After a long night in Ellijay last Friday, the Dragons were back home at Dragon Stadium hosting the Southeast Whitfield Raiders for their Homecoming game. The Raiders, came into the ball game 0-5, & 0-1 in region play, but on Tuesday during Dragon Talk, Coach Nelson talked about how you can’t afford to take anyone lightly, especially region teams.
Southeast Whitfield began the ball game with the ball, but only managed one first down as the Dragons defense forced a punt. The first drive for Pickens saw promise, but stalled out near the red zone. The Dragons would settle for a 26-yd field goal by Juan Sanchez, to put them on top 3-0, with 5:02 left in the opening quarter. The Raiders, on their next possession, connected on a 32-yd touchdown pass to take the lead over the Dragons, 7-3. Going to the 2nd quarter, The Raiders had a 7-3 lead, but the Dragons were driving.
A minute into the 2nd quarter, Senior QB CJ Streicher found the end zone for a 3-yd touchdown run, giving Pickens the lead back, 10-7. 2 minutes & 19 seconds later, Streicher made a nice cut to the far side of the field & scampered 77-yds for the touchdown. With 8:19 left in the first half, the Dragons led the Raiders, 17-7. Pickens found the end zone for the 3rd time in the quarter when Streicher lofted up a deep ball & Mykel Hand came down with it, giving the Dragons a 24-7 lead, going into the break.
Southeast Whitfield, got the scoring going in the 2nd half as they connected on another touchdown pass, to cut the Dragon lead down to 24-14, with 7:50 to go in the 3rd. Pickens answered the Raider touchdown with a touchdown of their own as Streicher took it in for 6 from 8-yds out, to make it 31-14, with 5:22 left in the 3rd. The Dragons scored again at the 1:36 mark of the 3rd when Streicher found fellow Senior Alex Snelgrove in the corner of the end zone with an 11-yd touchdown pass, making it 38-14. Pickens, would make one more house call in the 3rd quarter as Streicher found a wide open Dylan Arp for a 20-yd touchdown, to give the Dragons a 45-14 lead, going to the 4th.
With a running clock in the 4th, the Raiders scored their final touchdown after a 37-yd run. Pickens, picked off a pass just before time expired to seal their 3rd straight win overall, & their 2nd straight in region play, 45-21.
6-AAAA Region Standings:
Pickens: 4-2 (2-0)
Northwest Whitfield: 4-1 (1-0)
Heritage: 4-2 (1-1)
LaFayette: 3-3 (1-1)
Ridgeland: 1-4 (1-1)
Gilmer: 2-3 (0-1)
Southeast Whitfield: 0-6 (0-2)
Pickens, will be back on the road next week, as they take on the Generals of Heritage. As you see in the standings above, these two teams are firmly in the race for a region championship. Heritage is coming off of a back and forth win over LaFayette on the road, 37-34. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm next Friday.
The 63rd all-time meeting between the Pickens Dragons & the Gilmer Bobcats certainly will leave it’s mark in the storied history between these two schools. Both came into the game sporting 2-2 records, & were looking to start region play by defeating their main rival. An unexpected opponent tonight? Mother nature. After thunderstorms with severe lightening made it’s way through Ellijay, we officially had a 90-minute delay & things got underway between the two teams at 9 pm.
Pickens won the toss & elected to receive the opening kickoff. After converting several 3rd down plays on the drive, the Dragons capped it off with a 27-yd touchdown run by Jarod Whitmore, giving Pickens a 7-0 lead with 9:34 left in the opening quarter. Not to be outdone, on their opening drive, Gilmer, completed a 66-yd touchdown pass to even the score at 7, with 4:04 left in the 1st. Whitmore, would find the end zone for the 2nd time in the quarter after a 51-yd touchdown scamper, to make it 14-7 Pickens, at the end of the 1st quarter.
The Bobcats, answered rather quickly to begin the 2nd quarter as they had the ball deep inside Dragon territory to start the frame. Gilmer scored on a 3-yd touchdown run at the 11:18 mark. The PAT was no good however, & Pickens still maintained a lead of 14-13. Later in the quarter, the Dragons stretched their lead out after a 23-yd touchdown pass from CJ Streicher to Whitmore. The PAT was good, & Pickens now led the Bobcats, 21-13, with 3:22 to go in the half. Gilmer was able to knock in a 26-yd field goal with 8 seconds left, to cut the Dragons lead down to 21-16 at the half.
Each team had one scoring drive in the 3rd quarter. Streicher, was able to muscle his way into the end zone from 4-yds out, to make it 28-16 Dragons with 5:52 left in the 3rd quarter. Gilmer came right back, & scored on a 3rd & goal from the 1-yd line to make it 28-23 Pickens, going to the 4th & final quarter of play.
Pickens started off the 4th quarter deep inside Bobcat territory & Whitmore was able to punch it in from 5-yds out, giving the Dragons a 35-23 lead. That lead would hold up as Pickens came away with a hard fought win from a very game Gilmer Bobcat team, 35-23.
With the win, the Dragons move over .500 for the season, & more importantly, 1-0 in 6-AAAA play. Next week, Pickens will be back home as they host the Southeast Whitfield Raiders in another big region match up. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm next Friday.
Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team headed back to Dalton to take on the Southeast Whitfield Raiders for the 3rd and final game of the series. Pickens, won the first two games by a score of 6-3 & 7-2, getting the series win. They went into Southeast Whitfield looking to complete the sweep.
The Dragons, had an early threat in the top of the first, with 2 hits, but left 2 stranded with nothing doing. Dragon starter & Wallace State signee Will Lawrence got the start & pitched really well. The Senior needed only 13 pitches to get out of the bottom of the first. During that frame, Lawrence collected two strike outs. In the top of the 2nd, catcher Austin Chester led off with a single, & Hunter White brought in Jarod Whitmore, who was courtesy running for Chester, to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead. Lawrence got into a bit of a jam in the bottom of the 2nd, but the Raiders were held scoreless, & Pickens took a 1-0 lead into the 3rd.
Lawrence, did a good job of getting out of a major jam in the bottom of the 3rd. The Raiders had the bases loaded, but only scored 1 run to tie things up, going to the 4th. The Raiders took the in the bottom of the 4th, scoring two runs to make it 3-1. Southeast Whitfield extended their lead in the bottom of the 5th with another run, making it 4-1 Raiders.
In the top of the 6th, Pickens had a major threat going as they looked to get back into the game in the later innings. The Dragons did plate a run as a Hunter White walk brought in Colby James. That’s all the Dragons would get however as they left the bases loaded, now trailing, 4-2.
In the top of the 7th, Brady Moore led off with a double, stole 3rd, & came in to score after an overthrow by the Raiders catcher on a pickoff attempt. Southeast Whitfield was able to recover & hold on to get the win, 4-3.
Brady Moore: 2-4 with 1 single, 1 double, & 1 run scored
Caswell Smith: 1 walk & 1 hit by pitch
Tyler Vreeland: 1-4 with a single
Colby James: 2-4 with 2 singles & 1 run scored
Will Lawrence: 1-3 with a single & 6 IP, 6 K, 4 H, 3 walks, 0 ER on 105 pitches
Austin Chester: 2-3 with 2 singles
Chad Pacas: 2 hit by pitches
Hunter White: 2 RBI
Jarod Whitmore: 1 run scored
Pickens, is now 2nd in 6-AAAA after the first week of region play at 2-1. Next week, they will host the team they are tied in 2nd with, the Heritage Generals. Game one of the three game series will begin on Tuesday at Dragons Field. First Pitch is scheduled for 5:30.
It was a chilly afternoon at the ball park yesterday as the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Southeast Whitfield Raiders in a 6-AAAA opening series. On Tuesday, the Dragons won game one 6-3 at Southeast Whitfield, & looked to take the series by winning game two of the three game set at home.
College of Charleston signee Caswell Smith took the mound & threw well against the Raiders. Smith needed 11 pitches to get out of the top of the 1st, & send the Dragons bats to work. Coastal Carolina commit Brady Moore got things going with a leadoff double, & Smith helped himself out by launching a 2-run shot over left-center. Tyler Vreeland then singled, & Will Lawrence would bring in Jarod Whitmore, who courtesy ran for Vreeland. Going to the 2nd, Pickens led 3-0. Smith found himself in a little jam in the top of the 2nd, but was able to get out of it with no damage done. Pickens plated a run in the bottom of the frame, as Colby James drove Jacob Kirchoff in on a fielder’s choice to make it 4-0 Dragons going to the 3rd.
Smith collected his 1st strikeout of the game in the top of the 3rd as he again got out a potential jam. Pickens had a two out rally in the bottom of the 3rd as Hunter White got on with a single, Kirchoff walked, Moore drove in White with a single, & Kirchoff & Moore came into score on passed balls to make it 7-0 Dragons going to the 4th.
The Raiders, plated their only 2 runs of the game in the top of the 6th, as the Dragons were able to hold on & get the win, 7-2, & take a 2-0 series lead.
Brady Moore: 2-3 with a double, a single, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored
Caswell Smith: 1-3 with a 2-run home run, 2 RBI, 1 run scored, & 1 walk & 5 IP, 3 K, 3 H, 0 R, 74 pitches
Tyler Vreeland: 1-3 with a single & a walk
Jarod Whitmore: 1 run scored
Colby James: 1-4 with a double, & 1 RBI
Will Lawrence: 1-2 with a single, 1 RBI, & 2 hit by pitch
Austin Chester: 1 hit by pitch
Hunter White: 1-3 with a single, 1 run scored, & 1 walk
Jacob Kirchoff: 2-3 with a single, a double, 1 walk, & 2 runs scored
With the win, Pickens has taken the series from the Raiders in this three game set. The third & final game of the series will be later this afternoon at Southeast Whitfield. First pitch is set for 5:30 pm.
Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team was right back at it at home hosting the Denmark Danes in what was the final game before the start of region play. Pickens, came into the game at 5-3 & looking to avenge one of those losses by splitting with the Danes.
Junior Colby James got the call to start for the Dragons. In the top of the 1st, James sat down the Danes in order on 13 pitches. In the bottom of the inning, recent Coastal Carolina commit led the frame off with a double, & would come into score after a sacrifice fly by James to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead going to the 2nd.
The Danes, were able to tie things up in the top of the 2nd after plating their first run. The Dragons, answered with more runs of their own after a 2-run single by Tyler Vreeland brought in Hunter White & Jacob Kirchoff. Going to the 3rd, Pickens led Denmark, 3-1.
Denmark, took the lead in the top of the 3rd with 5 runs, & added to it in the top of the 4th with 7 runs scored to make it 13-3. Caswell Smith hit a solo homerun for the Dragons in the bottom of the 4th to make it 13-4. The Danes, plated a run in the top of the 5th to make it 14-4. Denmark was able to come away with this one, 14-4.
Brady Moore: 1-3 with a double & 1 run scored
Caswell Smith: 1-2 with a homerun, 1 walk, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored
Tyler Vreeland: 1-2 with a single, 1 walk, & 2 RBI
Colby James: 1 RBI
Will Lawrence: 2 walks
Hunter White: 1-2 with a single & 1 run scored
Jacob Kirchoff: 1 walk & 1 run scored
Pickens, will start region play next week as they’ll begin a 3-game series with the Southeast Whitfield Raiders. Game 1, will be at Southeast Whitfield on Tuesday with a first pitch time of 5:30.
After the Nettes picked up a big win earlier, the Dragons looked to complete the varsity sweep over a Southeast Whitfield Raider team that recently took down reigning 6-AAAA region champs Lafayette not too long ago.
In the 1st, both teams found scoring, mainly inside the paint. After one, the Southeast Whitfield Raiders led the Dragons 21-17. In the 2nd, the Raiders started getting the tree ball to go down, but Pickens stayed within striking distance. Going into the half, Southeast Whitfield held a 44-34 lead.
The 3rd quarter scoring again was close as the two teams went back and forth. The Raiders, outscored Pickens 18-15, & held a 62-49 lead going to the 4th. Southeast Whitfield used a 14-6 4th quarter run, to take this one from the Dragons, 76-55.
Seth Bishop: 18 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, 1 steal
Zach Goss: 10 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Tucker Lowe: 9 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal
Brady Moore: 6 points, 1 assist, 1 steal
Alex Snelgrove: 4 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Owen Moss: 2 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds, 3 steals
Hayes Pickett: 2 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds
Noah Sutton: 2 points
Pickens, will be back home on Thursday as they host the Lions of Christian Heritage in non-region action. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 pm.
After the Nettes’ fell in a tough game against the Lady Bruins, the Dragons took on the Bruins in the night cap of this varsity doubleheader, looking to split the games on the evening.
The Dragons, came out with a big time sense of energy and it showed as they got off to a nice lead over the Bruins. Using that nice start, Pickens took a 17-12 lead going to the 2nd. The 2nd quarter saw an action packed, fast paced, high scoring frame. Northwest Whitfield, outscored the Dragons 26-19, to take a 38-36 lead into the break.
The 3rd quarter, saw the Bruins continue their momentum from the 2nd quarter as they outscored Pickens 28-16, to take a 66-52 lead going to the 4th. Northwest Whitfield would hold on in the 4th to get the win, 87-68.
Seth Bishop: 35 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds, 1 block
Zach Goss: 10 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 blocks
Owen Moss: 9 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Tucker Lowe: 7 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
Brady Moore: 5 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks
Alex Snelgrove: 2 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block
Pickens, will be on the road in Dalton on Tuesday as they take on the Southeast Whitfield Raiders in the final region match up of 2018. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team took to the road for the first time in the regular season as they took on the Southeast Whitfield Raiders in a 6-AAAA region match up. Pickens, came into the game winners of 5 straight, 5-0 for the first time since 1986, & looking to continue their fast start to the season.
Pickens won the toss, but elected to differ to the 2nd half, giving the home standing Raiders the first shot on offense. The Dragon defense got a stop, & the offense for Pickens took over. Michael Burrell capped off their opening drive with a 6-yd TD run to make it 7-0 Dragons with 9:13 left in the first quarter. Nearly 3 minutes later, Pickens added to that lead after a 29-yd TD pass from CJ Streicher to an open Robert Davis made it 14-0 Dragons with 6:10 left in the opening quarter. Southeast Whitfield was able to cut the lead in half with a 2-yd TD run & as we’d go to the 2nd quarter, Pickens held a 14-7 lead over the Raiders.
Streicher, got into the end zone with a 2-yd run of his own to make it a two score game again, 21-7, with 8:32 left in the first half. The only other score in the 2nd quarter came after a beautiful throw from Streicher to Alex Snelgrove from 28-yds out to make it 28-7 Dragons, going to the break.
The Dragons, got the ball to start the 2nd half and at the 9:39 mark of the 3rd, added to their lead after a 5-yd TD run from Brady Moore, to make it 35-7. Davis, added a 1-yd rushing touchdown to his night to go along with his receiving touchdown in the 1st half at the 6:33 mark of the 3rd, to make it 42-7 Pickens. To cap off the 3rd quarter, Streicher would add his 3rd passing TD of the night as he threw a strike to Zach Goss. After Goss made one man miss, he was into the end zone from 25-yds out, to make it 49-7 Dragons over Southeast Whitfield, going to the 4th.
The lone score in the 4th, came from the Raiders after a 7-yd TD run. Your final score for the game was 49-13, Dragons.
1st Downs: 16
3rd Down: 4/6
Total Yards: 456
Rush Yards: 265
Pass Yards: 191
Takeaways: 1 interception
CJ Streicher: 9/14, 191 yards, 3 TD, 6 rushes, 47 yards, 1 TD, 1 punt for 36 yards
Brady Moore: 7 rushes, 78 yards, 1 TD, 3 tackles, 1 pass break up
Robert Davis: 6 rushes, 69 yards, 1 TD, 1 catch, 29 yards, 1 TD
Zach Goss: 4 catches, 83 yards, 1 TD
Alex Snelgrove: 2 catches, 63 yards, 1 TD, 3 tackles
Trevon Hawkins: 9 tackles, 1 tackle for loss
Hunter Hermann: 8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack
Dallas McHale: 7 tackles
Kaleb Ray: 7 tackles, & 1 pass break up
Jay Jones: Andrew Macom, & Clayton Holland with 6 tackles each
Logan Joiner: 7/7 on PAT
Pickens, will be back home next Friday as they take on the Generals of Heritage in another big 6-AAAA region game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm.