Friday night, the Pickens Dragons (15-5, 6-3) hosted the Lafayette Ramblers (18-2, 9-0) in a big 6-AAAA region game. Prior to the game, the seniors were recognized from the dance team, the cheerleaders, and the basketball teams for Senior Night. The Ramblers, were able to walk away with this one, 61-33.
In the first quarter, Lafayette got things going on their end with a quick 4-0 start. Owen Moss scored the first points for the Dragons with a bucket to make it 4-2. Noah Sutton made the second bucket for Pickens as that cut to the Ramblers lead to 8-4. Lafayette outscored the Dragons 6-2 for the remainder of the quarter to take a 14-6 lead into the second.
In the second quarter, Tucker Lowe got going with a three pointer to the Ramblers lead to 16-9. A bucket by senior Aidan Sanchez, trimmed the Lafayette lead down to 21-13, but the Ramblers came right back with a bucket of their own. Lafayette would take control of the rest of the half as they grabbed a 35-16 lead over the Dragons, going to the break.
In the third, Lowe got the scoring going with another three pointer. Lowe would stop a Rambler 6-0 run with another three pointer to make it 41-22. Sanchez, made a layup before the quarter came to an end making it 50-27 Ramblers going to the fourth.
In the fourth quarter, A 6-0 run by Lafayette was stopped by a Luke Rogers free throw and another Lowe three pointer to make it 56-31. The Ramblers, would outscore the Dragons 5-2 the rest of the way to take the win, 61-33.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Tucker Lowe: 12 points
Noah Sutton: 6 points
Owen Moss: 5 points
Aidan Sanchez: 4 points
Luke Rogers: 3 points
Pickens, will be back on the court this afternoon as they welcome the Pepperell Dragons to town for an afternoon tilt. Tip off is set for 2:30 pm.
On Monday, Jan. 13, the Pickens Dragons (15-4, 6-2 Region 6-4A) traveled to Dalton to take on Morris Innovative (1-7) in non-region competition. This game took place inside the old Dalton High School gym, which is now the gym for City Park Elementary. The Dragons came away with an 85-16 victory.
In the first quarter, the Dragons got on the board first with a pair of baskets from Ean Goodwin and Will Roland. Morris Innovative came back with a made shot of their own from Jose Cru, to make it 4-2. Pickens then went on an 11-0 run sparked by seven points from Luke Rogers. Marco Andres stopped the Dragons run with a made basket to make it 15-4. The Dragons then went on a 5-0 run highlighted by made shots from Roland and Daniel Tetterton and a free throw from Aidan Sanchez. Cruz scored just before the end of the quarter to make it 20-6 Dragons.
To start the second quarter, Pickens got made shots from Sanchez, D. Tetterton, and Whit Pierce to make it 26-6. Cruz again came back with a 3-pointer to make it 26-9. The Dragons got scoring from Clay Shoffer, Zach Tetterton, and Tucker Lowe to go along with Pierce, Rogers, Roland, and D. Tetterton. At the half, Pickens led, 52-9.
In the third, the Dragons began the half with a 9-0 run. Cruz got Morris Innovative on the board in the second half with a shot. Pickens closed the quarter on a 14-0 run to take 75-11 lead into the fourth.
In the fourth, Sanchez got things going for Pickens with a 4-0 run. Abdiel Negron stopped the run with a nice shot and then soon after Cruz hit another long 3-pointer. The Dragons came away with an 85-16 win.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Tucker Lowe: 18 points
Luke Rogers: 14 points
Daniel Tetterton: 13 points
Will Roland: eight points
Aidan Sanchez: seven points
On Friday, Jan. 17, Pickens will welcome the Lafayette Ramblers to the Dragons Den for a big time region match up. The Ramblers currently sit atop the 6-4A standings at 7-0, while the Dragons are in third place at 6-2. Frida, will also be recognized as Senior Night. Tip off is set for 8:30 p.m.
After Pickens took the first three of the four match ups on the evening, the Dragons looked to make it a complete sweep as they took the floor against the Ramblers of Lafayette. Coming into the game, both teams were undefeated on the season with Pickens at 8-0 & Lafayette at 6-0. Both teams also came in tied atop the region standings at 2-0. This would be a good test for a much improved Dragons team.
In the first quarter, both teams really spent the majority of the frame going back and forth. Noah Sutton got the scoring going for the Dragons with a bucket to put them up 2-0. Lafayette tied it, then Owen Moss made a bucket to make it 4-2. The Ramblers then went on a 4-0 run, which was quickly halted by a Tucker Lowe three pointer. Lafayette went on another little run before Ean Goodwin would make a bucket. At the end of the 1st, the Ramblers led the Dragons, 17-11.
The 2nd quarter, would turn out to be a turning point in the overall scale of the game. Lafayette, went on an 8-0 run to start the frame before Sutton would connect on a layup. Later in the quarter, the Dragons went on a 4-0 run to try and cut the Rambler lead. Going to the half, Lafayette held a 40-21 advantage.
To start the 3rd, the Dragons came out with energy on offense and defense. Pickens, went on a 7-0 run to start the quarter & caused a couple of turnovers in the process. The Rambler lead was cut down to 13 at one point as the Dragons looked to get back into the game. Lafayette would go on a run themselves during the quarter to help maintain their lead. Pickens, did outscore the Ramblers in the 3rd, 13-12, but still trailed going to the 4th, 52-34.
In the 4th, the Dragons, kept playing with energy & toughness just trying to get something going. Pickens went on a 6-0 run at one point. Lafayette would end up coming away with the win, 68-46.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Tucker Lowe: 18 points
Noah Sutton: 15 points
Owen Moss: 7 points
6-AAAA Boys Region Standings:
NW Whitfielld: 3-1
SE Whitfield: 0-3
Pickens, will be back home this afternoon taking on the Gordon Central Warriors. The Dragons, are looking for a season sweep of the Warriors as they defeated them 74-33 on the road to begin the season. Tip off is set for 2:30 pm.
Jasper, Ga — Last night, it was do or die for the PHS Dragons varsity football team as they hosted the Lafayette Ramblers for Senior Night. It was simple. A win for the Dragons and they would be in the playoffs. A loss, meant their season was over.
The Dragons, received the opening kickoff, and only took 1:51 off the clock as Senior QB CJ Streicher ran it in from 36-yds out for the score. The extra point was no good, & Pickens led early, 6-0. Lafayette answered on their opening drive with a 5-yd touchdown run at the 4:36 mark. The PAT was good & the Ramblers took a 7-6 lead. After a punt by the Dragons, Lafayette would take the lead with a 71-yd touchdown run, giving them a 14-6 lead, as we’d head to the 2nd.
At the 7:42 mark of the 2nd quarter, Lafayette stretched their lead out with a 72-yd touchdown run, making it 21-6 Ramblers. Needing a big play to jump start the team, Streicher delivered a 71-yd touchdown run to cut into the Rambler lead, 21-12, with 6:56 left in the 1st half. Lafayette, took 2:10 off the clock as they scored on a 14-yd touchdown run to make it 28-12, with 4:46 left in the half. Pickens, would make it a one score game with a 1-yd touchdown run by Streicher. The Dragons would convert the 2-point conversion. At the half, The Ramblers led the Dragons, 28-20.
To start the 3rd quarter, the Dragons got the big play they needed on defense as they were able to force and recover a Rambler fumble. Streicher capped off the ensuing drive with an 18-yd touchdown run. The 2-point conversion was successful, & just like that, we had a tie game at 28, with 10:18 left in the 3rd. Lafayette, took the lead back with a 16-yd touchdown run, to make it 35-28, with 6:35 left in the 3rd. Pickens, came right back as Streicher connected with a wide open Jarod Whitmore on a 23-yd touchdown pass to tie things up at 35. It wouldn’t be tied for long however as the Ramblers reclaimed the lead with a 79-yd touchdown run, to make it 42-35, with 3:14 to go in the 3rd. Streicher, would again find the end zone with a 13-yd touchdown run to make it 42 all, going to the 4th.
Early in the 4th, Lafayette would drive deep into Pickens territory, but the Dragons would hold them to a 38-yd field goal, making it 45-42 Ramblers, with 10:18 left in the game. At the 7:27 mark of the 4th, Streicher would barrel his way into the end zone for his 6th rushing touchdown of the game, & 7th total, to give the Dragons their first lead of the contest. Driving down late in the game, Lafayette thought they had a go ahead touchdown. However, a chop block penalty negated the score. The Ramblers, would choose to go for it on 4th down, but the pass came up incomplete, & the Dragons would take over. Pickens, would drive down towards midfield & were faced with a 4th & 3. Coach Nelson decided to go for it, & put it in the hands of his Senior QB. Streicher, would fight hard on the run with help from the o-line. It would come down to a measurement. The ball, measured just across the sticks & the Dragons would get the win, 49-45, to secure a playoff spot for the 6th consecutive season.
Northwest Whitfield: 4-1
Southeast Whitfield: 0-5
All eyes will be on the Heritage/Northwest Whitfield match up next week as that game will determine the seeding as far as the playoffs are concerned. Should Heritage win & Ridgeland win their game against Southeast Whitfield, Ridgeland would win the region title, Heritage would be the 2nd seed, Pickens would be the 3rd seed, & Northwest Whitfield would be the 4th seed. Should Northwest Whitfield defeat Heritage, the Bruins would win the region, Ridgeland would be the 2nd seed, Heritage would be the 3rd seed, & Pickens would be the 4th seed. Pickens, will either play North Oconee or Oconee County in the 1st round of the playoffs.
Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team made the nearly 2 hour trip towards the Georgia/Tennessee line to Rossville to take on the Ridgeland Panthers. This, was the 2nd to last game of the regular season for the Dragons who were neck & neck with Heritage at the top of the region standings coming into this one. Oh, did I mention the rain? It rained… a lot.
Pickens won the toss & elected to receive the opening kickoff. The wet conditions played a factor early as a bad snap led to a Panther recovery on a fumble. Ridgeland would take advantage of the short field and score on a 25-yd touchdown run to make it 7-0, at the 9:56 mark. The Dragons would be forced to punt on their next drive & once again, it didn’t take long for the explosive run game of the Panthers to do it’s damage as Ridgeland was able to score on their first play of drive to make it 14-0. Towards the end of the 1st quarter, the Dragons defense started slowing down the Ridgeland run game & the Dragon offense, started to click as well.
Pickens got on the board early in the 2nd quarter with a 33-yd touchdown pass from C.J. Streicher to Jarod Whitmore at the 8:49 mark to cut the Panther lead in half, 14-7. Twenty-three seconds later, Ridgeland would answer with a 64-yd touchdown run to extend their lead out to 21-7, with 8:26 to go in the 1st half. Ridgeland, was looking to add to that lead prior to halftime, but the Dragons defense had other ideas. Pickens, forced a fumble & it was recovered and taken down into Panther territory, giving the offense a chance to cut into the lead before the break. On the ensuing drive, Streicher found an open Austin Chester for a big gain down the middle of the field. Streicher, would then cap off the drive with an 8-yd touchdown run to make it 21-14 Ridgeland with 47 seconds left in the half. The Panthers, tried to answer prior to halftime, but the Dragons defense made sure that would not happen. Going into the break, the Panthers led the Dragons, 21-14.
In the 3rd, the Panthers got the ball first to start the 2nd half. Ridgeland was able to drive down deep into Dragon territory, but Pickens was able to hold them to a 28-yd field goal, making 24-14, with 9:56 left in the 3rd. Ridgeland added a 48-yd touchdown run at the 2:30 mark of the 3rd to extend their lead over Pickens to 31-14. With time dwindling down in the 3rd, the Dragons may have been down, but they were not out as they drove it down the field as we headed to the 4th quarter.
Twenty-five seconds into the 4th, the Dragons struck. Jarod Whitmore, with a little help from offensive lineman Josh Cook, was able to power his way in from 10-yds out to cut the Ridgeland lead to 31-21, with 11:35 left in the game. The Dragons, were looking for more trailing by 10, but the Panthers were able to pick off a pass attempt & take it the distance to make it 38-21 Ridgeland, with 7:42 left in the ball game. Streicher was able to punch it in from 1-yd out to make it 38-28, with 1:35 remaining. The Panthers would add a late field goal, giving us a final of 41-28 Ridgeland.
Northwest Whitfield: 3-1
Southeast Whitfield: 0-4
Next week, the Dragons will be back home as they will host the Lafayette Ramblers in the regular season finale & Senior Night next Friday at 7:30. From what we were able to gather, a win for the Dragons means that they’re in. What seed they will be will not be determined in all likely hood. The winner of the Heritage/Northwest Whitfield game in two weeks will decide the Dragons fate. Should Heritage win, the Dragons look be the #3 seed due to their win over Northwest Whitfield. Should Northwest Whitfield win, Pickens would likely be the #4 seed due to the loss to Heritage.
Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the LaFayette Ramblers at PJHS for a doubleheader to close out the regular season. Pickens, defeated the Ramblers on Tuesday at LaFayette, 2-0, behind a complete game shutout by Colby James, & looked to win the series, & to finish 3rd in the region heading into the state tournament. It was also Senior Night as the Seniors were recognized in between games.
Senior & College of Charleston signee Caswell Smith started game 1 (game 2 overall of the series) & he pitched a masterpiece.
In the bottom of the 1st, the Dragons struck first with 2 runs to take a 2-0 lead. Pickens added to that lead in the bottom of the 2nd, as two more runs would come home, making it 4-0 Dragons. One more run would score in the bottom of the 4th as Pickens extended it’s lead to 5-0 over LaFayette.
With the way Smith pitched, the Dragons only needed 1 run as Smith tossed a complete game, no-hit shutout as the Dragons took the first game of the doubleheader, 5-0.
The 2nd game was started by another senior, & another college signee. Will Lawrence, who is signed with Wallace State to continue his baseball career, took the mound for the final game of the series. Lawrence got off to a good start, striking out the side in the top of the 1st. In the bottom of the 1st, Brady Moore, led off with a walk, stole 2nd, stole 3rd, & scored after the ball got passed the 3rd baseman. Dragons led, 1-0.
Pickens, held that 1-0 lead over the Ramblers until the top of the 4th, when LaFayette plated 2 runs to take a 2-1 lead. Their first lead of the game & of the series. The Dragons, retook the lead in the bottom of the 5th with 2 runs of their own to make it 3-2. LaFayette answered right back with a run in the top of the 6th, to tie things up at 3 a piece.
With 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th, catcher Tyler Vreeland got on base with a single. Jarod Whitmore would then be brought in to courtesy run for Vreeland. Whitmore, would steal 2nd, then make his way to 3rd after the ball got passed the infield & into the outfield. Whitmore, would then come home to score the game winning run on a wild pitch. Pickens, finishes the regular season in exciting fashion winning 4-3.
Pickens, finishes the regular season at 19-11, & 12-6 in region play. The 19 wins are the most in a season for any PHS Baseball team. The Dragons, will represent 6-AAAA as the 3rd seed & take on the 2 seed out of region 7, the Marist War Eagles, in the first round of the 4A State Baseball Tournament. First pitch is set for Wednesday at 5:30.
Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, made the hour or so trip up to Dahlonega, to take on the Lumpkin County Indians in a non-region ball game. This game, was scheduled for earlier in the season, but was postponed due to weather. Pickens, was coming off of a tough 3-game series against Northwest Whitfield, & looked to strike gold against the Indians heading into their final series of the regular season next week.
The Dragons, got off to a good start early in this one as Caswell Smith led off with a hit, then Colby James followed with a hit, then Tyler Vreeland drove them in with a 2 RBI single to give Pickens a 2-0 lead over the Indians, going to the bottom of the 1st. The bottom of the frame saw Dragon starter Ben Miller need only 7 pitches to send us to the 2nd, Dragons up, 2-0.
Miller, would strike out the side in the bottom of the 2nd, but in between that, Lumpkin was able to score 2 runs on 1 hit, to tie things up at 2, going to the 3rd. In the bottom of the 3rd, Lumpkin took the lead scoring 4 times to make it 6-2, going to the 4th.
In the top of the 4th, the Dragons cut the Indian lead in half as Hunter White drove in Chad Pacas, to make it 6-3. In the bottom of the inning, the Indians got that run back, scoring once to make it 7-3, going to the 5th.
In the bottom half of the 5th, Lumpkin added to their lead by scoring 5 runs to make it 12-3. That score would hold up over the final two innings as the Lumpkin Indians get the win, 12-3.
For Pickens, they can now put this week behind them and focus on next week, as they begin a 3-game series with the LaFayette Ramblers. The Dragons are currently in 3rd place in the region at 9-6. The first game of the series is set to begin on Tuesday, with a first pitch time of 5:30.
Caswell Smith: 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 run scored
Colby James: 2-3 with 2 singles & 1 run scored
Tyler Vreeland: 2-3 with 2 singles, & 2 RBI
Chad Pacas: 1-3 with a single & a run scored
Austin Chester: 1-3 with a single
Hunter White: 1 RBI
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.
After the Nettes’ took care of business in their game, it was the Dragons turn to take the court. Their opponent, the region leading LaFayette Ramblers who, coming into the game, had only lost one game the entire season. The Ramblers, took game one of the season series earlier in the year, & Pickens looked to even the series, & shock the region in the process.
In the opening quarter, the Dragons came out on fire. Pickens, used a great combination of offense & defense to jump out to a 21-11 lead over LaFayette going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Ramblers started getting things going for themselves. They used a 21-6 quarter run, to take a 32-27 lead over the Dragons going into halftime.
In the 3rd quarter, the scoring in the quarter remained close as LaFayette barely outscored Pickens 19-15. Going to the 4th, the away team held the lead, 51-42. In the 4th & final quarter, the Ramblers used a 21-18 run, & some late free throws to seal the win, 72-60.
Hunter Hermann: 16 points, 3 assists, 6 rebounds
Zach Goss: 12 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds
Tucker Lowe: 12 points
Seth Bishop: 10 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks
Brady Moore: 6 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds
Alex Snelgrove: 4 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds
Owen Moss: 4 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
The Dragons, will kick off a 3 game road trip on Tuesday as they’ll head to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in a big time region game. Like the Lady Cats, the Bobcats sit in 2nd place in the region standings while the Dragons currently sit in 6th. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm.
Much like the Nettes’, the PHS varsity Dragons basketball team was looking for their 2nd straight win. After getting their first win of the season against Ridgeland last Friday, Pickens came in looking for back to back wins before heading back into region play.
In the 1st quarter, much like the girls game, it was the visitors that got off to the quick start. After one, the Bulldogs held a 19-9 lead. In the 2nd quarter, the offense for the Dragons flowed much better, they were able to outscore Cedartown 17-15, to cut the lead to 34-26, going into the break.
The 3rd quarter, was not very friendly to the home team. The Bulldogs outscored Pickens, 21-8, as they built up a 55-34 lead going to the 4th. When this one finished, the final score would be 74-47.
Seth Bishop: 27 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block
Zach Goss: 9 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 1 block
Tucker Lowe: 7 points, 1 assist
Owen Moss: 3 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 6 steals
Hayes Pickett: 1 point, 1 assist, 1 rebound
Brady Moore: 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Alex Snelgrove: 1 assist, 2 rebounds
Noah Sutton: 1 rebound
The Dragons will be in action next on the road this Friday as they take on the LaFayette Ramblers in region play. Tip off scheduled for 8:30.
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.
After the Nettes’ pulled out the win, the Dragons came in looking for a big win of their own. Pickens, came into the game 1-1 in region play, while the LaFayette Ramblers came in undefeated on the season & the defending region champions.
The Dragons, got off to a nice start to open the 1st quarter. The Ramblers, closed the quarter on a run of their own and they led Pickens 23-15, going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, LaFayette continued their run from the 1st quarter. At the half, the Ramblers led the Dragons, 49-27.
LaFayette took this one last night, 99-34.
Seth Bishop: 14 points, 1 assist, 8 rebounds, 1 steal
Zach Goss: 13 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds
Brady Moore: 4 points, 2 rebounds
Daniel Tetterton: 3 points
Pickens, will look to bounce back after a tough week as they welcome the Gilmer Bobcats to the Dragons Den for a big 6-AAAA game. Tip off is set for 7:30.
On Friday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team, hosted the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield in the 3rd & final game of their 3-game set. The night before, the Dragons took the lead in the top of the 7th, only for the Bruins to get the win in the bottom of the inning, setting up the rubber game in this crucial region series.
Colby James, started for the Dragons, and his evening began rather smoothly as he only needed 5 pitches to send us to the bottom of the 1st. Both pitchers got through the first two innings giving up nothing to either team. Northwest Whitfield, broke through in the top of the 3rd, with 2 runs scoring on 3 hits, to take a 2-0 lead over Pickens.
The Bruins, added to their lead in the top of the 6th, by plating 6 runs, to take a 8-0 lead over the Dragons. Pickens, got an RBI single from Chad Pacas, & a 2-RBI double from Caswell Smith, to cut into the Northwest Whitfield lead, 8-3, going to the 7th. In the top of the 7th, the Bruins scored two runs, to stretch their lead to 10-3. The Dragons, would score two runs themselves in the bottom of the frame, but would fall, 10-5.
Brady Moore: HBP, 1 run scored
Joseph Gossett: 1-4 with a single
Colby James: HBP, 1 run scored
Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a single, 2 walks, & 1 run scored
Chad Pacas: 1-4 with a single, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Caswell Smith: 1-3 with a double & 2 RBI
Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a single & 1 stolen base
Dylan Huffman: 1 run scored
Even after dropping that tough series to Northwest Whitfield, the Dragons still find themselves in 2nd in 6-AAAA (9-7, 4-2). They will host the Lafayette Ramblers at PCMS, to begin a 3-game set starting on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 5:55.
The PHS Dragons varsity basketball team made their way up to LaFayette last night to take on the LaFayette Ramblers in a 6-AAAA region game. LaFayette, came in with a record of 14-1 on the season, & one of the top teams in the region. Pickens, was looking to earn a split with the Ramblers during the season match ups.
In the opening quarter, both teams would find it difficult to find points as the defense for both teams played very well. LaFayette held the lead going to the 2nd, 13-8. In the 2nd, LaFayette, stretched it’s lead out slightly using a 15-9 quarter run, but Pickens still found itself very much in striking distance. The Ramblers, took a 28-17 lead into to break.
The 3rd quarter, was back and forth with both teams seeing the ball go in the hoop. Lafayette, outscored the Dragons 15-12, in a highly contested quarter, to take a lead of 43-29 into the 4th. In the 4th, the Ramblers used a 16-11 quarter run to seal the win, 59-40.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Seth Bishop: 12 points, 2 assists, 10 rebounds, & 1 steal
Zach Goss: 10 points, 1 assist, & 3 rebounds
Keinyuan Hooks: 5 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, & 3 steals
Joseph Gossett: 5 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals
Chase Simmons: 4 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, & 1 steal
Tucker Lowe: 3 points
Hunter Hermann: 2 points, 7 rebounds, & 2 blocks
Pickens, will return home to the Dragons Den to welcome their neighbors from up north, the Gilmer Bobcats on Friday Night. Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 pm.
We had mid-afternoon basketball yesterday as the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Sonoraville Phoenix out of 6-AAA for a non-region match up. These two teams split the season series last season, with both teams winning away from each other’s home floor.
In the 1st quarter, both teams found offense quickly. Sonoraville, held the lead after a fast paced opening frame, 19-18. The 2nd quarter, mirrored the 1st as the offense for both teams stayed hot. Both teams scored 16 points each in the 2nd, & the Phoenix took a 35-34 lead over the Dragons going to the break.
The 2nd, half would be the difference of this ball game. In the 3rd, Sonoraville, outscored Pickens 21-11, & the Dragons found themselves down 56-45, going to the 4th, but as we’ve seen lately, they certainly were not out of it. The 4th quarter, was a back and forth frame, as most of the ball game turned out to be. The Phoenix, outscored the Dragons 25-16 in the final quarter to get the win, 81-61.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Seth Bishop: 20 points, 1 assist, 9 rebounds, & 1 steal
Zach Goss: 15 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 block
Joseph Gossett: 10 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, & 1 block
Keinyuan Hooks: 6 points, 10 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal
Chase Simmons: 5 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound
Tucker Lowe: 3 points
The Dragons, will shift their focus now to region play as they will be on the road on Tuesday taking on the LaFayette Ramblers, looking for a season split. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
On Tuesday evening, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the LaFayette Ramblers for their first home game of the season & the first region game of the season. Pickens, was coming off being named co-champions of the Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament, while LaFayette came in as a favorite in the region heading into the season after barely losing to Northwest Whitfield in the region title game last season. It would be a good test for a Dragons team that came in 2-2.
In the 1st quarter, LaFayette got off to the better start, pulling ahead early. However, the back end of the 1st saw things pick up for Pickens as they cut the Rambler lead to 22-14 going to the 2nd. In the 2nd quarter, both teams struggled to have some consistent offense. LaFayette outscored the Dragons 9-6 in the frame to give them a lead of 31-20 going into the break.
The 2nd half, would not be kind to the home standing Dragons unfortunately. The Ramblers had everything go their way while it seemed nothing would fall for Pickens. In the 3rd, LaFayette would use a 17-3 quarter advantage to take a 48-23 lead into the 4th. The Ramblers, would be able to close this game out and get the win, 65-30.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Seth Bishop: 9 points, & 3 rebounds
Keinyuan Hooks: 5 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, & 4 steals
Zach Goss: 4 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 block
Joseph Gossett: 4 points, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal
Avonta Johnson: 4 points, 1 rebound, & 1 steal
Chase Simmons: 3 points, & 1 assist
The Dragons will now turn to Friday Night as they will make the short trip up 515 and head to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in a region match up. These two teams met in Fannin not too long ago and Pickens came away with a 10 point win. Both finished with 2-1 records & a share of the tournament trophy. Tip off scheduled for 8:30 pm.