Pickens County Shuts Out Brilliant at Home
The Pickens County Tornados squared off against the Brilliant Tigers at home on Friday night in a battle of class 1A rivals. The Tornados dominated this game from start to finish, winning convincingly 52-0 over the Tigers.
Pickens County dropped 22 points in the first quarter, including two touchdowns by senior Elijah Merriweather. Merriweather had one run of 41 yards for a touchdown and a second of 16 yards. Junior running back Kemaurion Plott added a seven-yard score at the end of the quarter to make the score 22-0.
In the second quarter, junior wideout Santonio Jones took over for the Tornados. Jones had three touchdowns in the first half as well as a 35-yard punt return and a 30-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Demarkis Giles.
At the half, Pickens County led Brilliant 52-0 as the Tigers struggled moving the ball all night. Senior lineman Christian Byrd was a force to be reckoned with as he totaled three sacks and seven tackles for loss with a fumble recovery to lead the Tornado defense.
"The biggest thing this week was to try and come out and dominate from beginning to end and let me be the one to call off the dogs," said Pickens County head coach Michael Williams.
The one negative in the Tornadoes game was the number of mistakes the team made resulting in penalties. The Tornadoes totaled 11 penalties in Friday night's matchup.
"We got to continue to teach discipline. We came out here today and made some of the same mistakes tonight...what made me mad was the pre-snap penalties, that's all focus and discipline, and that's something we got to work on," said Williams.
Pickens County improves to 1-1 on the year while Brilliant drops to 0-2 on the season. The Tornados will travel to Sumiton Christian next week and the Tigers will face Marion County.