Blue Flame looking up after bye week

By Cole Little
Courier Sports

PICKENS — “We have good kids. I think that’s our biggest strength. They work extremely hard, and they want to win.”

Hailed by Pickens head coach Chad Smith as the most pivotal strength of his team, the committed, hard-working roster sported by the Blue Flame is what has Pickens on the fast track to a turnaround this season. After going 2-8 in a 2016 season that finished with an interim head coach, making Smith’s offseason hire a possibility, Pickens has embraced Smith’s approach to the game and shown widespread improvements across the board to begin the 2017 slate.

“I think we’ve played extremely hard,” Smith said of the season so far. “I think our kids have that down. We’re trying to play good, hard-nosed, disciplined football.”

Despite standing at 1-3, the Blue

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