Dragons Fall To LaFayette, Host Bobcats On Tuesday Night

PHS Basketball, Sports

After the Nettes’ pulled out the win, the Dragons came in looking for a big win of their own. Pickens, came into the game 1-1 in region play, while the LaFayette Ramblers came in undefeated on the season & the defending region champions.


The Dragons, got off to a nice start to open the 1st quarter. The Ramblers, closed the quarter on a run of their own and they led Pickens 23-15, going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, LaFayette continued their run from the 1st quarter. At the half, the Ramblers led the Dragons, 49-27.


LaFayette took this one last night, 99-34.



Seth Bishop: 14 points, 1 assist, 8 rebounds, 1 steal

Zach Goss: 13 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds

Brady Moore: 4 points, 2 rebounds

Daniel Tetterton: 3 points


Pickens, will look to bounce back after a tough week as they welcome the Gilmer Bobcats to the Dragons Den for a big 6-AAAA game. Tip off is set for 7:30.


Dragons Fall To Cedartown In Tough Game, Face LaFayette Friday

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Much like the Nettes’, the PHS varsity Dragons basketball team was looking for their 2nd straight win. After getting their first win of the season against Ridgeland last Friday, Pickens came in looking for back to back wins before heading back into region play.


In the 1st quarter, much like the girls game, it was the visitors that got off to the quick start. After one, the Bulldogs held a 19-9 lead. In the 2nd quarter, the offense for the Dragons flowed much better, they were able to outscore Cedartown 17-15, to cut the lead to 34-26, going into the break.


The 3rd quarter, was not very friendly to the home team. The Bulldogs outscored Pickens, 21-8, as they built up a 55-34 lead going to the 4th. When this one finished, the final score would be 74-47.



Seth Bishop: 27 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Zach Goss: 9 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 1 block

Tucker Lowe: 7 points, 1 assist

Owen Moss: 3 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 6 steals

Hayes Pickett: 1 point, 1 assist, 1 rebound

Brady Moore: 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Alex Snelgrove: 1 assist, 2 rebounds

Noah Sutton: 1 rebound


The Dragons will be in action next on the road this Friday as they take on the LaFayette Ramblers in region play. Tip off scheduled for 8:30.


Dragons Earn 1st Win Of Season, Even Region Record

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After the Nettes’ took care of business in the opening game, the Dragons looked to complete the sweep on the evening and notch their first win of the season. Pickens, has been in every game they’ve played so far, & looked to finally close one out, while getting a region win at the same time.


In a competitive opening frame, both Pickens & Ridgeland got things rolling for themselves. The Dragons, were able to grab the lead going to the 2nd, 15-11. This game looked like it was going to be tied heading into the break, but Brady Moore was able to corral a shot attempt and put it back up and in just before the buzzer sounded to give Pickens the 27-25 lead at the half.


The 3rd quarter saw the Dragon lead increase as Pickens outscored the Panthers 22-18, to take a 49-43 lead going to the 4th. In a back and forth final quarter, Ridgeland outscored the Dragons 26-23, but Pickens held on and picked up their first win of the season, 72-69. This also marks the first win for Mike Duffie as Dragon head coach.



Zach Goss: 27 points, 3 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks

Seth Bishop: 16 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 steals

Tucker Lowe: 16 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds

Brady Moore: 11 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Owen Moss: 2 points, 7 assists, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks

Alex Snelgrove: 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals


Pickens, will look to build off of this hard fought win as they host the Cedartown Bulldogs on Tuesday in non-region action. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 pm.


Dragons Come Close, Fall To Heritage, Host Ridgeland On Friday

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After the Nettes’ & Lady Generals wrapped up, it was time for the final game of the evening as the Dragons took on the Generals of Heritage. Pickens, came into the game looking to get their first win on the young season & get region play started off on the right foot.


In the 1st, the Generals found their shot from deep early. Heritage, took a 18-6 lead over the Dragons going to the 2nd quarter. In the 2nd quarter, Pickens was able to get some offense going, but the Generals also kept up their offensive output from the opening quarter. Going into the half, Heritage led the Dragons, 41-25.


The 2nd half saw much improvement for the Dragons as they were able to chip away at the Heritage lead. By outscoring the Generals 18-11 in the 3rd, Pickens found themselves down 52-43, going to the 4th. In the 4th, Pickens had the General lead down to as much as 7, & outscoring them in the 2nd half, 28-23, Heritage was able to hold on at the end & get the win, 64-53.



Zach Goss: 24 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

Seth Bishop: 13 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds, 1 steal

Owen Moss: 8 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 3 steals

Brady Moore: 5 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds

Tucker Lowe: 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound


The Dragons, will finally make their 2018-19 home debut as they welcome the Ridgeland Panthers to the Dragons Den on Friday night. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.


Dragons Fall In Overtime To Bobcats, Face Heritage On Tuesday

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After the Nettes’ & the Lady Cats finished up their game, it was time for the nightcap as the Dragons took on the Bobcats. Gilmer, had already won both of their games from Saturday & Monday, while Pickens looked to gain some momentum heading into region play next week.


The first quarter was highly contested with both teams finding buckets early. The Bobcats had a 4 point lead until the Dragons’ Brady Moore made a 3-point bucket right as the horn sounded to cut the Gilmer lead to 18-17, going to the 2nd. The 2nd quarter mirrored the 1st as it seemed both teams were evenly matched. Pickens outscored the Bobcats 13-10, to take a 30-28 lead into the break.


In the 3rd, the action was still high paced and neither team could not pull away. Gilmer outscored the Dragons slightly in the frame, 13-11, to tie things up at 41, going to the 4th. Things went down to the wire in the 4th as the Dragons took a 2-point lead late in the period. Not to be outdone however, the Bobcats were able to get a bucket just before the final horn rang to send us into overtime. In the overtime period, Gilmer was able to make free throws late to pull away and pick up the win, 67-57.



Seth Bishop: 15 points, 12 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block (All-Tournament Team selection)

Alex Snelgrove: 11 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Brady Moore: 9 points, 2 rebounds

Tucker Lowe: 8 points, 1 assist

Owen Moss: 6 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals (All-Tournament Team selection)

Zach Goss: 5 points, 7 assists, 9 rebounds, 1 steal (All-Tournament Team selection)

Noah Sutton: 3 points


The Dragons, will look to get more practice time together & get ready for region play next week as they travel to take on the Heritage Generals on Tuesday. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30.


Dragons Fight Hard Against Hiwassee Dam, Face Bobcats This Evening

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After the Nettes’ picked up their 2nd win of the young season, the Dragons looked to capture their first win as they took on the Hiwassee Dam Eagles out of North Carolina.


The 1st quarter was packed with action as both teams saw offensive success early on. Pickens, got the upper hand & took a 19-15 lead over the Eagles going to the 2nd. In the 2nd quarter, Hiwassee Dam used a run to take the lead from the Dragons. Having outscored Pickens 18-12 in the frame, the Eagles grabbed the lead, 33-31, going to the break.


In a back and forth 3rd quarter, the Dragons made their own run to regain the lead from Hiwassee Dam. Using a slight 20-17 quarter advantage, Pickens found themselves ahead going to the 4th, 51-50. In the 4th, Hiwassee Dam was able to make shots late to take this one, 66-60.



Seth Bishop: 22 points, 5 assists, 10 rebounds, & 5 steals

Zach Goss: 15 points, 2 assists, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, & 1 block

Alex Snelgrove: 7 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 2 steals

Owen Moss: 6 points, 6 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, & 2 blocks

Tucker Lowe: 6 points, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Brady Moore: 2 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 2 steals

Hayes Pickett: 2 points, & 2 rebounds


The Dragons, will be in Ellijay again tonight as they wrap up the Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament as they take on the Gilmer Bobcats. Tip off is set for 7:30.


Dragons Fall In Close Contest With Fannin In Tip-Off Tournament Opener

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After the thrilling win for the Nettes’, it was the Dragons turn to take the floor. This was the first game for the Dragons in this freshly new 2018-19 season. As you may know, the Dragons have a new coach on the sidelines in Mike Duffie, who comes to Pickens after several years at Dalton High School.


Pickens, came out of the game looking strong in their season opener. The Dragons used good offensive execution to build up a 13-8 lead after the 1st frame. In the 2nd quarter, Pickens at one point built up a double digit lead. The Rebels, used a late run to end the quarter, and cut the Dragon lead to 26-22, going to the half.


In the 3rd, Fannin carried over the momentum they built late in the 1st half to propel them to the lead using a 19-9 run. Going to the 4th, the Rebels led Pickens, 41-35. In the 4th, Pickens made a run by outscoring the Rebels 19-18, but it would not be enough. Fannin takes this one, 59-54.


Pickens, will be back in action on Monday afternoon at 4:30 pm when they face the Hiwassee Dam Eagles


Seth Bishop: 18 points

Zach Goss: 16 points

Noah Sutton: 7 points

Owen Moss: 5 points

Andrew Smith: 3 points

Tucker Lowe: 3 points

Jordan Pendley: 2 points


Dragons Shutout Warriors In Route To First Ever Playoff Victory


This past Friday, it was a cold, drizzly night in Pickens County as the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the White County Warriors for the 1st round of the GHSA 4-A State Playoffs. White County, came into the game as the #4 seed from region 7, while the Dragons came in as the #1 seed from region 6. These two teams met earlier in the season as you may recall, with Pickens coming away with a 42-35 win.


The Dragons, won the toss & deferred to the 2nd half. White County, would manage a first down on their opening possession, but that would be all the Dragons defense would give up. On offense, the Dragons used the ground game & capped off their opening drive with points as QB CJ Streicher got in from 9-yds out to make it 7-0 Pickens, with 7:30 to go in the 1st quarter. Pickens then came up big on defense as the Warriors decided to go for it inside Dragon territory & were unsuccessful. Two plays later, Streicher found Zach Goss streaking down the far sideline & the Senior did the rest as he took it to the house for an 83-yd touchdown. As we headed to the 2nd, the Dragons were on top, 14-0.


The Dragons would add to their lead at the 9:17 mark of the 2nd quarter after Senior Michael Burrell made several moves including a fancy spin at the end of his 8-yd touchdown run, making it 21-0. The defense for Pickens once again came up big as a pass attempt by the Warriors was deflected, & Senior Chase Jarrett made a diving grab to nab the interception. The Dragons turned that turnover into points when Brady Moore ran it in from 29-yds out to make it 28-0, with 5:40 left in the first half. Just before the end of the half, another Dragon Senior, Trevon Hawkins, punched it in from 1-yd out, giving Pickens a 35-0 lead over White County heading into the break.


There was only one scoring drive in the 2nd half and that came on a 5-yd touchdown run from Jarod Whitmore in the 3rd quarter. Pickens, wins it’s first ever playoff game, 42-0.


Next week, the Dragons will again be home for the 2nd round of the 4-A Playoffs as they will welcome the Troup County Tigers to Jasper. Troup, is 10-1 on the season, & the #2 seed out of region 5. This will be the first meeting between the two schools in football. Kickoff set for 7:30 pm.



1st Downs: 11

3rd Down: 3/8

4th Down: 1/2

Total Yards: 397

Rush Yards: 239

Pass Yards: 158

Takeaways: 2 (1 interception, 1 fumble)

CJ Streicher: 6/8, 158 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 9 rushes, 43 yards, 1 TD

Trevon Hawkins: 9 rushes, 58 yards, 1 TD, 2 catches, 17 yards, 6 tackles, 1 pass break up

Brady Moore: 7 rushes, 52 yards, 1 TD, 1 pass break up

Michael Burrell: 8 rushes, 41 yards, 1 TD, 2 catches, 24 yards, 2 tackles, 3 punts, long of 53 yards, 1 inside the 20

Jarod Whitmore: 1 rushing TD

Zach Goss: 1 catch, 83 yards, 1 TD

Kaleb Ray: 1 catch, 34 yards, 1 pass break up

Hunter Hermann: 7 tackles, 1 pass break up

Dallas McHale: 6 tackles, 3 for loss

Chase Nelson: 6 tackles

Andrew Macom: 5 tackles, 1 forced fumble

Jake Rogers: 5 tackles, 1 sack

Chase Jarrett: 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception

Jose Sanchez: 6/6 on PAT


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