Blue Flame blank Devildogs on road

By Cole Little
Courier Sports

TRAVELERS REST — The Pickens Blue Flame put together their most complete performance of the 2017 season to roll to a 31-0 victory over the Travelers Rest Devildogs on Friday night.

“Any time you win, it’s a great thing,” Pickens head coach Chad Smith said after the one-sided road victory. “Our defense did great. I can’t say enough about a shutout. You can’t do better than that defensively.”

Pickens was led by stalwart fullback Bryson Capps, who amassed 135 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. The Blue Flame totaled 275 yards rushing on the evening, taking control of the contest with three fast-paced scoring drives in the first half.

The story of the game, however, was the Pickens defense, which certainly put forth its most impressive effort of the fall. Limiting Travelers Rest to just 84 yards on the night, the Blue Flame defense was impeccable, collecting two sacks and forcing three fumbles in the process.

Holding the Devildogs to a meager 1 yard through three quarters, Pickens pressured the quarterback for the entirety of the contest, consistently preventing a passing game from developing for Travelers Rest.

“It was pretty clean,” Smith said of his team’s winning performance. “We can still tweak some things; you’re never perfect. But, at the same time, the kids did a great job and played relatively clean throughout. And that’s why we came out on top.”

If not for an essentially meaningless final drive for the Devildogs that saw them gain 83 yards,

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