New Beginning

Flame ready to hit the ground running in Smith’s first season

By Cole Little
Courier Sports

PICKENS — “You think you glorify things in your mind, but, when you come back, you remember that Pickens is a different place. It’s a special place.”

Two decades removed from suiting up on the gridiron as a member of the Pickens Blue Flame, first-year head coach Chad Smith feels as if he never truly left, assimilating back into the community that fostered his love for football rather quickly.

After a successful four-season stint at the helm of the Clover High School football team, which included a playoff appearance last year, Smith opted to return to his alma mater in the offseason, taking the reins of a

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