Dragons Open the 2018 Season In Big Way With Win Over Stone Mountain

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This past Friday, the Pickens Dragons varsity football team opened up their 2018 season by welcoming the Pirates of Stone Mountain to the newly upgraded Dragons Stadium. Stone Mountain, is out of region 5 in the 3-A classification. This was the first varsity game on the new turf field for the Dragons that will count on the record books as Pickens hosted Dawson several months ago in a spring scrimmage. Prior to the game, the youth football teams & cheerleaders of Pickens County were recognized as their seasons are just getting underway as well.

 

The Dragons would receive the ball first to begin the game, & wasted little time pulling out the trick plays. On the first play from scrimmage, Qb C.J. Streicher took the snap, rolled to his left, handed it off to Michael Burrell, who looked to be running a reverse. Instead, Burrell, launched the ball to an open Alex Snelgrove, for a 49-yd gain. Pickens, would then march down the field, & Streicher capped off the opening drive with a 1-yd TD run, to put the Dragons up 7-0, at the 10:46 mark of the 1st. After the Dragons’ defense came up with a stop on the Pirates’ drive, Streicher again found the end zone on a 10-yd TD run to give Pickens a 14-0 lead with 4:48 left in the 1st. The Dragons again found pay dirt after a 44-yd TD pass from Streicher to Burrell to put Pickens up 21-0 with 2:47 left in the opening quarter. The defense for the Dragons wanted in on the scoring & that’s when Brady Moore picked off a pass and took it all the way to the end zone to stretch the lead over Stone Mountain 28-0, as we’d head to the 2nd quarter.

 

Both teams went back and forth in the 2nd quarter, until the 5:56 mark when the Dragons defense came up with a safety, to make it 30-0. Moore, this time on offense, found the end zone after a 9-yd TD run, making it 37-0, with 5:04 left in the first half. Moore, wanted more as he again found the end zone, this time after a 16-yd TD run, making it 44-0 Dragons, heading into halftime. With a running clock in the 2nd half, the Dragons would put in their younger players to give them some varsity experience. Stone Mountain scored with just over 10 minutes left in the game, & that would be all the scoring in the 2nd half. Your final in this one, Pickens 44 Stone Mountain 6.

 

Pickens Stats:

First Downs: 11

Third Down: 3 of 6

Total Yards: 426

Total Plays: 42

Avg Per Play: 10.1 yards

Rushing Yards: 262

Rushes: 25

Yds Per Rush: 10.48

Passing Yards: 164

Passing Attempts: 17

Yds Per Attempt: 10.65

C.J. Streicher: 6-13, 115 yds passing, 1 TD, 1 INT, 63 yds rushing, 2 TD

Michael Burrell: 1-1, 49 yds passing, 40 yds rushing, 44 yds receiving, 1 TD, 3 total tackles, 1 pass break up

Trevon Hawkins: 3 rushes for 81 yds, 11 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks

Brady Moore: 3 rushes, 37 yds, 2 TDs, 1 catch, 26 yds, 2 total tackles, 1 INT, 1 defensive TD

Alex Snelgrove: 1 catch, 49 yds

Hunter Hermann: 11 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble

Jay Jones: 6 total tackles

Andrew Macom: 6 total tackles

Clayton Holland: 6 total tackles

Dallas McHale: 4 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery

Sy Chadwick: 4 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack

The Dragons defense held Stone Mountain to just 12 yards rushing on 33 attempts, & just a 136 total yards on 56 plays run.

Pickens, will have next week off, but will be back in action at home on the 31st as they host the Dragons of Pepperell. Pepperell has become a familiar opponent over the last couple of seasons and if any of the previous meetings are any indications, this one will be an exciting one to watch as well. Game time is set for 7:30.

 

 

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Dragons Baseball Season Ends In 1st Round Of State Playoffs

PHS Baseball, Sports

This past Friday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, made their way down to Cartersville to take on the Purple Hurricanes in the first round of the 4-A State Baseball Tournament. Pickens came in as the #4 seed from region 6, while Cartersville came in as the #1 seed out of region 5. These games, were originally scheduled for Thursday, but weather pushed it back. Cartersville even had a helicopter out to help dry the field prior to first pitch of game 1.

 

Game 1:

The Dragons, were the away team in game 1, & looked to get things going against the top team from region 5. Pickens, would be unable to get on base in the top half of the 1st, sending us to the bottom of the inning. Dragons starting pitcher, Caswell Smith, found himself in an early jam, but was able to hold Cartersville to 1 run & strikeout 2 in the process. We’d head to the 2nd, Purple Hurricanes up, 1-0. In the top of the 2nd, the Dragons saw a total of 8 pitches, & flew out in order, sending us to the bottom of the frame. Smith, came back with an 11 pitch inning, & picked up his 3rd K of the game, sending us to the 3rd, Cartersville leading Pickens, 1-0.

 

With 2-outs in the top of the 3rd, Dylan Huffman sent a a fly ball to shallow left field, the left fielder could not come up with the catch, & Huffman made it to 2nd on the play. Joseph Gossett, then drew a walk to put runners on 1st & 2nd. Jace Franklin then battled & kept fouling off pitches. With a 2-2 count, Franklin laced a double in right center, scoring Huffman & tying the game up a 1. Cartersville, looking to retake the lead in the bottom of the inning, had 2 runners on with nobody out. Smith, with help from the defense behind him, was able to get out of that jam, keeping it a 1-1 game, going to the 4th. In the top of the 4th, the Purple Hurricanes brought in a new pitcher, & he was able to  get the Dragons in order. In the bottom of the 4th, Cartersville, was able to reclaim the lead, 2-1, going to the 5th.

 

Gossett, would get a 2-out single in the top of the 5th, but that would be all for the Dragons in the top half of the frame. The Purple Hurricanes, would plate 2 more runs in the bottom of the 5th, making it 4-1, going to the 6th. With 2-outs in the top of the 6th, Pickens got back to back singles from Chad Pacas & Colby James. Tyler Vreeland, made it three straight hits, but Evan Jones (running for Pacas), would be called out at the plate, trying to score from 2nd, keeping the score 4-1. In the bottom of the 6th, Cartersville, got a solo home run, to make it 5-1, going to the 7th. The Purple Hurricanes, would take game 1, 5-1.

 

Stats:

Caswell Smith: 6IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 7K, 106 pitches

Joseph Gossett: 1-3 with a walk & a single

Jace Franklin: 1-3 with a double & 1 RBI

Brady Moore: 1 walk

Chad Pacas: 1-3 with a single

Colby James: 1-3 with a single

Tyler Vreeland: 1-3 with a single

Dylan Huffman: 1 run scored

 

Game 2:

The two teams switched roles for game two as Pickens was now the home team, & Cartersville was the away team. The Purple Hurricanes, jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first as they would plate 3 runs, to take an early 3-0 lead. The Dragons, went quietly in the bottom of the 1st, sending us to the 2nd, Cartersville leading, 3-0. In the top of the 2nd, the Purple Hurricanes added 2 more runs, to stretch the lead out to 5-0. In the bottom of the frame, Pickens, again would be unable to get anything going, & we’d head to the 3rd, Dragons trailing Cartersville, 5-0.

 

In the top of the 3rd, Cartersville, plated 1 run, to make it 6-0. In the bottom of the inning, Tyler Vreeland, would lead off the inning with the Dragons 1st hit of the game. The Purple Hurricanes, got out of the inning without any damage done, as we’d go to the 4th. In the top of the 4th, Cartersville, would score 6 times to make it 12-0. The Purple Hurricanes would go on to take game 2, 12-0 in 5 innings. Winning the series 2-0.

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Dragons Honor Seniors, Take Series From Southeast Whitfield

PHS Baseball, Sports

Yesterday afternoon, the PHS varsity baseball team once again hosted the Southeast Whitfield Raiders at Dragons Field for the 3rd and final game of their series, & the final game of the region schedule. Prior to the game, the seniors on the 2018 PHS baseball team were honored for their contributions to PHS during their time.

 

In the top of the 1st, senior starter Isaiah Payne, had it working early. Payne needed just 10 pitches to get out of the top half of the 1st. Pickens, got a lead off single from senior Joseph Gossett, but Gossett would be left stranded at 3rd, & we would head to the 2nd, tied at 0. In the top of the 2nd, Payne continued his good early work by striking out two Raiders in the frame. In the bottom of the inning, A 1-out single from Colby James, a walk drawn by senior Lucas Headrick, and a single from Payne, would lead to a 2-out, 2-RBI base hit from Gossett as the Dragons took a 2-0 lead over Southeast Whitfield, heading to the 3rd.

 

Payne, now working with the lead, continued giving the Raiders trouble as he got out of the inning, using 16 pitches. In the bottom of the 3rd, a lead off walk drawn by senior Dylan Huffman, came back to bite Southeast Whitfield as Brady Moore drove Huffman in with a 1-out double. Moore would go on to steal 3rd, then come into score after a pitch got by the catcher. Pickens took a 4-0 lead, into the 4th. In the top of the 4th, the Raiders got their first hit of the game, but that would be all. In the bottom of the frame, Gossett, got a 2-out double, but would be caught trying to steal 3rd to end the inning. Going to the 5th, the Dragons held a 4-0 lead over Southeast Whitfield.

 

In the top of the 5th, Payne would throw one more pitch, then would be replaced with fellow senior, Clate McArthur. McArthur, would collect his 1st K of the day, & get out of the half inning on 11 pitches. In the bottom of the 5th, Huffman, got a 1-out base hit, Moore would be hit by a pitch, then James would get a 2-out RBI hit scoring Huffman to give the Dragons a 5-0 lead, going to the 6th. In the top of the 6th, Southeast Whitfield would plate 2 runs, cutting the Pickens lead to 5-2. The Dragons, got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning after Gossett hit a 1-out triple, & then came into score after Huffman drove him in after beating out a potential inning ending double play. The Dragons, held a 6-2 lead going to the 7th. McArthur was able to hold down the Raiders in the 7th, to preserve the Dragons win, 6-2.

 

Stats:

Isaiah Payne: 4IP, 2K, 0R, 0ER, 1H, 54 pitches & 1-2 with a single

Clate McArthur: 3IP, 3K, 2R, 2ER, 48 pitches

Joseph Gossett: 4-4 with 2 singles, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a single, a walk, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored

Brady Moore: 1-2 with a double, a HBP, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Colby James: 2-3 with 2 singles, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1 run scored

 

Pickens, wins the series between Southeast Whitfield 2-1, & finishes the region schedule at 9-9. They are 14-14 overall with one more game to play in the regular season. There will be a makeup game today at PCMS as the Dragons will welcome the Wheeler Wildcats to Dragons Field for afternoon baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 2 pm.

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Dragons Fall In Back & Forth Game 2 With SE Whitfield, Celebrate Senior Night Tonight

PHS Baseball, Sports

Late yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Southeast Whitfield Raiders to Dragons Field, for game 2 of their 3-game set. Pickens, took game 1 at Southeast 8-2, to clinch a playoff spot in the upcoming 4-A State Baseball Tournament on Tuesday, & looked to take the series outright with a win at home.

 

In the top of the 1st, the Raiders, jumped out in front with 2 runs on 2 hits. In the bottom of the inning, the Dragons got a 1-out single from Jace Franklin, but Franklin would be caught attempting to steal 3rd, after stealing 2nd, ending the scoring threat for Pickens in the 1st. Dragons starter Dylan Huffman, struck out 2 Raiders in the top of the 2nd, keeping the score at 2-0, going to the bottom of the frame. Brady Moore, liked the first pitch he saw and sent it over the left field wall to cut the Southeast Whitfield lead in half, 2-1, going to the 3rd.

 

In the top of the 3rd, Huffman would record his 4th K of the day, but the Raiders plated a run to extend their lead back to two, 3-1 as we’d head to the bottom half of the inning. Pickens, got a 2-out walk from Franklin, Caswell Smith & Chad Pacas both reached on errors, but Southeast Whitfield was able to get out of the big time jam, to send us to the 4th, Raiders up, 3-1. The Raiders, again plated a single run in the top of the 4th, to lead the Dragons 4-1. Pickens, went quietly in the bottom of the frame, to send us to the 5th.

 

New Dragons pitcher Colby James, worked around a walk to strikeout the side in the top of the 5th. In the bottom half of the 5th, Pickens got back to back singles from Isaiah Payne & Joseph Gossett. Franklin, drove in Payne, to cut the Southeast Whitfield lead to 4-2, going to the 6th. In the top of the 6th, the Raiders got back to back to back triples, scoring twice in the process, to extend their lead to 6-2. Moore would lead off the bottom of the 6th with a double, & would come into score after a 1-out double from James. We went to the 7th, Raiders leading, 6-3. Southeast Whitfield, got out of the bottom of the 7th, & got the win, 6-3.

 

Stats:

Joseph Gossett: 1-4 with a single

Jace Franklin: 1-3 with a single, a walk, & 1 RBI

Brady Moore: 2-3 with a home run, a double, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored

Colby James: 2-3 with a single, a double, & 1 RBI

Isaiah Payne: 1-1 with a single & 1 run scored

 

Later today, the Dragons will again host the Southeast Whitfield Raiders, for the 3rd game of the series, & the final game of the regular season. Tonight, is also Senior Night. There will be a pregame ceremony recognizing the seniors for their contributions to PHS & the baseball program. First pitch is scheduled for 5:55.

 

 

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PHS Hires New Dragons Head Basketball Coach

PHS Basketball, Sports

This past week, the Pickens County BOE, approved the hiring of Mike Duffie as the new head basketball coach for the Dragons varsity basketball team at PHS. Duffie, spent the last 12 years as the head coach at Dalton High School, where he went 217-101 overall, made 5 trips to the state playoffs, & made 1 2nd round appearance.

 

PHS, will be his 5th stop overall as a head coach. Besides Dalton, Duffie had been the head coach at Gordon Central, Morristown (Tennessee), & Macon County. He has 441 total wins in 29 years of coaching.

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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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PHS Golf Splits Match With Union County On Senior Night

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The weather couldn’t have been better yesterday afternoon, as the PHS Boys & Girls golf teams hosted the Union County Panthers & Lady Panthers at Bent Tree, for a Senior Night match. Prior to tee off, the PHS Golf team honored it’s three Seniors, Dylan Long, Chase Simmons, & Andy Weaver, for their hard work, and dedication to the team.

 

After all was said and done, & after all the scores were tallied, the Dragons came out on top with the win by a score of 171-229. The Dragonettes, played very well against a Lady Panther team that finished runner up in the state tournament last year.

 

The PHS Golf team will now get ready for the region tournament, as they will have practice rounds at Nob North Golf Course in Cohutta, on the 21st & 22nd. The 2-day 6-AAAA region tournament, will then start on the 23rd, & conclude on the 24th, at that very same golf course.

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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.

 

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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