Costly fumbles, fourth quarter doom Pickens

By Cole Little
Courier Sports

PICKENS — Plagued by costly injuries and even costlier turnovers, the Pickens Blue Flame fell to 0-3 on the season with a 21-7 defeat at the hands of county rival Liberty on Friday.

Two touchdowns given up after turnovers proved to be the coup de grace for the Blue Flame in a game that was highlighted by its physical play and continual momentum swings.

“It was a very physical game,” Pickens head coach Chad Smith said after the game. “Liberty is a good football team. We had some key injuries early on, but I don’t want to take anything away from Liberty. (The Red Devils) did a great job.”

Despite the occasional big play, Pickens struggled to settle into a rhythm on offense, accruing just 99 total yards to Liberty’s 297. Not helping matters for the Blue Flame was the absence of a passing game.

Although Smith’s offense revolves around a tough running game, the Blue Flame lacked an aerial attack at all on Friday night, with starting

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