This week’s #TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week is Senior wide receiver Alex Snelgrove. Snelgrove, made sensational catches all throughout the game against the North Oconee Titans in the 1st round of the GHSA 4A State Playoffs. Snelgrove, scored 3 total touchdowns catching two touchdown passes of 14 & 10 yards and also added a 1-yd touchdown run late in the game.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the week is Senior Quarterback CJ Streicher. Last night, was Streicher’s final home game along with 21 other seniors. The Dragons needed this game against Lafayette to get into the playoffs. The Dragons got that win thanks in big part to the performance of it’s senior signal caller. Streicher, had a school record tying 7 total touchdowns last night in the Dragons thrilling 49-45 win over the Ramblers. Streicher, finished with 238 yards on the ground, 167 yards passing, 6 rushing touchdowns, & 1 passing touchdown. Streicher also converted two 2-point conversions, & helped convert a fake punt with a completed pass to fellow senior, Zach Tetterton. A special shout out goes to the 21 other seniors on this year’s Dragons football team. Yesterday’s win over Lafayette would not have been possible without them & they have been a part of what is most likely the best stretch of success in Pickens football history. With their win last night, they clinched a playoff berth for a 6th consecutive season. Just a fantastic job all around for the sustained success.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week is Sy Chadwick. Sy, was in the backfield on multiple occasions last night for the Dragons in their big 35-10 win over Northwest Whitfield. Seemed like all night Chadwick was stopping a run play before it began, or forcing the quarterback to scramble, allowing other teammates to make the play. Defense as a whole for the Dragons played arguably their best full game of the season with guys like Jay Jones, Chase Nelson, Andrew Burrell, Tucker Lowe, Clayton Holland, Dallas McHale, Jake Rodgers all making big plays last night. The Pickens defense held the Bruins to just one touchdown & one field goal on the night. I cannot leave out the job the Dragon offensive line did last night as well. Pickens, did not attempt a pass the entire game. Incredible job by the ofeensive line & the receivers opening up holes for Jarod Whitmore, Dawson Turner, & CJ Streicher to run through.
Next week, you can catch Sy & the rest of the Dragons in Rossville to take on the Ridgeland Panthers. Kickoff for that ball game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the week is Senior Alex Snelgrove. Alex has been a leader on and off the field for the Dragons for the past several seasons. Snelgrove, plays both ways for the Dragons on Friday nights. He’s a receiver on offense, & a linebacker on defense. Against Heritage, Snelgrove made a great catch in the corner of the end zone that resulted in a 23-yd touchdown. On defense, Snelgrove was there making several tackles, disrupting plays, & breaking up a pass attempt.
You can watch Snelgrove and the rest of his Dragon teammates next Friday at home as they host the Northwest Whitfield Bruins. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Sports Writer’s Player of the Week goes to Senior QB CJ Streicher. Streicher, had a fantastic night on the ground and through the air accounting for 6 touchdowns (3 rushing, 3 passing) tonight in the Dragons 45-21 win over the Southeast Whitfield Raiders. Streicher, nearly tied a school record for most touchdowns in a game, but fell one shy of Jordan Shaw’s 7 touchdown record. Shaw set that record against Southeast Whitfield during his senior season. Streicher threw touchdown passes to Mykel Hand, Alex Snelgrove, & Dylan Arp. Streicher’s biggest play of the night quite possibly was a 77-yd touchdown run. Streicher, wasn’t the only Dragon who had a big night however. A shoutout goes to Juan Sanchez. Sanchez, made all of his extra points, connected on a 26-yd field goal, & had several touch backs on kickoffs. Aiden Sanchez had a big night on offensive line pushing defenders around. Sy Chadwick, & Clayton Holland helped lead a great defensive performance as well.
Next week, Streicher and the Dragons will be on the road against Heritage in another crucial region game. The Dragons find themselves atop the region standings at 2-0, but the Generals are right behind them at 1-1. Kickoff will be at 7:30 pm.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week is Tucker Lowe! Tucker had a big game on Friday for the Dragons as the Junior defensive back picked off two passes against the Chamblee Bulldogs, & played great defense when the ball was thrown his way. Tucker now has 3 interceptions on the season. Lowe, was apart of a Dragon defense last night that as a unit, forced 4 turnovers, collected a safety, & only gave up 3 points in the 44-3 for Pickens.
With the win last night, the Dragons evened up their record at 2-2 heading into region play. Next week, they’ll be back on the road as they take that short ride up 515 to Ellijay to take on what looks like a much improved Gilmer Bobcat squad, that is also 2-2 on the season. Game time is set for 7:30 next Friday night.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week is T.C. Jarrett. Jarrett, was part of a Dragons defense that forced three interceptions against White County on Friday night. Jarrett, collected one of those interceptions, & made several big tackles as well. After allowing 21 points in the 1st half, the Dragons defense really buckled down in the 2nd half, only allowing 6 points. Jarrett has certainly stepped up in his role on defense and as a leader on the Dragons.
You can catch T.C. & the rest of the Dragons back home this coming Friday, as they welcome the Chamblee Bulldogs to Dragons Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports writer’s Pickens Player of the Week is #6 Jarod Whitmore. Whitmore, contributed in a big way in the Dragons game against the Pepperell Dragons. Whitmore, scored two long touchdowns in the 2nd & 4th quarters. The first, was a 69-yd catch from last week’s Player of the Week, CJ Streicher. Whitmore would add a 39-yd touchdown catch in the 4th,. Whitmore also ran the ball several times & also had a run back on a kickoff return.
Whitmore, & the rest of the Dragons will look to bounce back after a tough game against Pepperell when they take on White County next week on the road. Kick off for that game is set for 7:30.
This week’s TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Player of the Week for week 1 is Senior QB CJ Streicher. Streicher was crucial in the Dragons 28-18 win over a very game Stone Mountain in the 2019 opener on Friday. Streicher got the scoring started with a 1-yd touchdown run. He then added two touchdown passes. 1 to Mykel Hand on a 18-yd fade, & a second to Alex Snelgrove on a 24-yd strike. Streicher also kept drives alive with his feet, converted a 4th down on a fake punt, & did a good job when called upon to punt.
The Dragons will have next week off as they prepare for their next challenge, a road game against a good team in the Pepperell Dragons. You can catch that one on September 6th. Kickoff is set for 7:30. TeamFYNSports will be there to bring you all the exciting coverage from that game.
The 2018-2019 basketball is officially over for Pickens High School as Coaches came to the stage to recognize and honor the athletes that took the hardwoods this season.
To start the night, Moe’s provided a catered meal to all in attendance followed by recognition of the basketball cheerleaders. These young ladies worked hard all season to keep the spirit alive at all the games.
Both Coach Thomas for the Nettes and Coach Duffie for the Dragons highlighted the fun times, the hardships, and more importantly, the dedication and effort put forth by the players. Every player from junior varsity up to the graduating seniors was called to the front one by one and given certificates and plaques for their participation and outstanding performance. Torie Williams and McKenzie Weaver were honored for reaching 1000 high school points during the 2018-2019 season for the Nettes. Seth Bishop was honored by the Jasper Chamber of Commerce with a marble plaque for also reaching 1000 points as a Dragon. Congratulations to all of the PHS basketball players on your awards and look forward to a new season that will be here before we know it.
With the stepping down of Chris Parker as head coach back in December, Jeff Nelson is ready to get the 2019 spring practice season going.
Nelson got started in coaching later in life but has made his mark as coordinator where ever he goes. At Pickens, Nelson will experience his first Head Coaching job for a successful program coming off a 11-1 season. When asked if he would change anything Nelson said ” Every new coach comes in and changes something and leaves his mark on the program. We will make a few subtle changes. With a successful program, we won’t change much.
Losing a few very skilled and good athletes to graduation last season, Nelson is excited for the younger athletes currently on the team and those moving from middle school into high school to fill some shoes and make an impact this season. It is well known that the youth football program in Pickens is overseen by the County-wide Athletic Director in Chris Parker and is one of the best feeder programs in all of North Georgia.
The 2019 Dragons will be without long time Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Adam Wharton. After 11 season Wharton made the decision to move to another program located in Northern Georgia. Nelson said that as Head Coach he will as he as always been, remain very involved in the S&C program for the team. There is not a major focus on searching for a replacement at this time. Nelson said as time goes forward a decision to look inside the program or at an outside system will be made but right now, we are good.
Look foward to another great year of Dragon Football.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Players of the Week are Kealy Hillhouse & Zach Goss. The Nettes & Dragons only had one game this week as they hosted Southeast Whitfield for Senior Night.
Kealy Hillhouse, has really stepped up her game as the season has gone by. She was a big part of the Nettes’ win over Christian Heritage the week before, & continued that play against the Lady Raiders finishing with 4 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal.
Zach Goss, led the Dragons in scoring in this, his final home game as a Senior. Goss, finished with 22 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, & 2 steals.
This Week’s #TeamFYNSports Players of the Week are Reagan Harwood & Tucker Lowe: The Nettes’ & Dragons each had three games this week as they went to Southeast Whitfield, hosted Christian Heritage, & traveled to Dawson.
Reagan Harwood, is an example of a younger player getting better as the season goes along. Harwood, comes off the bench for the Nettes’, but makes the most of the opportunities she’s given. Harwood, had 2 points, 5 rebounds, & a steal against Southeast Whitfield, 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal, & 1 block against Christian Heritage. Harwood held her own against a good Dawson team as well.
Tucker Lowe, has grown more comfortable with varsity basketball in this, his sophomore season. Not only is Lowe a threat to knock down a three after he crosses half court, he’s gotten better defensively as the season has gone on & learning to use his quickness more to drive into the lane. Against Southeast Whitfield, Lowe had 9 points, 1 rebound, & 1 steal. Against Christian Heritage, he had 14 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound. He finished with 3 points against a good Dawson squad.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Players of the Week are Sarah Morris & Owen Moss. Both the Nettes and the Dragons had tough week’s this week going 0-2 against region competition.
Sarah Morris, had a good week despite the tough losses. Morris plays good defense & when rolling, can light up the scoreboard quickly. Against Gilmer, she had 4 points, & 1 rebound. Against Northwest Whitfield, she finished with 12 points & 2 rebounds.
Owen Moss is one half of the starting sophomore duo along with Tucker Lowe. Moss, is very quick with the ball. He uses that quickness to get into the lane & help on defense. Against Gilmer, Moss finished with 2 points, 2 assists, & 5 rebounds. Against the Bruins, Moss had 9 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Players of the Week are Torie Williams & Brady Moore. PHS, had an out of region game & a region game this week as they hosted Cedartown, & traveled to LaFayette:
Torie Williams, had a big hand in the Nettes’ going 2-0 for the week as she finished with 9 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, & a steal against Cedartown, & 17 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, & 1 block against LaFayette.
Brady Moore, did a lot of dirty work in these two games against Cedartown & LaFayette. Against the Bulldogs he had an assist, 3 rebounds, & a steal, & against the Ramblers he finished with 4 points & 2 rebounds.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Players of the Week are two Seniors. Olivia Simmons & Zach Goss. This week started region play for both the Nettes & the Dragons as they both went 1-1 during the week.
Olivia Simmons, can do just about anything you ask of her on the court. She can get rebounds, she has great vision when it comes to her passes. She can also knock down a three if you need her to. The Nettes’ faced Heritage & Ridgeland this week. Against the Lady Generals, Simmons had 2 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal. Against the Lady Panthers, Simmons tallied up 8 points, 8 assists, 10 rebounds, & 1 steal
For Zach Goss, he lit up the score book against Heritage & Ridgeland. Goss led the team in scoring during the week. Against Heritage, Goss had 24 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, & 2 steals. Against Ridgeland, Goss finished with 27 points, 3 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, & 2 blocks.