Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team traveled over to Lindale to take on the Pepperell Dragons in what has become the “Battle of the Dragons” over the last several years. This series, dates back to 1958, & was the first time Pickens had gone to Lindale for a game since 1985. Pickens, also came into the game with an 11-game regular season win streak on the line as well.
In the first quarter, Pickens started off with possession, & had a nice drive working. Pickens went for it on 4th down just across mid-field, but was unsuccessful, turning the ball over on downs. Pepperell took over for their first possession, looking to draw first blood. It looked like that was about to happen after a pass play connected, but a quick thinking Pickens’ defender, poked the ball out from behind, & Pickens took over on the 5-yd line. A quick moving 1st quarter ended, with a 0-0 tie.
The 2nd quarter was the complete opposite of the 1st. A lot of scoring. Pepperell started it off with a 25-yd touchdown pass at the 8:57 left in the half. 22 seconds later, Pickens scored on a 69-yd touchdown pass from CJ Streicher to Jarod Whitmore. The PAT was no good however, & Pepperell maintained a 7-6 lead, with 8:35 left in the half. Pepperell got a big return on the ensuing kickoff, and capitalized with a 31-yd touchdown run. The PAT was blocked, & Pepperell held a 13-6 lead with 7:16 left in the half. After a long pass connection from Streicher to Mykel Hand, Streicher finisshed the scoring drive with a 2-yd touchdown run. The PAT was good, & things were all squared at 13, with 5:05 left in the half. Pepperell, got one more score, an 11-yd touchdown pass, just before the end of the half. After one half of play, Pepperell led Pickens, 20-13.
Pepperell had the ball first in the 2nd half, looking to extend their lead over Pickens. Pepperell did just that with a 10-yd touchdown run, giving them a 27-13 lead with 8:15 left in the third. Pickens, had their chances in the 3rd, but were unable to connect on those chances. Pepperell, got another touchdown, this time, a 34-yd run. Going to the 4th, Pepperell held a 34-13 lead over Pickens.
Pickens, found their footing in the 4th quarter as the Streicher/Whitmore duo connected again, this time from 39-yds out, making it 34-20 Pepperell with 11:09 left in the ball game. Pickens, had several more chances in the 4th as the defense stepped up and kept Pickens in striking distance. Late in the game, on 4th down, it looked like Pickens had stopped Pepperell shy of the line to gain. However, it was decided that the ball had just crossed the line, & Pepperell was able to run the clock out the rest of the way. Your final score, 34-20 Pepperell.
Pickens, is now 1-1 on the early season. Next week, they’ll take to the road yet again. This time, they’ll head to Cleveland to take on the White County Warriors. This will be the 45th time both teams have played. The Dragons went 2-0 against White County last season. Defeating them once in the regular season, & once in the playoffs. White County still holds a slim lead in the series, 22-20-2. Kickoff is set for 7:30.
The Pickens High School varsity Dragons football team kicked of their 2019 season last night as they welcomed the Stone Mountain Pirates out of the 3-A classification to Dragons Stadium. It was an exciting night as many fans filled the home side to get a look at the defending 6-AAAA region champs in action. Prior to the game, the youth program all the way from 6u to 11u were recognized. They even got to greet the varsity players as they ran through the banner prior to kick off.
Pickens, got things started with several big runs & their opening drive was capped off by a 1-yd touchdown run by Senior QB CJ Streicher. Defensively, TC Jarrett would come up with a gorgeous interception after the pass attempt by the Pirates was batted around a couple of times. After one quarter of play, the Dragons, held a 7-0 lead. Stone Mountain cut into that lead rather quickly as they scored a 1-yd touchdown themselves just as the 2nd quarter was getting underway. the 2-point conversion was no good for the Pirates & the Dragons still led 7-6, with 11:55 to go in the half. Almost halfway through the 2nd quarter, Streicher found Mykel Hand, who made a great catch in the left corner of the end zone from 18-yds out, to make it 14-6 Dragons with 6:09 left in the half. Streicher would connect with fellow Senior Alex Snelgrove on a 24-yd strike to make it 21-6 Pickens with 2:23 left in the half. Pickens would find points once more as Tucker Lowe, picked off a pass just beyond midfield, & took it all the way for a house call to make it 28-6 Dragons over the Pirates at the half.
The third quarter saw both teams going back and forth fighting through a heavy fog that had made it’s way down to the field. The fog made it tough for both teams as the game remained 28-6 going to the fourth as no scoring occurred in the 3rd. In the 4th, the Pirates made it a little closer as they scored twice in the final frame. The first score of the quarter came after a 40-yd touchdown run. The 2-point conversion was unsuccessful, & the score was now, 28-12 Dragons. Stone Mountain scored one more time just as the fianl horn was sounding to make the final score, Pickens 28 Stone Mountain 18.
With the win, the Dragons extend their regular season win streak to 11 in a row. Pickens, will now look to buckle down on anything they need to correct as they now have two weeks to prepare for their next game. That game, will be on the road in Lindale, Georgia as they take a team that’s become quite familiar over the last couple of seasons, the Pepperell Dragons. Both teams will be coming off bye weeks & if history tells us anything, it’s that this game is sure to be an exciting one. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
This past Friday, the Pickens Dragons, welcomed the Pepperell Dragons to, you guess it, Dragons Stadium, for a non-region showdown. Pepperell, is out of the 2A classification. This was the 11th meeting all time between these two teams dating back to 1958. Pepperell, had gotten the better of Pickens in the first 10 meetings, going 9-0-1. The tie came in the first game in 1958. After a big win over Stone Mountain two weeks ago, the Dragons of Pickens looked to continue the early momentum built in this 2018 season. Prior to the game, Michael Burrell & Haley Aiken were named Mr & Miss PHS for the 2018-19 school year.
The Pepperell Dragons, won the toss, but elected to differ to the 2nd half. That meant the Dragons from Pickens, would get first crack at points. Pepperell collected the first turnover of the game as they picked off a CJ Streicher pass intended for Zach Goss & took it deep inside Pickens territory. The defense for Pickens stepped up after being backed up near their own goal line, & forced Pepperell into a field goal attempt. The field goal attempt was pushed left, & the Dragons of Pickens, would take back over on offense. Last week’s TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Player Of The Week Brady Moore, provided the first points of the game after a 12-yd TD run at the 6:33 mark, making it 7-0 Pickens. Just as the 2nd quarter got underway, Robert Davis took a hand off and plowed his way in from 4-yds out to make it 14-0 Pickens with 11:55 to go in the first half. Streicher, would then barrel his way into the end zone from 12-yds out. Making it 21-0 Pickens over Pepperell, as we hit halftime.
Pepperell, wasted little time to get on the board to start the 3rd quarter. Pepperell used a 13-yd TD pass to score their first points of the game, making it 21-7 Pickens, with 10:48 to go in the 3rd. Pickens answered that score, with a touchdown of their own as Streicher found the end zone for the 2nd time. This score came from 2-yds out, giving Pickens a three score lead, 28-7, with 7:32 left in the 3rd. 3 minutes & 12 seconds later, Streicher again was in the end zone with another 2-yd TD run, giving him three on the evening. Pickens was able to score two points on a conversion after a mishap on the PAT attempt. They led Pepperell 36-7 with 4:20 to go in the 3rd. Pepperell, scored near the end of the 3rd after a 6-yd TD run to make it 36-14 Pickens, going to the 4th. The final score of the night came after a 7-yd TD run for Jarod Whitmore to make what would be your final score, 43-14 Pickens.
First Downs: 21
Third Down: 9-13
Fourth Down: 1-1
Total Yards: 448
Rushing Yards: 382
Passing Yards: 66
Total Takeaways: 2 (1 fumble, 1 interception)
CJ Streicher: 1-2 for 45 yards, 1 catch for 21 yards, 24 rushes, 144 yards, 3 TD, 1 punt for 39 yards
Michael Burrell: 1-1 for 21 yards, 3 rushes, 25 yards, 2 tackles, 1 INT
Trevon Hawkins: 14 rushes, 52 yards, 5 tackles, 1 punt return for 16 yards, 1 kick return for 19 yards
Brady Moore: 6 rushes, 50 yards, 1 TD, 4 tackles, 1 pass breakup
Robert Davis: 9 rushes, 50 yards, 1 TD
Jarod Whitmore: 7 rushes, 41 yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble recovery
Zach Goss: 1 catch for 45 yards
Hunter Hermann: 10 total tackles, 2 TFL
Clayton Holland: 6 total tackles
Kaleb Ray: 6 total tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass breakup
Jay Jones: 5 total tackles
Andrew Macom: 5 total tackles, 1 sack
Logan Joiner: 5/5 on PAT
Jose Sanchez: 6 kickoffs, 5 touch backs
Pickens, will once again be home next Friday as they welcome a former region opponent. The White County Warriors will come to Jasper for another non-region game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30.
This past Friday, the Pickens Dragons varsity football team opened up their 2018 season by welcoming the Pirates of Stone Mountain to the newly upgraded Dragons Stadium. Stone Mountain, is out of region 5 in the 3-A classification. This was the first varsity game on the new turf field for the Dragons that will count on the record books as Pickens hosted Dawson several months ago in a spring scrimmage. Prior to the game, the youth football teams & cheerleaders of Pickens County were recognized as their seasons are just getting underway as well.
The Dragons would receive the ball first to begin the game, & wasted little time pulling out the trick plays. On the first play from scrimmage, Qb C.J. Streicher took the snap, rolled to his left, handed it off to Michael Burrell, who looked to be running a reverse. Instead, Burrell, launched the ball to an open Alex Snelgrove, for a 49-yd gain. Pickens, would then march down the field, & Streicher capped off the opening drive with a 1-yd TD run, to put the Dragons up 7-0, at the 10:46 mark of the 1st. After the Dragons’ defense came up with a stop on the Pirates’ drive, Streicher again found the end zone on a 10-yd TD run to give Pickens a 14-0 lead with 4:48 left in the 1st. The Dragons again found pay dirt after a 44-yd TD pass from Streicher to Burrell to put Pickens up 21-0 with 2:47 left in the opening quarter. The defense for the Dragons wanted in on the scoring & that’s when Brady Moore picked off a pass and took it all the way to the end zone to stretch the lead over Stone Mountain 28-0, as we’d head to the 2nd quarter.
Both teams went back and forth in the 2nd quarter, until the 5:56 mark when the Dragons defense came up with a safety, to make it 30-0. Moore, this time on offense, found the end zone after a 9-yd TD run, making it 37-0, with 5:04 left in the first half. Moore, wanted more as he again found the end zone, this time after a 16-yd TD run, making it 44-0 Dragons, heading into halftime. With a running clock in the 2nd half, the Dragons would put in their younger players to give them some varsity experience. Stone Mountain scored with just over 10 minutes left in the game, & that would be all the scoring in the 2nd half. Your final in this one, Pickens 44 Stone Mountain 6.
First Downs: 11
Third Down: 3 of 6
Total Yards: 426
Total Plays: 42
Avg Per Play: 10.1 yards
Rushing Yards: 262
Yds Per Rush: 10.48
Passing Yards: 164
Passing Attempts: 17
Yds Per Attempt: 10.65
C.J. Streicher: 6-13, 115 yds passing, 1 TD, 1 INT, 63 yds rushing, 2 TD
Michael Burrell: 1-1, 49 yds passing, 40 yds rushing, 44 yds receiving, 1 TD, 3 total tackles, 1 pass break up
Trevon Hawkins: 3 rushes for 81 yds, 11 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks
Brady Moore: 3 rushes, 37 yds, 2 TDs, 1 catch, 26 yds, 2 total tackles, 1 INT, 1 defensive TD
Alex Snelgrove: 1 catch, 49 yds
Hunter Hermann: 11 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
Jay Jones: 6 total tackles
Andrew Macom: 6 total tackles
Clayton Holland: 6 total tackles
Dallas McHale: 4 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery
Sy Chadwick: 4 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack
The Dragons defense held Stone Mountain to just 12 yards rushing on 33 attempts, & just a 136 total yards on 56 plays run.
Pickens, will have next week off, but will be back in action at home on the 31st as they host the Dragons of Pepperell. Pepperell has become a familiar opponent over the last couple of seasons and if any of the previous meetings are any indications, this one will be an exciting one to watch as well. Game time is set for 7:30.
Last Friday, the Pickens Dragons varsity football team took to the road yet again. This time, to take on the 2-A Pepperell Dragons in the “Battle of the Dragons.” This game, was originally scheduled to take place at Pepperell High School, but due to field conditions, the game was moved to Berry College. These two teams met last year in Pickens, with Pepperell coming away the 18-10 victors.
The Dragons in green got things started and wasted little time driving down the field. Pickens ended their opening possession of the game with a 27-yd touchdown strike from Jacob Brumby to Zach Goss, giving the Dragons an early 7-0 lead with 10:03 left in the opening quarter. Pepperell took the lead at the 6:31 mark of the 1st quarter after a 4-yd run & successful two-point conversion giving them an 8-7 advantage. Pickens, took back the lead at the 1:45 mark as Brumby tucked it an ran it for an 11-yd score, giving the Dragons a 13-8 lead going to the 2nd quarter.
Early on in the 2nd quarter, Pepperell regained the lead in this back and forth affair with a 5-yd run at the 11:17 mark to put them up 15-13. Soon after, Robert Davis would scamper to the end zone from 46-yds away at the 9:45 mark to reclaim the lead for the Dragons. The 2-point try would be converted, and Pickens held a 21-15 lead. The final score of the 1st half came at the 5:04 mark as Pepperell connected on a 44-yd field goal. Pickens lead Pepperell going into the break, 21-18.
In the 3rd quarter, Pepperell got the scoring started with another 5-yd TD run to retake the lead 25-21, with 8:27 left in the quarter. Both teams went back and for the rest of the quarter as Pepperell took a 25-21 lead into the 4th and final quarter. At the 11:47 mark of the 4th, Pepperell added to their lead with a 4-yd run to make it 32-21 over Pickens. The Dragons however, wouldn’t go down quietly as the tandem of Brumby & Goss hooked up again at the 8:35 mark, this time, from 19-yds away. That cut the Pepperell lead down to 32-28. The Dragons had a couple of opportunities to take the lead before Pepperell scored at the 3:14 mark with a 7-yd run to make it 39-28. That would be your final as Pepperell took this one, 39-28.
Pickens will finally be at home this Friday as they host the 3-A North Hall Trojans for the home opener. The Dragons will have home games for the next several weeks, with another bye week sprinkled in between before taking to the road again on October 6th.
On Friday evening, the PHS varsity football team traveled to Alpharetta to take on the 6-A Chattahoochee Cougars in the 1st official game of the 2017 season. As you may recall, the Cougars came up to Jasper last year, as Pickens came away with a win their 49-19, their first against an “Atlanta” area school. Last night, the Dragons looked to do it again.
Chattahoochee would win the toss and elect to receive the opening kickoff of the 2017 season. The Dragons were able to make the defensive stop to set up good field position for the offense’s first possession. On the 1st play of the 1st drive of 2017, Pickens pulled out the ole double pass play as Senior QB Jacob Brumby tossed it to Sophomore C.J. Streicher, who then launched it to Junior Trevon Hawkins for a 51-yard gain. Streicher put an end to the drive as he scored from 3-yds out to give the Dragons a 7-0 lead with 9:22 left in the opening quarter. After both teams played hot potato with the football, Pickens added to their lead after an 11-yd TD connection from Brumby to Junior Zach Goss, making it 14-0 with 1:31 left in the opening frame. :28 seconds later, the Cougars found the end zone for the first time on the night scoring on a 36-yd TD run. The ensuing 2-point conversion failed, & Pickens held a 14-6 lead, going to the 2nd.
Chattahoochee again would cut into the Dragons lead with a 22-yd run at the 10:42 mark of the 2nd quarter making it a 14-13 game. The Cougars used momentum gained to surge into the lead after a 27-yd field goal, giving them a 16-14 advantage with 4:26 left in the opening half. Seeing his team needed to take some of the momentum back, Junior RB Robert Davis electrified the away crowd with an incredible 82-yd scamper to the house, giving the Dragons the lead right back, 20-16 with 4:02 left in the 1st half. Pickens would then tack on another touchdown right before half as Brumby tossed his 2nd of the half, this time, to Sophomore Alex Snelgrove from 3-yds out, making it 27-16 Pickens at halftime.
The Dragons got the 2nd half kickoff and wasted little time adding to their two score lead as Davis took this one 94-yds to open the 3rd quarter, & giving Pickens a 34-16 lead over the Cougars. Pickens tacked on more at the 10:35 mark of the 3rd when Hawkins had his own 82-yd TD run, making it 41-16 Dragons. At the 7:05 mark in the 3rd, the 3rd time would be the charm for Davis as he took it in from 5-yds out, making it 47-16 Pickens. Chattahoochee got on the board for the first time in the 2nd half at the 3:44 mark of the 3rd with a 3-yd run to make it 47-24 Dragons. The Cougars cut into the Pickens lead a little more with a 49-yd TD pass, making it 47-30 Dragons going to the 4th & final quarter.
The lone score in the 4th quarter came from Hawkins as he marched in from 7-yds out at the 10:00 mark. Making it 54-30 Pickens. That would be the final score as the Dragons picked up a big road win to begin the season, 54-30 over the 6-A Chattahoochee Cougars. Pickens will have a bye week next week as they prepare for yet another tough road match up on September 1st as they take on 2-A top ten ranked Pepperell Dragons.
Pickens Stats Versus Chattahoochee
21 first downs, 4/8 on 3rd downs, 2/2 on 4th downs. 649 total yards on 61 plays for an average of 10.6 yards per play, 406 rushing yards on 42 carries for a 9.67 ypc average, & 243 passing yards on 19 attempts for a 12.7 average
Jacob Brumby: 11-18, 192 yards, & 2 TD. 61% completion percentage
C.J. Streicher: 1-1, 51 yards, 10 rushes for 50 yards (1TD), & 10 yards receiving on 1 catch (111 total yards)
Robert Davis: 11 rushes, 157 yards, 2 TD, & 2 kick returns for 113 yards & 1 TD (270 total yards)
Trevon Hawkins: 8 rushes, 123 yards, 2 TD, 1 catch for 51 yards, 4 total tackles, & 1 fumble recovery
Zach Goss: 6 catches, 146 yards, & 1 TD
Defensively, the Dragons forced four total turnovers, (2 fumbles & 2 interceptions)
Jay Jones: 11 total tackles, & 1 INT
Hunter Hermann: 9 total tackles
Boz Gayden: 8 total tackles
Michael Burrell: 6 total tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, & 6/8 on PAT
Kaleb Ray: 4 total tackles, & 1 INT
Zach Swaim: 3 total tackles & 1 sack
This past Friday night, The Pickens Dragons varsity football team welcomed the Dragons of Pepperell In a clash of the Dragons. Pepperell is out of 2-AA and was looking to complete their first game of the season after playing two scrimmages and having their first actual game of the season called a no contest due to lightening last week. This was the first meeting between the two schools since the mid 80’s. Prior to the game, the Mr. & Miss PHS court was recognized as Dominic Stephens was selected Mr. PHS & Hunter Harrington was crowned Miss PHS.
Pepperell won the toss and elected to differ to the 2nd half giving the Dragons the first shot at points. While both teams went back and forth with defensive stops, Pickens finally was able to get on the board at the 6:02 mark of the 1st quarter with a 32-yard field goal from Rudy Perez, making it 3-0. Pepperell struck for their first points soon after with a 58-yd pass and catch. The Dragons of Pepperell then got a two-point conversion to make it 8-3 with 3:02 left in the opening quarter. With the score still 8-3 as we went into the 2nd, quarter, Pickens grabbed the lead back after a 5-yd run by Trevon Hawkins, making it 10-8 with 4:21 to go in the 1st half. Pepperell got in after a 2-yd run with 33 seconds left to take a 15-10 lead going into the break.
In the 3rd, both teams again were going back and forth taking turns with possessions but finding no success. Pepperell got the lone points in the 3rd quarter with a 29-yd field goal at the 3:53 mark to stretch their lead out to 18-10. Pickens had several chances in the 4th including one late in the game, but it was not meant to be as the Pepperell Dragons got their first win on the year, 18-10.
Stats for the game.
Pickens had 11 1st downs, went 3-11 on 3rd down, 2-3 on 4th down, ran 52 plays for a total of 239 yards including 108 yards rushing on 37 attempts, and 131 yards passing on 15 attempts
Jacob Brumby went 7-14 for 81 yards & Avery Luke went 1-1 for 50 yards
Chris Pittman led the way rushing with 39 yards on 13 attempts, Trevon Hawkins ran it 5 times for 30 yards and a td, & Brumby ran it 14 times for 27 yards.
Alex Pittman led the receivers with 50 yards on 1 catch, Hawkins caught 3 passes for 46 yards, Zach Goss had 2 catches for 20 yards, & Dylan Huffman had 2 catches for 15 yards
The Pickens defense did all it could on Friday night keeping the Dragons in the ball game till the very end.
Alex Pittman & Will Wotring led the Dragons in tackles, each coming up with 10, Avery Luke had 8 total tackles, Devin Grant & Michael Cain each came up with 6 stops & Cain added a sack, Michael Casey forced the lone turnover on the night for the Dragons defense with an interception to go along with 3 total tackles
C. Pittman punted it 2 times for a total of 85 yards, Huffman returned 5 punts for a total of 47 yards, & Wotring returned 3 kickoffs for a total of 78 yards
Rudy Perez went 1-1 on PAT’s & went 1-2 on field goals
Pickens will now prepare for their first road game of the season next week when they travel to Gainesville to take on the North Hall Trojans in the Brickyard. The Trojans are in the AAA classification and were former region mates of Pickens several years ago. Game time is set for 7:30.