Dragons fall to Ramblers in region game

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Friday night, the Pickens Dragons (15-5, 6-3) hosted the Lafayette Ramblers (18-2, 9-0) in a big 6-AAAA region game. Prior to the game, the seniors were recognized from the dance team, the cheerleaders, and the basketball teams for Senior Night. The Ramblers, were able to walk away with this one, 61-33.

 

In the first quarter, Lafayette got things going on their end with a quick 4-0 start. Owen Moss scored the first points for the Dragons with a bucket to make it 4-2. Noah Sutton made the second bucket for Pickens as that cut to the Ramblers lead to 8-4. Lafayette outscored the Dragons 6-2 for the remainder of the quarter to take a 14-6 lead into the second.

Luke Rogers looking for the open man

In the second quarter, Tucker Lowe got going with a three pointer to the Ramblers lead to 16-9. A bucket by senior Aidan Sanchez, trimmed the Lafayette lead down to 21-13, but the Ramblers came right back with a bucket of their own. Lafayette would take control of the rest of the half as they grabbed a 35-16 lead over the Dragons, going to the break.

Dragons looking to defend the Ramblers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third, Lowe got the scoring going with another three pointer. Lowe would stop a Rambler 6-0 run with another three pointer to make it 41-22. Sanchez, made a layup before the quarter came to an end making it 50-27 Ramblers going to the fourth.

Tucker Lowe looking for a lane

In the fourth quarter, A 6-0 run by Lafayette was stopped by a Luke Rogers free throw and another Lowe three pointer to make it 56-31. The Ramblers, would outscore the Dragons 5-2 the rest of the way to take the win, 61-33.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Tucker Lowe: 12 points

Noah Sutton: 6 points

Owen Moss: 5 points

Aidan Sanchez: 4 points

Luke Rogers: 3 points

 

Pickens, will be back on the court this afternoon as they welcome the Pepperell Dragons to town for an afternoon tilt. Tip off is set for 2:30 pm.

Nettes sweep Lafayette on senior night

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On Friday, the Pickens Dragonettes (14-7, 7-2) welcomed the Lafayette Lady Ramblers (12-8, 4-5) for a 6-AAAA contest. It was Senior Night in Jasper last night and the Nettes picked up another big win 59-56. Also, there was a little history made in the process.

 

The first quarter started out pretty evenly as we had a tie game, 6-6. From there, Pickens went on a 12-0 run to take an 18-6 lead before Lafayette hit a bucket. The Nettes, closed on a 5-0 run highlighted by a play by senior Mykenzie Weaver where she stole the ball in the corner, then turned around and shot a three pointer and sent the home crowd in a frenzy when it connected. Going to the second, Pickens led the Lady Ramblers 23-8.

Nettes setting up offense in the 1st

In the second quarter, Lafayette went on a run of their own and cut the Nettes lead down to 25-18 at one point. The Lady Ramblers would hit a layup just before the half ended to make it 28-21 Pickens as we went to the break.

Nettes looking to stop a drive through the lane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, again, Lafayette made a run. The Lady Ramblers had the Nettes lead down to just 32-29 at one time. During the third, we saw history made. Weaver, scored a bucket and that would be her 2,000th career point scored in a Dragonettes jersey. Time was called and she received a standing ovation from the home crowd and hugs from her teammates and coaches. After the mini celebration, Pickens had to refocus as they maintained their close lead on Lafayette. Going to the fourth, the Nettes held a 44-39 lead.

Mykenzie Weaver drawing a foul

Early in the fourth quarter, Lafayette hit one of two free throws to cut the Pickens lead to 44-40. Cassidy Richards stepped up and hit a big three for the Nettes to make it 47-40. With the score 47-46 Pickens, senior Sarah Morris got an open look and nailed a three to make it 50-46. After the Lady Ramblers made a free throw, Morris again launched a three point attempt that found it’s mark. Lafayette, would not go away as they again cut the Nettes lead down to 57-54. Another Nettes senior, Chloe Walker, calmly stepped to the line and hit two free throws to make it 59-54. Lafayette made a layup at the buzzer as Pickens came away with this one, 59-56.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 31 points

Sarah Morris: 13 points

Reagan Harwood: 5 points

Cassidy Richards: 4 points

Carmyn Mullins: 2 points

Amanda Nelson: 2 points

Chloe Walker: 2 points

 

6-AAAA Girls Standings:

Gilmer: 14-5 (9-0)\

Northwest Whitfield: 16-5 (9-1)

Pickens: 14-7 (7-2)

Lafayette: 12-8 (4-5)

Southeast Whitfield: 5-15 (2-7)

Ridgeland: 2-16 (1-9)

Heritage: 4-17 (1-9)

 

Pickens, will again be home on Tuesday as they welcome the Gilmer Lady Cats to the Dragons Den. The Lady Cats, as you see above, lead 6-AAAA and the Nettes are two games back in third. This will surely be another exciting installment in the Pickens/Gilmer rivalry. Tip off is set for 6 pm.

Dragons Win Shootout On Senior Night To Clinch Playoff Berth

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Jasper, Ga — Last night, it was do or die for the PHS Dragons varsity football team as they hosted the Lafayette Ramblers for Senior Night. It was simple. A win for the Dragons and they would be in the playoffs. A loss, meant their season was over.

 

The Dragons, received the opening kickoff, and only took 1:51 off the clock as Senior QB CJ Streicher ran it in from 36-yds out for the score. The extra point was no good, & Pickens led early, 6-0. Lafayette answered on their opening drive with a 5-yd touchdown run at the 4:36 mark. The PAT was good & the Ramblers took a 7-6 lead. After a punt by the Dragons, Lafayette would take the lead with a 71-yd touchdown run, giving them a 14-6 lead, as we’d head to the 2nd.

At the 7:42 mark of the 2nd quarter, Lafayette stretched their lead out with a 72-yd touchdown run, making it 21-6 Ramblers. Needing a big play to jump start the team, Streicher delivered a 71-yd touchdown run to cut into the Rambler lead, 21-12, with 6:56 left in the 1st half. Lafayette, took 2:10 off the clock as they scored on a 14-yd touchdown run to make it 28-12, with 4:46 left in the half. Pickens, would make it a one score game with a 1-yd touchdown run by Streicher. The Dragons would convert the 2-point conversion. At the half, The Ramblers led the Dragons, 28-20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To start the 3rd quarter, the Dragons got the big play they needed on defense as they were able to force and recover a Rambler fumble. Streicher capped off the ensuing drive with an 18-yd touchdown run. The 2-point conversion was successful, & just like that, we had a tie game at 28, with 10:18 left in the 3rd. Lafayette, took the lead back with a 16-yd touchdown run, to make it 35-28, with 6:35 left in the 3rd. Pickens, came right back as Streicher connected with a wide open Jarod Whitmore on a 23-yd touchdown pass to tie things up at 35. It wouldn’t be tied for long however as the Ramblers reclaimed the lead with a 79-yd touchdown run, to make it 42-35, with 3:14 to go in the 3rd. Streicher, would again find the end zone with a 13-yd touchdown run to make it 42 all, going to the 4th.

Early in the 4th, Lafayette would drive deep into Pickens territory, but the Dragons would hold them to a 38-yd field goal, making it 45-42 Ramblers, with 10:18 left in the game. At the 7:27 mark of the 4th, Streicher would barrel his way into the end zone for his 6th rushing touchdown of the game, & 7th total, to give the Dragons their first lead of the contest. Driving down late in the game, Lafayette thought they had a go ahead touchdown. However, a chop block penalty negated the score. The Ramblers, would choose to go for it on 4th down, but the pass came up incomplete, & the Dragons would take over. Pickens, would drive down towards midfield & were faced with a 4th & 3. Coach Nelson decided to go for it, & put it in the hands of his Senior QB. Streicher, would fight hard on the run with help from the o-line. It would come down to a measurement. The ball, measured just across the sticks & the Dragons would get the win, 49-45, to secure a playoff spot for the 6th consecutive season.

 

6-AAAA Standings:

Heritage: 4-1

Northwest Whitfield: 4-1

Ridgeland: 4-1

Pickens: 4-2

Gilmer: 1-4

Lafayette: 1-4

Southeast Whitfield: 0-5

 

All eyes will be on the Heritage/Northwest Whitfield match up next week as that game will determine the seeding as far as the playoffs are concerned. Should Heritage win & Ridgeland win their game against Southeast Whitfield, Ridgeland would win the region title, Heritage would be the 2nd seed, Pickens would be the 3rd seed, & Northwest Whitfield would be the 4th seed. Should Northwest Whitfield defeat Heritage, the Bruins would win the region, Ridgeland would be the 2nd seed, Heritage would be the 3rd seed, & Pickens would be the 4th seed. Pickens, will either play North Oconee or Oconee County in the 1st round of the playoffs.

Dragons End Regular Season By Sweeping LaFayette

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the LaFayette Ramblers at PJHS for a doubleheader to close out the regular season. Pickens, defeated the Ramblers on Tuesday at LaFayette, 2-0, behind a complete game shutout by Colby James, & looked to win the series, & to finish 3rd in the region heading into the state tournament. It was also Senior Night as the Seniors were recognized in between games.

 

Game 1:

Senior & College of Charleston signee Caswell Smith started game 1 (game 2 overall of the series) & he pitched a masterpiece.

In the bottom of the 1st, the Dragons struck first with 2 runs to take a 2-0 lead. Pickens added to that lead in the bottom of the 2nd, as two more runs would come home, making it 4-0 Dragons. One more run would score in the bottom of the 4th as Pickens extended it’s lead to 5-0 over LaFayette.

 

With the way Smith pitched, the Dragons only needed 1 run as Smith tossed a complete game, no-hit shutout as the Dragons took the first game of the doubleheader, 5-0.

 

Game 2:

The 2nd game was started by another senior, & another college signee. Will Lawrence, who is signed with Wallace State to continue his baseball career, took the mound for the final game of the series. Lawrence got off to a good start, striking out the side in the top of the 1st. In the bottom of the 1st, Brady Moore, led off with a walk, stole 2nd, stole 3rd, & scored after the ball got passed the 3rd baseman. Dragons led, 1-0.

 

Pickens, held that 1-0 lead over the Ramblers until the top of the 4th, when LaFayette plated 2 runs to take a 2-1 lead. Their first lead of the game & of the series. The Dragons, retook the lead in the bottom of the 5th with 2 runs of their own to make it 3-2. LaFayette answered right back with a run in the top of the 6th, to tie things up at 3 a piece.

 

With 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th, catcher Tyler Vreeland got on base with a single. Jarod Whitmore would then be brought in to courtesy run for Vreeland. Whitmore, would steal 2nd, then make his way to 3rd after the ball got passed the infield & into the outfield. Whitmore, would  then come home to score the game winning run on a wild pitch. Pickens, finishes the regular season in exciting fashion winning 4-3.

 

Pickens, finishes the regular season at 19-11, & 12-6 in region play. The 19 wins are the most in a season for any PHS Baseball team. The Dragons, will represent 6-AAAA as the 3rd seed & take on the 2 seed out of region 7, the Marist War Eagles, in the first round of the 4A State Baseball Tournament. First pitch is set for Wednesday at 5:30.

PHS Golf Splits Match With Sonoraville, Senior Night Tuesday

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It was a windy, but beautiful afternoon at Bent Tree yesterday afternoon as the PHS Golf team hosted the Sonoraville Phoenix. The Dragons & Dragonettes golf teams have performed very well this season & looked to continue with the regular season coming to an end.

 

The front 9, was closed so the teams got a little treat in being able to play the back 9, & test their skill with all that it brings. In the end, Pickens & Sonoraville split the match. The PHS Girls, took home the win, 160-181, while the Phoenix got the win in a closely nit battle with the Dragons, 168-172.

 

Pickens, will have one more match before they head to the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. That match, will be next Tuesday at Bent Tree, where they will host the Gilmer Bobcats & Lady Cats for Senior Night. Tee off is set for 4 pm.

Dragons Fall To Southeast Whitfield, Turn Attention To Region Tournament

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After the Nettes’ big win, the Dragons took the floor to take on the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield in their final game of the regular season. Coming into the game, Pickens knew where they would be next week when the region tournament starts, but looked to get some momentum built going into it.

 

Southeast Whitfield, got off to the quick start in the opening quarter, but the Dragons were able to cut into the lead & the Raiders held a 14-9 advantage going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Raiders outscored Pickens 16-9, to extend their lead to 30-18 going into the break.

 

In the 3rd, the Raiders outscored the Dragons slightly, 14-12, to extend their lead to 44-30, going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, Pickens, did what they’ve done lately & made things interesting at the end. Trailing by 14 to start the frame, the Dragons stormed back and got within a couple of points of Southeast Whitfield. Pickens, outscored the Raiders 21-14 in the 4th, but Southeast Whitfield was able to hit a few late free throws to seal it, 58-51.

 

Stats:

Zach Goss: 22 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals

Hunter Hermann: 10 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks

Brady Moore: 7 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block

Seth Bishop: 6 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds

Owen Moss: 2 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 2 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds

Hayes Pickett: 2 points

 

Pickens, will now look towards the 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield next week. The Dragons, will come in as the 6th seed, & take on the 3rd seeded Heritage Generals in the 1st round on Tuesday. Pickens & Heritage split their two regular season meetings with each winning on the others floor. Tip off is set for 6 pm.

Nettes’ Close Out Regular Season With Big Win On Senior Night

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team hosted the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders for the regular season finale & Senior night. This game, was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but winter weather forced it to be moved to last night. Prior to the game beginning, Senior Torie Williams was recognized for scoring her 1,000th career point last Friday at Northwest Whitfield. Williams, became the 21st Nettes player with 1,000 career points, & the 2nd this season to join the club (Junior Mykenzie Weaver hit the feat prior to Christmas).

 

In the first quarter, it was neck & neck with both teams. The home team held a 11-8 lead over the Lady Raiders going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, Pickens extended their lead turning great defense into offense as they outscored Southeast Whitfield 25-9 in the frame. Williams, also broke her own record for most three’s in a season with the two she made in the quarter, Going into the half, the Nettes led, 36-17.

 

In the 3rd, the Nettes’ carried over the defense they displayed in the 2nd quarter as it led to some great transition opportunities for Pickens. The Nettes’, outscored the Lady Raiders 18-5 in the 3rd to take a 54-22 lead into the 4th. The Nettes’, closed things out in the 4th taking this one, 67-31.

 

Stats:

Torie Williams: 17 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

Sarah Morris: 11 points, 3 rebounds

Amanda Nelson: 10 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 1 steal

Mykenzie Weaver: 8 points, 1 steal

Olivia Simmons: 6 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Kealy Hillhouse: 4 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Cassidy Richards: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block

Chloe Walker: 3 points, 1 assist, 2 steals

Ansley Parker: 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 block

Reagan Harwood: 2 points

Hattie Baker: 2 rebounds, 1 steal

 

Pickens, will now turn it’s attention to the 6-AAAA region tournament next week being held at Southeast Whitfield. The Nettes’, are the number 4 seed and will take on the number 5 seeded Lafayette Lady Ramblers in the first round on Monday. A win there puts you in the state tournament. Tip off is scheduled for 4:30.

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.

Dragons Honor Seniors, Take Series From Southeast Whitfield

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Yesterday afternoon, the PHS varsity baseball team once again hosted the Southeast Whitfield Raiders at Dragons Field for the 3rd and final game of their series, & the final game of the region schedule. Prior to the game, the seniors on the 2018 PHS baseball team were honored for their contributions to PHS during their time.

 

In the top of the 1st, senior starter Isaiah Payne, had it working early. Payne needed just 10 pitches to get out of the top half of the 1st. Pickens, got a lead off single from senior Joseph Gossett, but Gossett would be left stranded at 3rd, & we would head to the 2nd, tied at 0. In the top of the 2nd, Payne continued his good early work by striking out two Raiders in the frame. In the bottom of the inning, A 1-out single from Colby James, a walk drawn by senior Lucas Headrick, and a single from Payne, would lead to a 2-out, 2-RBI base hit from Gossett as the Dragons took a 2-0 lead over Southeast Whitfield, heading to the 3rd.

 

Payne, now working with the lead, continued giving the Raiders trouble as he got out of the inning, using 16 pitches. In the bottom of the 3rd, a lead off walk drawn by senior Dylan Huffman, came back to bite Southeast Whitfield as Brady Moore drove Huffman in with a 1-out double. Moore would go on to steal 3rd, then come into score after a pitch got by the catcher. Pickens took a 4-0 lead, into the 4th. In the top of the 4th, the Raiders got their first hit of the game, but that would be all. In the bottom of the frame, Gossett, got a 2-out double, but would be caught trying to steal 3rd to end the inning. Going to the 5th, the Dragons held a 4-0 lead over Southeast Whitfield.

 

In the top of the 5th, Payne would throw one more pitch, then would be replaced with fellow senior, Clate McArthur. McArthur, would collect his 1st K of the day, & get out of the half inning on 11 pitches. In the bottom of the 5th, Huffman, got a 1-out base hit, Moore would be hit by a pitch, then James would get a 2-out RBI hit scoring Huffman to give the Dragons a 5-0 lead, going to the 6th. In the top of the 6th, Southeast Whitfield would plate 2 runs, cutting the Pickens lead to 5-2. The Dragons, got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning after Gossett hit a 1-out triple, & then came into score after Huffman drove him in after beating out a potential inning ending double play. The Dragons, held a 6-2 lead going to the 7th. McArthur was able to hold down the Raiders in the 7th, to preserve the Dragons win, 6-2.

 

Stats:

Isaiah Payne: 4IP, 2K, 0R, 0ER, 1H, 54 pitches & 1-2 with a single

Clate McArthur: 3IP, 3K, 2R, 2ER, 48 pitches

Joseph Gossett: 4-4 with 2 singles, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a single, a walk, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored

Brady Moore: 1-2 with a double, a HBP, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Colby James: 2-3 with 2 singles, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1 run scored

 

Pickens, wins the series between Southeast Whitfield 2-1, & finishes the region schedule at 9-9. They are 14-14 overall with one more game to play in the regular season. There will be a makeup game today at PCMS as the Dragons will welcome the Wheeler Wildcats to Dragons Field for afternoon baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 2 pm.

Dragons Drop Tough Game To War Eagles, Play Crucial Region Game At SE Whitfield Tuesday

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This past Saturday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Chestatee War Eagles in a non-region contest. This day, was also recognized as Senior Night. Pickens, was fresh off of a big road win the previous night against Ridgeland, & looked to carry over the momentum built in that game over to their game against Chestatee.

 

In the 1st quarter, the scoring happened early and the pace quickened just as fast. Chestatee raced out to an early 22-13 lead, heading to the 2nd. The 2nd quarter saw both teams go back & forth, bucket for bucket, including a big time thrown down from Junior Zach Goss for the Dragons. After using a 20-16 quarter run, the War Eagles took a 42-29 lead over Pickens into the break.

 

The 3rd saw the War Eagles extend their lead over the Dragons using an 18-12 advantage. Chestatee held the lead, 60-41 going to the 4th. Chestatee would take this one from Pickens, 75-54.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 14 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Hunter Fowler: 8 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Hunter Hermann: 7 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 3 blocks

Zach Goss: 6 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, & 3 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Joseph Gossett: 5 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Chase Simmons: 3 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Avonta Johnson: 3 points, 1 assist, & 2 rebounds

Evan Jones: 2 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 block

 

Tomorrow night, the Dragons will head to Dalton to take on the Southeast Whitfield Raiders, in what is most likely, the biggest game of the season so far. A win for Pickens, could mean that these same teams meet in the first round of the upcoming region tournament. Tip off time is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

‘Nettes Fall In Overtime To Chestatee, Travel To Southeast Whitfield Tomorrow

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On Saturday afternoon, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team welcomed the Chestatee Lady War Eagles to the Dragons Den for a non-region tilt. Saturday, was also special because it was Senior Night. The last time these two teams met, it was at the very start of the season, & Pickens, came away with a close victory.

 

This ball game started out slow for both teams as buckets would be tough to come by in this opening frame. Both squads finally got things going towards the end of the first as the Lady War Eagles took a 9-4 lead over the ‘Nettes going to the 2nd. Pickens, would pull momentum over to their side in the the 2nd as they would use a 10-4 quarter advantage to take the lead heading into the half, 14-13.

 

In the 3rd, their was much more scoring as both teams finally found something that worked for them. An 18-11 quarter run gave Pickens a 32-24 lead over Chestatee going to the 4th. In the 4th, the Lady War Eagles used a 17-9 run to tie things up with the ‘Nettes at 41, to send us to overtime. In the extra period, Chestatee outscored Pickens 8-4, as a desperation three as time expired would not fall for the ‘Nettes as the Lady War Eagles took this one, 48-45.

 

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Torie Williams: 14 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, & 2 steals

Mackenzie Hampton: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, & 1 block

Mykenzie Weaver: 11 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Shelby Cook: 8 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

 

Pickens, will be on the road tomorrow as they head to Dalton to take on the Lady Raiders of Southeast Whitfield in their final 6-AAAA region game of the regular season. Tip off is scheduled for 6 pm.

 

Dragons Get Big Win On Senior Night, Sets Up Huge Game With Heritage

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the LaFayette Ramblers for Senior Night. Pickens, needed a win to stay in the thick of the playoff race coming down the stretch of the season. Prior to the game, the seniors from the football team, cheerleaders, & band were recognized for the contributions during their time at PHS. Another special presentation that happened prior to kick off, was PHS presenting the family of the late Shawn Mask with his Letterman’s jacket.

LaFayette won the toss and elected to receive the opening kick to get the game started. The Pickens defense was able to get the Rambler offense off the field & it would be the Dragons turn to find the first points. Those first points of the game were scored by Junior RB Robert Davis after a 5-yd run to make it 7-0 Pickens with 7:11 left in the opening quarter. The Dragons found the end zone again in the 1st quarter, this time, through the air as Senior QB Jacob Brumby connected with Sophomore C.J. Streicher from 49-yds out for the TD. After one quarter of play, the Dragons held a 13-0 lead over LaFayette.

 

Pickens got on the board for the first time in the 2nd quarter at the 10:22 mark after a 7-yd TD pass from Brumby to Junior Zach Goss to make it 20-0. After Senior Zach Swaim recovered a fumble & took it to the 7-yd line, fellow Senior Jacob Brumby finished it off on the next play with a 7-yd TD run to make it 27-0 Dragons with 8:08 left in the half. After nearly scoring on the previous play, Senior WR Josh Cain finished off another scoring drive for Pickens with a 1-yd TD run to make it 34-0 Dragons with 5:14 left in the half.  The Dragons were getting it done defensively on the night as well. Junior Trevon Hawkins, took the ball away from the LaFayette runner & ran it back for the score to make it 41-0 Pickens with 4:53 left in the half. On the ensuing LaFayette drive, the Ramblers were looking for points prior to halftime. However, Kaleb Ray timed his jump, & made a great catch in the end zone to give the ball back to the Dragons. Pickens would turn that interception into points as Brumby connected with Streicher once again. This time, from 6-yds out to make it 48-0 Dragons at the half.

 

The Dragons picked up where they left off in the 1st half as they started the 3rd quarter with the football, & ended their first drive of the 2nd half with points as Streicher (now in at QB), strolled in from 7-yds out for his 3rd TD of the game & we would head to the 4th, with Pickens ahead of LaFayette, 55-0. The Ramblers got their first points of the game at the 10:27 mark of the 4th after a 4-yd TD run to make it 55-7 Dragons. The ensuing kickoff was a short pooch kick, & it was fielded by Hawkins, who then took it the distance for the touchdown making it 62-7 Pickens. Your final from Jasper would be 62-7.

 

With the win, the Dragons move closer to securing a playoff spot. With Southeast Whitfield’s win over Northwest Whitfield last night, that puts Pickens in 3rd for the moment. Next week, the Dragons will travel to Heritage to take on the Generals in what is more than likely, the biggest game of the whole region schedule. With a win next week over Heritage, the Dragons will vault into the #2 seed of region 6, & host a playoff game. A loss, makes things a lot more crowded & a lot more complicated.

Dragons Get Big Region Win On Senior Night

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Southeast Whitfield Raiders for the final game of the regular season and for Senior Night. Pickens, came in looking to get on the winning side of things prior to the 6-AAAA region tournament.

 

In the 1st, much like the girls game beforehand, it was closely contested. Heading to 2nd, the Raiders held a 16-13 lead over Pickens. In the 2nd, the Dragons made a run to grab the lead, using a 15-7 quarter advantage, Pickens led Southeast Whitfield 28-23 going into the break.

 

In the 3rd, both teams got the offense rolling on their respective ends. Both teams scored 18 points each as the Dragons maintained their lead going to the 4th and final quarter, 46-41. In the 4th, Pickens opened things up. With the help of some really solid defense, the Dragons closed the game out with a 23-9 run to get the win for seniors Hunter Jordan, & Avery Luke, 69-50.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 19 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 block

Avery Luke: 11 points, 4 assists, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, & 2 blocks

Hunter Hermann: 11 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, & 3 steals

Blake Gorth: 9 points, 3 assists, 9 rebounds, & 3 blocks

Jacob Brumby: 7 points, & 4 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 4 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 4 steals

Hunter Jordan: 4 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 2 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, & 2 steals

Zach Goss: 2 points

 

The Dragons, will now take the rest of the week to prepare for the 6-AAAA region tournament that starts next Monday and will be held at Southeast Whitfield.

‘Nettes Get Exciting Win On Senior Night, Will Be Fourth Seed In Region Tourny

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Yesterday evening, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team hosted the Lady Raiders from Southeast Whitfield in the final game of the regular season & also Senior Night. With a win, Pickens, would seal up the 4th seed heading into next week’s 6-AAAA region tournament. Prior to the game, ‘Nettes head coach Donna Enis was recognized for getting her 400th win as a coach.

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The 1st quarter, was a back and forth frame as both teams looked to maintain an early lead. The Lady Raiders ended up with the lead heading into the 2nd, 16-14. In the 2nd, Southeast Whitfield stretched their lead out just a little bit. A 16-11 quarter run gave the Lady Raiders a 33-25 lead over Pickens going into the half.

 

In the 3rd, the ‘Nettes started a big time run. After being down double digits for a time in the quarter, Pickens used 14-11 overall run, & a 6-0 run to end the frame including a buzzer beater from Madison McClure to cut the Southeast Whitfield lead to 44-39. In the 4th, the ‘Nettes took over. With help from an 18-7 quarter run and timely free throws, Pickens sent Seniors Tessa Duncan, McKenna Kemp, Madison McClure, Ashley Nelson, Taylor Wigington, & Autumn Young out with a win, 57-51.

 

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Autumn Young: 11 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Madison McClure: 11 points, 1 assist, & 2 steals

Taylor Wigington: 10 points, 5 assists, & 5 rebounds

Torie Williams: 9 points, 3 assists, & 4 rebounds

Mackenzie Hampton: 7 points, 1 assist, & 5 rebounds

Mykenzie Weaver: 6 points, & 2 assists

Tessa Duncan: 2 points, & 2 rebounds

Ashley Nelson: 1 point, 2 assists, 6 rebounds, & 3 steals

 

With that win, the ‘Nettes have assured themselves of the 4th seed in the upcoming 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield starting next Monday. Their opponent should be more clear as the week progresses.

‘Nettes Takeover 4th In Region Standings After Win Over LaFayette

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team hosted the Lady Ramblers of LaFayette in another big 6-AAAA region match up. Coming into the game, Pickens was tied for 4th in the 6-AAAA standings with Ridgeland after defeating the Lady Panthers 49-42 the previous night. With A win against LaFayette, the ‘Nettes would have sole possession of 4th place.

 

The 1st quarter started out very close as both team were able to get offense in. By the end of the frame, Pickens gathered a 16-9 lead over the Lady Ramblers going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the ‘Nettes were able to extend their lead over LaFayette with the help of their defense. Using a good defensive strategy, & a 22-14 quarter advantage, Pickens led LaFayette going into the break, 38-23.

 

In the 3rd, the ‘Nettes again added to their lead. Using a 23-12 quarter advantage, Pickens held a 61-35 lead over the Lady Ramblers going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, the ‘Nettes closed things out and came away with a 76-45 victory.

 

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 17 points, 2 assists, & 12 rebounds

Torie Williams: 12 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, & 3 steals

Ashley Nelson: 12 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds, & 2 steals

Mackenzie Hampton: 7 points, 1 assist, & 4 rebounds

Tessa Duncan: 6 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, & 1 block

Taylor Wigington: 6 points, 5 assists, & 3 rebounds

Bailey Payne: 5 points, & 3 rebounds

Shelby Cook: 4 points, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Autumn Young: 2 points, 5 assists, 1 rebound, & 4 steals

 

The ‘Nettes will be at home on Tuesday night to close out the regular season as they host the Lady Raiders of Southeast Whitfield. This coming Tuesday will also be Senior Night as the ‘Nettes will honor the departing seniors. Game time scheduled for 6 p.m.

Dragons Finish Fourth In Region, Play Jefferson In State Playoffs

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This past Friday, the PHS football team hosted the Generals of Heritage in a big 6-AAAA region matchup. A win for the Dragons would give them a share of the region title, and the #3 seed as determined by a tie-breaker. It was also a special night as they recognized all the seniors from players, managers, cheerleaders, & band members before the ball game.

 

Heritage won the toss and elected to receive to have a crack at the 1st points. After each team traded possessions, The Generals got on the board first with a 17-yd td pass at the 4:52 mark to lead it 7-0. The Dragons found their way into the end zone at the 2:55 mark after a 3-yd run from C.J. Streicher, tying things up at 7 as we went to the 2nd quarter.

 

Heritage took the lead back at the 10:19 mark after an 8-yd td pass, making it 14-7 Generals. Pickens answered when Streicher found pay dirt for a 2nd time, this one coming after an 8-yd run at the 6:15 mark to once again tie things up at 14. An interception by the Generals led to a 65-yd td pass at the 4:01 mark giving Heritage a lead of 21-14 as we hit halftime.

 

In the 3rd, Heritage added to their lead with a 7-yd td run at the 5:43 mark, making it 28-14 Generals. The Dragons were able to counter with a 3-yd td run from senior Chris Pittman at the 1:44 mark to cut the Heritage lead in half, 28-21. The Generals however were able to stretch the lead out once again just before the end of the 3rd with a 13-yd td run. Giving Heritage a 35-21 advantage going to the 4th.

 

The Generals again added to their lead with a 44-yd td pass at the 10:19 mark, making it 41-21 after a missed PAT. An interception returned for a td at the 8:18 mark gave Heritage a 48-21 lead. Dylan Huffman found the end zone for the Dragons at the 6:14 mark making it 48-28 Heritage. Pickens again scored late in the 4th after a 9-yd td pass from Jacob Brumby to Trevon Hawkins gave us a final of 48-35, Heritage.

 

Stats for the game:

 

Pickens had 17 1st downs, went 5/10 on 3rd down, & 1/1 on 4th down, 371 yards on 63 plays, 115 yards rushing & 256 yards passing

Jacob Brumby went 19-28 for 231 yards 1 td

Trevon Hawkins went 1-1 for 25 yards

Chris Pittman ran it 16 times for 53 yards & 1 td, Dylan Huffman ran it 7 times for 30 yards & 1 td, C.J. Streicher ran it 4 times for 15 yards & 2 tds, Brumby ran it 5 times for 13 yards, & Josh Cain ran it 1 time for 4 yards

C. Pittman caught 3 passes for 65 yards, Elijah Lawson caught 3 passes for 43 yards, Zach Goss caught 4 passes for 40 yards, J. Cain caught 3 passes for 34 yards, D. Huffman caught 2 passes for 31 yards, Colby McDowell caught 1 pass for 22 yards, T. Hawkins caught 3 passes for 18 yards & 1 td, & Streicher caught 1 pass for 3 yards

Defensively, Michael Burrell & Kelton Gilbert each had 6 tackles, Nick Southern, Jordan Burton, & Alex Pittman each had 5 tackles, A. Pittman added a sack, Devin Grant & Streicher each had 4 tackles, T. Hawkins, Jacob Gordon, & Michael Coriell each had 3 tackles

C. Pittman punted it 3 times for a 118 yards, a 39.3 yard average with a long of 47

T. Hawkins returned 3 kickoffs for 109 yards, a 36.3 yard average with a long of 73, D. Huffman returned 3 kickoffs for 32 yards, K. Gilbert returned 1 kick for 28 yards, J. Cain returned 1 kick for 18 yards

Rudy Perez & Victor Moya combined to go 5/5 on PAT attempts. Perez went 4/4, Moya 1/1

 

Next week, the GHSA 4A state football playoffs begin and Pickens will be on the road taking on the #1 seed out of region 8, the Jefferson Dragons. Jefferson is 9-1 on the season and finished 5-0 in region 8. Kickoff is set for 7:30

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