Big 2nd half propels Dragons into playoffs

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Jasper, GA — It was a beautiful Friday night for football as the Pickens Dragons hosted the White County Warriors in a critical 7-AAA game. Pickens, came into the game tied for 3rd in the region standings with Wesleyan. White County, were on the outside looking in coming into the game, but still had a shot at punching their playoff ticket. After being down early, the Dragons outscored the Warriors 48-14 to pick up their third straight win, 48-28.

 

The Dragons, won the opening coin toss and elected to differ to the second half. After both offenses had a crack with the ball, the Warriors struck first with a 16-yd TD pass. The PAT was good and with 4:11 left in the first quarter, White County led Pickens, 7-0. The Warriors, added on to their lead after a 73-yd touchdown run. The PAT was good and as they went into the second quarter, White County led the Dragons, 14-0.

Dragons defending the run

The Dragons, got their offense going in the second quarter as they drove down the field and finished off the drive with a 2-yd touchdown run by Miguel Salto. The PAT was good and with 8:06 left in the first half, Pickens cut the Warriors lead down to 14-7. After the Dragons forced White County to punt, Pickens started their next possession on their own 6-yd line. After a loss of a yard on first down, the Dragons took a shot down field as Sam Streicher connected with Marcus Pike, who took it the distance for a 95-yd touchdown. The PAT was good and with 4:40 left in the first half, the game was now tied at 14. With 2 seconds left in the first half, the Warriors set up for a 41-yd field goal. The kick fell short and at the half, we were tied at 14 a piece.

Dragons looking to cut the lead in half

To start the third quarter, the Dragons got the ball first. The possession didn’t last long as Salto broke through for a 56-yd touchdown. The PAT was good and with 11:08 left in the third, Pickens took it’s first lead of the game at 21-14. White County, was able to come right back and tie things up with a 3-yd touchdown run. The PAT was good and we had a tie game again at 21. With the two teams going back and forth, it was the Dragons turn as Streicher found a wide open Gabe Neil for a 43-yd touchdown pass. The PAT was good and with 6:36 left in the third, Pickens led, 28-21.

The Warriors, matched that score with a 25-yd touchdown run. The PAT was good and with 3:56 left, the game was once again tied. This time, at 28 a piece. The Dragons, got the last score the quarter as Streicher rolled to his left and found a wide open Isaiah Williams for a 20-yd touchdown. The PAT was no good and as we headed to the fourth, Pickens led White County, 34-28.

Miguel Salto receiving the hand off

A little over midway through the fourth quarter, the Dragons added to their lead as Streicher again found Williams on the exact same play. Williams would take it in from 26 yards for his second score of the game. The PAT was good and with 5:38 left in the game, Pickens led the Warriors, 41-28. After a turnover on downs by White County, the Dragons used the short field to their advantage as Colby Brooks took it in from 2 yards out on the sweep. The PAT was good and with 1:57 left in the game, Pickens now led, 48-28. That would be your final score as the Dragons make it three in a row.

7-AAA Football Standings:

Dawson County: 8-2 (6-0) *Region champions

Lumpkin County: 7-2 (3-2)

Pickens: 4-5 (3-2)

Wesleyan: 4-5 (3-2)

Gilmer: 4-5 (2-3)

White County: 3-6 (1-4)

West Hall: 1-8 (0-5)

With the win, the Dragons have earned a spot into the AAA playoffs. Pickens, will be at home again next week as they welcome the Wesleyan Wolves to Jasper for a first time meeting. This will determine the 3rd place in the region standings heading into the playoffs. Kick off is set for 7:30 pm.

Dragons defeat Spartans, tied for 3rd in region standings

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Oakwood, Ga — After a big win last week against their rivals, the Gilmer Bobcats, the Pickens Dragons looked to continue that momentum as they traveled to take on the West Hall Spartans. This was the first regular season game between the two teams since 2009. With a win and some help, the Dragons would find themselves tied for 3rd in the region standings with Wesleyan, who was on their bye week. At times it wasn’t pretty, but the Dragons did their part and defeated the Spartans, 29-7.

 

The Spartans, won the coin toss and differed to the second half, giving the Dragons offense first crack at points. Pickens, got a big down field play in their first possession as Sam Streicher found Colby Brooks on the screen play and Brooks was able to pick up big yardage. The Dragons, struck first as Canaan Denson powered his way for a 14-yd touchdown run. Pickens, went for a 2-point conversion, but it was unsuccessful. With 8:21 left in the first quarter, the Dragons led the Spartans, 6-0. As the first quarter came to an end, Pickens looked to add to their lead. West Hall, held the Dragons at the goal line on fourth down as time expired in the opening quarter. Going to the Second, Pickens led the Spartans, 6-0.

Colby Brooks takes the pass up field

Early in the second quarter, with West Hall backed up on what looked like their 1-inch line, the Dragons were able to force a safety. With 10:44 left in the first half, Pickens led the Spartans, 8-0. There was a bit of back and forth between the two teams during the second quarter with both sides receiving penalties. Going into the half, the Dragons maintained an 8-0 lead over West Hall.

Dragons defense forcing a safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost midway through the third quarter, Pickens added to their lead as Kadyn Hampton scored an 8-yd touchdown. The PAT was good and with 6:27 left in the third, the Dragons led the Spartans, 15-0. Later on in the quarter, Hampton again found the end zone as he bullied his way to a 1-yd touchdown. The PAT was good and with 3:09 left in the third, Pickens led West Hall, 22-0. That 22-0 score held up till the end of the third and we’d head to the fourth.

Dragons driving on offense

A couple minutes into the fourth quarter, the Spartans got on the board with a 54-yd touchdown. The PAT was good and with 9:56 left in the game, the Dragons led West Hall, 22-7. A minute and 33 seconds later, Pickens got the touchdown back as Hampton found pay dirt for the third time in the second half with a 5-yd run. The PAT was good and with 8:23 left in the game, the Dragons led the Spartans, 29-7. That score would serve as the final score as the Dragons win their second straight game.

 

7-AAA Football Standings:

Dawson: 7-2 (5-0)

Lumpkin: 7-1 (4-1)

Pickens: 3-5 (2-2)

Wesleyan: 3-5 (2-2)

Gilmer: 5-4 (2-3)

White County: 3-5 (1-3)

West Hall: 1-7 (0-4)

 

The Dragons, will be back home next week as the host the White County Warriors in what can only be seen as a big game for both. A win for the Dragons, keeps them in the hunt for the playoffs. A win for the Warriors, gives them still an outside shot at making it. Kickoff set for 7:30 pm.

Early mistakes costly as Dragons fall to Chattooga

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On a very unforgettable day in american history, September 11th, the Pickens Dragons (1-0) traveled to Summerville to take on the Chattooga Indians (0-1). This was the first ever meeting between the two schools in football. Chattooga, is out of the AA classification. They were coming off of a tough loss to Adairsville 28-21. The Dragons, came in riding high after defeating their 515 rival Gilmer Bobcats 17-8. In a tough game, Pickens had their chances in the second half, but several mistakes in the first quarter were too much to overcome as Chattooga took this one, 28-14.

 

The Dragons started off the ball game with the first possession, but were unable to get anything going. Chattooga used a heavy dose of their run game as they chewed up several minutes on the clock as they found the end zone for the first time on the night after a 1-yd touchdown run to make it 7-0 with 3:27 left in the opening quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, Pickens couldn’t corral the ball and the Indians took over in Dragon territory. Shortly after, Chattooga connected on a 28-yd touchdown pass to make it 14-0 Indians going to the second.

Senior Sy Chadwick looking to tackle the ball carrier

The second quarter began with the Indians on offense as they were driving when the first quarter came to an end. Chattooga capped off that drive with an 8-yd touchdown pass to make it 21-0 with 11:40 left in the first half. The Dragons, got on the board for the first time in the later stages of the first half as Sam Streicher found Devin Hand for a 23-yd touchdown pass to make it 21-7 Indians with 2:14 left in the opening half. Pickens forced a turnover on Chattooga’s next possession, and looked to capitalize on it just before the half. On the first play of the drive however, Streicher’s pass would be picked off by the Indians. After a long pass play by the Indians, Chattooga scored on a 3-yd touchdown run to make it 28-7 as we hit halftime.

Sam Streicher looking for a receiver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter saw the defenses for both teams really lock in and stand their ground. The biggest threat in the third, came from the Dragons as it looked like Pickens had crossed the plain for a touchdown but the officials ruled that the ball came out before the runner was down and Chattooga would recover the fumble. The defense for the Dragons continued to get better as the game wore on and held the Indians offense in check. Going to the fourth quarter, it was still 28-7 Chattooga.

The Dragons D-line getting pressure upfront

The Dragons were driving as the third quarter came to an end, and looked to score quickly to cut into the Indians lead. On fourth down, Streicher found Jarod Whitmore for a 5-yd touchdown pass to make it 28-14 Chattooga with 10:21 left in the game. Pickens had several chances to try and cut into the lead, but the Indians were able to hold on as Chattooga took this one, 28-14.

 

7-AAAA Standings:

Heritage: 2-0

Northwest Whitfield: 2-0

Pickens: 1-1

Cedartown: 0-1

Central-Carroll: 0-1

Ridgeland: 0-2

 

The Dragons, will again be on the road next week as they head to Cleveland Georgia to take on a familiar foe in recent years, the White County Warriors. As you may know, the Warriors dropped down to AAA and are off to a 2-0 start on the season. This will be the 46th all time meeting between the two schools with White County leading the series 23-20-2. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm.

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