Dragons Fall In Nail Bitter To White County

Sports, Team FYN Sports

It was another back and forth ball game on Friday night as the PHS DRagons varsity football team made it’s way up to Cleveland to take on the Warriors of White County, in a non-region tilt. Pickens, came in winners of two straight over White County, but the Warriors came in with the all time series lead at 22-20-2. Both teams were looking to bounce back after tough losses last wee, as they gear up for region play in a few weeks.


It didn’t take long for last week’s TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week, Jarod Whitmore, to make an impact on this game as he would take the opening kickoff back 90-yds for a touchdown. The PAT hit off the left upright, & Pickens held a 6-0 lead over the Warriors. White County, would then find the end zone themselves on their opening drive with a 52-yd touchdown pass. The ensuing PAT was good, & the Warriors had their first lead of the night, 7-6, with 9:50 left in the opening frame. The Dragon defense would then come up big as Mykel Hand would make a great catch for the interception. Pickens would use that turnover as momentum to score on that ensuing possession, with a Whitmore 6-yd touchdown run. The PAT was good, & the Dragons retook the lead, 13-7, with 5:39 to go in the 1st. White County scored on a 5-yd touchdown pass, to make it 14-13 Warriors after one.

Streicher handing off to Whitmore








Early on in the 2nd quarter, the Dragons picked off another Warrior pass. This time, it was T.C. Jarrett. The interception, set up Pickens with great field position & Whitmore would end the drive with a 3-yd touchdown run. His 3rd of the first half. The PAT was once again good & Pickens took the lead back, 20-14, with 9:55 to go in the half. 55 seconds later, the Warriors answered that score with a touchdown run of their own. This one, from 49-yds out. The PAT was good, & White County reclaimed the lead, 21-20. No other scoring would occur for the rest of the half & we hit the midway point with the Warriors on top, 21-20.

Jose Sanchez attempting a 52-yd field goal

In the 3rd quarter, both teams had to deal with another opponent, mother nature. The skies opened up & rain that was maybe supposed to come after the game decided that it wanted to make a surprise appearance. This made it a little difficult for both offenses to find any groove. White County would put together a drive late in the 3rd, but Jay Jones would come up with a big interception for the Dragons in the end zone. Going to the 4th, White County was still in front, 21-20.

Whitmore battling to score 1 of his 3 touchdowns









Let’s flash forward to just about 6 minutes left to go in the ball game. Down one, the Dragons were looking to start the drive that could potentially win it. Pickens, marched down the field, executing key third downs along the way. The Dragons, would get all the way down to the Warrior 10-yd line, & then, White County would create a fumble, recover, & take it 88-yds down to the Pickens 2-yd line. The Warriors, scored on the next play, giving them a 27-20 lead with 1:35 left. They went for the 2-point conversion, but the Dragons were able to stop it. Pickens, again looked to start a big drive, but again the Warriors would come up with a key turnover as they picked off Streicher’s pass. To their credit, the Dragons defense stepped up in a big spot & stopped White County on a 4 & out to give the offense another chance. A pass by Streicher was completed on 4th down, but it was shy of the marker, giving the ball back to the Warriors. Your final, White County 27 Pickens 20.


Pickens, will look to bounce back after two tough road defeats as they host the Chamblee Bulldogs at home next week. Chamblee, is 0-2 on the season, & have had an extra week to get ready. Game time is set for 7:30.



Dragons Now 1-1 After Tough Game With Pepperell

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team traveled over to Lindale to take on the Pepperell Dragons in what has become the “Battle of the Dragons” over the last several years. This series, dates back to 1958, & was the first time Pickens had gone to Lindale for a game since 1985. Pickens, also came into the game with an 11-game regular season win streak on the line as well.


In the first quarter, Pickens started off with possession, & had a nice drive working. Pickens went for it on 4th down just across mid-field, but was unsuccessful, turning the ball over on downs. Pepperell took over for their first possession, looking to draw first blood. It looked like that was about to happen after a pass play connected, but a quick thinking Pickens’ defender, poked the ball out from behind, & Pickens took over on the 5-yd line. A quick moving 1st quarter ended, with a 0-0 tie.


The 2nd quarter was the complete opposite of the 1st. A lot of scoring. Pepperell started it off with a 25-yd touchdown pass at the 8:57 left in the half. 22 seconds later, Pickens scored on a 69-yd touchdown pass from CJ Streicher to Jarod Whitmore. The PAT was no good however, & Pepperell maintained a 7-6 lead, with 8:35 left in the half. Pepperell got a big return on the ensuing kickoff, and capitalized with a 31-yd touchdown run. The PAT was blocked, & Pepperell held a 13-6 lead with 7:16 left in the half. After a long pass connection from Streicher to Mykel Hand, Streicher finisshed the scoring drive with a 2-yd touchdown run. The PAT was good, & things were all squared at 13, with 5:05 left in the half. Pepperell, got one more score, an 11-yd touchdown pass, just before the end of the half. After one half of play, Pepperell led Pickens, 20-13.


Pepperell had the ball first in the 2nd half, looking to extend their lead over Pickens. Pepperell did just that with a 10-yd touchdown run, giving them a 27-13 lead with 8:15 left in the third. Pickens, had their chances in the 3rd, but were unable to connect on those chances. Pepperell, got another touchdown, this time, a 34-yd run. Going to the 4th, Pepperell held a 34-13 lead over Pickens.


Pickens, found their footing in the 4th quarter as the Streicher/Whitmore duo connected again, this time from 39-yds out, making it 34-20 Pepperell with 11:09 left in the ball game. Pickens, had several more chances in the 4th as the defense stepped up and kept Pickens in striking distance. Late in the game, on 4th down, it looked like Pickens had stopped Pepperell shy of the line to gain. However, it was decided that the ball had just crossed the line, & Pepperell was able to run the clock out the rest of the way. Your final score, 34-20 Pepperell.


Pickens, is now 1-1 on the early season. Next week, they’ll take to the road yet again. This time, they’ll head to Cleveland to take on the White County Warriors. This will be the 45th time both teams have played. The Dragons went 2-0 against White County last season. Defeating them once in the regular season, & once in the playoffs. White County still holds a slim lead in the series, 22-20-2. Kickoff is set for 7:30.




Dragons Shutout Warriors In Route To First Ever Playoff Victory

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This past Friday, it was a cold, drizzly night in Pickens County as the PHS Dragons varsity football team hosted the White County Warriors for the 1st round of the GHSA 4-A State Playoffs. White County, came into the game as the #4 seed from region 7, while the Dragons came in as the #1 seed from region 6. These two teams met earlier in the season as you may recall, with Pickens coming away with a 42-35 win.


The Dragons, won the toss & deferred to the 2nd half. White County, would manage a first down on their opening possession, but that would be all the Dragons defense would give up. On offense, the Dragons used the ground game & capped off their opening drive with points as QB CJ Streicher got in from 9-yds out to make it 7-0 Pickens, with 7:30 to go in the 1st quarter. Pickens then came up big on defense as the Warriors decided to go for it inside Dragon territory & were unsuccessful. Two plays later, Streicher found Zach Goss streaking down the far sideline & the Senior did the rest as he took it to the house for an 83-yd touchdown. As we headed to the 2nd, the Dragons were on top, 14-0.


The Dragons would add to their lead at the 9:17 mark of the 2nd quarter after Senior Michael Burrell made several moves including a fancy spin at the end of his 8-yd touchdown run, making it 21-0. The defense for Pickens once again came up big as a pass attempt by the Warriors was deflected, & Senior Chase Jarrett made a diving grab to nab the interception. The Dragons turned that turnover into points when Brady Moore ran it in from 29-yds out to make it 28-0, with 5:40 left in the first half. Just before the end of the half, another Dragon Senior, Trevon Hawkins, punched it in from 1-yd out, giving Pickens a 35-0 lead over White County heading into the break.


There was only one scoring drive in the 2nd half and that came on a 5-yd touchdown run from Jarod Whitmore in the 3rd quarter. Pickens, wins it’s first ever playoff game, 42-0.


Next week, the Dragons will again be home for the 2nd round of the 4-A Playoffs as they will welcome the Troup County Tigers to Jasper. Troup, is 10-1 on the season, & the #2 seed out of region 5. This will be the first meeting between the two schools in football. Kickoff set for 7:30 pm.



1st Downs: 11

3rd Down: 3/8

4th Down: 1/2

Total Yards: 397

Rush Yards: 239

Pass Yards: 158

Takeaways: 2 (1 interception, 1 fumble)

CJ Streicher: 6/8, 158 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 9 rushes, 43 yards, 1 TD

Trevon Hawkins: 9 rushes, 58 yards, 1 TD, 2 catches, 17 yards, 6 tackles, 1 pass break up

Brady Moore: 7 rushes, 52 yards, 1 TD, 1 pass break up

Michael Burrell: 8 rushes, 41 yards, 1 TD, 2 catches, 24 yards, 2 tackles, 3 punts, long of 53 yards, 1 inside the 20

Jarod Whitmore: 1 rushing TD

Zach Goss: 1 catch, 83 yards, 1 TD

Kaleb Ray: 1 catch, 34 yards, 1 pass break up

Hunter Hermann: 7 tackles, 1 pass break up

Dallas McHale: 6 tackles, 3 for loss

Chase Nelson: 6 tackles

Andrew Macom: 5 tackles, 1 forced fumble

Jake Rogers: 5 tackles, 1 sack

Chase Jarrett: 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception

Jose Sanchez: 6/6 on PAT


Dragons Move To 3-0 After Hard Fought Win Over White County

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This past Friday, the PHS Dragons varsity football team welcomed the White County Warriors for non-region action. White County, is out of region 7 in the 4A classification, & this match up could potentially happen again down the road in the 1st round of the playoffs, as region 6 & 7 pair up this year. The Warriors, led the all time series heading into the game, 22-18-2. The last meeting came in 2015, where Pickens came out with a 13-6 win, the last time they started a season 3-0.


White County began the opening quarter with the ball, but the Dragon defense got them off the field. The Warriors defense ended the Dragons first series after picking off a pass & we had a stalemate after the first drives for both teams. Pickens was able to break through at the 3:54 mark of the 1st after a 5-yd TD run from Michael Burrell to give the Dragons a 7-0 lead. Just before the 1st quarter came to an end, QB CJ Streicher extended the Dragons lead with a 3-yd TD run, making it 14-0, going to the 2nd.


The White County Warriors got back into the game with a pair of TD’s early in the 2nd. The first, came after a 3-yd run at the 9:01 mark to make it 14-7. The Warriors would then tie things up at the 7:58 mark after a 39-yd TD pass, & we were all squared up at 14. After a good drive, Pickens answered after an 8-yd pitch & catch from Streicher to Zach Goss, giving the Dragons the lead back, 21-14 with 4:32 left in the first half. Right before the half was about to end, White County got a 2-yd TD run to tie things up at 21, going to the break.


In the 3rd, the Dragons reclaimed the lead at the 9:06 mark after a 27-yd TD pass from Burrell to Goss, giving Pickens the 28-21 lead. At the 3:48 mark, Pickens added to that lead after Robert Davis broke free for a 76-yd TD run, making it 35-21 Dragons. White County, went for it on their side of the 50 on 4th down on their next drive, & it ended up working out for the Warriors as they scored on a 52-yd TD pass, to make it 35-28 Dragons as we headed to the 4th.


The Dragons got that two score lead right back at the 10:37 mark of the 4th after Streicher connected with Goss from 22-yds out, giving Pickens the 42-28 lead. The Warriors, got back within a score after a 5-yd TD pass at the 1:11 mark, making it 42-35. White County, then would go for the onside kick, & the kick bounced out of bounds & the Dragons were able to run out the clock to seal the win, 42-35.



1st downs: 14

3rd downs: 5/12

4th downs: 3/6

Total Yards: 489

Rush Yards: 409

Pass Yards: 80

CJ Streicher: 4/11 for 53 yards, 2 TD 2 INT, 21 rushes, 117 yards, 1 TD

Michael Burrell: 1/1 for 27 yards, 1 TD, 9 rushes for 37 yards, 1 TD, 6 tackles, 1 pass break up

Robert Davis: 19 rushes, 216 yards, 1 TD

Zach Goss: 4 catches, 67 yards, 3 TD, 1 rush for 7 yards, 5 tackles, 1 pass break up

Alex Snelgrove: 1 catch for 13 yards, 7 tackles

Hunter Hermann: 18 total tackles, 9 solo, 9 assists

Chase Jarrett: 9 total tackles, 7 solo, 2 assists, 3 tackles for loss

Dallas McHale: 8 total tackles, 4 solo, 4 assists, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack

Andrew Macom: 7 total tackles, 4 solo, 3 assists, 2 tackles for loss

Logan Joiner: 6/6 on PAT attempts


Pickens, will once again be at home as they will welcome the Chamblee Bulldogs to Dragons Stadium in what will be the final non region game before region play starts. Kick off starts at 7:30.




Run Game & Defense Propel Pickens Past Pepperell In Battle Of Dragons

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This past Friday, the Pickens Dragons, welcomed the Pepperell Dragons to, you guess it, Dragons Stadium, for a non-region showdown. Pepperell, is out of the 2A classification. This was the 11th meeting all time between these two teams dating back to 1958. Pepperell, had gotten the better of Pickens in the first 10 meetings, going 9-0-1. The tie came in the first game in 1958. After a big win over Stone Mountain two weeks ago, the Dragons of Pickens looked to continue the early momentum built in this 2018 season. Prior to the game, Michael Burrell & Haley Aiken were named Mr & Miss PHS for the 2018-19 school year.


The Pepperell Dragons, won the toss, but elected to differ to the 2nd half. That meant the Dragons from Pickens, would get first crack at points. Pepperell collected the first turnover of the game as they picked off a CJ Streicher pass intended for Zach Goss & took it deep inside Pickens territory. The defense for Pickens stepped up after being backed up near their own goal line, & forced Pepperell into a field goal attempt. The field goal attempt was pushed left, & the Dragons of Pickens, would take back over on offense. Last week’s TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Player Of The Week Brady Moore, provided the first points of the game after a 12-yd TD run at the 6:33 mark, making it 7-0 Pickens. Just as the 2nd quarter got underway, Robert Davis took a hand off and plowed his way in from 4-yds out to make it 14-0 Pickens with 11:55 to go in the first half. Streicher, would then barrel his way into the end zone from 12-yds out. Making it 21-0 Pickens over Pepperell, as we hit halftime.


Pepperell, wasted little time to get on the board to start the 3rd quarter. Pepperell used a 13-yd TD pass to score their first points of the game, making it 21-7 Pickens, with 10:48 to go in the 3rd. Pickens answered that score, with a touchdown of their own as Streicher found the end zone for the 2nd time. This score came from 2-yds out, giving Pickens a three score lead, 28-7, with 7:32 left in the 3rd. 3 minutes & 12 seconds later, Streicher again was in the end zone with another 2-yd TD run, giving him three on the evening. Pickens was able to score two points on a conversion after a mishap on the PAT attempt. They led Pepperell 36-7 with 4:20 to go in the 3rd. Pepperell, scored near the end of the 3rd after a 6-yd TD run to make it 36-14 Pickens, going to the 4th. The final score of the night came after a 7-yd TD run for Jarod Whitmore to make what would be your final score, 43-14 Pickens.



First Downs: 21

Third Down: 9-13

Fourth Down: 1-1

Total Yards: 448

Rushing Yards: 382

Passing Yards: 66

Total Takeaways: 2 (1 fumble, 1 interception)


CJ Streicher: 1-2 for 45 yards, 1 catch for 21 yards, 24 rushes, 144 yards, 3 TD, 1 punt for 39 yards

Michael Burrell: 1-1 for 21 yards, 3 rushes, 25 yards, 2 tackles, 1 INT

Trevon Hawkins: 14 rushes, 52 yards, 5 tackles, 1 punt return for 16 yards, 1 kick return for 19 yards

Brady Moore: 6 rushes, 50 yards, 1 TD, 4 tackles, 1 pass breakup

Robert Davis: 9 rushes, 50 yards, 1 TD

Jarod Whitmore: 7 rushes, 41 yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble recovery

Zach Goss: 1 catch for 45 yards

Hunter Hermann: 10 total tackles, 2 TFL

Clayton Holland: 6 total tackles

Kaleb Ray: 6 total tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass breakup

Jay Jones: 5 total tackles

Andrew Macom: 5 total tackles, 1 sack

Logan Joiner: 5/5 on PAT

Jose Sanchez: 6 kickoffs, 5 touch backs


Pickens, will once again be home next Friday as they welcome a former region opponent. The White County Warriors will come to Jasper for another non-region game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30.



Dragons Fall In Close Double Overtime Battle With White County, Resume Region Play On Friday

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We had early afternoon basketball today as the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled up to Fannin for the 2nd day of the 2017 Mountain Top Holiday Classic. This time, the Dragons would be facing the White County Warriors.


In the first, both teams seemed to be evenly matched as both squads found success scoring the ball. We would head to the 2nd in a deadlock at 17 all. In the 2nd, White County picked things up a bit, but Pickens would still be in striking distance. The Warriors, took a 29-22 halftime lead.


The 3rd quarter, saw White County stretch their lead out on the Dragons. Using an 18-11 quarter run, the Warriors took a 47-33 lead over Pickens to the 4th. In the 4th, the Dragons showed fight and resolve and started a massive rally. Pickens, stormed back in the final 8 minutes of regulation using a 20-6 quarter run to tie things up at 53 to send us to overtime.


In the first overtime, the Dragons used their momentum built up in the 4th quarter, to grab the early lead. However, the Warriors showed fight of their own. One overtime would not be enough to settle this game as both teams scored 10 points in the frame. We headed for overtime number two all knotted up at 63. In the 2nd overtime, White County would use an 11-4 run to take this one, 74-67.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Zach Goss: 20 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, & 1 block

Seth Bishop: 19 points, 3 assists, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 12 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound, & 4 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 6 points, 10 assists, 3 rebounds, & 5 steals

Joseph Gossett: 6 points, 2 assists, & 7 rebounds

Tucker Lowe: 4 points, & 2 rebounds


Pickens, will now shift their focus back to region play as they will be back in the Dragons Den this coming Friday as they host the Southeast Whitfield Raiders. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 pm.


Dragons Tip Off Holiday Classic Against Christian Heritage

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This afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team made their way to Fannin to begin the 2017 Mountain Top Holiday Classic. Thier opening day opponent would be the 9-0 Christian Heritage Lions.


The Christian Heritage Lions got off to a quick start to begin the first quarter, Pickens, got some offense going by the end of the frame, but trailed going to the 2nd, 23-11. The 2nd quarter, wasn’t pleasant to the Dragons as the Lions stretched out their lead using a 21-7 run to head into the break with a 44-18 advantage.


The 3rd quarter, Pickens started to find a little consistency on the offensive end as they put up 16 points in the quarter, nearly matching their 1st half total. Christian Heritage still held the advantage going to the 4th, 68-34. The consistency the Dragons showed in the 3rd quarter, carried over into the 4th as they were able to outscore the Lions 14-8. Christian Heritage would take this one, 76-48.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Chase Simmons: 15 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 3 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 11 points, 4 asissts, & 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 7 points

Seth Bishop: 6 points, 2 assists, & 3 rebounds

Joseph Gossett: 4 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound

Zach Goss: 3 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block


Pickens, will now face the White County Warriors early tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 pm.




5th Inning Key For JV Dragons Win Over White County

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Yesterday afternoon, the PHS JV Dragons baseball team hosted the White County Warriors at Dragons Field at PCMS. The JV Dragons, looked to kick things off in 2017 with a win at home.


Ben Miller, took to the mound for the JV Dragons and looked good in the top of the 1st. Miller K’d 2 batters in the top of the frame sending us to the bottom of the 1st. Pickens struck first as Jay Jones drew a leadoff walk and was driven in by Colby James on an RBI double. James then would be driven in by Adam Massey as the Dragons took a 2-0 lead going to the 2nd.


In the top of the 2nd, White County struck for 4 runs to take the lead over Pickens 4-2. The bottom of the 2nd saw the Dragons leave two stranded after Hunter Kalson led off the inning with a single. We would go to the 3rd, with the Warriors ahead, 4-2.


In the 3rd, Aiden Sanchez relieved Evan Jones and struck two Warriors out sending us to the bottom of the inning. Pickens cut the White County lead to 4-3 as Jacob Kirchoff drove in Lucas Headrick with an RBI single. In the 4th, the Dragons tied it up at 4 after Christian Chumley drove in Headrick with an RBI single.


The bottom of the 5th would be the turning point of the ball game. After Kirchoff & Bailey Truitt reached on errors, Jones drove them in with a single to give Pickens the lead back, 6-4. Headrick & Massey were able to draw back to back walks, then Chumley cleared the bases with a 3-RBI single to stretch the Dragons lead over the Warriors to 9-4.


After leading off with a single in the bottom of the 6th, Tyler Vreeland scored after a wild pitch to make it 10-4. White County would not go quietly as they started a rally in the top of the 7th. The Warriors scored two runs before Shawn Mask shut them down to seal a 10-6 win for the JV Dragons.


Ben Miller went 1 1/3 innings with 2 K’s, Evan Jones went 2/3 innings with 1 K, Aiden Sanchez went 2 innings with 2 K’s, Austin Plumley went 2 innings, & Shawn Mask went 1 inning

Pickens had 10 runs on 8 hits

Christian Chumley went 2-2 with 4 RBI

Adam Massey went 1-1 with an RBI, 1 run scored, & 3 walks

Jay Jones went 1-3 with 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 walk, & 1 HBP

Jacob Kirchoff went 1-3 with 1 RBI, a single, & 1 run scored

Lucas Headrick went 1-3 with 1 single, 3 runs scored, 1 walk, & 1 HBP

Colby James went 1-4 with 1 RBI, 1 double, & 1 walk

Tyler Vreeland went 1-2 with 1 single, & 1 run scored


The JV Dragons will have a quick turnaround as they travel to White County to take on the Warriors this afternoon. First pitch set for 5:30 p.m.


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