Dragons to battle for third place on Monday

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The Pickens Dragons came into the 6-AAAA Region Tournament semifinals on Friday looking to continue the momentum built on Tuesday with their big quarterfinal win over Ridgeland. To earn a trip to the region championship and host a first State Tournament game, they’d have to get past the Northwest Whitfield Bruins. After a battle, the Bruins took this one 65-47.


The opening quarter, was very closely played with both teams finding success early. Going to the second quarter, Northwest Whitfield took a 15-11 lead.

Will Roland with the basketball

In the second quarter, the game stayed close with both teams trading shots like a heavyweight fight. Both the Dragons and the Bruins scored 17 points in the frame as Northwest Whitfield to a 32-28 lead over Pickens into the break.

Dragons defending the Bruins








In the third quarter, things started to get away from the Dragons a bit as they found very little luck on the offensive end. The Bruins, outscored Pickens 18-7 in the frame to take a 50-35 lead going to the fourth.

Luke Rogers with the basketball

In the fourth, the Dragons attempted to make a comeback, but the Bruins were able to stop any attempts at one and came away with the 65-47 win.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 13 points

Tucker Lowe: 9 points

Luke Rogers: 9 points

Daniel Tetterton: 8 points


The 6-AAAA Boys consolation game had been scheduled for today at 5:30 pm but do to weather, that has now been moved to Monday. The Dragons will battle the Heritage Generals for third place at Southeast Whitfield on Monday. Winner will travel to North Oconee for the first round of the 4A State Tournament.

Dragons win big to secure a state tournament spot

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On Tuesday, Feb, 4, the Pickens Dragons traveled to Dalton to take part in the 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield. Pickens, came into the tournament as the #3 seed and looked to do something they had only done six times in their history. That is, make the state tournament. The Dragons took on the #6 seed Ridgeland Panthers. The first two meetings between the two teams were very close. This time, Pickens picked up an 87-47 win.


In the opening quarter, the Dragons got off to a fast start knocking down shots from both inside and outside the paint. Pickens used that blazing start to amass a 25-12 lead over the Panthers going to the second.

Luke Rogers passing to Noah Sutton

In the second quarter, the Dragons continued their torrid pace they set in the first quarter. Grabbing rebound after rebound, diving for loose balls, and continuing to work hard on both ends of the floor. Pickens, outscored Ridgeland in the second, 21-8, to take a 46-21 lead into the break.

Aidan Sanchez working down low in the paint








The third quarter, was the most back and forth quarter of the game as the Panthers got things going on their end. After a slow start to the second half for the Dragons, they were able to pick it up as well. Ridgeland won the quarter 18-17, but Pickens continued to lead the game going to the fourth, 63-39.

Dragons working defensively against the Panthers

The Dragons ended the ball game strong scoring 24 fourth quarter points and holding the Panthers again to just eight. Pickens also got everyone in for playing time and they were productive as well. For the seventh time in school history, the Dragons punched their ticket to the state tournament with an 87-47 win.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 34 points

Tucker Lowe: 12 points

Luke Rogers: 10 points

Zac Tetterton: 6 points

Owen Moss: 6 points


Pickens, will now turn their attention to the Northwest Whitfield Bruins for the semifinal match up in the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. Winner of that one will earn not only a trip to the region championship, but the all important first round home game in the 4A state tournament. Game time is set for Thursday at 5:30 pm.

Dragons fall in another tough region game

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The Pickens Dragons (16-7, 6-5) took to the road on Friday night  to take on the Northwest Whitfield Bruins in a 6-AAAA region contest. Coming into the game, the Bruins held the 2nd seed, while the Dragons occupied the 3rd seed. Northwest Whitfield, came away with the win, 75-53.


In the first quarter, the Bruins came out on a 9-0 run to start the game. Pickens, got things going after that with buckets by Owen Moss, Noah Sutton, and a three pointer by Tucker Lowe to cut it to 9-7. A Moss jumper got the Dragons within one at 12-11. Northwest Whitfield made a bucket to close the quarter to take a 14-11 lead into the second.

Dragons trying to get the offense going

Early in the second quarter, a couple of Will Roland buckets cut the Bruins lead down to three on a couple of occasions. After a three by Northwest Whitfield, Luke Rogers cut it to 21-17 with a bucket. After both teams traded buckets, Northwest Whitfield went on a 4-0 run to make it 32-21 at the half.

Pickens playing defense in the second half








Pickens opened up the second half with a 4-0 run to cut the Bruins lead to 32-25. Northwest Whitfield responded with a 10-0 run to make it 42-25. A free throw by Lowe and buckets by Ean Goodwin and Sutton made it 42-30. After trading buckets for a bit, the Bruins closed the third with a 7-0 run to make it 55-35 going to the fourth.

Owen Moss driving in the lane

The fourth quarter, was pretty close scoring wise as the Dragons got a good run in the middle of the frame thanks to Lowe, Sutton, and Rogers. Northwest Whitfield came away with this one, 75-53.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 15 points

Tucker Lowe: 11 points

Luke Rogers: 8 points

Will Roland: 7 points


6-AAAA Boys Standings:

Lafayette: 20-2 (11-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 14-10 (9-2)

Pickens: 16-7 (6-5)

Heritage: 10-14 (6-6)

Gilmer: 9-9 (5-6)

Ridgeland: 6-16 (2-9)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-23 (0-11)


Pickens, will be back at it on Saturday afternoon as they head to Adairsville to take on the Tigers in non-region play. Tip off for this one is set for 5:30 pm.

Pickens Dragons fall to rival Gilmer Bobcats

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The Pickens Dragons (16-6, 6-4) hosted the Gilmer Bobcats (9-8, 5-5) in 6-AAAA play for the final time for a while on Tuesday night. The first region match up saw Pickens come away winners after a pair of last second free throws. Gilmer, had other plans for this game as they picked up a 68-47 win.


In the first quarter, the Bobcats got off to a fast start with back to back three pointers to take a 6-0 lead. Owen Moss hit a jumper to make it 6-2, then Tucker Lowe hit a free throw to make it 6-3. Gilmer hit a jumper to make it 8-3, then Noah Sutton hit back to back shots to make it 8-7 Bobcats. From then on Gilmer outscored the Dragons 12-4 to take a 20-11 lead going to the second.

Owen Moss looking to inbound the ball for Pickens

The second quarter, saw the Bobcats break things open a bit as they began the frame with an 8-0 run to make it 28-11. The Dragons, outscored Gilmer 6-5 the rest of the quarter, however the Bobcats were able to take a 33-17 lead into the break.

Gilmer running a play in the second quarter








In the third quarter, Gilmer opened up the frame with a three pointer to make it 36-17. After trading a couple of buckets and free throws, the Dragons went on a 7-0 run after buckets by Ean Goodwin, Luke Rogers, and a three pointer by Lowe to cut the Bobcat lead down to 39-27. Gilmer ended that run with an 8-0 run to make it 47-27. Pickens went on a 4-0 run to close the quarter as the Bobcats took a 47-31 lead into the fourth.

Tucker Lowe making a move into the lane

The Dragons, continued the run they started at the end of the third quarter with three free throws to start the fourth to make it 47-34. The Bobcats used a 5-0 run to make it 52-34. Gilmer, came away with the win 68-47 and the region season split.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Tucker Lowe: 14 points

Noah Sutton: 13 points

Luke Rogers: 8 points

Ean Goodwin: 6 points


Leading the way for the Bobcats were:

Braddy Jenkins: 28 points

Brady Sanford: 14 points

Cade Carter: 13 points

Lewis Mulkey: 8 points


6-AAAA Boys Standings

Lafayetter: 19-2 (10-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 12-10 (8-2)

Pickens: 16-6 (6-4)

Gilmer: 9-8 (5-5)

Heritage: 9-14 (5-6)

Ridgeland: 6-16 (2-9)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-22 (0-10)


Pickens, will head to Northwest Whitfield on Friday to take on the Bruins in 6-AAAA action. A win for the Dragons would help create a little separation between them and Gilmer as you see in the standings above. Pickens does have sweeps of Heritage and Ridgeland on their side whereas Gilmer has been swept by Heritage. Tip off for the Dragons and Bruins is set for 8:30 pm.

Comeback attempt falls short for dragons against bruins

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After getting a much needed win on Friday against Southeast Whitfield, the Pickens Dragons (12-4, 4-2) looked to carry that momentum into their game against the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins (7-4, 5-1). As was the case in the girls game, this game had 2nd place in the region on the line with both teams at 4-1.


In the first quarter, both teams traded buckets as the Dragons got early buckets from Luke Rogers and Tucker Lowe. Northwest Whitfield went on a 5-0 run, to take a 9-4 lead. Ean Goodwin then nailed a three pointer to cut that lead down to 9-7. It would be a quarter of runs as the Bruins went on a 6-0 run, then Pickens would go on a 5-0 run. Going to the second, Northwest Whitfield held a 23-14 lead.

Dragons running a play on offense

In the second quarter, the Dragons kept trying to chip away before the half, but the Bruins seemed to have a counter for everything. Northwest Whitfield, outscored Pickens 16-11 in the frame, to take a 39-25 lead into the break.

Tucker Lowe attempting a three








In the third quarter, the Dragons cut the Bruins lead down to 10 after a bucket from Owen Moss. Northwest Whitfield, would go on a 9-0 run to stretch their lead out to 53-34. Pickens went on a 4-0 run to end the third as the Bruins took a 58-42 lead into the fourth.

Dragons defending Northwest Whitfield

In the fourth quarter, the Dragons tried to make a furious comeback. Down 20 at one point in the third, Pickens cut the lead down to 10. Pickens would get it down to single digits, but the Bruins held on to get the win, 71-62.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Luke Rogers: 15 points

Noah Sutton: 15 points

Tucker Lowe: 12 points


6-AAAA Boys Standings:

Lafayette: 14-2 (6-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 7-4 (5-1)

Pickens: 12-4 (4-2)

Heritage: 7-10 (3-3)

Gilmer: 6-7 (2-3)

Ridgeland: 4-11 (1-5)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-17 (0-6)


On Tuesday, the Dragons will be on the road as they take on the Heritage Generals. Third place will be on the line in this one. Earlier in the season, Pickens picked up a win over the Generals by a score of 52-45. Tip off for this one is set for 7:30 pm.

Dragons end skid with big region win

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The Pickens Dragons (12-3, 4-1 Region 6-AAAA) ended 2019 on a tough note by dropping games to Sonoraville and Lassiter. On Friday night, Jan. 3, 2020, they looked to get back on track as they hosted the Southeast Whitfield Raiders (0-17, 0-6) in a region battle.

To start the first quarter, the Dragons went on an 8-0 run with three made shots from Noah Sutton and one from Ean Goodwin. The rest of the frame was back-and-forth as Pickens outscored Southeast Whitfield 8-7 to take a 16-7 lead going to the second quarter.

In the second quarter, after a pair of made free throws by the Raiders, Pickens went on another 8-0 run fueled by Sutton and Luke Rogers. Later in the quarter, the Dragons went on an 11-0 run with Sutton making a couple of shots, Whit Pierce making a shot, Tucker Lowe hitting a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws, and Aidan Sanchez hitting a free throw to cap off the run. Going into the half, Pickens led Southeast Whitfield, 36-13.

In the third quarter, Sutton and Goodwin led a 6-0 run for the Dragons to make it 42-13 early. Later in the third, Owen Moss went on a personal 6-0 run with two made shots and a pair of free throws. To close out the quarter, Sanchez connected on a layup to make it 55-17 Pickens going to the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter was shortened but productive for the Dragons as Clay Shoffer made two made shots, Will Roland connected on a shot, Daniel Tetterton made a shot, Spencer Moody made a free throw, and Hayes Pickett made two shots. The final in this one was 68-22 to Pickens.

Leading the way for the Dragons were: Noah Sutton (22 points), Luke Rogers (10 points), Owen Moss (nine points), and Tucker Lowe (six points).

Pickens will be back on the court Saturday, Jan. 4, as the Northwest Whitfield Bruins come to Jasper for an afternoon tilt. Both teams are close in the region and this game will be crucial to the standings going forward. Tip-off is set for 4:30.

Dragons Run Past Bruins For Big Region Win

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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.


6-AAAA Standings:\

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.

Dragons Win 4th Straight, Defeat Dalton

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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

Dragons Pull Off Big Region Win On The Road Against Northwest Whitfield

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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.

Dragons Shut Down Generals To Move To 7-0

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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

PAT: 6-7

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


6-AAAA Standings:

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.

Despite 35 From Bishop, Dragons Drop Game Against Bruins

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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.

Dragons Fall To Gilmer In Tough Rivalry Game, Host Bruins on Friday Night

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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.

Dragons Fall Just Short In Comeback Attempt Against Gilmer

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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.

Dragons Now 8-0 After Big Road Win Over Northwest Whitfield

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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.


Region Standings:

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

Takeaways: 1

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.

Dragons Get Win Over Northwest Whitfield In Series Opener

PHS Baseball, Team FYN Sports

Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Northwest Whitfield Bruins to Dragons Field to begin their 3-game set. Pickens, came into this game 8-5 overall, but more importantly, 3-0 in region play after sweeping the Gilmer Bobcats to start region play. The Bruins, went 2-1 against Southeast Whitfield, & dropped all three games against Heritage in close fashion.


Caswell Smith took to the mound to start for the Dragons and pitched very well. Smith would strikeout 2 Bruins batters to begin the game. Pickens, had an early chance to put some runs on the board, but would leave two runners stranded to send us to the 2nd, still scoreless. Smith would add to his strikeout total in the top of the 2nd, giving him 3 in two innings. Smith then led off the bottom of the frame with a single, but the Dragons would not be able to score as we’d head to the 3rd, still tied at 0.


In the bottom of the 3rd, Pickens broke through and broke the tie after a 2-out RBI single from Jace Franklin brought in Dylan Huffman. Going to the top of the 4th, the Dragons held a 1-0 lead over the Bruins. Smith, struck out 2 in the 4th, bringing his total to 7 for the game, & keeping the lead at 1-0 in favor of Pickens. In the bottom of the 4th, the Dragons again did damage with 2-out as Brady Moore had a 2 RBI triple, & Joseph Gossett would follow that up with an RBI single to stretch the lead to 4-0 over Northwest Whitfield, going to the 5th.


We pick up the action in the top of the 6th, as Northwest Whitfield got on the board, and cut the Dragons lead in half. Isaiah Payne came on in relief of Smith, & needed 1 pitch to get out of the 6th. In the the top of the 7th, Payne was able to end any potential game tying threats by the Bruins, and sealed the win for Pickens, 4-2.



Caswell Smith: 5 2/3rd innings, 9K, 2R, 2ER, 110 pitches, & 1-3 with a single

Isaiah Payne: 1 /1/3rd innings, 1K, 20 pitches

Brady Moore: 1-3 with a walk, a triple, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Joseph Gossett: 1-2 with a HBP, a single, & 1 RBI

Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a walk, a single, & 1 RBI

Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a single, & 1 run scored

Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a double, & 1 run scored

Evan Jones: 1 run scored


These two teams will play again tomorrow at Northwest Whitfield in game two of the three game set. First pitch set for 5:55.

Dragons Season Ends At 6-AAAA Region Tournament

PHS Basketball, Team FYN Sports

Last night, it was the Dragons varsity basketball team’s turn to head to Dalton to start their region tournament, also being held at Southeast Whitfield. Pickens, came into the tournament as the #7 seed, & they would be taking on the #2 seed, Northwest Whitfield Bruins in the opening round.


The beginning of the 1st quarter saw the Dragons get out to a quick start. Midway through the frame both teams were going back and forth with each other, trading buckets. Northwest Whitfield took the lead heading to the 2nd, 22-15. In the 2nd, the Bruins stretched their lead a bit, but Pickens still found itself within striking distance. Using a 19-13 quarter advantage, Northwest Whitfield took a 41-28 lead into the break.


The 3rd quarter, was not kind to Pickens. Nothing would fall for the Dragons as the Bruins stretched their lead out more. A 20-6 quarter run by Northwest Whitfield, gave them a 61-34 lead over Pickens going to the 4th. The Bruins came away with this one, 83-49.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 18 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal (named to All-Region Team)

Chase Simmons: 10 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 8 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds

Zach Goss: 5 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, & 2 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 4 points, 7 assists, & 1 steal

Austin Adams: 2 points, & 2 rebounds

Hayes Pickett: 1 point, & 2 rebounds

Tucker Lowe: 1 point


The Dragons, will be graduating 6 seniors from this season’s team. To Hunter Fowler, Joseph Gossett, Keinyuan Hooks, Avonta Johnson, Evan Jones, & Chase Simmons, TeamFYNSports thanks you for all you’ve done during your time at PHS, & good luck to you in the future!

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