Pickens trending upward entering Smith’s 3rd year

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Entering year three of the Chad Smith era at Pickens, the Blue Flame are hoping to continue to build on last season’s successes and learn from last year’s miscues.

The Blue Flame finished 4-7 in 2018, a step up from a two-win rebuilding season the year before, and even made it to the playoffs, losing on the road against eventual state runner-up Greer 35-6 in the first round.

However, the Blue Flame still have plenty of work to do. Last season’s Flame lost three games by one score or less before finally overcoming their late-game demons against Palmetto to clinch their spot in the playoffs. This year’s team will face an uphill battle in one of the toughest regions in the state following the loss of a talented group of seniors and star wing Brady Batson, who is

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