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
Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the Northwest Whitfield Bruins in a crucial 6-AAAA region game. With a win, Pickens, would hold 2nd place by itself. Before the game, there was a moment of silence to honor the late players the team has lost this year, Jordan Simonds, & Shawn Mask. Their numbers were painted at mid field last night.
Northwest Whitfield won the toss, but elected to differ to the 2nd half, giving the Dragons the ball first. Pickens would be unable to get anything going on the opening drive, giving the ball to the Bruins. On the strength of their run game, Northwest Whitfield drove down the field, & got a passing TD to make it 7-0 Bruins with 10:13 left in the 1st quarter. The Dragons evened things up after Senior Jacob Brumby pitched it to Junior Robert Davis on the option & Davis got in from 14-yds out, tying things up at 7, & we went into the 2nd quarter all knotted up at 7.
The Bruins took the lead back at the 10:06 mark of the 2nd quarter after a field goal, to make it 10-7. Northwest Whitfield stretched their lead out to ten after an 18-yd TD pass at the 4:10 mark. Just before the end of the 1st half, the Bruins again found the end zone after an 8-yd TD pass, to bring the lead to 24-7 over the Dragons going into the break.
In the 3rd quarter, Pickens stuffed the first drive of the 2nd half for Northwest Whitfield & looked to get back into the game. At the 9:09 mark in the 3rd, Davis collected his 2nd rushing TD of the game, this one from 10-yds out, making it 24-14 Bruins. The Bruins on their next drive were held to a field goal attempt. The Dragons got pressure up front and blocked the kick, & took over at their 19-yd line. One play later, Davis made a house call from 81-yds out for his 3rd TD of the game, & Pickens cut the Bruins lead to 24-21 with 7:43 left in the 3rd. Northwest Whitfield got into the end zone just before the end of the 3rd after a 41-yd TD run to make it 31-21, going to the 4th. Both teams went back & forth in the 4th quarter, however the Bruins added to their lead with a 9-yd TD run late in the quarter to seal the win. Final score, Northwest Whitfield 38, Pickens 21.
14 1st downs, 4/12 on 3rd down, 0/1 on 4th down, 373 total yards on 58 plays, 251 rushing yards, 122 passing yards
Jacob Brumby: 12-28, 122 yards
Robert Davis: 14 carries, 165 yards, 3 TD
Jacob Brumby: 9 carries, 57 yards
Trevon Hawkins: 6 carries, 29 yards
Brady Moore: 5 catches, 66 yards
Robert Davis: 2 catches, 19 yards
Alex Snelgrove: 2 catches, 19 yards
Zach Goss Jr: 2 catches, 14 yards
Josh Cain: 1 catch, 4 yards
Trevon Hawkins: 17 total tackles, 12 solo, 5 assists, 1 TFL, & 1 sack
Hunter Hermann: 13 total tackles, 7 solo, 6 assists, & 1 TFL
Dallas McHale: 9 total tackles, 7 solo, 2 assists, & 2 TFL
Boz Gayden: 8 total tackles, 4 solo, 4 assists, 1 forced fumble
C.J. Streicher: 8 total tackles, 6 solo, 2 assists
Zach Swaim: 7 total tackles, 4 solo, 3 assists, & 1 TFL
Michael Burrell: 7 punts, 280 yards, 40 yard average, long of 45 yards, 1 punt inside the 20 & 3/3 on PAT
C.J. Streicher: 2 punt returns for 14 yards
Robert Davis: 1 kickoff return for 24 yards
Pickens will be back on the road next Friday as they travel to Rossville to take on the undefeated, 4-A top ten, & 6-AAAA region leading Ridgeland Panthers. Pickens shocked Ridgeland in a similar situation at home last year, & have had recent success against the Panthers.
On Friday, the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the North Forsyth Raiders of the 7-A classification in the final non-region game of the regular season. Last year, these two teams came down to the wire with North Forsyth pulling it out late. The Dragons, looked to build off of their come from behind win over North Hall last week.
The Dragons began the game with the ball, but were forced to punt after going three & out. North Forsyth would then take advantage of a short punt to score the 1st touchdown of the game after a 12-yd run at the 9:04 mark of the opening quarter. Pickens answered back at the 5:59 mark when Senior Jacob Brumby connected with fellow Senior Josh Cain for a 21-yd TD, tying things up at 7 a piece. The tie only lasted :33 seconds though as the Raiders scored on an 80-yd TD run to reclaim the lead, 14-7 with 5:26 left in the 1st quarter. North Forsyth added to their lead just before the end of the quarter with a 5-yd TD pass. Going to the 2nd quarter, the Raiders lead the Dragons, 21-7.
In the 2nd, Pickens cut the North Forsyth lead down to 7 after Brumby lobbed it up to Junior Zach Goss Jr from 21-yds out. Goss Jr would then leap over the defender to make a spectacular catch at the 10:48 mark to make it 21-14 Raiders. The fun in the 2nd quarter, was only just beginning however. North Forsyth then stretched it back out to a two score advantage after a 15-yd TD pass at the 7:06 mark, making it 28-14. The Brumby & Goss Jr connection came together for a 2nd time on the night, this time from 20-yds out, making it 28-21 Raiders with 6:21 left in the 1st half. A fumble recovery by the Dragons on the ensuing kickoff gave them excellent field position as Junior Robert Davis took it to the house on a 31-yd TD run at the 6:02 mark to tie things up at 28. The tie would be broken very quickly however as North Forsyth scored on a 69-yd TD run at the 5:18 mark to make it 35-28. The Raiders then hit a 25-yd field goal just prior to halftime to take a 38-28 lead into the break.
The first score of the 2nd half came at the 5:35 mark of the 3rd after a 37-yd pass from the Raiders connected for the TD to make the score 45-28. North Forsyth again added to their lead at the 2:55 mark after a 30-yd TD pass made it 51-28, as we headed to the 4th quarter. The Raiders again found the end zone first in the 4th after a 30-yd TD run, stretching their lead out to 58-28 with 10:32 left in the game. The lone score in the 2nd half for the Dragons came at the 10:11 mark after an 80-yd TD run from Davis to make it 58-35 Raiders. North Forsyth would take this one by a final score of 58-35.
21 1st downs, 5/11 on 3rd down, 0/4 on 4th down, 70 plays, 595 total yards, 33 carries, 328 yards rushing, 37 passes, 267 passing yards, 1 INT, & 2 fumble recoveries
Jacob Brumby: 22-36, 267 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
Robert Davis: 13 carries, 225 yards, 2 TD
Jacob Brumby: 11 carries, 36 yards
C.J. Streicher: 3 carries, 26 yards
Trevon Hawkins: 4 carries, 23 yards
Brady Moore: 2 carries, 18 yards
Zach Goss Jr: 4 catches, 78 yards, 2 TD
Robert Davis: 6 catches,69 yards
Alex Snelgrove: 6 catches, 54 yards
Josh Cain: 3 catches, 48 yards, 1 TD
Trevon Hawkins: 1 catch, 14 yards
Brady Moore: 2 catches, 4 yards
Jay Jones: 12 total tackles, 4 solo, 8 assisted, 1 INT, & 1 fumble recovery
Hunter Hermann: 11 total tackles, 6 solo, 5 assisted
Trevon Hawkins: 10 total tackles, 8 solo, 2 assisted
C.J. Streicher: 7 total tackles, 5 solo, 2 assisted, & 1 blocked PAT attempt
Kaleb Ray: 7 total tackles, 4 solo, 3 assisted, & 1 forced fumble
Michael Burrell: 2 punts for 56 yards, & 5/5 on PAT attempts
Trevon Hawkins: 4 kick off returns for 98 yards, & 1 punt return for 2 yards
Robert Davis: 2 kick off returns for 19 yards
The Dragons will be off next week as they get ready for 6-AAAA region play on the 29th when they host the Gilmer Bobcats for Homecoming.
Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the North Hall Trojans out of 3-A in the first home game for the Dragons in the 2017 season. These two schools played each other last year in Gainesville, where the Trojans pulled out a close 16-8 win over Pickens. Much like their game with Pepperell the week prior, the Dragons were looking to exact a little revenge on the Trojans.
North Hall won the toss and elected to get the ball first, & got points on their first possession of the ball game. The Trojans used an 18-yd TD run to take an early 7-0 lead with 7:34 left in the opening quarter. North Hall then picked off a pass on the Dragons first play from scrimmage, then added to their lead with a 1-yd TD run at the 6:03 mark to make it 14-0 Trojans in the 1st quarter. Pickens got back into it with a 62-yd TD run from Junior Robert Davis at the 5:01 mark to make it 14-7 North Hall in the 1st. The Trojans answered the Dragons score with a 24-yd TD pass to stretch the lead out to 21-7 with 3:17 still remaining in the 1st. Pickens then would respond with a 28-yd TD pass from Senior Jacob Brumby to Junior Zach Goss Jr at the :29 mark of the first. Sending us to the 2nd quarter with the score, North Hall 21 Pickens 14.
Compared to the 1st quarter, scoring wise, the 2nd quarter was really tame. The Trojans added to their lead with a 1-yd TD run at the 8:42 mark, making it 28-14. As the 1st half came to a close, it turned into the Goss Jr show. Brumby connected with the Junior wide out several times on the final drive of the half including a 7-yd TD strike with :22 seconds left to make it 28-21 North Hall as we went into the half.
The 3rd quarter of this one, belonged to the Dragons. Pickens began the 3rd, and the opening possession of the 2nd half was capped off by a 38-yd TD pass at the 7:03 mark from Brumby to Goss Jr. Their 3rd TD connection of the night. That tied the ball game up at 28 a piece. As the 3rd quarter came to an end, Sophomore C.J. Streicher plowed his way in from 7-yds out to give the Dragons their first lead of the night, 35-28, going to the 4th.
Just 1:35 into the 4th and final quarter, the Trojans tied things back up at 35 after a 38-yd TD run at the 10:25 mark. Pickens, would not be fazed however as the duo of Brumby & Goss Jr, hooked up for a fourth time on the evening with a 17-yd TD pass to regain the lead 42-35 at the 6:24 mark of the 4th quarter. With time quickly moving down on the clock, North Hall looked to send this game into overtime, or win it outright with a score & two-point conversion. On 4th down, the Trojans were near the goal line looking to score with just :12 left. The pass attempt into the end zone sailed over the intended targets head. The Dragons held on for the win, 42-35.
22 1st downs, 7/14 on 3rd down, 5/7 on 4th down, 537 total yards on 72 plays for a 4.6 yard average, 197 rushing yards, 340 passing yards
Jacob Brumby: 24-37, 340 yards (school record), 4 TD & 73 yards rushing on 14 carries
Robert Davis: 11 carries, 93 yards, & 1 TD & 2 catches for 7 yards
Trevon Hawkins: 5 carries, 17 yards & 4 catches for 55 yards
C.J. Streicher: 4 carries, 14 yards, & 1 TD & 1 catch for 10 yards
Zach Goss Jr: 10 catches (tied school record, 180 yards, & 4 TD (tied school record)
Josh Cain: 4 catches for 49 yards
Alex Snelgrove: 3 catches for 39 yards
Hunter Hermann: 17 total tackles, 12 solo, 5 assisted
Jay Jones: 11 total tackles, 5 solo, 6 assisted
Trevon Hawkins: 10 total tackles, 7 solo, 3 assisted
Dallas McHale: 9 total tackles, 4 solo, 5 assisted, 2 TFL
Colby McDowell: 8 total tackles, 4 solo, 4 assisted, 2 TFL
Michael Burrell: 1 punt for 27 yards, & 6/6 on PAT
Robert Davis: 2 returns for 40 yards
Trevon Hawkins: 1 return for 24 yards
Pickens will continue their stretch of home games next week as the North Forsyth Raiders of the 7-A classification comes to town. This will be the final non-region game before region play begins for the Dragons on the 29th.
This weeks TeamFYNSports for game 3 of the 2017 season is Zach Goss Jr. Goss Jr tied reception & TD records against North Hall as he finished with 10 catches, 180 yards, & 4 TDs. Goss Jr has 23 catches, 427 yards, & 7 TDs in the first 3 games of the season.
You can catch Goss Jr & the rest of the Dragons back at home this Friday as they host the North Forsyth out of 7-A.