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
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.
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.
Last Friday, the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the Bulldogs of Chamblee-Charter in the final non-region game before region action starts. Chamblee, is out of the 5-A classification.
Chamblee, got the ball to begin the game, & the Dragons defense was up to the task early of stopping their unique offense. Offensively, it didn’t take long for Pickens to get on the board as CJ Streicher connected with fellow Junior Alex Snelgrove on a 32-yd TD pass to give the Dragons the 7-0 lead, with 8:23 left in the 1st quarter. The Dragons would then make a play on Special Teams, by blocking a would be punt attempt from the Bulldogs, giving the offense great field position. The next play, Robert Davis would run it in from 16-yds out, & the Dragons held a 14-0 lead with 7:09 left in the opening quarter. Streicher, got in from 15-yds out after shaking off what seemed like 5 or 6 Chamblee defenders to get into the end zone, and stretch the Pickens lead out to 21-0 with 3:33 left in the 1st. Just before the 1st quarter came to an end, Streicher & Snelgrove connected again. This time, from 37-yds out to give the Dragons a 28-0 lead, heading to the 2nd.
The scoring continued for Pickens in the 2nd quarter as Davis found the end zone for the 2nd time after a 1-yd TD run to make it 35-0. At the 4:03 mark of the 2nd, Michael Burrell got in on the scoring as he would run it in from 9-yds out to give the Dragons a 42-0 as we’d go into halftime.
In the 3rd, Burrell, added his 2nd rushing TD on the night after a 45-yd scamper to the end zone at the 9:44 mark to give the Dragons a 49-0 lead. Chamblee, got on the board not long after that at the 9:05 mark after a 65-yd TD run. The Dragons were able to block the PAT attempt, making it 49-6 Pickens. 49-6 would be the final score in this one as the Dragons finish the non-region portion of their schedule at 4-0.
1st Downs: 11
3rd Downs: 5/6
Total Yards: 444
Rushing Yards: 317
Passing Yards: 127
Takeaways: 1 INT
CJ Streicher: 6-8, 110 yards, 2 TD, 6 rushes, 68 yards, 1 TD, 1 punt for 32 yards
Michael Burrell: 1-1, 16 yards, 3 rushes, 54 yards, 2 TD, 1 tackles, 1 assist, 1 INT
Kaleb Ray: 2 rushes, 61 yards, 2 catches, 26 yards, 3 tackles, 3 assists, 1 pass break up, 1 kick return for 31 yards
Robert Davis: 4 rushes, 30 yards, 2 TD
Alex Snelgrove: 4 catches, 90 yards, 2 TD
Hunter Hermann: 8 tackles, 6 solo, 2 assists, 1 tackle for loss
Hunter Weaver: 7 tackles, 2 solo, 5 assists
Sy Chadwick: 4 tackles, 1 solo, 3 assists
Dalton Elrod: 4 tackles, 2 solo, 2 assists
Daniel Parnes, Dallas McHale, James Sparks: 1 sack each
Logan Joiner: 4/4 on PAT
Jose Sanchez: 2/2 on PAT
Bailey Dispain: 1/1 on PAT
Pickens will once again be at home next week for the 5th game in a row as they begin 6-AAAA play. The Dragons will welcome the Bobcats of Gilmer to Dragons Stadium for Homecoming next Friday night. Kick off is at 7:30.
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.
Soggy weather was the theme this past Friday as the PHS varsity football team traveled up to Walker County, to take on the LaFayette Ramblers for their regular season finale. Pickens, by virtue of their win last week against Ridgeland, clinched the 6-AAAA crown, but was looking for another PHS first, an undefeated season. To do that, they would have to get by a much improved Rambler team.
LaFayette, got the ball to start the ball game and looked to get something good going early for their Senior Night. On a 3rd & long play, the Rambler QB scrambled to his left and found a receiver down the field, who would then take it 76-yds for the score at the 10:47 mark to make it 7-0 LaFayette. The Dragons, were able to drive down on their first possession, & tie things up after a 10-yd TD run for Robert Davis, to make it 7-7, with 7:27 to go in the 1st quarter. Pickens took the lead after a little trickery when QB CJ Streicher handed it off to Michael Burrell, who acted like he was running a reverse. Instead, Burrell stops, & throws back to a wide open Streicher for a 15-yd touchdown. Pickens tried a two point conversion, but were unsuccessful. We would go to the 2nd, Dragons ahead, 13-7.
The Dragons, added to their lead early on in the 2nd quarter when Streicher threw a lob pass & Zach Goss, was able to haul it in & get a foot down in the back of the end zone for the 16-yd score at the 10:36 mark of the 2nd. Dragons led, 20-7. The Ramblers, had a good drive of their own, and capped it off with points after a 5-yd TD run at the 6 minute mark of the 2nd. The PAT was ruled no good, so Pickens held a 20-13 advantage. The Dragons, were able to march down the field and end their drive with 6 after a 23-yd TD run from Davis. Davis’ 2nd touchdown of the night gave Pickens a 27-13 lead with 4:20 left in the first half. At the 2:39 mark, the Dragons defense came up with a big play as Burrell, playing corner, tipped a pass to himself, & took it 20 yards for the touchdown. Making it 34-13 Pickens. Just before the half ended, Brady Moore was able to get in from 2-yds out, to make it 41-13 Dragons, going to the break.
There were only two scores in the 2nd half & both came in the 3rd quarter. The first, came at the 6:27 mark when Alex Snelgrove, got in from 2-yds out to make it 48-13. LaFayette, found the end zone just before the quarter ended after a 10-yd run. Your final score for the evening, Dragons 48 Ramblers 19.
Pickens: 10-0 (6-0) Region champions
Ridgeland: 6-3 (4-1) clinched 2nd seed
NW Whitfield: 6-3 (3-2) play Heritage next week for 3rd/4th
Heritage: 4-5 (3-2) play NW Whitfield next week for 3rd/4th
LaFayette: 4-5 (1-5)
SE Whitfield: 3-6 (1-5)
Gilmer: 0-9 (0-5)
1st Downs: 17
3rd Down: 7/12
4th Down: 2/3
Total Yards: 390
Rush Yards: 234
Pass Yards: 156
Takeways: 4 (2 INT, 2 fumble recoveries)
CJ Streicher: 7/18, 114 yards, 1 TD, 8 rushes, 52 yards, 1 catch, 15 yards, 1 TD
Michael Burrell: 1/1, 15 yards, 1 TD, 1 rush, 15 yards, 4 tackles, 1 INT, 1 Def. TD, 2 punts, 78 yards, 1 inside 20
Robert Davis: 4 rushes, 66 yards, 2 TD
Brady Moore: 6 rushes, 31 yards, 1 TD
Alex Snelgrove: 2 rushes, 9 yards, 1 TD
Zach Goss: 3 catches, 61 yards, 1 TD
Kaleb Ray: 3 catches, 37 yards, 4 tackles, 1 INT
Hunter Hermann: 7 tackles
Trevon Hawkins: 6 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack
Chase Jarrett: 6 tackles
Jay Jones: 5 tackles, 1 pass break up
Dallas McHale: 4 tackles, 1 fumble recovery
Andrew Macom: 3 tackles, 1 fumble recovery
Jose Sanchez: 6/6 on PAT
The Dragons, have completed their regular season, finishing 10-0 for the first time in school history. With a bye week this upcoming week, the Dragons next game will be in the 1st round of the State 4A playoffs on November 9th at home at 7:30 pm. Their opponent, is still to be determined. There is a possibility that the region 7 #4 seed, will come down to a 3-way tiebreaker if West Hall defeats Chestatee, Denmark loses to Flowery Branch, & White County loses to Blessed Trinity this Friday. Denmark, West Hall, & White County would all then be tied for 4th place. All three of those teams defeated each other during the season. How they will determine who gets the 4th seed, is unknown.
This past Friday, the Pickens Dragons varsity football team opened up their 2018 season by welcoming the Pirates of Stone Mountain to the newly upgraded Dragons Stadium. Stone Mountain, is out of region 5 in the 3-A classification. This was the first varsity game on the new turf field for the Dragons that will count on the record books as Pickens hosted Dawson several months ago in a spring scrimmage. Prior to the game, the youth football teams & cheerleaders of Pickens County were recognized as their seasons are just getting underway as well.
The Dragons would receive the ball first to begin the game, & wasted little time pulling out the trick plays. On the first play from scrimmage, Qb C.J. Streicher took the snap, rolled to his left, handed it off to Michael Burrell, who looked to be running a reverse. Instead, Burrell, launched the ball to an open Alex Snelgrove, for a 49-yd gain. Pickens, would then march down the field, & Streicher capped off the opening drive with a 1-yd TD run, to put the Dragons up 7-0, at the 10:46 mark of the 1st. After the Dragons’ defense came up with a stop on the Pirates’ drive, Streicher again found the end zone on a 10-yd TD run to give Pickens a 14-0 lead with 4:48 left in the 1st. The Dragons again found pay dirt after a 44-yd TD pass from Streicher to Burrell to put Pickens up 21-0 with 2:47 left in the opening quarter. The defense for the Dragons wanted in on the scoring & that’s when Brady Moore picked off a pass and took it all the way to the end zone to stretch the lead over Stone Mountain 28-0, as we’d head to the 2nd quarter.
Both teams went back and forth in the 2nd quarter, until the 5:56 mark when the Dragons defense came up with a safety, to make it 30-0. Moore, this time on offense, found the end zone after a 9-yd TD run, making it 37-0, with 5:04 left in the first half. Moore, wanted more as he again found the end zone, this time after a 16-yd TD run, making it 44-0 Dragons, heading into halftime. With a running clock in the 2nd half, the Dragons would put in their younger players to give them some varsity experience. Stone Mountain scored with just over 10 minutes left in the game, & that would be all the scoring in the 2nd half. Your final in this one, Pickens 44 Stone Mountain 6.
First Downs: 11
Third Down: 3 of 6
Total Yards: 426
Total Plays: 42
Avg Per Play: 10.1 yards
Rushing Yards: 262
Yds Per Rush: 10.48
Passing Yards: 164
Passing Attempts: 17
Yds Per Attempt: 10.65
C.J. Streicher: 6-13, 115 yds passing, 1 TD, 1 INT, 63 yds rushing, 2 TD
Michael Burrell: 1-1, 49 yds passing, 40 yds rushing, 44 yds receiving, 1 TD, 3 total tackles, 1 pass break up
Trevon Hawkins: 3 rushes for 81 yds, 11 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks
Brady Moore: 3 rushes, 37 yds, 2 TDs, 1 catch, 26 yds, 2 total tackles, 1 INT, 1 defensive TD
Alex Snelgrove: 1 catch, 49 yds
Hunter Hermann: 11 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
Jay Jones: 6 total tackles
Andrew Macom: 6 total tackles
Clayton Holland: 6 total tackles
Dallas McHale: 4 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery
Sy Chadwick: 4 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack
The Dragons defense held Stone Mountain to just 12 yards rushing on 33 attempts, & just a 136 total yards on 56 plays run.
Pickens, will have next week off, but will be back in action at home on the 31st as they host the Dragons of Pepperell. Pepperell has become a familiar opponent over the last couple of seasons and if any of the previous meetings are any indications, this one will be an exciting one to watch as well. Game time is set for 7:30.
It had been a season of firsts for the PHS Dragons football team. First undefeated regular season, first region championship, & after last week, first state playoff win. Last Friday, was another first. First time playing in the 2nd round of the playoffs. Their opponent? The Troup County Tigers. Troup came into the game 10-1, & they represented region 5 as the #2 seed. This was the first ever meeting between these two schools in football.
The Tigers, took the opening kickoff deep into Dragon territory to begin the game. A 26-yd run at the 10:55 mark of the opening quarter gave Troup the 7-0 lead. Troup, would then recover a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, & score on the next play after a 31-yd run to make it 14-0, with 10:41 left in the 1st quarter. The Dragons, started building a drive as they crossed midfield & looked to cut into the Tiger lead. Troup, intercepted a pass by CJ Streicher, & would score to make it 21-0, with 8:38 to go in the 1st quarter. The Tigers, would again find the end zone after a 70-yd pass, to make it 28-0 Troup, going to the 2nd.
Troup scored twice in the 2nd quarter. Once after a 4-yd run, & once after a 46-yd run. Pickens, would find the end zone for the first time after a good drive & a 38-yd touchdown run from Senior Michael Burrell, that brought the crowd to their feet. Troup County led the Dragons, 41-7, at the half.
The Tigers added two scores in the 3rd. a 4-yd run, & a 51-yd pass to make it 53-7, going to the 4th. In the 4th, Burrell would find the end zone again as he was able to punch it in from a yard out. Your final, Troup 53, Pickens 14.
1st Downs: 19
3rd Down: 4/14
4th Down: 1/4
Total Yards: 359
Rush Yards: 221
Pass Yards: 138
CJ Streicher: 11/25, 138 yards, 19 rushes, 44 yards
Michael Burrell: 13 rushes, 115 yards, 2 TDs, 2 catches, 23 yards, 4 tackles, 6 punts, 244 yards, 3 inside the 20
Trevon Hawkins: 9 rushes, 50 yards, 8 tackles, 1 sack, 1 blocked PAT, 4 kick returns for 74 yards
Hunter Hermann: 7 tackles
Andrew Macom: 7 tackles
Jay Jones: 6 tackles, 1 pass break up
Dallas McHale: 5 tackles
Kaleb Ray: 5 tackles
Jose Sanchez: 2/2 on PAT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.