Slow start dooms Blue Flame at Wren

By Cole Little
Courier Sports

PIEDMONT — A tale of two halves is a phrase that can be used to describe many of the Pickens Blue Flame’s games this season, and the team’s 49-14 loss to the Wren Hurricanes on Friday night was a prime example.

Amassing just 28 yards in the first half while getting outscored 36-0, the Blue Flame found themselves facing a daunting deficit at halftime that proved to be too difficult to overcome, despite a solid effort on both sides

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Pickens quarterback Cole Beatty hands off to Jarod Barton during the Blue Flame’s loss at Wren on Friday night.

of the ball in the second half.

While the showing in the second half was certainly impressive, a consistent performance from start to finish was absent, something that Pickens head coach Chad Smith addressed following the game.

“We’ve got to start believing,” Smith said. “That team you saw in the second half is the team

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