PCHS Shuts out Spring Garden to Advance to Semifinals

Jaccaurian Washington (5) leaps to defend the pass amidst heavy rains.

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent

Pickens County players fought through wet and muddy conditions once again Friday night, but the Tornadoes prevailed 13-0 to advance to the Class 1A semifinals for a third consecutive year. Pickens County moved to Class 2A in the 2014 and 15 seasons, before dropping back down to Class 1A. The Tornadoes have advanced to the state championship game their last three years in Class 1A and will attempt to make it 4-of-4 when they travel to Mars Hill Friday.

“It’s a great thing as a coach to be able to see your team win games in different environments and to be able to win no matter what the circumstances are,” Pickens County head coach Michael Williams said. “I feel like that’s a big plus for our team that we can be able to play in any type of weather and find ways to come out with a win.”

The game was scoreless until Cedric Smith picked up a blocked put and returned it for a touchdown and a 7-0 Pickens County lead with 10:15 remaining in the second quarter. The Tornadoes would take a 7-0 lead into halftime.


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