Jasper, GA — The Dragons knew coming into this game that they needed a win. They were playing host to the top team in the region, Northwest Whitfield, sitting one game back of them in the standings. The Dragons, after last week’s heart wrenching loss to Heritage, knew they had to come out with intensity and determination to get a win in front of the home crowd.
Pickens won the opening toss and elected to receive the ball. 1:30 into the game, Pickens struck with a 39-yd touchdown run by Jarod Whitmore, to make it 7-0 Dragons with 10:30 to go in the opening quarter. The two teams would trade possessions until the 3:09 mark of the 1st when Northwest Whitfield scored on a 20-yd screen pass to tie it up at 7 a piece, going to the 2nd.
In the 2nd quarter, the defense was on display for the majority of the frame. The lone score of the quarter came after a 6-yd touchdown run by CJ Streicher, to put the Dragons up on the Bruins, 14-7, going into the break.
With their first possession of the 2nd half, Northwest Whitfield was able to drive down the field, but the Dragon defense held them to a field goal attempt. The 36-yd field goal attempt by the Bruins was successful, & that cut the Pickens lead down to 14-10. An 8-yd touchdown run by Whitmore, stretched the Dragon lead out to 21-10, with 3:25 to go in the 3rd. We would end the 3rd with Pickens ahead by that score of 21-10, and they were driving to add more going to the 4th.
Twenty-four seconds into the 4th quarter, Streicher found the end zone for the 2nd time on the evening with a 3-yd touchdown run. That score, extended the Dragons lead over Northwest Whitfield to 28-10. Not to be outdone, Whitmore was able to score for a 3rd time on the night after a 14-yd run, making it 35-10. Pickens would pick off a pass towards the end of the game to seal a much needed win, 35-10.
Heritage: 6-2 (3-1)
Pickens: 5-3 (3-1)
Northwest Whitfield: 5-2 (2-1)
Ridgeland: 3-4 (2-1)
Gilmer: 3-4 (1-2)
LaFayette: 3-5 (1-3)
Southeast Whitfield: 0-7 (0-3)
Offensively, Pickens didn’t attempt a pass play. Defensively, the Dragons played what could be considered their best all around game of the season. The Dragons now find themselves tied with Heritage atop the region standings as seen above. Heritage has the slight advantage due to their win over Pickens. Next week for the Dragons, a long road trip up to Ridgeland High School to take on the Panthers. This one will also be big for many reasons. 1. to keep up with Heritage, & 2. to move one step closer to possibly securing a home playoff game. Kickoff for this game in Rossville is set for 7:30 pm.
Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Dalton Catamounts at Dragons Field in non-region action. Dalton, is out of the 6-A classification. On Thursday, these two teams met in Dalton, & Pickens came away with a 7-3 win. The Dragons came in, looking for a home & home sweep.
Starter Will Lawrence, got off to a great start in the top of the 1st, striking out two Catamounts. Pickens, got off to an even better start offensively as Brady Moore led off the bottom half of the inning with a home run, & Tyler Vreeland knocked in Caswell Smith with an RBI double. Going to the 2nd, the Dragons held a 2-0 lead over Dalton.
In the 2nd, Lawrence added to his strikeout total, collecting two more, but Dalton was able to cut the Dragon lead in half, 2-1. Pickens, had a potential 2-out threat emerging, but the Catamounts were able to end the inning & send us to the 3rd.
The 3rd inning saw back and forth action. In the top of the frame, Dalton took their first lead of the game by scoring two runs, making it 3-2. The Dragons, were able to counter back, with 4 runs. Smith with a 2-run home run (his 9th), & getting an RBI from Lawrence & Chad Pacas to make it 6-3 Pickens, going to the 4th.
The 5th inning, saw ten total runs scored between the two teams. In the top of the inning, the Catamounts scored 5 times to retake the lead from the Dragons, 8-6. In the bottom half of the inning, it was the Dragons turn to score 5 runs led by Moore with an RBI single, & Smith with a 2-RBI double. Going to the 6th, Pickens led Dalton, 11-8.
In the bottom of the 6th, the Dragons added an insurance run when Lawrence, drove in Jarod Whitmore to make it 12-8. Pacas came in for the top of the 7th, & shut the Catamounts down to give Pickens the 12-8 win.
Next week, the Dragons will begin their biggest series of the season as they take on the Northwest Whitfield Bruins in a 3-game set. Pickens: 16-7 (9-3) & Northwest Whitfield: 15-5 (9-3) are tied atop the 6-AAAA standings & the winner of the series will be in the drivers seat as far as the region championship is concerned. Game one of the 3-game set will be in Tunnel Hill at Northwest Whitfield. First pitch set for 5:30.
Brady Moore: 3-4 with a home run, 2 singles, 1 RBI, & 3 runs scored
Caswell Smith: 2-2 with a home run, a double, 2 walks, 4 RBI, & 2 runs scored
Tyler Vreeland: 3-4 with a double, 2 singles, & 1 RBI
Colby James: 2-4 with 2 singles & 2 runs scored
Will Lawrence: 2-4 with 2 singles, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored
Austin Chester: 1 walk
Chad Pacas: 2-3 with 2 singles, a walk, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Hunter White: 1-4 with a single
Jacob Kirchoff: 1-2 with a single, a walk, & 1 run scored
Jarod Whitmore: 2 runs scored
The Dragons, came into this game looking to avenge a loss from earlier in the season, & to try and rebound after a tough last second loss in Ellijay on Tuesday night.
In the first quarter of this one, it was the away team that got out to the quick start as Pickens jumped out to a 9-2 lead early on. As the quarter came to a close, the Dragons kept their early lead, and took a 16-12 advantage over Northwest Whitfield going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Bruins got things going on their end outscoring Pickens 25-14, to take a 37-30 lead going into the break.
Pickens came back in the 3rd quarter & cut into the Bruins lead, keeping it within striking distance. The Dragons, outscored Northwest Whitfield 18-17 in the frame as the Bruins held a 54-48 lead going to the 4th. In the 4th, the Pickens offense exploded. The Dragons, using a 30-17 run in the final quarter, took this one away from Northwest Whitfield & picked up the win, 78-71.
Seth Bishop: 22 points, 4 assists, 13 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks
Tucker Lowe: 21 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds
Zach Goss: 14 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Hunter Hermann: 10 points, 6 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 steals
Brady Moore: 6 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds
Owen Moss: 4 points, 2 assist, 1 rebound
Alex Snelgrove: 1 point, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Like the Nettes’, the Dragons will also be in Dalton later today as they take on the Christian Heritage Lions in non-region action. Tip off scheduled for 5:30.
After the girls game, it was time for the Dragons to take the floor against the Bobcats. Like the Lady Cats, the Bobcats came in 2nd in the region, with Pickens a little further back in 6th, but still with time to make some noise prior to the region tournament.
Much like the game before this one, both teams traded buckets with one another the entire first quarter. Gilmer, took a 13-11 lead going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, it remained close towards the end of the half when the Bobcats made a run. Gilmer, outscored the Dragons 21-12 to take a 34-23 lead into the break.
The scoring in the 3rd quarter remained close as the Bobcats barely outscored Pickens 12-11, but in the process stretched their lead by one, 46-34, going to the 4th & final quarter. In the 4th, the Dragons made a furious comeback. Down 12 to start the quarter, Pickens outscored the Bobcats 18-7 in the frame. As the clock was draining down to the final seconds, the Dragons had three opportunities for the the game winning shot. However, the shots wouldn’t fall, & the Bobcats escaped with a 53-52 win.
Seth Bishop: 23 points, 2 assists, 14 rebounds, 3 steals
Tucker Lowe: 12 points, 3 assists, 1 steal
Zach Goss: 11 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds
Hunter Hermann: 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
Owen Moss: 2 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block
The Dragons, will look to shake off that tough defeat as they head to Northwest Whitfield to take on the Bruins in another region match up. Tip off scheduled for 8:30.
After the Nettes’ fell in a tough game against the Lady Bruins, the Dragons took on the Bruins in the night cap of this varsity doubleheader, looking to split the games on the evening.
The Dragons, came out with a big time sense of energy and it showed as they got off to a nice lead over the Bruins. Using that nice start, Pickens took a 17-12 lead going to the 2nd. The 2nd quarter saw an action packed, fast paced, high scoring frame. Northwest Whitfield, outscored the Dragons 26-19, to take a 38-36 lead into the break.
The 3rd quarter, saw the Bruins continue their momentum from the 2nd quarter as they outscored Pickens 28-16, to take a 66-52 lead going to the 4th. Northwest Whitfield would hold on in the 4th to get the win, 87-68.
Seth Bishop: 35 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds, 1 block
Zach Goss: 10 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 blocks
Owen Moss: 9 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Tucker Lowe: 7 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
Brady Moore: 5 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks
Alex Snelgrove: 2 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block
Pickens, will be on the road in Dalton on Tuesday as they take on the Southeast Whitfield Raiders in the final region match up of 2018. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
After the exciting girls game finished, it would be the guys turn as the Dragons hosted the Gilmer Bobcats. Much like the Lady Cats, the Bobcats came into the game 8-1 on the season. Pickens, came in looking to gain some momentum by defeating their rival, & moving to 2-2 in region play.
In the first, both teams traded bucket for bucket, going back and forth. Gilmer, was able to gather a 15-14 lead over the Dragons, going to the 2nd. The 2nd quarter, was much like the 1st quarter as it was very much even at times. While the Bobcats outscored Pickens 19-16 in the frame, the Dragons remained in striking distance going to the half down 34-30.
In the 3rd, the defense for the Bobcats picked up a bit. Gilmer, outscored the Dragons 22-14 in the 3rd, to stretch their lead to 56-44, going to the 4th. Gilmer, used a 16-7 4th quarter run to seal the win, 72-51.
Zach Goss: 20 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 1 block
Seth Bishop: 12 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal
Tucker Lowe: 9 points (3 three point shots), 1 assist, 2 rebounds
Brady Moore: 5 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds
Owen Moss: 2 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds
Noah Sutton: 2 points, 2 rebounds
Alex Snelgrove: 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
The Dragons, will be back at home on Friday as they host the Northwest Whitfield Bruins. Tip off scheduled for 8:30 pm.
This past Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team traveled to Northwest Whitfield to take on the Bruins in a crucial region ball game. The past couple of seasons, the Bruins have gotten the better of the Dragons, winning the last 3 match ups. Pickens looked to end that streak & stay atop the 6-AAAA standings.
The Northwest Whitfield Bruins got the ball first on offense. The Dragon defense came out aggressive & forced the Bruins to punt. The first possession for Pickens ended with 6 as the offense drove down the field, & the drive was capped off by a 2-yd TD run for CJ Streicher to put the Dragons ahead, 7-0, with 7:53 left in the opening quarter. The Dragon defense again came up with a big stop, & gave the offense good field position to work with. Pickens again marched down the field & would score after a 2-yd TD pass from Streicher to Hunter Hermann, who was all alone in the back of the end zone. Going to the 2nd quarter, the Dragons held a 14-0 advantage.
In the 2nd, the Dragons added to their lead after the defense again set them up with prime field position & Robert Davis would find the end zone from 4-yds out, to give Pickens a 21-0 lead, with 7:43 left in the 1st half. Streicher scored his 2nd rushing TD of the game 6:14 mark of the 2nd quarter to make it 28-0. This score, again was set up by a swarming defense. After a big kick off return, the Bruins got their first points of the game after a 9-yd run at the 5:05 mark of the 2nd. Northwest Whitfield tried to catch the Dragons off guard by using the swinging gate formation & tried to go for 2, but Pickens had it figured out from the start & stopped it. Giving us a score of 28-6. Just before the first half came to an end, the Dragons looked to add to their lead and add to it they did. Streicher connected with Zach Goss from 34-yds out to give Pickens a 35-6 lead at the break.
The Dragons, got the ball to start the 2nd half, & wasted little time picking up where they left off in the first half. Streicher & Goss hooked up for the 2nd time on the night, this time from 53-yds out. Pickens, took a 41-6 lead with 10:02 left in the 3rd. Davis, got his 2nd score of the night at the 5:50 mark of the 3rd as he was able to get in from 5-yds out, to make it 48-6. Another good kick off return by the Bruins helped set them up for a score as they got in after a 6-yd pass to make it 48-13 Dragons going to the 4th.
Pickens, got the only points in the 4th as Jarod Whitmore got past several Bruin defenders to score from 20-yds out. The final score in this one would be 55-13, Pickens.
Pickens: 8-0 (4-0)
Ridgeland: 5-2 (3-0)
Heritage: 3-5 (2-2)
NW Whitfield: 4-3 (1-2)
SE Whitfield: 3-4 (1-2)
LaFayette: 4-4 (1-3)
Gilmer: 0-7 (0-3)
1st Downs: 20
3rd Down: 7/10
4th Down: 2/2
Total Yards: 540
Rush Yards: 363
Pass Yards: 177
CJ Streicher: 8/12 for 177 yards, 3 TD’s, 16 rushes, 80 yards, 2 TD’s, 1 punt, 35 yards
Robert Davis: 14 rushes, 104 yards, 2 TD’s
Brady Moore: 6 rushes, 48 yards, 5 tackles, 4 solo
Anthony Jones: 2 rushes, 39 yards
Trevon Hawkins: 4 rushes, 34 yards, 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 2 pass break ups
Jarod Whitmore: 2 rushes, 21 yards, 1 TD
Zach Goss: 2 catches, 87 yards, 2 TD’s
Kaleb Ray: 3 catches, 38 yards, & 4 tackles, 1 pass break up
Michael Burell: 1 catch, 34 yards, & 1 pass break up
Alex Snelgrove: 1 catch, 16 yards, & 2 tackles, 1 interception
Hunter Hermann: 1 catch, 2 yards, 1 TD & 7 tackles, 1 pass break up
Clayton Holland: 6 tackles
Dallas McHale: 6 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 pass break up
Andrew Macom: 4 tackles
Jose Sanchez: 7/7 on PAT
Next week, the Dragons will host the Ridgeland Panthers. This game, will more than likely determine the region champion for 6-AAAA. Kick off is set to start at 7:30.
Last Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team, fresh off being named the High 5 Sports Team of the Week, hosted the Heritage Generals in a big 6-AAAA region match up. This was a big game for Pickens, not just because of the region implications,but because the Generals have come away the victors in the last two meetings.
The Generals, won the toss and wanted the ball to start the game on offense. The Dragon defense, would force a General punt attempt. Heritage, went for a fake punt, but Pickens had it sniffed out, & gave the Dragons offense good field position for their first possession of the game. That possession ended with a touchdown for Pickens as Junior QB CJ Streicher got in from 2-yds out, to make it 7-0 Dragons with 5:35 left in the first quarter. Pickens added to their lead just before the end of the 1st quarter after a 22-yd TD run from Michael Burrell, to make it 14-0 Dragons, going to the 2nd.
Pickens got back to work just 58 seconds into the 2nd quarter as Streicher lofted one up for Zach Goss, who made a great adjustment on the ball, and scored from 24-yds out to make it 21-0 with 11:02 left in the first half. Last week’s #TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Player of the Week Trevon Hawkins added to the lead for Pickens with a 1-yd TD run to make it 27-0 Dragons with 9 minutes left in the 1st half. Much like the 1st quarter, the Dragons got points just before the end of the 2nd when Streicher tossed one up for Goss in the back of the end zone for a 6-yd TD to make it 34-0 Pickens over Heritage as we hit the half.
The only score in the 3rd quarter came from the Dragons, who got the ball first to start the 2nd half. Brady Moore capped off the drive with a 1-yd TD run to make it 41-0 Pickens going to the 4th. The only score in the 4th quarter also came from the Dragons as Dawson Turner scampered in from 6-yds out to make it 48-0. Your final score, 48-0 Pickens over Heritage.
Total Yards: 437
Passing Yards: 139
Rushing Yards: 298
Takeaways: 2 interceptions
CJ Streicher: 9-12, 139 yards, 2 TD, 11 rushes, 88 yards, 1 TD, 1 punt for 45 yards
Michael Burrell: 8 rushes, 90 yards, 1 TD, 1 catch, 19 yards
Dawson Turner: 4 rushes, 33 yards, 1 TD
Trevon Hawkins: 3 rushes, 29 yards, 1 TD, 5 total tackles, 1 pass break up
Brady Moore: 9 rushes, 29 yards, 1 TD, 4 total tackles, 1 pass break up
Zach Goss: 3 catches, 57 yards, 2 TD’s
Hunter Hermann: 9 total tackles, 1 pass break up
Dallas McHale: 7 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 pass break up
Andrew Macom: 6 total tackles, 1 pass break up
Jay Jones: 5 total tackles, 1 interception
Kaleb Ray: 1 interception
Bailey Dispain: 1-1 on PAT
Jose Sanchez: 5-6 on PAT
Pickens: 7-0 (3-0)
Ridgeland: 4-2 (2-0)
NW Whitfield: 4-2 (1-1)
Heritage: 2-5 (1-2)
LaFayette: 4-3 (1-2)
SE Whitfield: 3-4 (1-2)
Gilmer: 0-6 (0-2)
Next Week, the Dragons will take to the road to take on the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield in another major game that’ll have big implications heading towards the final stretch of the regular season. Kick off is set for 7:30 pm.