On Friday evening, the PHS varsity football team traveled to Alpharetta to take on the 6-A Chattahoochee Cougars in the 1st official game of the 2017 season. As you may recall, the Cougars came up to Jasper last year, as Pickens came away with a win their 49-19, their first against an “Atlanta” area school. Last night, the Dragons looked to do it again.
Chattahoochee would win the toss and elect to receive the opening kickoff of the 2017 season. The Dragons were able to make the defensive stop to set up good field position for the offense’s first possession. On the 1st play of the 1st drive of 2017, Pickens pulled out the ole double pass play as Senior QB Jacob Brumby tossed it to Sophomore C.J. Streicher, who then launched it to Junior Trevon Hawkins for a 51-yard gain. Streicher put an end to the drive as he scored from 3-yds out to give the Dragons a 7-0 lead with 9:22 left in the opening quarter. After both teams played hot potato with the football, Pickens added to their lead after an 11-yd TD connection from Brumby to Junior Zach Goss, making it 14-0 with 1:31 left in the opening frame. :28 seconds later, the Cougars found the end zone for the first time on the night scoring on a 36-yd TD run. The ensuing 2-point conversion failed, & Pickens held a 14-6 lead, going to the 2nd.
Chattahoochee again would cut into the Dragons lead with a 22-yd run at the 10:42 mark of the 2nd quarter making it a 14-13 game. The Cougars used momentum gained to surge into the lead after a 27-yd field goal, giving them a 16-14 advantage with 4:26 left in the opening half. Seeing his team needed to take some of the momentum back, Junior RB Robert Davis electrified the away crowd with an incredible 82-yd scamper to the house, giving the Dragons the lead right back, 20-16 with 4:02 left in the 1st half. Pickens would then tack on another touchdown right before half as Brumby tossed his 2nd of the half, this time, to Sophomore Alex Snelgrove from 3-yds out, making it 27-16 Pickens at halftime.
The Dragons got the 2nd half kickoff and wasted little time adding to their two score lead as Davis took this one 94-yds to open the 3rd quarter, & giving Pickens a 34-16 lead over the Cougars. Pickens tacked on more at the 10:35 mark of the 3rd when Hawkins had his own 82-yd TD run, making it 41-16 Dragons. At the 7:05 mark in the 3rd, the 3rd time would be the charm for Davis as he took it in from 5-yds out, making it 47-16 Pickens. Chattahoochee got on the board for the first time in the 2nd half at the 3:44 mark of the 3rd with a 3-yd run to make it 47-24 Dragons. The Cougars cut into the Pickens lead a little more with a 49-yd TD pass, making it 47-30 Dragons going to the 4th & final quarter.
The lone score in the 4th quarter came from Hawkins as he marched in from 7-yds out at the 10:00 mark. Making it 54-30 Pickens. That would be the final score as the Dragons picked up a big road win to begin the season, 54-30 over the 6-A Chattahoochee Cougars. Pickens will have a bye week next week as they prepare for yet another tough road match up on September 1st as they take on 2-A top ten ranked Pepperell Dragons.
Pickens Stats Versus Chattahoochee
21 first downs, 4/8 on 3rd downs, 2/2 on 4th downs. 649 total yards on 61 plays for an average of 10.6 yards per play, 406 rushing yards on 42 carries for a 9.67 ypc average, & 243 passing yards on 19 attempts for a 12.7 average
Jacob Brumby: 11-18, 192 yards, & 2 TD. 61% completion percentage
C.J. Streicher: 1-1, 51 yards, 10 rushes for 50 yards (1TD), & 10 yards receiving on 1 catch (111 total yards)
Robert Davis: 11 rushes, 157 yards, 2 TD, & 2 kick returns for 113 yards & 1 TD (270 total yards)
Trevon Hawkins: 8 rushes, 123 yards, 2 TD, 1 catch for 51 yards, 4 total tackles, & 1 fumble recovery
Zach Goss: 6 catches, 146 yards, & 1 TD
Defensively, the Dragons forced four total turnovers, (2 fumbles & 2 interceptions)
Jay Jones: 11 total tackles, & 1 INT
Hunter Hermann: 9 total tackles
Boz Gayden: 8 total tackles
Michael Burrell: 6 total tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, & 6/8 on PAT
Kaleb Ray: 4 total tackles, & 1 INT
Zach Swaim: 3 total tackles & 1 sack
This past Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team took to their home field in Dragons Stadium to begin the 2016 season. The Dragons hosted the Chattahoochee Cougars out of the 6-A classification in what would surely test them early on in non-region play.
The Cougars won the toss and elected to receive to begin the ball game. The Pickens defense came ready to play on the opening drive as they forced a punt. A good punt return by Dylan Huffman set up the Dragons offense in prime position for points. Chris Pittman found those 6 points by way of a 9-yd touchdown run. The PAT from Rudy Perez was good and the Dragons held an early 7-0 lead on Chattahoochee. Chattahoochee tied things up when they were able to recover a fumble and take it back 46-yds for the score. We ended the opening quarter of the 2016 season as we began it, tied at 7 a piece.
The 2nd quarter was a wild and crazy ride to say the least. After tight end Alex Pittman made a catch down field, the Cougars punched the ball away, but Trevon Hawkins was there at the right time and fell on it in the endzone to give the Dragons a 14-7 lead. Pickens stretched their lead out to two scores as Kelton Gilbert got in from a yard to make it 21-7 with 6 minutes left in the 1st half. Chattahoochee came back with a 90-yd kick return for a score to cut the Dragon lead to 21-13. C. Pittman found pay dirt for a 2nd time, this one from 5-yds to make it 28-13 with 3:48 still to go in this 1st half.
After a 38-yd touchdown pass for the Cougars, they were unsuccessful at the two-point conversion making it 28-19 Pickens with 2:15 left in the 1st half. The Dragons had one more score left in them before halftime as Jacob Brumby found Huffman down the sideline for a 65-yd touchdown making it 35-19 Dragons as we headed to the break.
Pickens wasted little time getting more points after starting the 2nd half with the ball. Brumby found Hawkins for a 5-yd score to make it 42-19 with 9:14 left in the 3rd. Hawkins found the endzone again at the 4:26 mark this time, by way of the ground as he got in from 16-yds out, making it 49-19 Dragons.
The 4th quarter saw a running clock and the young guys getting a chance to play and they did really well. With no scoring from either side in the 4th and final quarter, the Dragons came away with their first win of the season in the opener, 49-19.
Stats for the night
Pickens had 14 1st downs on the night, went 8-11 on 3rd down, had 499 total yards on 54 plays for a 9.2 yard average, 356 rushing yards on 48 attempts for a 7.4 yard average, & 143 yards passing on 6 attempts for a 23.8 yard average
Jacob Brumby went 5-6 for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns
Chris Pittman led the way in rushing with 133 yards and 2 tds, Dylan Huffman had 77 yards, Kelton Gilbert had 63 yards a 1 score, Trevon Hawkins had 26 yards and a score, freshman C.J. Streicher had 33 yards
Dylan Huffman led the team in receiving with 66 yards & a score followed by Alex Pittman with 1 catch for 42 yards, Colby McDowell had a catch for 24 yards, & Trevon Hawkins had a catch for 5 yards & a score
Defensively the Dragons were all over the field and especially in the backfield. Pickens totaled up 5 sacks Friday night and 11 tackles for loss as a team
Devin Grant led the team with 10 total tackles. 4 solo, 6 assts, 2 TFL, and 2 sacks, Will Wotring had 9 total tackles on the night, 6 solo & 3 asst, Josh Cain had 7 total tackles, 5 solo, 2 asst, 1 TFL, Michael Cain had 6 total tackles, 4 solo, 2 asst, 2 TFL, Jordan Burton had 6 total tackles, all assts, Alex Pittman had 4 total tackles, 3 of which went for a loss, and 2 of those were sacks. Nick Southern also had a sack.
Chris Pittman punted twice on the night for 72 yards
Dylan Huffman had 3 punt returns for a 52 yard total and a long of 31
Rudy Perez went 7/7 on PAT’s
Pickens will have next week off as they prepare to face the Dragons of Pepperell on the 2nd of September. That game will also be at home and will have a kickoff time of 7:30