This week’s #TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Player of the Week is Senior Kaleb Ray. Kaleb, plays almost everywhere for the Dragons. On offense he plays receiver & running back, on defense he plays corner, & he’s a big part of special teams. Kaleb came up big this past Friday against Ridgeland with the 6-AAAA region championship hanging in the balance. Ray, had two momentum shifting plays back to back. First, with Pickens leading 17-14 in the 2nd quarter, the Panthers lined up for a field goal to tie the game. Ray, came off the left side of the line, & blocked the would be attempt. On the very next play, QB CJ Streicher found Ray open down the left sideline & he took it to the house for a 73-yd touchdown, Giving the Dragons a 24-14 lead. On the night, Ray had 15 yards rushing. 13 of those yardscame on one play and resulted in a 1st down, had 1 catch for a 73-yd touchdown, made 2 tackles on defense & broke one pass attempt up, gained 24 yards on a kick off return, & blocked a field goal.
The Dragons are 9-0 for the first time in school history & have won their first ever region title. They will be back in action next Friday in LaFayette as they take on the Ramblers to close out the regular season. Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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)
1st Downs: 20
3rd Down: 7/10
4th Down: 2/2
Total Yards: 540
Rush Yards: 363
Pass Yards: 177
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.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Player of the Week is defensive lineman Dallas McHale. McHale had a whale of a game this past Friday night against Northwest Whitfield as he collected 6 total tackles, 5 of those tackles were for a loss, including a sack, & McHale also broke up a pass attempt. McHale, is part of a Dragon defense that has been stingy against opponents offenses all season long through 8 games. Through 8 games, the Dragons defense has given up a total of 93 points on the season. That’s 11.63 points per game. They are also allowing less than 200 yards of offense on the season at 192.5 yards per game.
Be sure to catch Dallas & the rest of his Dragon teammates next Friday night as they host the Ridgeland Panthers at Dragons Stadium. Kick off scheduled for 7:30.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Player of the Week is Junior offensive lineman Aidan Sanchez. Aidan, along with the rest of his teammates on the offensive line, helped create holes for a running game that gained 298 yards, and kept the pocket clean for QB CJ Streicher to throw for 139 yards and complete 9 of 12 passing attempts in a 48-0 win over Heritage last Friday. On the season, the Dragons offense has totaled 902 passing yards, & 2,316 rushing yards for a total of 3,218 yards through 7 games. That’s just about 460 total yards per game. The 2,316 rushing yards, & the 3,218 total yards tops the 4A classification, & is good for 5th in the entire state of Georgia. A lot of that success, can be contributed to how well the offensive line has done this year. The big guys up front have put in a ton of work on and off the field and it is showing.
Catch Aidan and the rest of the Pickens Dragons as they travel up to Northwest Whitfield, to take on the Bruins in a big time region game. Kick off is set for 7:30 pm.
Last Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team, fresh off being named the High 5 Sports Team of the Week, hosted the Heritage Generals in a big 6-AAAA region match up. This was a big game for Pickens, not just because of the region implications,but because the Generals have come away the victors in the last two meetings.
The Generals, won the toss and wanted the ball to start the game on offense. The Dragon defense, would force a General punt attempt. Heritage, went for a fake punt, but Pickens had it sniffed out, & gave the Dragons offense good field position for their first possession of the game. That possession ended with a touchdown for Pickens as Junior QB CJ Streicher got in from 2-yds out, to make it 7-0 Dragons with 5:35 left in the first quarter. Pickens added to their lead just before the end of the 1st quarter after a 22-yd TD run from Michael Burrell, to make it 14-0 Dragons, going to the 2nd.
Pickens got back to work just 58 seconds into the 2nd quarter as Streicher lofted one up for Zach Goss, who made a great adjustment on the ball, and scored from 24-yds out to make it 21-0 with 11:02 left in the first half. Last week’s #TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Player of the Week Trevon Hawkins added to the lead for Pickens with a 1-yd TD run to make it 27-0 Dragons with 9 minutes left in the 1st half. Much like the 1st quarter, the Dragons got points just before the end of the 2nd when Streicher tossed one up for Goss in the back of the end zone for a 6-yd TD to make it 34-0 Pickens over Heritage as we hit the half.
The only score in the 3rd quarter came from the Dragons, who got the ball first to start the 2nd half. Brady Moore capped off the drive with a 1-yd TD run to make it 41-0 Pickens going to the 4th. The only score in the 4th quarter also came from the Dragons as Dawson Turner scampered in from 6-yds out to make it 48-0. Your final score, 48-0 Pickens over Heritage.
Total Yards: 437
Passing Yards: 139
Rushing Yards: 298
Takeaways: 2 interceptions
CJ Streicher: 9-12, 139 yards, 2 TD, 11 rushes, 88 yards, 1 TD, 1 punt for 45 yards
Michael Burrell: 8 rushes, 90 yards, 1 TD, 1 catch, 19 yards
Dawson Turner: 4 rushes, 33 yards, 1 TD
Trevon Hawkins: 3 rushes, 29 yards, 1 TD, 5 total tackles, 1 pass break up
Brady Moore: 9 rushes, 29 yards, 1 TD, 4 total tackles, 1 pass break up
Zach Goss: 3 catches, 57 yards, 2 TD’s
Hunter Hermann: 9 total tackles, 1 pass break up
Dallas McHale: 7 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 pass break up
Andrew Macom: 6 total tackles, 1 pass break up
Jay Jones: 5 total tackles, 1 interception
Kaleb Ray: 1 interception
Bailey Dispain: 1-1 on PAT
Jose Sanchez: 5-6 on PAT
Pickens: 7-0 (3-0)
Ridgeland: 4-2 (2-0)
NW Whitfield: 4-2 (1-1)
Heritage: 2-5 (1-2)
LaFayette: 4-3 (1-2)
SE Whitfield: 3-4 (1-2)
Gilmer: 0-6 (0-2)
Next Week, the Dragons will take to the road to take on the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield in another major game that’ll have big implications heading towards the final stretch of the regular season. Kick off is set for 7:30 pm.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Player of the Week is Senior LB/RB Trevon Hawkins. Hawkins, was all over the field last Friday night at Southeast Whitfield making plays on the defense, & contributing to the offense running the ball as the Dragons defeated the Raiders to move to 6-0 on the season. Hawkins, led the Dragons in tackles with 9, and ran the ball 3 times for 29 yards. On the season, Hawkins has carried the ball 22 times for 169 yards, & is tied for 3rd on the team with 30 total tackles. He has 2 sacks on the season.
Catch Trevon & the rest of the Dragons this Friday night as they will be at home taking the Generals of Heritage in a key 6-AAAA match up. Kick off is set for 7:30.
Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team took to the road for the first time in the regular season as they took on the Southeast Whitfield Raiders in a 6-AAAA region match up. Pickens, came into the game winners of 5 straight, 5-0 for the first time since 1986, & looking to continue their fast start to the season.
Pickens won the toss, but elected to differ to the 2nd half, giving the home standing Raiders the first shot on offense. The Dragon defense got a stop, & the offense for Pickens took over. Michael Burrell capped off their opening drive with a 6-yd TD run to make it 7-0 Dragons with 9:13 left in the first quarter. Nearly 3 minutes later, Pickens added to that lead after a 29-yd TD pass from CJ Streicher to an open Robert Davis made it 14-0 Dragons with 6:10 left in the opening quarter. Southeast Whitfield was able to cut the lead in half with a 2-yd TD run & as we’d go to the 2nd quarter, Pickens held a 14-7 lead over the Raiders.
Streicher, got into the end zone with a 2-yd run of his own to make it a two score game again, 21-7, with 8:32 left in the first half. The only other score in the 2nd quarter came after a beautiful throw from Streicher to Alex Snelgrove from 28-yds out to make it 28-7 Dragons, going to the break.
The Dragons, got the ball to start the 2nd half and at the 9:39 mark of the 3rd, added to their lead after a 5-yd TD run from Brady Moore, to make it 35-7. Davis, added a 1-yd rushing touchdown to his night to go along with his receiving touchdown in the 1st half at the 6:33 mark of the 3rd, to make it 42-7 Pickens. To cap off the 3rd quarter, Streicher would add his 3rd passing TD of the night as he threw a strike to Zach Goss. After Goss made one man miss, he was into the end zone from 25-yds out, to make it 49-7 Dragons over Southeast Whitfield, going to the 4th.
The lone score in the 4th, came from the Raiders after a 7-yd TD run. Your final score for the game was 49-13, Dragons.
1st Downs: 16
3rd Down: 4/6
Total Yards: 456
Rush Yards: 265
Pass Yards: 191
Takeaways: 1 interception
CJ Streicher: 9/14, 191 yards, 3 TD, 6 rushes, 47 yards, 1 TD, 1 punt for 36 yards
Brady Moore: 7 rushes, 78 yards, 1 TD, 3 tackles, 1 pass break up
Robert Davis: 6 rushes, 69 yards, 1 TD, 1 catch, 29 yards, 1 TD
Zach Goss: 4 catches, 83 yards, 1 TD
Alex Snelgrove: 2 catches, 63 yards, 1 TD, 3 tackles
Trevon Hawkins: 9 tackles, 1 tackle for loss
Hunter Hermann: 8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack
Dallas McHale: 7 tackles
Kaleb Ray: 7 tackles, & 1 pass break up
Jay Jones: Andrew Macom, & Clayton Holland with 6 tackles each
Logan Joiner: 7/7 on PAT
Pickens, will be back home next Friday as they take on the Generals of Heritage in another big 6-AAAA region game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm.