Last Friday, the Pickens Dragons football team traveled to take on the North Forsyth Raiders out of the 7A classification. This was the 7th all time meeting between these two schools with the series tied at 3-3. The Dragons were looking to end a tough two game stretch as this was their final game before region play.
Pickens won the toss and elected to take the 2nd half kick off giving the Raiders the ball first. After managing to get one first down on the drive, the Dragons were able to hold the high powered Raider offense and it would be Pickens’ turn with possession. Chris Pittman got the first points of the ball game as he rumbled 60 yards for the score, giving the Dragons a 7-0 lead with 7:53 left in the opening frame. After getting the ball back after another defensive stop, Kelton Gilbert added to the lead for Pickens at the 4:07 mark with a 5 yard run, making it 14-0.
North Forsyth found the end zone for their first points on a 4 yard run at the 2:25 mark to make it 14-7. The Dragons however answered right back with a touchdown of their own as C. Pittman got in from a yard for his 2nd score of the frame, making it 21-7 as we headed to the 2nd quarter. The lone score of the quarter came from the Raiders as they punched it in from 3 yards out, giving us a halftime score of 21-14 Pickens.
The 3rd quarter saw both teams go back and forth, trading possessions. The Raiders again found the only points to be had on a 1 yard run, tying things up at 21 as we went to the 4th and final quarter. The Dragons got their first points of the 2nd half at the 7:27 mark of the 4th quarter after a 29 yard field goal from Rudy Perez, giving Pickens the lead back, 24-21. North Forsyth answered back with a 5 yard touchdown run with 5:41 left, giving them their first lead of the game, 28-24.
Showing fight and determination, the Dragons drove down the field and Jacob Brumby connected with Zach Goss for a 5 yard touchdown with 48 seconds left giving Pickens a 31-28 lead. However, North Forsyth had some magic left of their own and were able to connect on a 42 yard pass with 16 seconds left to take a 35-31 lead. Pickens were unable to get anything on their final drive as the Raiders came away with the win in a back and forth thriller.
Stats against North Forsyth:
15 1st downs, 5/13 on 3rd down, 2/3 on 4th down, 393 total yards on 63 plays, 257 rushing yards, 136 passing yards
Jacob Brumby went 11-19 for 102 yards and 1 touchdown
C.J. Streicher went 1-1 for 34 yards
Chris Pittman led in rushing with 152 yards on 21 carries & 2 td’s, Dylan Huffman rushed for 50 yards on 7 carries, Trevon Hawkins rushed it 4 times for 24 yards, Brumby 6 times for 18 yards, & Kelton Gilbert ran it 5 times for 13 yards and a td
Zach Goss led in receiving with 7 catches for 57 yards and a td, Hawkins had 1 catch for 30 yards, Huffman had 1 catch for 24 yards, C. Pittman had 2 catches for 15 yards, & Streicher had 1 catch for 10 yards
Michael Cain & Will Wotring led with 12 tackles with M. Cain adding a sack, Avery Luke made 10 tackles, Alex Pittman made 7 tackles, Michael Burrell, Michael Casey, & Devin Grant finished with 6 tackles each
C. Pittman punted it 3 times for 129 yards with a 43 yard average, Rudy Perez was 4/4 on PAT’s and 1/1 on field goals with a long of 29
The Dragons finish up their non-region portion of their schedule at 1-3 after facing some tough teams. The combined record of those teams is 11-4. Two of those schools (North Hall, Pepperall), went 7-3 and made the playoffs in 2015, while Chattahoochee & North Forsyth have greatly improved from a year ago. This is all building to what comes next, and that is region play. These next 6 straight games that Pickens have coming up are of the utmost importance.
The first region game just happens to be against a familiar face in the Gilmer Bobcats. This year’s match up will be like last year’s, at Gilmer. Pickens has a bye week next week and will essentially have 2 weeks to prepare for the Bobcats. This showdown will happen on September 30th, at 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
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