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
This past Friday, The Dragons varsity football team traveled to Tunnel Hill to take on the Northwest Whitfield Bruins in a key 7-AAAA region match up. Pickens came into the ball game at 4-0 (1-0 in region), and were looking for their first 5-0 start since 1986.
Pickens won the toss but elected to differ to the 2nd half giving the Bruins the first crack at putting points on the board. The Dragons defense wasted little time making their mark on the game as they forced a turnover inside Bruin terrritory. Not to be outdone, NW Whitfield’s defense forced a turnover on downs giving it right back to their offense. The Bruins found the end zone at the 6:48 mark of the opening quarter after a 5-yd pass but could not convert the PAT and Pickens found themselves down 6-0 after one quarter of play.
The Dragons offense got going at the 7:21 mark of the 2nd quarter after a 15-yd pass from Marcus Byrd to Zack Hermann tied things up and a Ty Chastain PAT made it 7-6. With 8 seconds left in the 1st half, Chastain added to the Pickens lead with a 27-yd field goal making it 10-6 with the Dragons getting the ball first to start the 2nd half. In the 3rd, the Bruins took the lead back at the 7:45 mark after a 16-yd run making it 13-10 as we headed to the 4th.
NW Whitfield added to their lead at the 9:05 mark in the 4th with a 15-yd run making it 20-10. The Bruins tacked on two more scores in the quarter at the 3:16 & 1:13 marks. Byrd tossed a 6-yd touchdown to Caleb Brooks with 15 seconds left in the game giving us a final score of 33-17 Bruins. NW Whitfield is now 4-2 on the season and 2-1 in region play while Pickens is 4-1 and 1-1 in region.
Pickens had 15 first downs, were 5/14 on 3rd down, & 0/2 on 4th down, collected 311 total yards on 63 plays including 273 of those yards coming on the ground
The Dragons defense forced three fumbles and secured all three
Marcus Byrd was 5/10 on the night for 38 yards and 2 touchdowns while adding 120 yards rushing on 13 carries
Chris Pittman finished with 90 yards on 28 carries, & Dillion Gasaway had 45 yards on 10 carries
Zack Hermann led the Dragons in receiving with two catches for 34 yards and a touchdown
Defensively, Kyle west led the way with 13 total tackles, 7 solo, 6 assists, 1 TFL, and 1 sack, Walker Lawrence finished with 9 total tackles, 5 solo, 4 assists, 1 TFL, and two fumble recoveries, while Hermann had 8 tackles on the night
Byrd punted 5 times for a total of 230 yards for an average of 46 yards per punt
Ty Chastian hit 2/2 PAT attempts and went 1/1 on field goal attempts
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