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 Finish Fourth In Region, Play Jefferson In State Playoffs

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This past Friday, the PHS football team hosted the Generals of Heritage in a big 6-AAAA region matchup. A win for the Dragons would give them a share of the region title, and the #3 seed as determined by a tie-breaker. It was also a special night as they recognized all the seniors from players, managers, cheerleaders, & band members before the ball game.

 

Heritage won the toss and elected to receive to have a crack at the 1st points. After each team traded possessions, The Generals got on the board first with a 17-yd td pass at the 4:52 mark to lead it 7-0. The Dragons found their way into the end zone at the 2:55 mark after a 3-yd run from C.J. Streicher, tying things up at 7 as we went to the 2nd quarter.

 

Heritage took the lead back at the 10:19 mark after an 8-yd td pass, making it 14-7 Generals. Pickens answered when Streicher found pay dirt for a 2nd time, this one coming after an 8-yd run at the 6:15 mark to once again tie things up at 14. An interception by the Generals led to a 65-yd td pass at the 4:01 mark giving Heritage a lead of 21-14 as we hit halftime.

 

In the 3rd, Heritage added to their lead with a 7-yd td run at the 5:43 mark, making it 28-14 Generals. The Dragons were able to counter with a 3-yd td run from senior Chris Pittman at the 1:44 mark to cut the Heritage lead in half, 28-21. The Generals however were able to stretch the lead out once again just before the end of the 3rd with a 13-yd td run. Giving Heritage a 35-21 advantage going to the 4th.

 

The Generals again added to their lead with a 44-yd td pass at the 10:19 mark, making it 41-21 after a missed PAT. An interception returned for a td at the 8:18 mark gave Heritage a 48-21 lead. Dylan Huffman found the end zone for the Dragons at the 6:14 mark making it 48-28 Heritage. Pickens again scored late in the 4th after a 9-yd td pass from Jacob Brumby to Trevon Hawkins gave us a final of 48-35, Heritage.

 

Stats for the game:

 

Pickens had 17 1st downs, went 5/10 on 3rd down, & 1/1 on 4th down, 371 yards on 63 plays, 115 yards rushing & 256 yards passing

Jacob Brumby went 19-28 for 231 yards 1 td

Trevon Hawkins went 1-1 for 25 yards

Chris Pittman ran it 16 times for 53 yards & 1 td, Dylan Huffman ran it 7 times for 30 yards & 1 td, C.J. Streicher ran it 4 times for 15 yards & 2 tds, Brumby ran it 5 times for 13 yards, & Josh Cain ran it 1 time for 4 yards

C. Pittman caught 3 passes for 65 yards, Elijah Lawson caught 3 passes for 43 yards, Zach Goss caught 4 passes for 40 yards, J. Cain caught 3 passes for 34 yards, D. Huffman caught 2 passes for 31 yards, Colby McDowell caught 1 pass for 22 yards, T. Hawkins caught 3 passes for 18 yards & 1 td, & Streicher caught 1 pass for 3 yards

Defensively, Michael Burrell & Kelton Gilbert each had 6 tackles, Nick Southern, Jordan Burton, & Alex Pittman each had 5 tackles, A. Pittman added a sack, Devin Grant & Streicher each had 4 tackles, T. Hawkins, Jacob Gordon, & Michael Coriell each had 3 tackles

C. Pittman punted it 3 times for a 118 yards, a 39.3 yard average with a long of 47

T. Hawkins returned 3 kickoffs for 109 yards, a 36.3 yard average with a long of 73, D. Huffman returned 3 kickoffs for 32 yards, K. Gilbert returned 1 kick for 28 yards, J. Cain returned 1 kick for 18 yards

Rudy Perez & Victor Moya combined to go 5/5 on PAT attempts. Perez went 4/4, Moya 1/1

 

Next week, the GHSA 4A state football playoffs begin and Pickens will be on the road taking on the #1 seed out of region 8, the Jefferson Dragons. Jefferson is 9-1 on the season and finished 5-0 in region 8. Kickoff is set for 7:30

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Dragons Earn Playoff Spot, Region Title Still In Sight

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Last night, the PHS Dragons football team took to the road to take on the Ramblers of LaFayette. Pickens, came into the game at the top of the 6-AAAA standings and were looking to keep pace with Northwest Whitfield & Ridgeland.

 

Pickens won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. The Dragons were able to work the ball down the field with Chris Pittman capping the opening drive off getting his 10th rushing td on the season with a 4-yd run at the 9:03 left in the 1st quarter. After a stop on defense, Dylan Huffman would get his 5th rushing td of the season after a 3-yd run to make it 14-0 Pickens at the 4:43 mark of the 1st. The Dragons then recovered a fumble at the LaFayette 1-yd line after the Ramblers were pushed back deep into their own territory. C.J. Streicher powered in for the score, making it 21-0 with 4:21 left in the 1st quarter.

 

Just before the opening frame came to a close, Jacob Brumby found Josh Cain on a receiver screen for an 8-yd td. Giving Pickens a 27-0 lead going to the 2nd. LaFayette got on the board following a 15-yd screen pass at the 9:07 mark of the 1st half, making it 27-6 Dragons. Pickens answered at the 2:46 mark with a Brumby 1-yd td run to give us a halftime score of 34-6, Dragons leading.

 

Alex Pittman came up with an interception on defense & the Dragons turned that into points as Brumby got in for his 2nd rushing td on the night, this time from 3-yds extending the lead to 41-6 as we headed to the 4th. With the clock running in the final quarter of play, Streicher capped off the game with his 2nd rushing td of the night as he punched it in from 4-yds, giving us a final of 48-6, Pickens.

 

Stats for the Dragons:

Pickens finished with 21 1st downs, 4/5 on 3rd down, 451 total yards on 55 plays, 322 yards rushing, 129 passing.

Jacob Brumby went 10-17 for 122 yards & 1 td & ran it 8 times for 63 yards & 2 tds

C.J. Streicher went 1-1 for 7 yards & ran it 6 times for 43 yards and 2 tds

C. Pittman led the Dragons with 66 yards rushing and 1 td, Trevon Hawkins ran it 4 times for 55 yards, Dylan Huffman ran it 5 times for 48 yards & 1 td, Joesiah Tucker ran it 2 times for 36 yards

Huffman caught 3 passes for 41 yards, J. Cain caught 4 passes for 25 yards & 1 td, Zach Goss had 1 catch for 24 yards, Luke Smith had 1 catch for 18 yards, Hawkins had 1 catch for 12 yards & C. Pittman had 1 catch for 9 yards

Defensively, the Dragons held LaFayette to 146 total yards, 112 rushing, 34 passing, giving up just 3.4 yards per play, & forced 4 turnovers. 2 fumbles, & 2 INT’s.

Will Wotring & Devin Grant led Pickens with 9 total tackles each, Nick Southern had 8 total tackles & 1 sack, Michael Cain & Hawkins had 7 total tackles, Jordan Burton & Jacob Gordon each had 5 total tackles

Rudy Perez went 5/6 on PAT, & Victor Moya went 1/1 on PAT

 

Next week, Pickens will be back home at Dragons Stadium to host the Generals of Heritage. Heritage has also clinched a playoff spot by virtue of Southeast Whitfield’s loss to Northwest Whitfield last night. A win for the Dragons gives them a share of the 6-AAAA region title. Game time is set for 7:30.

 

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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 Get Homecoming Win Over Raiders, 2-0 In Region Play

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Last night, the PHS varsity football team hosted the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield in a 6-AAAA region match up for Homecoming. This was the first game at home for the Dragons since September 2nd. Coming into the game, Pickens held a 5-1 all-time series lead over Southeast Whitfield.

 

Pickens won the toss, but elected to differ to the 2nd half, giving Southeast Whitfield the first shot at points. After forcing a three-and-out, the Dragons offense took to the field at their own 29-yd line. They would not be on the field for very long as Jacob Brumby found Trevon Hawkins streaking across the middle for a 71-yd touchdown on the 1st play from scrimmage. The PAT hit the left upright, giving Pickens a 6-0 lead with 10:16 left in the opening quarter. With 6:26 left in the 1st, Chris Pittman found the end zone from 12-yds out, giving the Dragons a 13-0 lead going to the 2nd.

 

Both teams went back and forth in the 2nd quarter, trading possessions. The Raiders would attempt a field goal towards the end of the 1st half, but the Dragons were able to get a claw on it, sending us to halftime with Pickens ahead of Southeast Whitfield, 13-0. During halftime the 2016 PHS Homecoming Princess & Queen were crowned. Miss Olivia Moore was crowned princess, while Miss Autumn Young was crowned queen.

 

The Dragons started off the 2nd half with possession. However, the possession would not last too long as the Raiders recovered a fumble deep inside Dragon territory and would turn it into points after a 6-yd run at the 10:50 mark to cut the Pickens lead to 13-7. The Dragons stretched their lead to 9 at the 6:27 mark after a 25-yd field goal from Rudy Perez, making it 16-7. Just before the end of the 3rd, Southeast Whitfield punched it in from a yard out, making it 16-14 Dragons going to the 4th.

 

Pickens added to their lead early in the 4th with a 2-yd run from C.Pittman, making it 22-14 with 9:04 left in the game. The Dragons held the Raiders on their 1st possession of the 4th quarter then would go to work using the run game. Pickens chewed nearly 7 minutes off the clock in the 4th quarter giving Southeast Whitfield only 9 seconds to work with deep in their own territory. The Raiders’ final play was stopped well short of the goal line by the Dragons defense and Pickens came away with the win, 22-14.

 

Stats for Pickens:

 

For the game, Pickens had 18 1st downs, went 7/14 on 3rd down, & 0/2 on 4th down. Had a total of 423 yards of offense on 68 plays, 235 rushing, 188 passing

Jacob Brumby went 10-18 for 188 yards & 1 td

Chris Pittman led the Dragons with 143 yards rushing on 30 carries & 2 tds, Dylan Huffman ran it 9 times for 48 yards, C.J. Streicher ran it 4 times for 20 yards, Trevon Hawkins ran it 4 times for 15 yards, & Brumby ran it 3 times for 9 yards

Hawkins led the way in receiving with 117 yards on 4 catches & 1 td, Streicher had 1 catch for 26 yards, Huffman had 2 catches for 18 yards, C. Pittman had 1 catch for 15 yards, & Zach Goss had 1 catch for 12 yards

Defensively, Pickens held Southeast Whitfield to 211 total yards on 52 plays, 54 rushing, 157 passing, & had 1 fumble recovery

Alex Pittman led the Dragons with 10 tackles, 1 TFL, & a forced fumble, Jacob Gordon had 7 tackles, 1 TFL, & 1 sack, Kelton Gilbert had 6 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack, & 1 fumble recovery, Michael Cain had 6 tackles, Devin Grant, & Will Wotring had 5 tackles a piece

C. Pittman punted the ball 3 times for 107 yards. A 35.7 yard average

Huffman had 1 punt return for 4 yards, Hawkins had 1 kick return for 22 yards, & Josh Cain had 1 kick return for 8 yards

Rudy Perez went 1-3 on PAT & 1-1 on field goals with a 25-yd long

 

With the win, Pickens is now at .500 on the season at 3-3 overall and now tied for 1st in 6-AAAA with Ridgeland at 2-0. Next week, the Dragons will be back on the road as they head to Tunnel Hill to take on the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield in a crucial region game. Northwest Whitfield is currently tied for 3rd in the region at 2-1 and is 4-3 overall after defeating Heritage this past Friday. Game time is 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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