Last night, the Dragons varsity football team played host to the Knights of Johnson-Gainesville in what was the final non-region game for Pickens. This was the 14th time these two schools have met with the Dragons leading the all-time series, 7-6 and winners of three straight. Prior to kickoff, Tucker Green and Sydney Romine would be named Mr. & Miss PHS.
Pickens won the toss but elected to differ to the 2nd half, giving the Knights the ball to begin the game. Both teams struggled offensively as both defenses played well in the 1st quarter. A Ty Chastain 36-yard field goal proved to be the only points scored in the opening frame as the Dragons took a 3-0 lead into the 2nd quarter.
Much like the 1st quarter, defense was the story in the 2nd quarter. With 37 seconds left in the 1st half, Marcus Byrd found the end zone with a 20-yd run stretching the Pickens lead to 10-0 over the Knights as we headed to the break. The Dragons got the first crack in the 2nd half, looking for more points.
However, the Knights defense played tough and held the Pickens offense scoreless. At the 4:46 mark in the 3rd, Chris Pittman was able to bust through past the defense on the 1 yard line giving the Dragons a 17-0 advantage. 1:22 later, Darian Bunch scampered 73 yards for the touchdown cutting the Dragon lead to 17-7 with 3:24 to go in the 3rd.
As the 3rd quarter came to a close, Pickens had the ball moving looking to punch it in. Just 6 seconds into the 4th, C. Pittman got in for his 2nd score after a 6-yd run to the left side to make it 24-7 Dragons with 11:56 left in the ball game. The Knights would not go quietly however as Cody Long found pay dirt from 9-yds out cutting it to 24-14 with 5:03 left in the game. The defense for Pickens stepped up when it had to and the offense ran out the clock giving the Dragons a 24-14 win, moving them to 3-0 on the season.
The Dragons collected 17 first downs, were 4/13 on third down, and 2/5 on 4th down. Pickens racked up a total of 376 yards on 67 plays, 271 on the ground and 105 through the air. Defensively the Dragons were able to recover two fumbles and had two sacks.
Offensively, Marcus Byrd was 7/13 for 105 yards passing while adding 72 yards rushing on 15 carries and a touchdown
Chris Pittman led the Dragons in rushing with 119 yards on 23 carries and 2 touchdowns
Walker Lawrence had 2 catches for 36 yards, Zack Hermann caught 2 passes for 24 yards, Hunter Golden had 2 catches for 20 yards and Bradley Ragano caught 1 pass for 25 yards
The Dragons held the Knights offense to 165 total yards. Jacob Gordon led the way with 18 total tackles, 11 solo, 7 assists, 1 TFL, and a fumble recovery, Dillin Eilers added 16 total tackles, 7 solo, 9 assists, 1 TFL, and 1 sack, while Avery Luke had 8 total tackles, 6 solo & 2 assists
Byrd punted two times for 75 yards with a long of 46 yards
Ty Chastain went 3/3 on PAT’s and 1/2 on field goals with a long of 36 yards
Pickens finishes the non-region portion of their schedule at 3-0 with the 2nd season set to begin next week. The Dragons will be on a 3-week road trip to start region play with the 1st game being at Ridgeland on the 25th.
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