This week’s #TeamFYNSports Writer Player of the Week is Senior wide receiver Josh Cain. Cain led the Dragons in receiving this past Friday on the road at Heritage, finishing with 86 yards on 6 catches, & 1 touchdown. Cain also played the majority of the game on defense as well collecting 4 total tackles, 3 being solo. Cain also had two kick returns on the night for a total of 35 yards. For the season, Cain is 2nd on the team in receptions with 31, 2nd in receiving yards with 400, & tied for 2nd in receiving touchdowns with 2.
Be sure to come out to North Murray tomorrow night to see Josh Cain and the rest of the Dragons as they compete in a mini-playoff for a chance at making the state playoffs. The mini-games between Pickens, Northwest Whitfield, & Southeast Whitfield will start at 7 p.m. with Pickens taking on the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield to start things off.
Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team began the region portion of their schedule by hosting their longtime rival, the Gilmer Bobcats for Homecoming. With it being such a big game, Pickens decided to break out new black uniforms for a blackout.
The Gilmer Bobcats won the toss and elected to receive to begin the ball game. After converting a third down & getting a first down, the first drive of the night for the Bobcats stalled and the Dragons found themselves with good field possession their first drive. The opening drive for Pickens ended in six after a 19-yd TD run for Junior Robert Davis at the 6:13 mark to give the Dragons a 7-0 lead in the 1st quarter. Pickens tacked on another TD at the 3:09 mark after a 30-yd connection from Senior Jacob Brumby to Junior Zach Goss Jr. The PAT would fall wide, but the Dragons held a 13-0 lead, still in the 1st quarter. Brumby then connected with Davis for a 47-yd TD strike to stretch the Dragon lead out to 20-0 at the end of the 1st quarter.
Just after the 2nd quarter got underway, Sophomore C.J. Streicher took the punt return 47-yds to the house to make it 27-0 with 11:05 left in the half. After a turnover, Pickens turned it into points after a 34-yd TD run from Trevon Hawkins at the 10:43 mark to make it 33-0 Dragons in the 2nd quarter. Brady Moore made it 40-0 after a 2-yd run at the 6:50 mark. 11 seconds later, Zach Swaim scooped up a Gilmer fumble & took it all the way to make it 47-0 Pickens with 6:39 left in the 1st half. At the 1:17 mark, the Dragons forced a safety to extend the lead to 49-0 going into halftime. At halftime, Miss Haley Aiken was named 2017-18 PHS Homecoming Maid of Honor, & Bailey Payne was named 2017-18 PHS Homecoming Queen.
The 2nd half saw a running clock. In the 3rd, Brady Moore would collect his 2nd rushing TD of the night, this one from 52-yds out to make it 55-0 with 11:13 left in the 3rd. Pickens held a 55-0 lead over the Bobcats going to the 4th. The lone score in the 4th saw Dawson Turner take it in from 12-yds out to make it 62-0. The final, Dragons take this one, 62-0.
15 first downs, 2/4 on 3rd down, 0/2 on 4th down, 513 total yards, 45 plays, 282 rush yards, 26 carries, 231 passing yards on 19 attempts
Jacob Brumby: 14-16, 231 yards, 2 TD
C.J. Streicher: 5 carries, 70 yards
Dawson Turner: 7 carries, 55 yards, 1 TD
Brady Moore: 3 carries, 54 yards, 2 TDs
Trevon Hawkins: 2 carries, 45 yards, 1 TD
Robert Davis: 2 carries, 32 yards, 1 TD
Eric Ray: 2 carries, 10 yards
Bailey Truett: 2 carries, 10 yards
Jacob Brumby: 1 carry, 6 yards
Josh Cain: 5 catches, 75 yards
Robert Davis: 2 catches, 58 yards, 1 TD
Alex Snelgrove: 2 catches, 33 yards
Zach Goss: 1 catch, 30 yards, 1 TD
Brady Moore: 2 catches, 19 yards
Trevon Hawkins: 1 catch, 11 yards
Bailey Truett: 1 catch, 5 yards
Hunter Hermann: 10 total tackles, 4 solo, 6 assists, 3 TFL
Trevon Hawkins: 7 total tackles, 5 solo, 2 assists
Clayton Holland: 6 total tackles, 3 solo, 3 assists, 1 TFL, 1 sack, & 1 forced fumble
Boz Gayden: 5 total tackles, 3 solo tackles, 2 assists, 1 fumble recovery
Joe Massey: 4 total tackles, 3 solo, 1 assist, 1 TFL, 1 forced fumble
Colby McDowell: fumble recovery
Zach Swiam: fumble recovery
Trevon Hawkins: 3 punt returns, 59 yards, 19.7 avg, long of 28 yards
C.J. Streicher: 1 punt return, 47 yards, 1 TD
Michael Burrell: 5/7 on PAT
Logan Joiner: 1/2 on PAT
With the win, Pickens is now 3-2 overall & 1-0 in 6-AAAA region play. Next week, the Dragons will continue their region schedule as they travel to Southeast Whitfield to take on the Raiders. This will be the first road game for Pickens in about a month. The Raiders are 5-1, & 1-1 in region play.
On what was a rainy, turned foggy evening last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team traveled to take on the Heritage Generals. Coming into the game, Pickens sat 3rd in the region at 3-2, while Heritage was just ahead at 4-1. The winner, would finish 2nd in the region, & host the 1st round of the state playoffs next week.
Pickens won the toss, but elected to differ to the 2nd half. Heritage, with the help of some costly penalties, got on the board first with a 1-yd TD run at the 9:51 mark of the opening quarter to take a 7-0 lead. That would be the only scoring done in the 1st quarter and we would head to the 2nd quarter with the Generals ahead, 7-0. Both teams were trading possessions back and forth in the 2nd quarter until Heritage intercepted a pass and took it all the way to the end zone to increase the lead to 14-0 with 5:22 left in the 1st half. The Generals again added to their lead at the 3:37 mark with a 9-yd TD run to make it 21-0. After nearly missing on several prior chances, Senior QB Jacob Brumby connected down the middle of the field to an open Zach Goss for a 56-yd TD pass at the 1:09 mark of the first half. However, Heritage would strike just before the half with a 35-yd TD pass to give us a halftime score of 28-7 in favor of the Generals.
The Dragons, came out battling in the 3rd quarter as they’re opening drive of the 2nd half lasted over 6 minutes, & was capped off by a 1-yd TD run from Sophomore C.J. Streicher to make it 28-14 with 5:46 left in the 3rd. Then, the Pickens defense would step up as Brady Moore picked off a pass attempt that was short of it’s intended target, & set up the Dragons with good field position after a nice return. The esuing drive stalled however & we would head to the 4th with Heritage leading, 28-14.
A pair of 1-yd TD runs from the Generals at the 11:47 & 7:13 marks of the 4th, gave Heritage a 42-14 lead over the Dragons. Pickens would not go quietly however as Brumby found fellow Senior Josh Cain on a well designed screen play & Cain would take it into the end zone from 28-yds out to make it 42-21 with 4:05 left in the game. The Generals, would score late in the game with a 13-yd TD run to give us a final of 49-21.
19 1st downs, 2/12 on 3rd down, 2/5 on 4th down, 399 total yards on 71 plays, 157 rushing yards, 242 passing yards. Defense forced 4 turnovers. 3 fumbles & 1 interception
Jacob Brumby: 16-27, 242 yards, 2 TD & 53 yards rushing on 14 carries
Robert Davis: 14 carries, 83 yards
C.J. Streicher: 7 carries, 49 yards
Josh Cain: 6 catches, 86 yards, 1 TD
Zach Goss: 2 catches, 62 yards, 1 TD
Kaleb Ray: 2 catches, 42 yards
Robert Davis: 3 catches, 20 yards
C.J. Streicher: 2 catches, 14 yards
Michael Burrell: 1 catch, 14 yards
Brady Moore: 8 total tackles, 6 solo, 2 assists, 1 TFL, 1 INT, & 1 fumble recovery
Hunter Hermann: 7 total tackles, 6 solo, 1 assist, 1 TFL, & 1 forced fumble
Kaleb Ray: 6 total tackles, 6 solo, & 1 forced fumble
Trevon Hawkins: 6 total tackles, 3 solo, & 3 assists
Alex Snelgrove: 5 total tackles, 5 solo, 1 TFL, 1 fumble recovery, & 1 pass break up
Michael Burrell: 5 punts, 184 yards, 36.8 yard average, long of 47, & 1 inside the 20. 3/3 on PAT
Kaleb Ray: 2 kick returns, 51 yards
Josh Cain: 2 kick returns, 35 yards
Robert Davis: 2 kick returns, 31 yards
With the loss, Pickens finishes the regular season at 5-5, & in a tie for 3rd in the region at 3-3. Due to the 3-way tie, Pickens, Northwest, & Southeast Whitfield will play in a mini-playoff on Monday at 7 p.m. at North Murray. Pickens and Northwest Whitfield will play first. The winner, will be in the playoffs. The loser of that first game, will then play Southeast Whitfield. Winner of that game will be in the playoffs. The loser, will finish 5th in the region.
Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the LaFayette Ramblers for Senior Night. Pickens, needed a win to stay in the thick of the playoff race coming down the stretch of the season. Prior to the game, the seniors from the football team, cheerleaders, & band were recognized for the contributions during their time at PHS. Another special presentation that happened prior to kick off, was PHS presenting the family of the late Shawn Mask with his Letterman’s jacket.
LaFayette won the toss and elected to receive the opening kick to get the game started. The Pickens defense was able to get the Rambler offense off the field & it would be the Dragons turn to find the first points. Those first points of the game were scored by Junior RB Robert Davis after a 5-yd run to make it 7-0 Pickens with 7:11 left in the opening quarter. The Dragons found the end zone again in the 1st quarter, this time, through the air as Senior QB Jacob Brumby connected with Sophomore C.J. Streicher from 49-yds out for the TD. After one quarter of play, the Dragons held a 13-0 lead over LaFayette.
Pickens got on the board for the first time in the 2nd quarter at the 10:22 mark after a 7-yd TD pass from Brumby to Junior Zach Goss to make it 20-0. After Senior Zach Swaim recovered a fumble & took it to the 7-yd line, fellow Senior Jacob Brumby finished it off on the next play with a 7-yd TD run to make it 27-0 Dragons with 8:08 left in the half. After nearly scoring on the previous play, Senior WR Josh Cain finished off another scoring drive for Pickens with a 1-yd TD run to make it 34-0 Dragons with 5:14 left in the half. The Dragons were getting it done defensively on the night as well. Junior Trevon Hawkins, took the ball away from the LaFayette runner & ran it back for the score to make it 41-0 Pickens with 4:53 left in the half. On the ensuing LaFayette drive, the Ramblers were looking for points prior to halftime. However, Kaleb Ray timed his jump, & made a great catch in the end zone to give the ball back to the Dragons. Pickens would turn that interception into points as Brumby connected with Streicher once again. This time, from 6-yds out to make it 48-0 Dragons at the half.
The Dragons picked up where they left off in the 1st half as they started the 3rd quarter with the football, & ended their first drive of the 2nd half with points as Streicher (now in at QB), strolled in from 7-yds out for his 3rd TD of the game & we would head to the 4th, with Pickens ahead of LaFayette, 55-0. The Ramblers got their first points of the game at the 10:27 mark of the 4th after a 4-yd TD run to make it 55-7 Dragons. The ensuing kickoff was a short pooch kick, & it was fielded by Hawkins, who then took it the distance for the touchdown making it 62-7 Pickens. Your final from Jasper would be 62-7.
With the win, the Dragons move closer to securing a playoff spot. With Southeast Whitfield’s win over Northwest Whitfield last night, that puts Pickens in 3rd for the moment. Next week, the Dragons will travel to Heritage to take on the Generals in what is more than likely, the biggest game of the whole region schedule. With a win next week over Heritage, the Dragons will vault into the #2 seed of region 6, & host a playoff game. A loss, makes things a lot more crowded & a lot more complicated.
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.
This past Friday, on a cool, brisk evening, the PHS varsity football team travled down to Cartersville to take on the top seed from region 5, the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes in the first round of the GHSA 4-A State football playoffs. This would be the 21st meeting all time between the two schools.
Pickens, won the toss and elected to receive to start the ball game. After several first downs on a good opening drive, the Dragons were forced to punt. The Canes got on the board first at the 6:45 mark after a 17-yd TD pass making it 7-0 Cartersville in the opening quarter. Cartersville added to the lead at the 3:23 mark of the 1st quarter with a 41-yd TD pass making it 14-0. The Canes would score just before the end of the 1st quarter with a 4-yd TD pass giving us a score of 21-0 Cartersville after one.
In the 2nd quarter, Cartersville would again add to their lead after a 1-yd TD run to make it 28-o with 9:16 left in the first half. Pickens nearly snagged a fumble in the end zone after a long completion from the Canes, but were unable to secure it as Cartersville was able to fall on it and make it 35-0 at the 4:43 mark of the 2nd quarter. The Canes would score again just prior to halftime with a 51-yd TD pass to give us a score of 42-o.
In the 2nd half, things started picking up for the Dragons. After a high snap, the Dragons pounced on the loose ball, then a fumble occured, then a quick thinking Hunter Hermann scooped up that fumble, and took it into the end zone for the score to make it 42-7 Canes with 10:18 left in the 3rd. Cartersville scored on a 19-yd TD pass to make it 48-7 Canes as we headed to the 4th.
In the 4th, Pickens would find the end zone twice. This time, with the offense. The first score in the 4th came from Robert Davis. Davis was able to sneak through the left side of the defense for a 6-yd TD run at the 8:21 mark to make it 48-14. The 2nd score, was set up by a beautiful punt return that Davis nearly took all the way. Jacob Brumby finished it off with a 3-yd TD run to make the score 48-21. Your final in this one, 48-21 Cartersville.
Final Season Stats:
215 first downs, 49/116 on 3rd down, 15/32 on 4th down, 5,193 total yards (school record), 429 total points (school record), 2,675 rushing yards, 2,518 passing yards, 26 total takeaways, 17 fumble recoveries, 9 INT’s
Jacob Brumby: 172-290, 59.3%, 2,457 yards, 22 TD’s, 8 INT
Robert Davis: 123 rushes, 1,148 yards, 9.3 ypc, 14 TD, long of 80
C.J. Streicher: 72 rushes, 523 yards, 7.3 ypc, 7 TD, long of 45
Jacob Brumby: 110 rushes, 417 yards, 3.8 ypc, 4 TD, long of 25
Trevon Hawkins: 40 rushes, 296 yards, 7.4 ypc, 5 TD, long of 82
Brady Moore: 13 rushes, 116 yards, 8.9 ypc, 2 TD, long of 52
Zach Goss Jr: 45 catches, 856 yards (single season record), 19.0 ypc, 15 TD’s (single season record), long of 56
Josh Cain: 34 catches, 421 yards, 12.4 ypc, 2 TD, long of 28
Robert Davis: 33 catches, 403 yards, 12.2 ypc, 1 TD, long of 60
Alex Snelgrove: 25 catches, 322 yards, 12.9 ypc, 2 TD, long of 36
Trevon Hawkins: 12 catches, 201 yards, 16.8 ypc, long of 51
Hunter Hermann: 121 total tackles, 73 solo, 48 assists, 9 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD
Trevon Hawkins: 78 total tackles, 53 solo, 25 assists, 2 TFL, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD
Jay Jones: 78 total tackles, 35 solo, 43 assists, 2 TFL, 2 INT, 3 fumble recoveries, 3 pass break ups
Boz Gayden: 69 total tackles, 37 solo, 32 assists, 1 TFL, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass break up
Kaleb Ray: 48 total tackles, 35 solo, 13 assists, 4 INT, 2 forced fumbles, 8 pass break ups, 1 block
Michael Burrell: 33 punts, 1,142 yards, 34.6 yd average, long of 53, 5 inside the 20, 52-58 on PAT
Trevon Hawkins: 8 returns, 111 yards, 13.9 average, long of 28
Robert Davis: 6 returns, 77 yards, 12.8 average, long of 43
C.J. Streicher: 3 returns, 68 yards, 22.7 average, long of 47, 1 TD
Robert Davis: 19 returns, 460 yards, 24.2 average, long of 94, 1 TD
Trevon Hawkins: 9 returns, 249 yards, 27.7 average, long of 74, 1 TD
Jacob Brumby: total offense (2,874), passing yds (2,457), completions (172), passing TD’s (22)
Zach Goss: yards receiving (856), receiving TD’s (15), 2nd in receptions with 45
Robert Davis: kick return yards (460)
Michael Burrell: 52 makes on PAT puts him 2nd for a season
Jacob Brumby: all time leader in passing yards (4,432), completions (318), passing TD’s (33)
Zach Goss: all time leader in receiving yards (1,318) just a Junior
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.
This past Friday, the PHS Dragons varsity football team made the long trip up to Rossville to take on the num. 5 ranked team in 4-A, the Ridgeland Panthers. In recent meetings between these two teams, they have provided some heart stopping excitement for the fan bases & looked to have another good game this past Friday night.
The Panthers, won the toss, but elected to differ to the 2nd half, giving the Dragons the ball first. Ridgeland was able to pick off a 3rd down pass attempt after it had been tipped, and took it to the end zone for the early score and a 7-0 lead at the 10:34 mark of the opening quarter. The Panthers stretched it’s lead out to 14-0 after a 3-yd TD run at the 6:24 mark. Ridgeland added a 2nd 3-yd TD run to take a 21-0 lead over Pickens going to the 2nd quarter.
Both teams traded series’ until the Panthers tacked on a 36-yd TD run at the 4:02 mark to make it 27-0. The Dragons got on the board for the 1st time on the night after Jacob Brumby hooked up with Zach Goss for a 25-yd TD. Goss, made and outstanding catch, and then stretched out to make it into the end zone to make it 27-7 Ridgeland at the 2:55 mark of the 1st half. The Panthers got a 61-yd TD run at the 2:40 mark, to give usa score of 34-7 at the half.
The 2nd half was a very back and forth half with the two teams finding the end zone multiple times in the 3rd quarter. The Dragons kicked off the scoring in the 3rd at the 5:44 mark after a 25-yd TD run by Robert Davis to make it 34-14 Panthers. Ridgeland scored on a 76-yd TD run at the 4:40 mark to make it 41-14. Brumby & Goss connected for a 2nd time at the 2:14 mark on a 31-yd pitch and catch to make it 41-21, going into the 4th.
The Panthers scored just as the 4th got underway after a 30-yd TD run to make it 48-21 with 11:51 left to go in the game. Ridgeland then would add the final points of the game after an 18-yd TD run to make it the eventual final score of 55-21.
18 1st downs, 2/11 on 3rd down, 1/2 on 4th down, 391 total yards, 221 yards rushing, 170 yards passing
Jacob Brumby: 10-27, 170 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, & 28 yards rushing
Robert Davis: 14 rushes, 97 yards, & 1 TD
C.J. Streicher: 8 rushes, 60 yards
Michael Burrell: 7 rushes, 38 yards
Zach Goss: 3 catches, 87 yards, & 2 TD
Josh Cain: 4 catches, 68 yards
Robert Davis: 3 catches, 15 yards
Brady Moore: 10 total tackles, 6 solo, 4 assists, & 2 TFL
Hunter Hermann: 10 total tackles, 6 solo, 4 assists, & 1 TFL
Alex Snelgrove: 6 total tackles, 3 solo, & 3 assists
Zach Swaim: 5 total tackles, 4 solo, & 1 assist
Michael Burrell: 6 punts, 227 total yards, 37.8 yard average, long of 53, 2 punts inside the 20-yd line, & 3-3 on PAT
Robert Davis: 3 kick returns, 61 total yards, 20.3 yard average
Pickens, is now 4-4 overall, & 2-2 in region play. They are currently tied in 4th with Southeast Whitfield, but hold the tiebreaker over the Raiders due to the win earlier in the season. The Dragons can lock up a playoff spot next Friday against LaFayette with a win.
On Friday, the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the North Forsyth Raiders of the 7-A classification in the final non-region game of the regular season. Last year, these two teams came down to the wire with North Forsyth pulling it out late. The Dragons, looked to build off of their come from behind win over North Hall last week.
The Dragons began the game with the ball, but were forced to punt after going three & out. North Forsyth would then take advantage of a short punt to score the 1st touchdown of the game after a 12-yd run at the 9:04 mark of the opening quarter. Pickens answered back at the 5:59 mark when Senior Jacob Brumby connected with fellow Senior Josh Cain for a 21-yd TD, tying things up at 7 a piece. The tie only lasted :33 seconds though as the Raiders scored on an 80-yd TD run to reclaim the lead, 14-7 with 5:26 left in the 1st quarter. North Forsyth added to their lead just before the end of the quarter with a 5-yd TD pass. Going to the 2nd quarter, the Raiders lead the Dragons, 21-7.
In the 2nd, Pickens cut the North Forsyth lead down to 7 after Brumby lobbed it up to Junior Zach Goss Jr from 21-yds out. Goss Jr would then leap over the defender to make a spectacular catch at the 10:48 mark to make it 21-14 Raiders. The fun in the 2nd quarter, was only just beginning however. North Forsyth then stretched it back out to a two score advantage after a 15-yd TD pass at the 7:06 mark, making it 28-14. The Brumby & Goss Jr connection came together for a 2nd time on the night, this time from 20-yds out, making it 28-21 Raiders with 6:21 left in the 1st half. A fumble recovery by the Dragons on the ensuing kickoff gave them excellent field position as Junior Robert Davis took it to the house on a 31-yd TD run at the 6:02 mark to tie things up at 28. The tie would be broken very quickly however as North Forsyth scored on a 69-yd TD run at the 5:18 mark to make it 35-28. The Raiders then hit a 25-yd field goal just prior to halftime to take a 38-28 lead into the break.
The first score of the 2nd half came at the 5:35 mark of the 3rd after a 37-yd pass from the Raiders connected for the TD to make the score 45-28. North Forsyth again added to their lead at the 2:55 mark after a 30-yd TD pass made it 51-28, as we headed to the 4th quarter. The Raiders again found the end zone first in the 4th after a 30-yd TD run, stretching their lead out to 58-28 with 10:32 left in the game. The lone score in the 2nd half for the Dragons came at the 10:11 mark after an 80-yd TD run from Davis to make it 58-35 Raiders. North Forsyth would take this one by a final score of 58-35.
21 1st downs, 5/11 on 3rd down, 0/4 on 4th down, 70 plays, 595 total yards, 33 carries, 328 yards rushing, 37 passes, 267 passing yards, 1 INT, & 2 fumble recoveries
Jacob Brumby: 22-36, 267 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
Robert Davis: 13 carries, 225 yards, 2 TD
Jacob Brumby: 11 carries, 36 yards
C.J. Streicher: 3 carries, 26 yards
Trevon Hawkins: 4 carries, 23 yards
Brady Moore: 2 carries, 18 yards
Zach Goss Jr: 4 catches, 78 yards, 2 TD
Robert Davis: 6 catches,69 yards
Alex Snelgrove: 6 catches, 54 yards
Josh Cain: 3 catches, 48 yards, 1 TD
Trevon Hawkins: 1 catch, 14 yards
Brady Moore: 2 catches, 4 yards
Jay Jones: 12 total tackles, 4 solo, 8 assisted, 1 INT, & 1 fumble recovery
Hunter Hermann: 11 total tackles, 6 solo, 5 assisted
Trevon Hawkins: 10 total tackles, 8 solo, 2 assisted
C.J. Streicher: 7 total tackles, 5 solo, 2 assisted, & 1 blocked PAT attempt
Kaleb Ray: 7 total tackles, 4 solo, 3 assisted, & 1 forced fumble
Michael Burrell: 2 punts for 56 yards, & 5/5 on PAT attempts
Trevon Hawkins: 4 kick off returns for 98 yards, & 1 punt return for 2 yards
Robert Davis: 2 kick off returns for 19 yards
The Dragons will be off next week as they get ready for 6-AAAA region play on the 29th when they host the Gilmer Bobcats for Homecoming.
Last night, the PHS Dragons football team traveled to Jefferson Ga, to take on the Num. 4 ranked Jefferson Dragons in the 1st round of the GHSA 4A state playoffs. Pickens represented region 6 as the 4 seed & Jefferson was the 1 seed out of region 8. This was the 1st meeting between the two schools since 1989, with Pickens winning the last two meetings.
Pickens, won the toss and elected to receive to begin the ball game. Jefferson held the Dragons and were able to get a blocked punt to take over deep in Dragon territory. Two plays later, Jefferson punched it in from a yard out, giving them the 7-0 lead with 9:42 left in the opening quarter. Jefferson was able to add to their lead at the 2:53 mark with a 38-yd field goal, making it 10-0. The Dragons of Jefferson again stretched their lead out after a 52-yd punt return, giving Jefferson a 17-0 lead after one.
Jefferson continued to add to their lead early in the 2nd with a 7-yd td run at the 10:16 mark making it 24-0. On the ensuing kickoff, Trevon Hawkins took it to the house from 96 yards to put Pickens on the board at 24-7. Jefferson answered at the 7:16 mark with a 25-yd td run to make it 31-7. A 20-yd td pass from Jefferson with 38 seconds left in the half, gave them a 38-7 advantage going to the break.
Jefferson started the 2nd half with the football and would end the possession with a 4-yd td run at the 9:17 mark, to make it 45-7. Jefferson added a 1-yd td run at the 3:36 mark to make it 52-7. Just before the end of the 3rd, Pickens found some offensive success. The Dragons were able to get into the end zone after a 19-yd run from Dylan Huffman to make it 52-14 with 11:50 left in the game. The Dragons again found pay dirt when Jacob Brumby found Josh Cain on a 31-yd screen play at the 5:39 mark to make it 52-21. Jefferson added a 1-yd td run at the 1:57 mark to make it a 59-21 final.
Stats for the game:
Pickens had 10 1st downs, went3/12 on 3rd down, & 2/4 on 4th down. Totaled 339 yards on 54 plays, 262 passing & 77 rushing.
Jacob Brumby went 18-30 for 262 yards, 1 TD & 1 INT
Dylan Huffman ran it 6 times for 48 yards & 1 TD, Chris Pittman ran it 8 times for 10 yards, Trevon Hawkins ran it 2 times for 10 yards, C.J. Streicher ran it 2 times for 6 yards, & Brumby ran it 6 times for 3 yards
Zach Goss caught 2 passes for 71 yards, J. Cain caught 3 passes for 70 yards & 1 TD, C. Pittman caught 5 passes for 51 yards, Streicher caught 3 passes for 42 yards, Hawkins caught 3 passes for 23 yards, & Huffman caught 2 passes for 5 yards
Will Wotring led with 11 tackles with 6 assts, Alex Pittman had 10 tackles with 7 solo, Elijah Lawson had 8 tackles with 6 solo, Michael Coriell had 7 tackles with 6 assts, Hawkins had 6 tackles, Devin Grant & J. Cain each had 5 tackles
C. Pittman punted 3 times for 112 yards, a 37.3 yard average & Brumby punted 2 times for 45 yards
T. Hawkins returned 5 kickoffs for 178 yards, a 35.6 yard average, 1 TD, & a long of 96, Streicher had 1 return for 10 vyards, J. Cain had 1 return for 9 yards, & C. Pittman had 1 return for 6 yards
Rudy Perez went 3/3 on PAT attempts
4,335 total yards (394 ypg), 2,404 rushing yards (218.55 ypg), & 1,991 passing yards (175.55 ypg), & Defense forced 14 takeaways
Jacob Brumby went 126-212 for 1,704 yards, 11 TD & 9 INT
C.J. Streicher went 6-7 for 152 yards, 1 TD & 1 INT
Chris Pittman 182 rushes, 1,024 yards, 5.6 ypc, 11 TD
Dylan Huffman 83 rushes, 525 yards, 6.3 ypc, 7 TD
C.J. Streicher 43 rushes, 220 yards, 5.1 ypc, 6 TD
Zach Goss 32 catches, 462 yards, 14.4 ypc, 3 TD
Trevon Hawkins: 24 catches, 375 yards, 15.6 ypc, 4 TD
Dylan Huffman 26 catches, 355 yards, 13.7 ypc, 2 TD
Will Wotring 83 total, 57 solo, 26 assists, 1 TFL
Alex Pittman 79 total, 43 solo, 36 assists, 19 TFL
Michael Cain 64 total, 42 solo, 22 assists, 15 TFL
Devin Grant 62 total, 35 solo, 27 assists, 13 TFL
Jacob Gordon 57 total, 32 solo, 25 assists, 6 TFL
Devin Grant 5
Michael Cain 3
Alex Pittman 3
Nick Southern 3
Jordan Burton, Kelton Gilbert, Jacob Gordon, & Zach Swain with 1
Michael Casey 2
Alex Pittman 2
Josh Cain 1
Chris Pittman 29 punts, 1,104 yards, 38.1 yard average, long of 51, & 10 inside the 20-yd line
Dylan Huffman 16 returns, 168 yards, 10.5 yard average, long of 31 yards
Trevon Hawkins 14 returns, 403 yards, 28.8 average, long of 96, 1 TD
Will Wotring 4 returns, 99 yards, 24.8 average, long of 35
Kelton Gilbert 3 returns, 84 yards, 28 yard average, long of 41
Rudy Perez 32-37 on PAT attempts, 3-5 on field goals with a long of 32
Victor Moya 5-5 on PAT attempts
This past Friday, the PHS football team hosted the Generals of Heritage in a big 6-AAAA region matchup. A win for the Dragons would give them a share of the region title, and the #3 seed as determined by a tie-breaker. It was also a special night as they recognized all the seniors from players, managers, cheerleaders, & band members before the ball game.
Heritage won the toss and elected to receive to have a crack at the 1st points. After each team traded possessions, The Generals got on the board first with a 17-yd td pass at the 4:52 mark to lead it 7-0. The Dragons found their way into the end zone at the 2:55 mark after a 3-yd run from C.J. Streicher, tying things up at 7 as we went to the 2nd quarter.
Heritage took the lead back at the 10:19 mark after an 8-yd td pass, making it 14-7 Generals. Pickens answered when Streicher found pay dirt for a 2nd time, this one coming after an 8-yd run at the 6:15 mark to once again tie things up at 14. An interception by the Generals led to a 65-yd td pass at the 4:01 mark giving Heritage a lead of 21-14 as we hit halftime.
In the 3rd, Heritage added to their lead with a 7-yd td run at the 5:43 mark, making it 28-14 Generals. The Dragons were able to counter with a 3-yd td run from senior Chris Pittman at the 1:44 mark to cut the Heritage lead in half, 28-21. The Generals however were able to stretch the lead out once again just before the end of the 3rd with a 13-yd td run. Giving Heritage a 35-21 advantage going to the 4th.
The Generals again added to their lead with a 44-yd td pass at the 10:19 mark, making it 41-21 after a missed PAT. An interception returned for a td at the 8:18 mark gave Heritage a 48-21 lead. Dylan Huffman found the end zone for the Dragons at the 6:14 mark making it 48-28 Heritage. Pickens again scored late in the 4th after a 9-yd td pass from Jacob Brumby to Trevon Hawkins gave us a final of 48-35, Heritage.
Stats for the game:
Pickens had 17 1st downs, went 5/10 on 3rd down, & 1/1 on 4th down, 371 yards on 63 plays, 115 yards rushing & 256 yards passing
Jacob Brumby went 19-28 for 231 yards 1 td
Trevon Hawkins went 1-1 for 25 yards
Chris Pittman ran it 16 times for 53 yards & 1 td, Dylan Huffman ran it 7 times for 30 yards & 1 td, C.J. Streicher ran it 4 times for 15 yards & 2 tds, Brumby ran it 5 times for 13 yards, & Josh Cain ran it 1 time for 4 yards
C. Pittman caught 3 passes for 65 yards, Elijah Lawson caught 3 passes for 43 yards, Zach Goss caught 4 passes for 40 yards, J. Cain caught 3 passes for 34 yards, D. Huffman caught 2 passes for 31 yards, Colby McDowell caught 1 pass for 22 yards, T. Hawkins caught 3 passes for 18 yards & 1 td, & Streicher caught 1 pass for 3 yards
Defensively, Michael Burrell & Kelton Gilbert each had 6 tackles, Nick Southern, Jordan Burton, & Alex Pittman each had 5 tackles, A. Pittman added a sack, Devin Grant & Streicher each had 4 tackles, T. Hawkins, Jacob Gordon, & Michael Coriell each had 3 tackles
C. Pittman punted it 3 times for a 118 yards, a 39.3 yard average with a long of 47
T. Hawkins returned 3 kickoffs for 109 yards, a 36.3 yard average with a long of 73, D. Huffman returned 3 kickoffs for 32 yards, K. Gilbert returned 1 kick for 28 yards, J. Cain returned 1 kick for 18 yards
Rudy Perez & Victor Moya combined to go 5/5 on PAT attempts. Perez went 4/4, Moya 1/1
Next week, the GHSA 4A state football playoffs begin and Pickens will be on the road taking on the #1 seed out of region 8, the Jefferson Dragons. Jefferson is 9-1 on the season and finished 5-0 in region 8. Kickoff is set for 7:30
Last night, the PHS Dragons football team took to the road to take on the Ramblers of LaFayette. Pickens, came into the game at the top of the 6-AAAA standings and were looking to keep pace with Northwest Whitfield & Ridgeland.
Pickens won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. The Dragons were able to work the ball down the field with Chris Pittman capping the opening drive off getting his 10th rushing td on the season with a 4-yd run at the 9:03 left in the 1st quarter. After a stop on defense, Dylan Huffman would get his 5th rushing td of the season after a 3-yd run to make it 14-0 Pickens at the 4:43 mark of the 1st. The Dragons then recovered a fumble at the LaFayette 1-yd line after the Ramblers were pushed back deep into their own territory. C.J. Streicher powered in for the score, making it 21-0 with 4:21 left in the 1st quarter.
Just before the opening frame came to a close, Jacob Brumby found Josh Cain on a receiver screen for an 8-yd td. Giving Pickens a 27-0 lead going to the 2nd. LaFayette got on the board following a 15-yd screen pass at the 9:07 mark of the 1st half, making it 27-6 Dragons. Pickens answered at the 2:46 mark with a Brumby 1-yd td run to give us a halftime score of 34-6, Dragons leading.
Alex Pittman came up with an interception on defense & the Dragons turned that into points as Brumby got in for his 2nd rushing td on the night, this time from 3-yds extending the lead to 41-6 as we headed to the 4th. With the clock running in the final quarter of play, Streicher capped off the game with his 2nd rushing td of the night as he punched it in from 4-yds, giving us a final of 48-6, Pickens.
Stats for the Dragons:
Pickens finished with 21 1st downs, 4/5 on 3rd down, 451 total yards on 55 plays, 322 yards rushing, 129 passing.
Jacob Brumby went 10-17 for 122 yards & 1 td & ran it 8 times for 63 yards & 2 tds
C.J. Streicher went 1-1 for 7 yards & ran it 6 times for 43 yards and 2 tds
C. Pittman led the Dragons with 66 yards rushing and 1 td, Trevon Hawkins ran it 4 times for 55 yards, Dylan Huffman ran it 5 times for 48 yards & 1 td, Joesiah Tucker ran it 2 times for 36 yards
Huffman caught 3 passes for 41 yards, J. Cain caught 4 passes for 25 yards & 1 td, Zach Goss had 1 catch for 24 yards, Luke Smith had 1 catch for 18 yards, Hawkins had 1 catch for 12 yards & C. Pittman had 1 catch for 9 yards
Defensively, the Dragons held LaFayette to 146 total yards, 112 rushing, 34 passing, giving up just 3.4 yards per play, & forced 4 turnovers. 2 fumbles, & 2 INT’s.
Will Wotring & Devin Grant led Pickens with 9 total tackles each, Nick Southern had 8 total tackles & 1 sack, Michael Cain & Hawkins had 7 total tackles, Jordan Burton & Jacob Gordon each had 5 total tackles
Rudy Perez went 5/6 on PAT, & Victor Moya went 1/1 on PAT
Next week, Pickens will be back home at Dragons Stadium to host the Generals of Heritage. Heritage has also clinched a playoff spot by virtue of Southeast Whitfield’s loss to Northwest Whitfield last night. A win for the Dragons gives them a share of the 6-AAAA region title. Game time is set for 7:30.
Last night, the PHS Dragons football team hosted the 4A top ten ranked, and region leading Ridgeland Panthers. Coming into the ball game, the Dragons were 3-4 and in 3rd by themselves in 6-AAAA at 2-1. The all-time series between these two teams was even at 2 a piece with the home team never winning. Prior to the game, the 2016-17 PHS Athletics Hall of Fame class was recognized. Inductees included Katie Frye, Jordan Shaw, & Don Boggus, Sr.
Ridgeland won the toss and elected to receive. After each team took turns stalling on drives, the Dragons were able to cash in on points when Dylan Huffman took it in from 3-yds out to give Pickens a 7-0 lead with 4:31 left in the opening quarter. The Panthers were able to tie things up after a 4-yd run just before the quarter ended and we went into the 2nd, tied at 7 a piece. It was all Pickens in the 2nd quarter.
As the teams went back and forth trading possessions, the Dragons took the lead back when Jacob Brumby found Huffman on a wheel route from 15-yds out at the 4:01 mark making things 14-7 in favor of Pickens. A turnover by Ridgeland gave it right back to the Dragons offense and Pickens cashed in on that turnover when Brumby tossed it to C.J. Streicher, then Streicher connected with a wide open Trevon Hawkins for the 47-yd score giving the Dragons the lead at the half, 21-7.
Nearly 2 minutes into the 2nd half, the Panthers cut the Pickens lead in half after a 59-yd td run at the 10:04 mark, making it 21-14. The Dragons answered fairly quickly with a big play of their own as Brumby found Zach Goss wide open for a 51-yd td at the 8:37 mark of the 3rd quarter making it 28-14. Streicher added to the Dragon lead after another Ridgeland fumble with a 4-yd td run, making it 35-14 as we would head to the 4th and final quarter of play.
The 4th quarter was both exciting and heart wrenching to say the least. Knowing they had to make something happen quick, the Panthers drove down the field and scored on a 1-yd run, making it 35-21 with 10:54 left in the game. After getting the ball back, another 1-yd run by Ridgeland cut the Pickens lead down to 35-28 with 6:54 left. Ridgeland again got possession of the ball and took it 54-yds to cut it to 35-34 with the ensuing PAT to follow. To the delight of the home crowd and the dismay of the away side, the potential game tying PAT went wide right, sailing off the right upright, and Pickens clung to a 35-34 lead. The Dragons, were able to run off the final 2:57, to secure the upset, 35-34.
Stats for the game:
Pickens had 16 1st downs, went 8-15 on 3rd down, had 475 yards of total offense on 65 plays, 223 yards rushing on 41 carries, & 252 yards passing on 24 attempts
Jacob Brumby went 13-22 for 176 yards 2 tds & 1 INT
C.J. Streicher went 2-2 for 76 yards & 1 td
Chris Pittman ran it 15 times for 97 yards, Streicher ran it 11 times for 64 yards & 1 td, Dylan Huffman ran it 11 times for 60 yards & 1 td
Zach Goss caught 2 passes fro 82 yards and 1 td, Trevon Hawkins caught 3 balls for 64 yards and 1 td, Huffman caught 4 passes for 58 yards and 1 td, Streicher caught 3 balls for 25 yards, & Josh Cain caught 3 balls for 23 yards
Defensively, the Dragons held Ridgeland’s high powered rushing attack to 193 yards on 31 carries and forced 2 turnovers
Michael Cain & Josh Gordon led the Dragons with 8 tackles each, Alex Pittman & Hawkins each had 7 tackles, Will Wotring had 6 tackles, Michael Corriell had 5 tackles, Michael Casey & Micheal Burrell added 4 tackles with Burrell also recording a forced fumble and fumble recovery
C. Pittman punted it 6 times for 199 yards (33 yard average), Huffman had 1 punt return for 20 yards, Hawkins had 1 kick return for 22 yards, Casey had 1 kick return for 18 yards, J. Cain had 1 return for 13 yards & Jordan Burton had 1 return for 12 yards. Rudy Perez went 5-5 on PAT attempts
With the win, the Dragons find themselves .500 on the season at 4-4, & more importantly, tied for 1st in 6-AAAA at 3-1. Next Friday, Pickens will travel to LaFayette to take on the Ramblers. The Ramblers to this point are 2-6 on the season and 0-4 in region play but that is no reason to look past them. Kick off scheduled for 7:30.
Last night, the PHS Dragons football team traveled to Tunnel Hill to take on the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield in a 6-AAAA meeting. This was the 6th meeting between the two schools with the Bruins holding a 1-4 series advantage.
The Dragons won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. After driving down the field, Jacob Brumby found Zach Goss for a 29-yd score. The PAT was missed, giving Pickens the 6-0 lead with 9:57 left in the opening quarter. The Bruins got into field goal range during their first drive, looking to cut the Pickens lead in half. The Dragons were able to block the attempt, and Michael Casey took it to the house to extend the lead to 13-0 with 7:23 left in the opening frame.
23 seconds later, Northwest Whitfield got on the board with a 54-yd td run. The two point conversion was good, cutting the Dragons lead to 13-8 with 7:00 left in the 1st. Two minutes later, the Bruins took the lead after an 80-yd td run, giving them a 15-13 advantage over Pickens going to the 2nd quarter.
Dylan Huffman scored after a 23-yd run and the ensuing two-point conversion try was good, giving the Dragons a 21-15 lead with 10:11 left in the half. Northwest Whitfield took the lead back at the 8:28 mark of the 2nd quarter after a 3-yd run, making it 22-21. The Bruins extended their lead after a 30-yd td pass at the 7:27 mark, giving them a 29-21 lead. Northwest Whitfield again found the end zone again after a 33-yd td pass at the 5:46 mark, making it 36-21 Bruins. Pickens cut into the lead just before halftime after a 1-yd run from Huffman. The score at the break, was 36-28 Bruins.
The Dragons surprised Northwest Whitfield with an onside kick to start the 2nd half as Pickens would recover, setting themselves up with great field position. The Dragons capitalized on the recovered onside when Brumby found CJ Streicher in the back of the end zone for a 25-yd score at the 8:16 mark of the 3rd. The two-point try was unsuccessful, making the score 36-34. The Bruins again stretched their lead after a 32-yd td pass, making it 43-34 as we went to the 4th.
Pickens cut the Bruins lead to 43-41 after a 15-yd run from Kelton Gilbert at the 8:31 mark of the 4th. At the 3:01 mark, Northwest Whitfield extended their lead to 50-41 after a 1-yd td run. The Bruins were able to hold on and get the win over the Dragons, 50-41.
Stats for Pickens:
15 1st downs, 10-17 on 3rd down, 1-2 on 4th down, 355 total yards on 68 plays, 159 yards rushing, 196 yards passing
Jacob Brumby went 16-28 for 192 yards & 2 tds & CJ Streicher went 1-1 for 4 yards
Chris Pittman ran it 14 times for 67 yards, Dylan Huffman ran it 8 times for 36 yards & 2 tds, Kelton Gilbert ran it 2 times for 29 yards and 1 td, & Josh Cain ran it 1 time for 11 yards
Zach Goss caught 8 passes for 79 yards & 1 td, C.J. Streicher caught 2 passes for 48 yards & 1 td, Luke Smith caught 1 pass for 23 yards, Huffman caught 2 passes for 16 yards, C. Pittman caught 1 pass for 14 yards, J. Cain caught 2 passes for 11 yards, & Trevon Hawkins caught 1 pass for 5 yards
Alex Pittman had 12 tackles, 2 TFL, Michael Burrell had 8 tackles, 1 forced fumble, Jordan Burton with 8 tackles, 1 TFL, & 1 sack, Michael Casey, Jacob Gordon, & Will Wotring had 7 tackles each
C. Pittman punted it 5 times for 207 yards. A 41.4 yard average, Huffman had 2 punt returns for 24 yards & 3 kick returns for 24 yards, & Gilbert had 2 kick returns for 56 yards
Victor Moya went 3-3 on PAT
Next Friday, the Dragons return home to host the 4A top ten ranked Ridgeland Panthers. The Panthers are 6-0 & 3-0 in 6-AAAA while Pickens is 3-4 & in 3rd in 6-AAAA at 2-1. The series is tied between the two schools at 2-2, with the away team winning each game. Kickoff is at 7:30.
Last night, the PHS varsity football team hosted the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield in a 6-AAAA region match up for Homecoming. This was the first game at home for the Dragons since September 2nd. Coming into the game, Pickens held a 5-1 all-time series lead over Southeast Whitfield.
Pickens won the toss, but elected to differ to the 2nd half, giving Southeast Whitfield the first shot at points. After forcing a three-and-out, the Dragons offense took to the field at their own 29-yd line. They would not be on the field for very long as Jacob Brumby found Trevon Hawkins streaking across the middle for a 71-yd touchdown on the 1st play from scrimmage. The PAT hit the left upright, giving Pickens a 6-0 lead with 10:16 left in the opening quarter. With 6:26 left in the 1st, Chris Pittman found the end zone from 12-yds out, giving the Dragons a 13-0 lead going to the 2nd.
Both teams went back and forth in the 2nd quarter, trading possessions. The Raiders would attempt a field goal towards the end of the 1st half, but the Dragons were able to get a claw on it, sending us to halftime with Pickens ahead of Southeast Whitfield, 13-0. During halftime the 2016 PHS Homecoming Princess & Queen were crowned. Miss Olivia Moore was crowned princess, while Miss Autumn Young was crowned queen.
The Dragons started off the 2nd half with possession. However, the possession would not last too long as the Raiders recovered a fumble deep inside Dragon territory and would turn it into points after a 6-yd run at the 10:50 mark to cut the Pickens lead to 13-7. The Dragons stretched their lead to 9 at the 6:27 mark after a 25-yd field goal from Rudy Perez, making it 16-7. Just before the end of the 3rd, Southeast Whitfield punched it in from a yard out, making it 16-14 Dragons going to the 4th.
Pickens added to their lead early in the 4th with a 2-yd run from C.Pittman, making it 22-14 with 9:04 left in the game. The Dragons held the Raiders on their 1st possession of the 4th quarter then would go to work using the run game. Pickens chewed nearly 7 minutes off the clock in the 4th quarter giving Southeast Whitfield only 9 seconds to work with deep in their own territory. The Raiders’ final play was stopped well short of the goal line by the Dragons defense and Pickens came away with the win, 22-14.
Stats for Pickens:
For the game, Pickens had 18 1st downs, went 7/14 on 3rd down, & 0/2 on 4th down. Had a total of 423 yards of offense on 68 plays, 235 rushing, 188 passing
Jacob Brumby went 10-18 for 188 yards & 1 td
Chris Pittman led the Dragons with 143 yards rushing on 30 carries & 2 tds, Dylan Huffman ran it 9 times for 48 yards, C.J. Streicher ran it 4 times for 20 yards, Trevon Hawkins ran it 4 times for 15 yards, & Brumby ran it 3 times for 9 yards
Hawkins led the way in receiving with 117 yards on 4 catches & 1 td, Streicher had 1 catch for 26 yards, Huffman had 2 catches for 18 yards, C. Pittman had 1 catch for 15 yards, & Zach Goss had 1 catch for 12 yards
Defensively, Pickens held Southeast Whitfield to 211 total yards on 52 plays, 54 rushing, 157 passing, & had 1 fumble recovery
Alex Pittman led the Dragons with 10 tackles, 1 TFL, & a forced fumble, Jacob Gordon had 7 tackles, 1 TFL, & 1 sack, Kelton Gilbert had 6 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack, & 1 fumble recovery, Michael Cain had 6 tackles, Devin Grant, & Will Wotring had 5 tackles a piece
C. Pittman punted the ball 3 times for 107 yards. A 35.7 yard average
Huffman had 1 punt return for 4 yards, Hawkins had 1 kick return for 22 yards, & Josh Cain had 1 kick return for 8 yards
Rudy Perez went 1-3 on PAT & 1-1 on field goals with a 25-yd long
With the win, Pickens is now at .500 on the season at 3-3 overall and now tied for 1st in 6-AAAA with Ridgeland at 2-0. Next week, the Dragons will be back on the road as they head to Tunnel Hill to take on the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield in a crucial region game. Northwest Whitfield is currently tied for 3rd in the region at 2-1 and is 4-3 overall after defeating Heritage this past Friday. Game time is 7:30
Last night, the Pickens Dragons varsity football team took to the road for the first time in the 2016 campaign as they took on a familiar opponent in the North Hall Trojans. These two teams were apart of the 7-AAA region some years ago, but haven’t faced off since 2009 with the Trojans carrying a 4 game win streak into last night’s match up.
Pickens won the coin toss and elected to differ to the 2nd half giving the home standing Trojans the ball first. North Hall used their wing-t offense to drain nearly 8 minutes off the 1st quarter as they powered it in from 2-yds out, giving them a 7-0 advantage with 4:07 left in the opening frame. The first quarter came to an end as the Trojans held the lead, 7-0.
Both teams went back and forth in the 2nd quarter, with neither team able to come away with points. Late in the half, North Hall marched their way down the field as the Pickens defense thought that they had forced a fumble at their 5-yd line. When it was determined that the ball went out of bounds, the Trojans were able to get points with 26 seconds left, to stretch their lead out to 13-0 at the break.
The 3rd quarter, like the 2nd, saw both teams trading field position looking for points. North Hall found those points in the form of a 25-yd field goal at the 5:30 mark, to make it 16-0. Pickens finally was able to get a sustained drive going towards the end of the 3rd, and 8 seconds into the 4th, Chris Pittman fought his way into the end zone for the score. Jacob Brumby connected with Dylan Huffman on the 2-pt try and suddenly, the Dragons were in the game with 11:52 left.
Both teams traded possessions during the 4th, and Pickens had their last chance at tying the ball game up with just over 2 minutes left. The Dragons mixed the run and the pass well converting on key 3rd downs during the drive. Pickens found themselves on the edge of the goal line as time was winding down. As the clock struck 0, the Dragons fell inches shy of a score that would have given them the chance to tie it. North Hall was able to come away with this one, 16-8.
Stats for Pickens
For the game, the Dragons had 18 1st downs, went 7-14 on 3rd down, & 2-5 on 4th down, racked up 301 total yards including 244 on the ground and 57 through the air
Jacob Brumby was 7-14 for 57 yards passing
Chris Pittman led the Dragons in rushing with 112 yards on 20 carries & a score, Dylan Huffman ran it 12 times for 71 yards, Trevon Hawkins ran it 6 times for 37 yards, & Kelton Gilbert ran it 5 times for 22 yards
Huffman led Pickens in receiving with 31 yards on 4 catches, Zach Goss had 23 yards on 2 catches
Avery Luke led the Dragons in tackles with 11 including 7 solo, Will Wotring & Michael Cain each had 9 tackles, Michael Burrell finished with 8, & both Alex Pittman & Josh Cain finished with 6 tackles each.
C. Pittman punted the ball twice on the night for 75 yards, Wotring returned 1 kick for 21 yards, & Hawkins returned a kick for 20 yards
Pickens will again be on the road for next week’s opponent, the North Forsyth Raiders. North Forsyth is out of region 5 7-A and is 2-1 on the season after having a bye week this past week. This will be the first match up in football between the two schools since 2001, with the series tied at 3-3. Game time will be 7:30