Lafayette can’t slow down un­beaten Pick­ens

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Scott Herpst sherpst@npco.com

The Pick­ens Dragons capped their first-ever 10-0 reg­u­lar sea­son in school his­tory with a 48-19 win at Lafayette on Fri­day night.

The Ram­blers ac­tu­ally drew first blood, tak­ing a 7-0 lead less than two min­utes into the con­test on a 76-yard touch­down pass from Vyshonn Daniel to Austin Rodgers. But a pair of Pick­ens scores, one on the ground and one through the air, would give the Dragons a 13-7 lead at the first-quar­ter horn.

Pick­ens would add a sec­ond TD pass early in the sec­ond pe­riod, but the Ram­blers would bat­tle back to make it 20-13 on a 6-yard run by Daniel with six min­utes left in the half.

How­ever, three quick scores would turn the tide in fa­vor of the visi­tors.

The Dragons would get back on the board with a touch­down run and the de­fense re­turned an in­ter- cep­tion for a score to boost the lead to 20 points. Pick­ens would then re­cover a Lafayette fum­ble at the Ram­blers’ 24-yard line to set up an­other touch­down with just two min­utes re­main­ing in the half, up­ping its ad­van­tage to 41-13 at in­ter­mis­sion.

An­other rush­ing touch­down would make it 48-13 in the third quar­ter, but the Ram­blers would get the fi­nal points of the night on a 15-yard run by An­drew Pen­der­grass with less than a minute to play in the third.

In­di­vid­ual sta­tis­tics were not avail­able as of press time.

Lafayette (4-5, 1-4) will look to close out the sea­son with a vic­tory this Fri­day night as they travel to win­less Gilmer.

/ Keith Deal

Chase Stultz (5) and Brady Beard (84) team up to tackle Pick­ens’ Brady Moore as Lafayette’s Tyrese Marsh (2) moves in to pro­vide back-up.

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