Dragons sweep Raiders in region series

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After the scheduled game for Thursday was rained out, the decision was made to turn games two and three into a doubleheader between the Pickens Dragons and the Southeast Whitfield Raiders at PHS. The Dragons, took game one of the series on Tuesday by a score of 13-2 in five innings and looked to continue the roll they’ve been on lately. In cold and windy weather, Pickens took game two 13-1, and game three 14-4 to earn the series sweep.

Game One:

For the first game of the doubleheader, the Southeast Whitfield Raiders were the designated home team. In the top of the first, Brady Moore and Hunter White led off the game with back to back walks. After a double play turned by the Raiders, Chad Pacas drove in White with an RBI double to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead going to the bottom of the frame. In the bottom of the first, Southeast Whitfield scored a run on two hits to tie things up 1-1 going to the top of the second.

In the top of the second, Jarod Whitmore led off with a double, starting pitcher Alex Snelgrove and Moore were hit by pitches, Tyler Vreeland knocked in Whitmore with an RBI single, Pacas drove in Snelgrove after a fly out, and Moore and Vreeland scored on a passed ball to make it 5-1 Pickens. In the bottom of the second, Snelgrove collected his first strikeout of the game and held the Raiders scoreless to send us to the third, Dragons ahead, 5-1.

Chad Pacas up to bat for the Dragons

In the top of the third, Colby James got things going with a 1-out single, Whitmore followed with a single, Snelgrove helped himself out with an RBI single to bring in James, Moore drew another walk, then Vreeland came through with a 2-out, 3-RBI single scoring Whitmore, Snelgrove, and Moore to make it 9-1 Dragons. In the bottom of the inning, the Raiders did pick up their third and fourth hit of the game, but Snelgrove was able to keep any runs from scoring to send us to the fourth, Pickens up on Southeast Whitfield 9-1.

In the top of the fourth, Austin Chester hit a 1-out double, and his courtesy runner Colby Brooks would eventually come around to score to make it 10-1. The bottom of the fourth saw Snelgrove pick up his second strikeout as he continued his solid outing. Going to the top of the fifth, Pickens led the Raiders, 10-1.

Alex Snelgrove on the mound for Pickens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the top of the fifth, after a 1-out single by White, and a walk by Vreeland, Pacas would send one over the fence for a 3-run home run to make it 13-1 Dragons. In the bottom of the fifth, Snelgrove picked up strikeout number three and closed things out as the Dragons took game one of the doubleheader and game two of the series, 13-1 in five innings.

Stats:

Brady Moore: two walks, one hit-by-pitch, and two runs scored

Hunter White: 1-3 with a single, a walk, and one run scored

Tyler Vreeland: 2-3 with two singles, one walk, three RBI, and two runs scored

Chad Pacas: 2-4 with a double, a home run, five RBI, and one run scored

Austin Chester: 1-1 with a double, two walks, and one hit-by-pitch

Seth Densmore: one walk

Colby James: 1-3 with a single, and one run scored

Jarod Whitmore: 3-3 with a double, two singles, and two runs scored

Alex Snelgrove: 1-2 with a single, one hit-by-pitch, one RBI, two runs scored and 5 IP, 6 H, 3 K, 1 R, 1 ER on 68 pitches

Game Two:

In the top of the first of game three, the Raiders had one of their more productive innings of the series as they strung together two runs on four hits to take a 2-0 lead going to the bottom of the inning. After a lead off single by Brady Moore to lead off the bottom of the first, Hunter White got on base after a fielder’s choice. White eventually came around to score on a passed ball to cut the Southeast Whitfield lead down to 2-1 going to the top of the second.

Starting pitcher Seth Densmore  had an easier time of it in the top of the second as he picked up a strikeout and needed just five pitches to send us to the bottom of the frame. Densmore came up with one out in the bottom of the second and hit a double, Colby James would be hit by a pitch, then Alex Snelgrove came up and hit a 2-out, 2-RBI triple to give the Dragons a 3-2 lead over the Raiders heading to the third.

Seth Densmore pitching in game two

In the top of the third, the Raiders answered the Dragons with two runs on three hits to retake the lead 4-3 going to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the frame, White led off with a single, and Pacas drove him in with an RBI double. Austin Chester got on with a single, then Densmore knocked in two with a 2-RBI double to make it 6-4 Pickens over Southeast Whitfield going to the fourth.

In the top of the fourth, Densmore needed 19 pitches, but kept the Raiders off the board to send the Dragons bats back up to the plate. In the bottom of the inning, getting an RBI single from Pacas, a 3-RBI double by Chester, an RBI single by James, and an RBI ground out by Moore. All together, the Dragons scored seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it 13-4 going to the top of the fifth.

Dragons catcher Austin Chester with the hit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the top of the fifth, Pacas came on in relief of Densmore and looked good in his only inning of work. Pacas collected a strikeout on 16 pitches to send us to the bottom of the fifth. In the bottom half of the inning, Pacas reached on an error, Chester walked, and courtesy runner Colby Brooks came around to score the game winning run on a passed ball as the Dragons took game three 14-4 in five innings.

Stats:

Brady Moore: 2-4 with two singles, one RBI, and one run scored

Hunter White: 1-4 with one single and two runs scored

Chad Pacas: 2-4 with a double, a single, two RBI, and two runs scored

Austin Chester: 2-3 with a single, a double, one walk, and three RBI

Seth Densmore: 2-2 with two doubles, one hit-by-pitch, and two RBI

Colby James: 1-2 with a single, a hit-by-pitch, one RBI, and two runs scored

Jarod Whitmore: 1-2 with a single, and a walk

Alex Snelgrove: 1-1 with a triple, one walk, one hit-by-pitch, two RBI, and one run scored

6-AAAA Standings:

Pickens: 11-1 (3-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 4-6 (3-0)

Heritage: 3-8 (2-1)

Lafayette: 4-4 (0-0)

Ridgeland: 4-4 (1-2)

Southeast Whitfield: 6-4 (0-3)

Gilmer: 2-9 (0-3)

Next week, the Dragons will continue region play as they will begin a series with the Heritage Generals. Game one of the series will be at home on Tuesday with a first pitch time of 5:30 pm.

Dragons run-rule Raiders in region opener

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On a day where not many teams around not just 6-4A but north Georgia got to play due to rain, the Pickens Dragons baseball team were thankful to have their new all-turf field as they got their game in with the Southeast Whitfield Raiders to begin region play Tuesday, March 3. During region play, teams play three-game sets. For the Dragons, the series got off on the right foot as they were able to defeat the Raiders 13-2 in five innings.

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Colby James on the mound for Pickens.

In the top of the first, Oglethorpe commit Colby James picked up his first strikeout and needed just 11 pitches in a scoreless half of an inning. In the bottom of the inning. the Dragons scored four runs on one hit. Brady Moore and Hunter White started the half inning with back-to-back walks, Tyler Vreeland reached on a fielder’s choice, Chad Pacas walked, Austin Chester  got hit by a pitch that brought in Moore, Vreeland came in after Seth Densmore walked, Pacas came in after James hit into a fielder’s choice, finally, Drake Sutton knocked in courtesy runner Jarod Whitmore. Going to the second inning, Pickens held an early 4-0 lead over Southeast Whitfield.

In the top of the second, James did give up one hit, but struck out one more Raider to bring the Dragons bats up to the plate. Much like the bottom of the first, the bottom of the second saw Pickens be patient and reap the rewards. Vreeland hit a one-out single, Pacas walked, Chester got hit by another pitch, Vreeland came in after Densmore was hit by a pitch, and Pacas came in after James was plunked by a pitch. Courtesy runner Whitmore and Densmore also came in to score during the frame to give the Dragons an 8-0 lead over the Raiders going to the third inning.

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Austin Chester at the plate for the Dragons.

In the top of the third, James went to work on the mound. He needed just nine pitches to get three outs, which included two more strikeouts. In the bottom of the inning, Moore started it off with a lead off double, White moved him over to third, Vreeland brought him in with a sacrifice fly, Pacas then singled, Chester singled, and Densmore brought in Pacas with an RBI single to make it 10-0 Dragons going to the top of the fourth.

In the top of the fourth, the Raiders took advantage of several miscues by the Dragons defense and plated two to make it 10-2. In the bottom of the fourth, Alex Snelgrove led off with a double, Moore then drew a walk, and Vreeland brought both of them in with a two-RBI single. Pacas brought in Vreeland with an RBI single to make it 13-2 Dragons going to the top of the fifth.

In the top of the fifth, starting second baseman Drake Sutton came on in relief of starter Colby James. Sutton needed eight pitches to collect two strikeouts and to close the game out as the Dragons took Game 1 of the three-game series with Southeast Whitfield 13-2 in five innings.

Stats:

  • Brady Moore: 1-for-2 with one double, two walks, and three runs scored.
  • Tyler Vreeland: 2-for-3 with two singles, three RBIs, and three runs scored.
  • Chad Pacas: 2-for-2 with two singles, one RBI, and three runs scored.
  • Austin Chester: 1-for-1 with one single, and two hit-by-pitch.
  • Seth Densmore: 1-for-1 with one single, one walk, one hit-by-pitch, and one RBI.
  • Colby James: 1-for-2 with one single, one hit-by-pitch, one RBI. Four innings pitched with one hit, no earned runs, and four strikeouts on 51 pitches.
  • Drake Sutton: 1-for-2 with one single, one walk, and two RBIs. One inning pitched, zero hits, no earned runs, and two strikeouts on eight pitches.
  • Alex Snelgrove: 1-for-2 with one double, one walk, and one run scored.
  • Jarod Whitmore: Two runs scored.

With the win, the Dragons are now 9-1 on the season and 1-0 in 6-4A play. Game 2 of the series is set for Thursday, March 5, at Southeast Whitfield. First pitch is slated for 5:30 p.m.

 

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 end skid with big region win

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The Pickens Dragons (12-3, 4-1 Region 6-AAAA) ended 2019 on a tough note by dropping games to Sonoraville and Lassiter. On Friday night, Jan. 3, 2020, they looked to get back on track as they hosted the Southeast Whitfield Raiders (0-17, 0-6) in a region battle.

To start the first quarter, the Dragons went on an 8-0 run with three made shots from Noah Sutton and one from Ean Goodwin. The rest of the frame was back-and-forth as Pickens outscored Southeast Whitfield 8-7 to take a 16-7 lead going to the second quarter.

In the second quarter, after a pair of made free throws by the Raiders, Pickens went on another 8-0 run fueled by Sutton and Luke Rogers. Later in the quarter, the Dragons went on an 11-0 run with Sutton making a couple of shots, Whit Pierce making a shot, Tucker Lowe hitting a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws, and Aidan Sanchez hitting a free throw to cap off the run. Going into the half, Pickens led Southeast Whitfield, 36-13.

In the third quarter, Sutton and Goodwin led a 6-0 run for the Dragons to make it 42-13 early. Later in the third, Owen Moss went on a personal 6-0 run with two made shots and a pair of free throws. To close out the quarter, Sanchez connected on a layup to make it 55-17 Pickens going to the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter was shortened but productive for the Dragons as Clay Shoffer made two made shots, Will Roland connected on a shot, Daniel Tetterton made a shot, Spencer Moody made a free throw, and Hayes Pickett made two shots. The final in this one was 68-22 to Pickens.

Leading the way for the Dragons were: Noah Sutton (22 points), Luke Rogers (10 points), Owen Moss (nine points), and Tucker Lowe (six points).

Pickens will be back on the court Saturday, Jan. 4, as the Northwest Whitfield Bruins come to Jasper for an afternoon tilt. Both teams are close in the region and this game will be crucial to the standings going forward. Tip-off is set for 4:30.

Dragons fall to 7-A lassiter, prepare for region play

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The PHS Dragons (11-3, 3-1) looked to replicate what their classmates on the Dragonettes did and ring in the new year with a win to close out 2019. The Dragons, hosted the Lassiter Trojans (9-6, 0-2) for the final game of the Pickens Holiday Classic. Both teams came into the game having gone 1-1 so far in the round robin style tournament.

 

In the opening quarter, it was an early game of runs. Both teams went back and forth to begin the frame. Lassiter went on a 5-0 to take a 7-4 lead. The Trojans went on another 5-0 run later in the quarter to go up 16-8. The Dragons, went on a 4-0 run to close the first quarter and cut the Lassiter lead down to 16-12, going to the second.

Dragons working the ball on offense

The second quarter, was a tough one for Pickens. Nothing seemed to fall for them on a consistent basis, and Lassiter took advantage of the charity stripe. Of the 18 points the Trojans scored in the frame, 11 of those points came from the free throw line. Outscoring the Dragons 18-9 in the second, Lassiter took a 34-21 lead into the break.

Dragons looking for a stop on defense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter, was a defensive battle for the most part. The Trojans, barely outscored the Dragons 9-8, to take a 43-29 lead into the fourth and final quarter.

Dragons inbounding the ball

The fourth quarter, the Dragons tried to get back into it, but Lassiter kept their scoring pace up. The Trojans outscored Pickens 24-14 in the frame to get the win, 67-43.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 9 points

Luke Rogers: 8 points

Owen Moss: 7 points

Daniel Tetterton: 5 points

Ean Goodwin: 4 points

 

The Dragons, will be home on Friday as they begin 2020 with a region game against the Southeast Whitfield Raiders. Tip off is set for 8:30 pm.

Streicher Goes For 6 Total TD’s As Dragons Get Homecoming Win

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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.

Dragons Start Region Play With Road Win Over Gilmer

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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.

Dragons Drop Series Finale To Raiders, Host Heritage Next Week

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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.

 

Stats:

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.

 

Dragons Take Region Series From Southeast Whitfield, Go For Sweep This Afternoon

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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.

 

Stats:

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.

 

 

Dragons Defeat Bobcats, Off To A 5-0 Start For First Time Since ’86

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Region play in 6-AAAA began last Friday night as the PHS Dragons varsity football team welcomed the Bobcats of Gilmer to Dragons Stadium for Homecoming. Pickens, came into the game looking to be 5-0 in a season for the first time since the 1986 season. That team, started 6-0, & finished the season 8-1-1. Prior to the game, PHS honored the fallen Gilmer Middle School principal, Larry Walker. The PHS band played a rendition of Taps & Amazing Grace, followed by the two teams coming together at midfield. After a moment of silence, we were ready to get the game underway.

The Dragons, won the toss and in a change up from recent weeks, decided to receive the opening kick off to begin the game. Pickens, wasted little time on their first possession scoring in just 35 seconds after a 23-yd TD run from senior Zach Goss to make it 7-0 with 11:25 left in the first. Junior QB CJ Streicher, added to the Dragons lead after a 52-yd TD run at the 2:51 mark of the 1st to make it 14-0 Dragons, going into the 2nd.

 

The Dragons, would find the end zone on the first play of the 2nd quarter after a 23-yd TD pass from Streicher to Brady Moore, to make it 21-0 with 11:55 left in the 1st half. Senior RB Robert Davis, found his way to the end zone after a 51-yd TD run to give the Dragons a 28-0 lead over the Bobcats with 9:31 left in the 1st half. Pickens added to the lead with a 6-yd TD run from Kaleb Ray, to make it 35-0 Dragons with 5:56 to go before the half. Streicher connected with Michael Burrell for a 31-yd TD at the 3:43 mark to give Pickens a 42-0 advantage. At the 2:40 mark, Streicher connected with Davis for and 18-yd TD, to make it 42-0 Dragons, going into the half.

 

The only scoring in the 2nd half came in the 3rd quarter. The Bobcats got on the board after a 16-yd TD run at the 6:17 mark, to make it 49-6 Dragons. With 47 seconds left in the 3rd, Jarod Whitmore scored for Pickens after a 27-yd run, to make it 55-6 Dragons. Final score, 55-6.

 

Stats:

1st Downs: 10

3rd Downs: 1/1

Total Yards: 518

Plays Ran: 33

Rushing Yards: 383

Passing Yards: 135

Takeaways: 1

CJ Streicher: 7/8 for 121 yards & 3 TD, 124 yards rushing, & 1 TD

Robert Davis: 4 rushes, 76 yards, 1 TD, 2 catches, 31 yards, 1 TD, 1 kick return for 14 yards

Kaleb Ray: 2 rushes, 43 yards, 1 TD, 3 tackles, 2 pass break ups

Jarod Whitmore: 2 rushes, 32 yards, 1 TD, 4 tackles

Zach Goss: 1 rush, 23 yards, 1 TD, 2 catches, 29 yards

Michael Burrell: 1 catch, 31 yards, 1 TD, 2 tackles

Brady Moore: 1 catch, 23 yards, 1 TD, 5 tackles

Hunter Hermann: 9 tackles, 6 solo, 3 assists, 1 TFL

Sy Chadwick: 8 tackles, 2 solo, 6 assists

Jay Jones: 7 tackles, 2 solo, 5 assists, 1 pass break up

Clayton Holland: 7 tackles, 2 solo, 5 assists

Chase Jarrett: 6 tackles, 1 solo, 5 assists, 1 fumble recovery

Logan Joiner: 7/7 on PAT

 

Pickens, will be on the road next week for the first time since their pre-season scrimmage against Denmark on August 10th when they travel to Dalton to take on the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield. Kick off is set for 7:30 pm.

Dragons Fall In Final Region Game Of 2018, Host Christian Heritage Tomorrow

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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.

 

Stats:

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.

Despite 35 From Bishop, Dragons Drop Game Against Bruins

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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.

 

Stats:

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.

Dragons Pick Up Region Win In First Road Game, Now 6-0 On The Season

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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.

 

Stats:

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.

Dragons Fall To Denmark, Begin Region Play Next Week

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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.

 

Stats:

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.

Dragons 4th Quarter Comeback Falls Just Short At Southeast Whitfield, Host River Ridge Friday

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The PHS Dragons varsity basketball team played a big game last night in Dalton as they took on the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield. With a win, and a little help, Pickens would end the night in a three-way tie for 5th in the region.

 

In the 1st, the Raiders got off to a quick 4-0 start, but the remainder of the frame was tightly contested. Heading to the 2nd, Southeast Whitfield held a 16-10 lead over the Dragons. The 2nd quarter, would be a tough one for Pickens as nothing would seem to fall. The Raiders, outscored the Dragons 18-9 in the 2nd to take 34-19 lead into the half.

 

In the 3rd, Pickens started the comeback ever so slightly. The Dragons, outscored Southeast Whitfield 18-17, to cut the Raider lead to 51-37, going to the 4th. Pickens, started the 4th out hot. Cutting the Southeast Whitfield lead down in half and even further. Despite outscoring the Raiders 23-18 in the 4th, & 41-35 in the 2nd half, Southeast Whitfield was able to hold on and get the win, 69-60.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 25 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 13 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 1 block

Hunter Fowler: 6 points, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Zach Goss: 4 points, 6 assists, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, & 3 blocks

Joseph Gossett: 4 points, 1 assist, & 7 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 2 points, 9 assists, 2 rebounds, & 3 steals

 

Pickens, will have one final game before the 6-AAAA Region Tournament next week as they will welcome the River Ridge Knights out of the 6-A classification to the Dragons Den on Friday. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

Dragons Start Region Play With Shutout Of Bobcats On Homecoming

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team began the region portion of their schedule by hosting their longtime rival, the Gilmer Bobcats for Homecoming. With it being such a big game, Pickens decided to break out new black uniforms for a blackout.

 

The Gilmer Bobcats won the toss and elected to receive to begin the ball game. After converting a third down & getting a first down, the first drive of the night for the Bobcats stalled and the Dragons found themselves with good field possession their first drive. The opening drive for Pickens ended in six after a 19-yd TD run for Junior Robert Davis at the 6:13 mark to give the Dragons a 7-0 lead in the 1st quarter. Pickens tacked on another TD at the 3:09 mark after a 30-yd connection from Senior Jacob Brumby to Junior Zach Goss Jr. The PAT would fall wide, but the Dragons held a 13-0 lead, still in the 1st quarter. Brumby then connected with Davis for a 47-yd TD strike to stretch the Dragon lead out to 20-0 at the end of the 1st quarter.

 

Just after the 2nd quarter got underway, Sophomore C.J. Streicher took the punt return 47-yds to the house to make it 27-0 with 11:05 left in the half. After a turnover, Pickens turned it into points after a 34-yd TD run from Trevon Hawkins at the 10:43 mark to make it 33-0 Dragons in the 2nd quarter. Brady Moore made it 40-0 after a 2-yd run at the 6:50 mark. 11 seconds later, Zach Swaim scooped up a Gilmer fumble & took it all the way to make it 47-0 Pickens with 6:39 left in the 1st half. At the 1:17 mark, the Dragons forced a safety to extend the lead to 49-0 going into halftime. At halftime, Miss Haley Aiken was named 2017-18 PHS Homecoming Maid of Honor, & Bailey Payne was named 2017-18 PHS Homecoming Queen.

 

The 2nd half saw a running clock. In the 3rd, Brady Moore would collect his 2nd rushing TD of the night, this one from 52-yds out to make it 55-0 with 11:13 left in the 3rd. Pickens held a 55-0 lead over the Bobcats going to the 4th. The lone score in the 4th saw Dawson Turner take it in from 12-yds out to make it 62-0. The final, Dragons take this one, 62-0.

 

Stats:

15 first downs, 2/4 on 3rd down, 0/2 on 4th down, 513 total yards, 45 plays, 282 rush yards, 26 carries, 231 passing yards on 19 attempts

Passing:

Jacob Brumby: 14-16, 231 yards, 2 TD

Rushing:

C.J. Streicher: 5 carries, 70 yards

Dawson Turner: 7 carries, 55 yards, 1 TD

Brady Moore: 3 carries, 54 yards, 2 TDs

Trevon Hawkins: 2 carries, 45 yards, 1 TD

Robert Davis: 2 carries, 32 yards, 1 TD

Eric Ray: 2 carries, 10 yards

Bailey Truett: 2 carries, 10 yards

Jacob Brumby: 1 carry, 6 yards

Receiving:

Josh Cain: 5 catches, 75 yards

Robert Davis: 2 catches, 58 yards, 1 TD

Alex Snelgrove: 2 catches, 33 yards

Zach Goss: 1 catch, 30 yards, 1 TD

Brady Moore: 2 catches, 19 yards

Trevon Hawkins: 1 catch, 11 yards

Bailey Truett: 1 catch, 5 yards

Defense:

Hunter Hermann: 10 total tackles, 4 solo, 6 assists, 3 TFL

Trevon Hawkins: 7 total tackles, 5 solo, 2 assists

Clayton Holland: 6 total tackles, 3 solo, 3 assists, 1 TFL, 1 sack, & 1 forced fumble

Boz Gayden: 5 total tackles, 3 solo tackles, 2 assists, 1 fumble recovery

Joe Massey: 4 total tackles, 3 solo, 1 assist, 1 TFL, 1 forced fumble

Colby McDowell: fumble recovery

Zach Swiam: fumble recovery

Special Teams:

Trevon Hawkins: 3 punt returns, 59 yards, 19.7 avg, long of 28 yards

C.J. Streicher: 1 punt return, 47 yards, 1 TD

Michael Burrell: 5/7 on PAT

Logan Joiner: 1/2 on PAT

 

With the win, Pickens is now 3-2 overall & 1-0 in 6-AAAA region play. Next week, the Dragons will continue their region schedule as they travel to Southeast Whitfield to take on the Raiders. This will be the first road game for Pickens in about a month. The Raiders are 5-1, & 1-1 in region play.

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