This past Friday, the PHS Dragons varsity football team welcomed the White County Warriors for non-region action. White County, is out of region 7 in the 4A classification, & this match up could potentially happen again down the road in the 1st round of the playoffs, as region 6 & 7 pair up this year. The Warriors, led the all time series heading into the game, 22-18-2. The last meeting came in 2015, where Pickens came out with a 13-6 win, the last time they started a season 3-0.
White County began the opening quarter with the ball, but the Dragon defense got them off the field. The Warriors defense ended the Dragons first series after picking off a pass & we had a stalemate after the first drives for both teams. Pickens was able to break through at the 3:54 mark of the 1st after a 5-yd TD run from Michael Burrell to give the Dragons a 7-0 lead. Just before the 1st quarter came to an end, QB CJ Streicher extended the Dragons lead with a 3-yd TD run, making it 14-0, going to the 2nd.
The White County Warriors got back into the game with a pair of TD’s early in the 2nd. The first, came after a 3-yd run at the 9:01 mark to make it 14-7. The Warriors would then tie things up at the 7:58 mark after a 39-yd TD pass, & we were all squared up at 14. After a good drive, Pickens answered after an 8-yd pitch & catch from Streicher to Zach Goss, giving the Dragons the lead back, 21-14 with 4:32 left in the first half. Right before the half was about to end, White County got a 2-yd TD run to tie things up at 21, going to the break.
In the 3rd, the Dragons reclaimed the lead at the 9:06 mark after a 27-yd TD pass from Burrell to Goss, giving Pickens the 28-21 lead. At the 3:48 mark, Pickens added to that lead after Robert Davis broke free for a 76-yd TD run, making it 35-21 Dragons. White County, went for it on their side of the 50 on 4th down on their next drive, & it ended up working out for the Warriors as they scored on a 52-yd TD pass, to make it 35-28 Dragons as we headed to the 4th.
The Dragons got that two score lead right back at the 10:37 mark of the 4th after Streicher connected with Goss from 22-yds out, giving Pickens the 42-28 lead. The Warriors, got back within a score after a 5-yd TD pass at the 1:11 mark, making it 42-35. White County, then would go for the onside kick, & the kick bounced out of bounds & the Dragons were able to run out the clock to seal the win, 42-35.
1st downs: 14
3rd downs: 5/12
4th downs: 3/6
Total Yards: 489
Rush Yards: 409
Pass Yards: 80
CJ Streicher: 4/11 for 53 yards, 2 TD 2 INT, 21 rushes, 117 yards, 1 TD
Michael Burrell: 1/1 for 27 yards, 1 TD, 9 rushes for 37 yards, 1 TD, 6 tackles, 1 pass break up
Robert Davis: 19 rushes, 216 yards, 1 TD
Zach Goss: 4 catches, 67 yards, 3 TD, 1 rush for 7 yards, 5 tackles, 1 pass break up
Alex Snelgrove: 1 catch for 13 yards, 7 tackles
Hunter Hermann: 18 total tackles, 9 solo, 9 assists
Chase Jarrett: 9 total tackles, 7 solo, 2 assists, 3 tackles for loss
Dallas McHale: 8 total tackles, 4 solo, 4 assists, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack
Andrew Macom: 7 total tackles, 4 solo, 3 assists, 2 tackles for loss
Logan Joiner: 6/6 on PAT attempts
Pickens, will once again be at home as they will welcome the Chamblee Bulldogs to Dragons Stadium in what will be the final non region game before region play starts. Kick off starts at 7:30.