramblers got their first points of the game at the 10:27 mark of the 4th after a 4-yd TD run to make it 55-7 Dragons. The ensuing kickoff was a short pooch kick, & it was fielded by Hawkins, who then took it the distance for the touchdown making it 62-7 Pickens. Your final from Jasper would be 62-7.
With the win, the Dragons move closer to securing a playoff spot. With Southeast Whitfield’s win over Northwest Whitfield last night, that puts Pickens in 3rd for the moment. Next week, the Dragons will travel to Heritage to take on the Generals in what is more than likely, the biggest game of the whole region schedule. With a win next week over Heritage, the Dragons will vault into the #2 seed of region 6, & host a playoff game. A loss, makes things a lot more crowded & a lot more complicated.
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.