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 head into region tournament on a high note

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The Pickens Dragons (17-8, 7-5) came into their game last night against the Southeast Whitfield Raiders (0-25, 0-12) looking to create some big momentum after falling in their previous three games. Create momentum is exactly what the Dragons did as they took home the win, 86-51.

In the first quarter, the Dragons got off to a hot start with threes by Owen Moss, Tucker Lowe, and Will Roland to go up 9-1. The rest of the quarter, the Raiders outscored Pickens 16-11, but the Dragons held the lead 20-17 going to the second quarter.

Dragons on offense in the 1st quarter

In the second quarter, after Southeast Whitfield cut the Dragon lead down to 22-21, Pickens went on an 8-0 run to make it 30-21. Later in the quarter, the Dragons went on a 7-0 run courtesy of threes by Luke Rogers, Ean Goodwin, and a free throw by Noah Sutton to make it 37-22. Pickens outscored the Raiders 12-7 for the remainder of the frame to take a 49-29 lead into the half.

Pickens trapping on defense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter saw the Dragons continue to extend their lead over the Raiders getting buckets from Moss, Lowe, Sutton, Rogers, Roland, and Daniel Tetterton. Outscoring Southeast Whitfield 28-14 in the frame, Pickens took a 77-43 lead into the fourth.

Dragons in-bounding the ball in the fourth quarter

In the fourth, the Dragons closed the game by outscoring the Raiders 9-8. Four of those nine points came from Hays Pickett. Pickens picked up a much needed win, 86-51.

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Owen Moss: 19 points (five threes made)

Noah Moss: 18 points

Tucker Lowe: 16 points (four threes) 11 assists

Will Roland: 9 points

Hays Pickett: 7 points

Pickens, finishes the regular season 17-8 overall and 7-5 in region play. The Dragons, will be the 3rd seed in next week’s 6-AAAA region tournament and take on the 6th seeded Ridgeland Panthers in the 1st round on Tuesday. The game will be played at Southeast Whitfield and has a tip off time of 6 pm.

Dragons sweep Panthers after close game

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The Pickens Dragons (14-4, 6-2) got a big win on Tuesday against Heritage on the road. Last night, they looked to treat the home crowd in the Dragons Den to another win when they took on the Ridgeland Panthers (5-13, 1-7) in a 6-AAAA match up. The last meeting between these two teams came down to the wire in Rossville, with the Dragons picking up the win. This one, would be tightly played as well.

 

Pickens, got off to a 7-0 start in the first quarter getting four points from Owen Moss, two points from Noah Sutton, and a free throw from Luke Rogers. The Panthers, countered that 7-0 run with a 7-0 run themselves to tie things up. The two teams traded buckets for the rest of the quarter with the Dragons getting a late bucket from Moss to take a 13-11 lead into the second.

Dragons looking for a shot on offense

In the second quarter, the game remained close with both the Dragons and Panthers taking turns holding slim leads. Pickens, went on a 7-0 run in the middle of the with a three by Tucker Lowe, and buckets from Sutton and Moss to take a 27-20 lead. Ridgeland closed the half on a 5-2 run as Pickens took a 29-25 lead into the break.

Dragons defending the drive inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third, the Dragons started the quarter off with an 8-0 run fueled by five quick points by Ean Goodwin. Pickens, went on to hold a lead as high as 14 in the third. The Panthers, went on a 5-0 run to end the third and cut the Dragons lead down to 47-39 going to the fourth.

Dragons looking to in-bound the ball

In the fourth, after two free throws from Sutton gave Pickens a 49-39 lead, Ridgeland made their move. Using an 11-0 run, the Panthers took a 50-49 lead. The Dragons counter punched and went on a 9-0 run with help from Sutton, Lowe, and Will Roland to put Pickens back up 58-50. Pickens, held on and got the win over the Panthers, 59-55.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 22 points

Tucker Lowe: 16 points

Owen Moss: 12 points

Ean Goodwin: 5 points

 

6-AAAA Boys Basketball Standings:

Lafayette: 16-2 (7-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 10-8 (7-1)

Pickens: 14-4 (6-2)

Gilmer: 7-7 (3-4)

Heritage: 7-12 (3-5)

Ridgeland: 5-13 (1-7)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-19 (0-8)

 

Pickens, will be on the road today as they take on the Adairsville Tigers in non-region action. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm.

Dragons get road win, sweep Generals

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The Pickens Dragons (13-4, 5-2) traveled up to Ringgold to battle the Heritage Generals (7-11, 3-4) in a big 6-AAAA region meeting. Pickens, picked up a win earlier in the season against the Generals, and looked to earn the regular season sweep much like the Nettes did before them.

 

To open the ball game, the Generals went on a 5-0 run to take an early lead. Heritage, would race out to a 14-7 lead, but the Dragons made a run. Fueled by Tucker Lowe, Luke Rogers, and Noah Sutton, Pickens went on an 11-0 run to take an 18-14 lead. The Generals, closed out the quarter on a 5-2 run, but the Dragons held a slim lead of 20-19, going to the second.

Dragons moving the ball on offense

The second quarter saw both teams trade buckets as this one remained tightly contested. Just before the end of the first half, Zac Tetterton hit a big three pointer to put the Dragons up 37-33 over Heritage as we hit the break.

Dragons defending the in-bounds pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, the Generals would reclaim the lead, 38-37, after a quick 5-0 run. The two teams continued to trade buckets as the score would tied twice during the frame. The Dragons, closed the quarter on a 7-0 run after buckets from Owen Moss, Will Roland, and a three pointer by Lowe to give Pickens a 57-50 lead going to the fourth.

Tucker Lowe attempting a three

In the fourth quarter, the Dragons held a 10 point lead several times during the final frame. Heritage however, would not go quietly. After being down 10, the Generals cut the Pickens lead down to 72-71. The Dragons, extended their lead after five straight free throws to make it 77-71. The Generals cut the lead to 77-74 after a three. Lowe then made a pair of free throws to make it 79-74. After Heritage intentionally fouled Lowe, the Generals were called for a technical foul. Lowe, stepped up and hit four straight free throws to put the game away and give the Dragons the win, 83-74.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Tucker Lowe: 26 points (four three point makes, 11-12 from the free throw line)

Luke Rogers: 21 points, 12 rebounds

Noah Sutton: 14 points

Owen Moss: 8 points

 

Pickens will be at home on Friday as they host the Ridgeland Panthers in another big 6-AAAA game. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm.

Dragons earn hard fought road region win to stay undefeated

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After the Nettes took home the big win in the first game of the varsity doubleheader, the Dragons came in looking to complete the region sweep, & remain unbeaten.

 

In the opening quarter, both teams would trade buckets for the most part. The Dragons would take a three point lead, then Ridgeland would tie it. The Panthers would take a three point lead, then the Dragons would tie it up. The Panthers, scored the final five points of the quarter to take an 18-13 lead into the 2nd.

In the 2nd quarter, the Dragons found themselves down 7 points, 6 points, & 5 points all at different times of the frame. Pickens, fought back all three times to not only tie it up, but take the lead. The Dragons, were led by Tucker Lowe, Noah Sutton, & Owen Moss in the 2nd quarter rally. Pickens, outscored the Panthers 23-15, to take a 36-33 lead into the break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the 3rd quarter, the game remained tightly played with both the Dragons & the Panthers going bucket for bucket. Pickens, remained in front by outscoring Ridgeland 20-19, to take a 56-52 lead into the 4th.

Late in the 4th quarter, the Dragons found themselves trailing 67-64. Needing a bucket, Pickens turned to Lowe, who hit nothing but net on a long three pointer to tie the game at 67. The Dragons got a big defensive stop & Ean Goodwin stepped to the line to try & give Pickens the lead. Goodwin hit the 2nd of the two shots, giving the Dragons a 68-67 advantage. With Ridgeland looking to reclaim the lead, Lowe was able to come up with the loose ball, & pass it to Moss for a layup. With one final chance remaining, The Panthers tried to throw up a potential game tying three, but Luke Rogers blocked it, & the Dragons held on to get the win, 70-67.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 20 points

Tucker Lowe: 18 points

Owen Moss: 16 points

Luke Rogers: 6 points

Ean Goodwin: 5 points

 

Pickens, moves to 6-0 on the early season & 2-0 in region play with the win. Next week, will be a busy week for the Dragons as they will play three games. First up for Pickens,  a home meeting with Morris Innovative in non-region action on Monday. Tip off set for 5:30 pm.

Dragons remain unbeaten after region win

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After the Nettes got their win to open up region play, the Dragons took the floor looking to complete the sweep over Heritage. Pickens came in undefeated at 4-0. With a win, the Dragons would surpass their win total from the 2018-19 season.

 

In the opening quarter, the Dragons got off to an incredible start led by Noah Sutton. Sutton, scored the first seven points for Pickens. The Dragons, used that run to help propel them to an 18-9 lead over the Generals after one.

In the 2nd quarter, the scoring in the frame was pretty tight. Pickens, outscored Heritage 15-11, after a furious rally towards the end of the half. Going to the break, the Dragons led the Generals, 33-20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the 3rd quarter, Heritage was looking to get themselves back into the game. Using a 15-10 quarter run, the Generals did just that. Going to the 4th, the Dragons lead was cut to 43-35.

In the 4th, the Generals did all they could to try to cut into the Dragons lead, shooting three after three. Pickens, held on and get the win, 52-45.

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Ean Goodwin: 15 points

Owen Moss: 14 points

Noah Sutton: 13 points

Tucker Lowe: 7 points

Luke Rogers: 3 points

 

Pickens moves to 5-0 now on the season after that win and, more importantly, 1-0 in region play. The Dragons will be on the road in Rossville this Friday night as they take on the Ridgeland Panthers. Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm.

Dragons Lose Tough Game In Rain Soaked Conditions

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team made the nearly 2 hour trip towards the Georgia/Tennessee line to Rossville to take on the Ridgeland Panthers. This, was the 2nd to last game of the regular season for the Dragons who were neck & neck with Heritage at the top of the region standings coming into this one. Oh, did I mention the rain? It rained… a lot.

 

Pickens won the toss & elected to receive the opening kickoff. The wet conditions played a factor early as a bad snap led to a Panther recovery on a fumble. Ridgeland would take advantage of the short field and score on a 25-yd touchdown run to make it 7-0, at the 9:56 mark. The Dragons would be forced to punt on their next drive & once again, it didn’t take long for the explosive run game of the Panthers to do it’s damage as Ridgeland was able to score on their first play of drive to make it 14-0. Towards the end of the 1st quarter, the Dragons defense started slowing down the Ridgeland run game & the Dragon offense, started to click as well.

 

Pickens got on the board early in the 2nd quarter with a 33-yd touchdown pass from C.J. Streicher to Jarod Whitmore at the 8:49 mark to cut the Panther lead in half, 14-7. Twenty-three seconds later, Ridgeland would answer with a 64-yd touchdown run to extend their lead out to 21-7, with 8:26 to go in the 1st half. Ridgeland, was looking to add to that lead prior to halftime, but the Dragons defense had other ideas. Pickens, forced a fumble & it was recovered and taken down into Panther territory, giving the offense a chance to cut into the lead before the break. On the ensuing drive, Streicher found an open Austin Chester for a big gain down the middle of the field. Streicher, would then cap off the drive with an 8-yd touchdown run to make it 21-14 Ridgeland with 47 seconds left in the half. The Panthers, tried to answer prior to halftime, but the Dragons defense made sure that would not happen. Going into the break, the Panthers led the Dragons, 21-14.

 

In the 3rd, the Panthers got the ball first to start the 2nd half. Ridgeland was able to drive down deep into Dragon territory, but Pickens was able to hold them to a 28-yd field goal, making 24-14, with 9:56 left in the 3rd. Ridgeland added a 48-yd touchdown run at the 2:30 mark of the 3rd to extend their lead over Pickens to 31-14. With time dwindling down in the 3rd, the Dragons may have been down, but they were not out as they drove it down the field as we headed to the 4th quarter.

 

Twenty-five seconds into the 4th, the Dragons struck. Jarod Whitmore, with a little help from offensive lineman Josh Cook, was able to power his way in from 10-yds out to cut the Ridgeland lead to 31-21, with 11:35 left in the game. The Dragons, were looking for more trailing by 10, but the Panthers were able to pick off a pass attempt & take it the distance to make it 38-21 Ridgeland, with 7:42 left in the ball game. Streicher was able to punch it in from 1-yd out to make it 38-28, with 1:35 remaining. The Panthers would add a late field goal, giving us a final of 41-28 Ridgeland.

 

6-AAAA Standings:

Heritage: 4-1

Northwest Whitfield: 3-1

Ridgeland: 3-1

Pickens: 3-2

Gilmer: 1-3

Lafayette: 1-3

Southeast Whitfield: 0-4

 

Next week, the Dragons will be back home as they will host the Lafayette Ramblers in the regular season finale & Senior Night next Friday at 7:30. From what we were able to gather, a win for the Dragons means that they’re in. What seed they will be will not be determined in all likely hood. The winner of the Heritage/Northwest Whitfield game in two weeks will decide the Dragons fate. Should Heritage win, the Dragons look be the #3 seed due to their win over Northwest Whitfield. Should Northwest Whitfield win, Pickens would likely be the #4 seed due to the loss to Heritage.

 

 

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 Run Rule Ridgeland To Win Series

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On Friday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Ridgeland Panthers for the third and final game of their region series. On Thursday, the Dragons evened up the series at one game a piece, by getting an 8-5 win at Ridgeland, and looked to win the series & take 2nd place all to themselves with a victory.

 

Senior Will Lawrence got the call to start game 3 & pitched beautifully. The top of the 1st saw Lawrence strike out two Panthers to send the Dragons up to the plate. Pickens, got off to a fast start in the bottom of the frame, scoring 6 runs on just 3 hits. The Dragons, drew 5 walks, one batter got hit, & got 2 RBI from Tyler Vreeland, 1 RBI from Hunter White, & 1 RBI from Brady Moore in the bottom half of the inning. Going to the 2nd, the Dragons led Ridgeland, 6-0.

 

Lawrence, continued his good work from the first inning, collecting his 3rd strikeout of the game. The Dragons got some two out magic in the bottom of the 2nd, as Jacob Kirchoff got hit by a pitch bringing in Austin Chester, then Moore knocked in Chad Pacas, making it 8-0 Pickens, going to the 3rd.

 

Ridgeland, scored two runs in the top of the 3rd as Lawrence had the rare 4 strikeout inning (batter made it to 1st after strike 3 got passed the catcher). The Dragons, got an RBI single from Pacas, to make it 9-2 Pickens, going to the 4th.

 

Lawrence, struck out the side in the top of the 4th, bringing his total up to 10 for the game. The Dragons added to their lead in the bottom of the inning as Vreeland drove in Moore to make it 10-2, going to the 5th.

 

Ridgeland, was able to plate a run in the top of the 5th, but that would be all as Lawrence collected his 11th strikeout to close out the top half of the frame. In the bottom of the 5th, Chester led off reaching on an error, Pacas & White both singled, Kirchoff brought in Chester with a sacrifice fly, then Caswell Smith stepped up & hit a three run home run to end the ball game & give the Dragons a 14-3 win.

 

Pickens, is now 14-7 overall & 9-3 in 6-AAAA. They are in 2nd place in the region & 1 game back of Northwest Whitfield in the loss column. The Dragons, will take on Dalton this week in non-region action. The first game, will be at Dalton on Thursday & the 2nd game will be at Dragons Field on Friday. Both games are set to start at 5:30.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 1-3 with a single, 2 walks, 2 runs scored, & 1 RBI

Caswell Smith: 1-2 with a 3-run home run, 2 walks, 2 runs scored, & 4 RBI

Tyler Vreeland: 1-3 with a single & 3 RBI

Will Lawrence: 1-3 with a single & 1 walk & 5 IP, 11 K on 101 pitches

Austin Chester: 2-4 with 2 singles & 3 runs scored

Chad Pacas: 3-3 with 3 singles, 1 hit by pitch, 3 runs scored, & 1 RBI

Hunter White: 3-3 with 3 singles, 1 walk, 2 runs scored, & 1 RBI

Jacob Kirchoff: 1 walk, 1 hit by pitch, & 2 RBI

 

Dragons Drop Game 1 To Ridgeland, Game 2 This Afternoon

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Ridgeland Panthers to Dragons Field to begin the most important 3 game set of the season up to this point. This game, was supposed to be played Tuesday, but rain pushed it to yesterday. Both teams came in 7-2 in region play, just one game back of Northwest Whitfield. Coming into this series, the Dragons had won every opening game, & looked to keep that going in game 1 against the Panthers.

 

In the top of the 1st, Ridgeland looked to get on the board early, but a great throw by Dragon right fielder Hunter White, kept that from happening as he threw out a runner at home. Pickens, couldn’t get anything going in the bottom of the frame, & we’d head to the 2nd, tied at 0.

 

In the top of the 2nd, the Panthers scored 2 runs on 2 hits, taking a 2-0 lead. In the bottom half of the frame, the Dragons were able to cut the lead in half as Will Lawrence came in to score after multiple balks by the Ridgeland pitcher. Going to the 3rd, the Panthers led Pickens, 2-1.

 

Dragon starter Colby James needed 11 pitches to collect two strikeouts & retire the Panthers in the top of the 3rd. In the bottom of the inning, Pickens tied things up as Brady Moore led off with a screaming double down the left field line, & Caswell Smith was able to bring him in on an RBI single to tie things up at 2, going to the 4th.

 

In the top of the 4th, Ridgeland broke things open by scoring 9 runs to make it 11-2. The Dragons got a lead off walk in the bottom of the frame, but were unable to bring him around & we’d head to the 5th, Panthers up, 11-2.

 

Pickens, got one back in the bottom of the 5th, as they scored a run on 2 hits to male it 11-3. The top of the 6th saw Ridgeland answer with 2 runs, to make it 13-3. In the bottom of the 6th, Moore drove in Chad Pacas to make it 13-4 Panthers. Ridgeland, took this one by a final of 13-4.

 

These two teams will meet again this afternoon at Ridgeland for game 2 of the 3 game set. First pitch set for 5:30.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 1 single, 1 RBI

Tyler Vreeland: 1 single, 1 walk

Colby James: 1 walk, 1 single

Will Lawrence: 1 single, 1 RBI, 1 run scored

Austin Chester: 2 walks

Chad Pacas: 1 double, 1 walk

Jacob Kirchoff: 1 single

 

Dragons Hang On In Final Innings, Sweep Gilmer

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It was game three of three yesterday as the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team made the short trip up 515 to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats. Pickens, won the series on Thursday in walk off fashion, & looked to complete the sweep to remain in 2nd place in region play.

 

The Dragons, got off to a big start in the top of the 1st. Brady Moore led off with a double, Colby James would bring him in, then Austin Chester would bring in Jarod Whitmore & James to make it 3-0 Pickens, going to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the frame, Gilmer got a run off one hit to make it 3-1 Dragons going to the 2nd.

 

In the top of the 2nd, the Dragons added 3 more runs. Moore hit a solo home run, Caswell Smith came in on a passed ball, & starting pitcher Will Lawrence helped himself out with an RBI single bringing in Colby James, to make it 6-1. Lawrence sat the Bobcats down in order in the bottom of the frame, sending us to the 3rd, Dragons up, 6-1.

 

In the top of the 3rd, Pickens stretched it’s lead out even more by scoring 6 runs in the frame. The Dragons, got an RBI from Tyler Vreeland, James, Lawrence, & 2 RBI from Hunter White. Going to the bottom of the 3rd, Pickens led Gilmer, 12-1. The Bobcats, got a run on two hits in the bottom of the inning, to make it 12-2 Dragons, going to the 4th.

 

In the 4th, the Bobcats again plated a run, to make it 12-3. The action didn’t pick back up until the 7th. The Dragons got three straight hits, & a run scored by Whitmore, to make it 13-3 Pickens. Gilmer, with their final three outs, made a furious rally. The Bobcats, scored 8 runs on 6 hits, to cut it to 13-11, with 2 outs. Caswell Smith, came in for the save for Pickens as he struck out his only batter, touching 94 on the radar gun, to preserve the 13-11 win & the sweep for the Dragons:

 

Pickens, now 12-6 (7-2), will begin a series with the Ridgeland Panthers on Tuesday at Dragons Field. First pitch set for 5:30. Both Pickens & Ridgeland are tied for 2nd in 6-AAAA at 7-2.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 3-4 with a double, a home run, a single, a walk, 1 RBI, & 3 runs scored

Caswell Smith: 1-3 with a single, 2 walks, & 2 runs scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1-4 with a single, a walk, & 1 RBI

Colby James: 2-4 with 2 singles, 2 RBI, & 3 runs scored

Jarod Whitmore: 1-1 with a single, & 3 runs scored

Will Lawrence: 1-3 with 1 single, 1 walk, & 2 RBI & 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 5 K, on 84 pitches

Seth Densmore: 1-1 with a single

Austin Chester: 2-2 with 2 singles, 2 walks, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Christian Chumley: 1-1 with a single

Chad Pacas: 2-4 with a single, a double, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Hunter White: 1-3 with a single, a walk, & 2 RBI

Dragons Earn 1st Win Of Season, Even Region Record

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After the Nettes’ took care of business in the opening game, the Dragons looked to complete the sweep on the evening and notch their first win of the season. Pickens, has been in every game they’ve played so far, & looked to finally close one out, while getting a region win at the same time.

 

In a competitive opening frame, both Pickens & Ridgeland got things rolling for themselves. The Dragons, were able to grab the lead going to the 2nd, 15-11. This game looked like it was going to be tied heading into the break, but Brady Moore was able to corral a shot attempt and put it back up and in just before the buzzer sounded to give Pickens the 27-25 lead at the half.

 

The 3rd quarter saw the Dragon lead increase as Pickens outscored the Panthers 22-18, to take a 49-43 lead going to the 4th. In a back and forth final quarter, Ridgeland outscored the Dragons 26-23, but Pickens held on and picked up their first win of the season, 72-69. This also marks the first win for Mike Duffie as Dragon head coach.

 

Stats:

Zach Goss: 27 points, 3 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks

Seth Bishop: 16 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 steals

Tucker Lowe: 16 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds

Brady Moore: 11 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Owen Moss: 2 points, 7 assists, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks

Alex Snelgrove: 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

 

Pickens, will look to build off of this hard fought win as they host the Cedartown Bulldogs on Tuesday in non-region action. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 pm.

Dragons Sweep Ridgeland To Win 2nd Straight, Host Forsyth Central This Afternoon

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After the Nettes’ picked up a big win to keep their winning streak alive, the Dragons, looked to create a winning streak. After defeating Heritage the other night, Pickens came into Ridgeland not only for their 2nd win in a row, but a season sweep over the Panthers.

 

The first quarter, saw it go back and forth between both teams. The Panthers, took a 15-12 lead into the 2nd quarter. In the 2nd, it looked like we were going into the break tied at 32, but Ridgeland was able to get 5 quick points, including a buzzer beating three to take a 37-32 lead over the Dragons, going into halftime.

 

In the 3rd, Pickens started it’s comeback. The Dragons, would outscore Ridgeland 14-9 in the 3rd to cut the Panther lead down to 46-44, going to the 4th. In the 4th quarter, Pickens used defense to create offense as they outscored the Panthers 23-14 to complete the season sweep & get the win, 67-60.

 

Stats:

Seth Bishop: 23 points, 4 assists, 11 rebounds, 4 steals

Hunter Hermann: 12 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals

Zach Goss: 10 points, 4 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals

Tucker Lowe: 10 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals

Brady Moore: 10 points, 5 rebounds

Owen Moss: 2 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals

 

The Dragons, will be right back at it this afternoon as they host the Forsyth Central Bulldogs in non-region action. The day kicks off with the C-Team at 11:30 am, the Jv Boys at 1 pm, & finally the varsity Dragons at 2:30 pm

Dragons Come Close, Fall To Heritage, Host Ridgeland On Friday

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After the Nettes’ & Lady Generals wrapped up, it was time for the final game of the evening as the Dragons took on the Generals of Heritage. Pickens, came into the game looking to get their first win on the young season & get region play started off on the right foot.

 

In the 1st, the Generals found their shot from deep early. Heritage, took a 18-6 lead over the Dragons going to the 2nd quarter. In the 2nd quarter, Pickens was able to get some offense going, but the Generals also kept up their offensive output from the opening quarter. Going into the half, Heritage led the Dragons, 41-25.

 

The 2nd half saw much improvement for the Dragons as they were able to chip away at the Heritage lead. By outscoring the Generals 18-11 in the 3rd, Pickens found themselves down 52-43, going to the 4th. In the 4th, Pickens had the General lead down to as much as 7, & outscoring them in the 2nd half, 28-23, Heritage was able to hold on at the end & get the win, 64-53.

 

Stats:

Zach Goss: 24 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

Seth Bishop: 13 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds, 1 steal

Owen Moss: 8 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 3 steals

Brady Moore: 5 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds

Tucker Lowe: 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound

 

The Dragons, will finally make their 2018-19 home debut as they welcome the Ridgeland Panthers to the Dragons Den on Friday night. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

Pickens Captures First Region Title With Senior Night Win Over Ridgeland

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the Ridgeland Panthers for Senior Night. Not only was it Senior Night, it was a region championship game. With Pickens sitting at 4-0, & Ridgeland sitting at 3-0 in the region, this became the deciding game for the 6-AAAA crown. Prior to the ball game, the Seniors for the team, cheerleaders, & band were all recognized. The most special one, was Jordan Simonds. Simonds, lost his life in an automobile accident last year. This would’ve been his Senior year. Jordan’s mother, Jessica, represented him. She was surrounded by Jordan’s fellow Seniors, & was presented a bouquet of flowers. The Simond’s family has set up a Memorial Scholarship fund in his name. If you haven’t already, please go contribute in any way you can.

 

Pickens won the toss, but elected to defer to the 2nd half, giving Ridgeland’s speedy offense first possession. After a big loss on 3rd down, the Panthers were forced to punt from the back of their own end zone. The Dragons took over at the Ridgeland 30-yd line. It took Pickens one play from scrimmage to find points as the Dragons worked the double pass to perfection. CJ Streicher sent it over to Michael Burrell, then Burrell connected with a wide open Brady Moore for a 30-yd TD pass, giving the Dragons a 7-0 lead, with 11:27 to go in the 1st. Pickens looked to catch the Panthers off guard again with a surprise onside attempt, but were unable to recover it. Ridgeland used the good starting field position to drive down the field, & cap it off with a 3-yd TD run to make it 7-7 with 9:59 left in the 1st. Ridgeland then took the lead after a 47-yd TD pass, to make it 14-7, with 7:45 left in the opening quarter. The Dragons, were able to drive down the field, and get a 21-yd field goal from Jose Sanchez to make it 14-10 Ridgeland, going to the 2nd.

 

Pickens, regained the lead at the 9:36 mark of the 2nd quarter after Robert Davis barreled his way in from 7-yds out, to make it 17-14. Ridgeland, looked to tie things up with a long field goal attempt, but Kaleb Ray came swooping from the left side and blocked the kick, giving the Dragons possession at their own 27-yd line. On the very next play, Streicher found an open Ray near the sideline & he took it 73-yds for the score, giving Pickens a 24-14 lead, as we’d head into halftime.

 

The Dragons, got the ball to start the 2nd half, & methodically drove it down the field, chewing up nearly half of the 3rd quarter on their first drive. The drive ended with Davis getting into the end zone from 13-yds out after nearly losing it prior to scoring. That made it 31-14 Dragons, going to the 4th. The defense for Pickens, as they have all season long, really stepped up in the 2nd half shutting down the high powered Panther offense. Ridgeland’s only other score came with 19 seconds left to go in the game. Your final in this one, Pickens 31, Ridgeland 21. With the win, Pickens secures it’s first region championship in school history.

 

Region Standings:

Pickens: 9-0 (5-0) 6-AAAA region champions

Ridgeland: 5-3 (3-1)

Heritage: 4-5 (3-2)

NW Whitfield: 5-3 (2-2)

LaFayette: 4-4 (1-3)

SE Whitfield: 3-5 (1-3)

Gilmer: 0-8 (0-4)

 

Stats:

1st Downs: 19

3rd Down: 7/15

4th Down: 3/4

Total Yards: 455

Rush Yards: 323

Pass Yards: 132

CJ Streicher: 2/7, 102 yards, 1 TD, 29 rushes, 151 yards,

Michael Burrell: 1/1, 30 yards, 1 TD, 6 rushes, 30 yards, 3 tackles, 3 punts for 109 yards

Robert Davis: 13 rushes, 75 yards, 2 TD, 1 catch, 29 yards, 2 kick returns for 47 yards

Kaleb Ray: 1 catch, 73 yards, 1 TD, 2 tackles, 1 pass break up, 1 blocked field goal, 1 kick return, 24 yards

Brady Moore: 1 catch, 30 yards, 1 TD, 8 tackles

Trevon Hawkins: 16 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 pass break up, 7 rushes, 31 yards

Dallas McHale: 8 tackles

Andrew Macom: 7 tackles, 6 solo, 2 tackles for loss, 2 pass break ups

Hunter Hermann: 6 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass break up

Jose Sanchez: 4/4 on PAT, 1 field goal from 21 yards

 

Pickens, will look to complete it’s first ever undefeated season next week when they travel to Walker County to take on the LaFayette Ramblers. Game time is set for 7:30.

Four Score In Double Figures As Dragons Defeat Generals

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After the Nettes’ took down the Lady Generals in overtime, the Dragons looked to complete the jv/varsity sweep as earlier on in the day, the jv Nettes’ defeated Heritage 36-29. If the season had ended prior to the game, the Dragons would be the 6th seed & would take on these Heritage Generals in the first round of the 6-AAAA region tournament. There’s still a lot of time to improve on that before tournament time however, & Pickens looked to do that. Prior to the game, PHS senior Seth Bishop was recognized for scoring his 1,000th career point last Saturday against Forsyth Central.

Early on in the 1st, it was the Generals getting things started. Pickens, was able to get back into it prior to the end of the frame as Heritage led the Dragons 16-11, going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Dragons offense came alive. The defense led to offense with Pickens outscoring the Generals 18-10. Those final 3 points of the half came by way of a buzzer beater from sophomore Tucker Lowe. Going to the break, the Dragons held a 29-26 lead over Heritage.

In the 3rd, the Dragons kept up the pace they set in the 2nd quarter as they held the vc

Generals to 12 3rd quarter points, while scoring 23 points, to extend their lead going to the 4th, 53-38. In the 4th, the Generals made a big run, cutting the Pickens lead down to single digits. The Dragons, were able to hold off Heritage, getting the win, 75-65 & ending a 12 game losing streak.

 

Stats:

Seth Bishop: 25 points, 3 assists, 13 rebounds, 1 block

Tucker Lowe: 19 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal

Zach Goss: 15 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Hunter Hermann: 13 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks

Owen Moss: 3 points, 10 assists, 1 rebound, 2 steals

 

The Dragons, will look to build off of this win when they head to Rossville to take on the Panthers of Ridgeland. Pickens, defeated Ridgeland earlier on in the season & will be looking to complete the season sweep. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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