Shorter College gained another Dragon on National Signing Day as Trevon Hawkins of the Pickens football put his name on the dotted line.
Chris Parker jokingly said that if he were to get back into coaching, he would be on the Shorter Staff as he now has multiple former players attending Shorter College. Trevon has been an outstanding player for the football Team at Pickens High School and had a banner year in 2018. Shorter is getting a versatile athlete and Hawkins will definitely be an impact player for them from the start.
With the stepping down of Chris Parker as head coach back in December, Jeff Nelson is ready to get the 2019 spring practice season going.
Nelson got started in coaching later in life but has made his mark as coordinator where ever he goes. At Pickens, Nelson will experience his first Head Coaching job for a successful program coming off a 11-1 season. When asked if he would change anything Nelson said ” Every new coach comes in and changes something and leaves his mark on the program. We will make a few subtle changes. With a successful program, we won’t change much.
Losing a few very skilled and good athletes to graduation last season, Nelson is excited for the younger athletes currently on the team and those moving from middle school into high school to fill some shoes and make an impact this season. It is well known that the youth football program in Pickens is overseen by the County-wide Athletic Director in Chris Parker and is one of the best feeder programs in all of North Georgia.
The 2019 Dragons will be without long time Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Adam Wharton. After 11 season Wharton made the decision to move to another program located in Northern Georgia. Nelson said that as Head Coach he will as he as always been, remain very involved in the S&C program for the team. There is not a major focus on searching for a replacement at this time. Nelson said as time goes forward a decision to look inside the program or at an outside system will be made but right now, we are good.
Look foward to another great year of Dragon Football.
Coach Chris Parker and his fiery Dragons are sitting at 6-0 in the 2018 season. Both fans and the larger media are starting to recognize that the football played up here in the mountains is for real.
Fox 5 Sports in Atlanta runs a poll for their High 5 Sports Team of the Week where through social media anyone anywhere can cast their vote for the team of their choice. The community of Pickens County stepped up to take a commanding lead.
Thursday Morning Paul Milliken and his crew showed up at the high school for a pep rally with the team and students to award the famous High 5 Sports trophy to the Dragons of Pickens Co. Milliken broadcast live in several segments on the Good Day Atlanta Morning show. Players, students, band members, cheerleaders and even Mr. Paul Milliken himself hit the gym floor to show off a few dance moves. Zach Goss and other players were interviewed on the success of the Dragon Football program and what it means to the community of pickens County.
Congratulations to the Pickens Dragons for being chosen the High 5 Sports Team of the Week from Fox 5 Atlanta.
Tonight’s 8th grade game between the Pickens Dragons and the Dawson Tigers came to a sudden end late in the 4th quarter after an injury sustained by a Dragons defensive player.
With the Tigers up big on the board and just over 3 minutes on the game clock, the Dragons player was involved in a block that caused the injury. The player was attended to by staff on the field before EMS arrived. With the arrival of EMS, the injured player was evaluated and it was determined that transport to Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Atlanta for treatment was necessary.
No updates on his injuries or treatment were available at time of article.