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.
The PHS varsity football team were finally back home after nearly a month on the road as they welcomed the Chamblee Bulldogs to Dragons Stadium for their final non-region game of the season. After falling in back to back tough games on the road, the Dragons looked to get back on the right track heading into next week.
The first quarter, was one of a coaches worst nightmares. Turnovers. In total, the two teams combined to turn the ball over 5 times in a sloppy start to this one.
Pickens forced two of those turnovers with a fumble recovery by Alex Snelgrove and an interception by Tucker Lowe. The Dragon defense forced a safety at the 9:25 mark of the 1st quar
ter, giving Pickens a 2-0 lead. With 30 seconds left in the quarter, the Bulldogs connected with a 22-yd field goal, to give them a 3-2 lead, going to the 2nd quarter.
58 seconds into the 2nd quarter, the Dragons retook the lead after a 30-yd touchdown pass from CJ Streicher (who was named Mr. PHS prior to the game) to Snelgrove. The PAT was good and Pickens took a 9-3 lead with 11:02 left in the first half. Soon after that, Tucker Lowe collected his 2nd interception of the first half. Pickens later added to their lead when Jarod Whitmore scampered 28-yds for the touchdown, giving the Dragons a 16-3 lead over Chamblee at the half.
The third quarter, saw an explosion of offense from the Dragons. The first of three 3rd quarter scores came after Streicher lobbed it up for Mykel Hand from 27-yds out & Hand came down with it after a one handed leaping grab to give Pickens the 23-3 lead over the Bulldogs with 7:52 left in the quarter. At the 5:12 mark, Whitmore scored his 2nd rushing touchdown of the night, this time from 35-yds out, to make it 30-3 Dragons. The 3rd and final score of the quarter came at the 1:36 mark when Streicher made some nifty moves to get in from 17-yds out. Dragons held a 37-3 lead over Chamblee, going to the 4th and final quarter.
The 4th quarter saw a lot of backups and younger players get into the ball game to get some much valued varsity experience. After a long run by backup QB TC Jarrett, Andrew Burrell was able to take it in from 19-yds out, giving the Dragons a 44-3 lead. Your final score from Dragons Stadium, Pickens 44 Chamblee 3.
With the win, the Dragons improve their record to 2-2. But next week, the real fun starts. Region play. Pickens, will start region play next week on the road against their friends from the north, the Gilmer Bobcats. Both teams will come into this game with identical 2-2 records and looking to start region play off on the right foot. Game time is set for 7:30 in Ellijay.
The Pickens High School varsity Dragons football team kicked of their 2019 season last night as they welcomed the Stone Mountain Pirates out of the 3-A classification to Dragons Stadium. It was an exciting night as many fans filled the home side to get a look at the defending 6-AAAA region champs in action. Prior to the game, the youth program all the way from 6u to 11u were recognized. They even got to greet the varsity players as they ran through the banner prior to kick off.
Pickens, got things started with several big runs & their opening drive was capped off by a 1-yd touchdown run by Senior QB CJ Streicher. Defensively, TC Jarrett would come up with a gorgeous interception after the pass attempt by the Pirates was batted around a couple of times. After one quarter of play, the Dragons, held a 7-0 lead. Stone Mountain cut into that lead rather quickly as they scored a 1-yd touchdown themselves just as the 2nd quarter was getting underway. the 2-point conversion was no good for the Pirates & the Dragons still led 7-6, with 11:55 to go in the half. Almost halfway through the 2nd quarter, Streicher found Mykel Hand, who made a great catch in the left corner of the end zone from 18-yds out, to make it 14-6 Dragons with 6:09 left in the half. Streicher would connect with fellow Senior Alex Snelgrove on a 24-yd strike to make it 21-6 Pickens with 2:23 left in the half. Pickens would find points once more as Tucker Lowe, picked off a pass just beyond midfield, & took it all the way for a house call to make it 28-6 Dragons over the Pirates at the half.
The third quarter saw both teams going back and forth fighting through a heavy fog that had made it’s way down to the field. The fog made it tough for both teams as the game remained 28-6 going to the fourth as no scoring occurred in the 3rd. In the 4th, the Pirates made it a little closer as they scored twice in the final frame. The first score of the quarter came after a 40-yd touchdown run. The 2-point conversion was unsuccessful, & the score was now, 28-12 Dragons. Stone Mountain scored one more time just as the fianl horn was sounding to make the final score, Pickens 28 Stone Mountain 18.
With the win, the Dragons extend their regular season win streak to 11 in a row. Pickens, will now look to buckle down on anything they need to correct as they now have two weeks to prepare for their next game. That game, will be on the road in Lindale, Georgia as they take a team that’s become quite familiar over the last couple of seasons, the Pepperell Dragons. Both teams will be coming off bye weeks & if history tells us anything, it’s that this game is sure to be an exciting one. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
This past Friday night, the Pickens Dragons varsity football team welcomed the Denmark Danes to Dragon Stadium for a scrimmage game one week before the 2019 season officially kicks off. Pickens, coming off of a historic 11-1 season, a region championship, & their first ever playoff victory. Coming into the 2019 season, the Dragons are looking to replace several key players from last season, & look for some of the younger kids to step up & fill some important roles.
There was no official score kept on Friday night, their was plenty of scoring going on during this scrimmage game. The Danes got the scoring started by getting only points in the 1st quarter with a 40-yd field goal. Going to the 2nd quarter, Denmark led things, 3-0. Early on in the 2nd quarter, the Danes extended their lead with a 15-yd rushing touchdown to make it unofficially, 10-0 with 11:46 left in the first half. Pickens, found the end zone for the first time on the night after a nice 31-yd touchdown pass from returning 6-AAAA Player of the Year CJ Streicher to Jarod Whitmore cut the Dane lead to 10-6 with 3:46 left in the first half. Kickoffs, punts, field goals, & PAT’s were not live during this game so after the Danes took over after the Dragon touchdown, they wasted little time getting those points back. An 80-yd touchdown pass gave Denmark a 17-6 advantage over Pickens. Denmark was looking to add to their lead late in the first half as they were down near the Dragon goal line with seconds to go. The Dragon defense buckled down and made the stand as Tucker Lowe intercepted the pass on 4th down in the end zone to send us to the half, Danes up, 17-6.
The 2nd half saw the younger groups get in and get some valuable playing time for later on down the road. The Danes opened the 2nd half scoring with their 2nd rushing touchdown of the game to extend their lead to 23-6 over the Dragons with 6:48 to go in the 3rd. Pickens came right back and scored on a beautiful 23-yd touchdown pass from TC Jarrett to Connor Browning to make it 23-13 Denmark, going to the 4th and final quarter. Denmark, stretched their lead out at the 11:42 mark of the 4th with their 3rd rushing touchdown of the game. This time, a 48-yd run. The Danes added a field goal in the final minute, to make it an unofficial 33-13 final.
All in all, some good things happened on the field Friday night for the Dragons. There was also some teachable moments for the coaches which is what these scrimmages games are for. Once this offense got to clicking, it was fun to watch. The defense made some really nice plays & held Denmark on several goal line stands & forced several Dane turnovers.
Looking ahead to next Friday, the Dragons will take a 10 game regular season win streak into Friday night as they host the Stone Mountain Pirates to kick off the 2019 season. The Pirates, are out of the 3-A classification and went 2-8 last season. As coaches & players will tell you though, last season was last season & 2019 brings on a whole new year & every team is different. You can catch the Dragons taking on the Pirates next Friday at Dragon Stadium at 7:30.
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.
Late afternoon yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to Southeast Whitfield to begin their part of the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. Pickens, came in as the #6 seed, while their opponent, the Heritage Generals, came in as the #3 seed. Pickens & Heritage split their meetings during the regular season. The winner, would advance to the 4A State Tournament, & to the semifinals.
In the 1st, the Dragons came out aggressive, & making three pointers early. Tucker Lowe hit 3 three’s, & Andrew Smith nailed a three to lead Pickens to a 18-16 lead after the 1st quarter. In the 2nd quarter, the Generals made a run, but the Dragons were able to keep it close. Going into the break, Heritage led Pickens, 32-28.
The 3rd quarter saw the Generals pull away a little bit using a 20-9 quarter run, but remember, we have seen Pickens come back from down double digits in the 2nd half in games late this season. Going to the 4th, Heritage held a 52-37 advantage. In the 4th, both teams scored 11 points a piece, as the Generals came away with the win, 63-48.
Tucker Lowe: 15 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Zach Goss: 14 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds
Andrew Smith: 10 points, 2 blocks
Hunter Hermann: 5 points, 3 assists, 13 rebounds, 6 steals
Owen Moss: 2 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
Noah Sutton: 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal
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.
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.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Players of the Week are Sarah Morris & Tucker Lowe. The Dragons & Dragonettes had a busy, & tough week this past week with three road games. Both teams went 1-2 in those road games as the Nettes were able to pick up a win against Christain Heritage, & the Dragons stunned Northwest Whitfield.
Sarah Morris, has become a valuable piece for the Nettes in this her Junior season. Morris, had a good week this week contributing in the three road games Pickens played in. Morris finished with 7 points, 2 rebounds, & a steal against Gilmer, & 4 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & a steal against Christian Heritage.
Tucker Lowe, is the three point marksman for the Dragons. The Sophomore guard contributed to a lot of points for Pickens in their games this week, & also stepped things up on the defensive side as well. Lowe, had 12 points, 3 assists, & 1 steal against Gilmer, 21 points, 3 assists, & 3 rebounds against Northwest Whitfield, & 12 points, 1 assist, & 1 steal against Christian Heritage.
Both the Dragons & Dragonettes have one game this week & it’s set for now to be Tuesday against Southeast Whitfield for Senior Night. With the impending winter weather headed this way, keep an eye on any potential moving around of games this week.