Battle flashes brilliance

THOMSON, Ga. -- While a number of coaches came through here last year to see big John Atkins throw players around on the defensive line at Thomson High, they might have missed out on seeing the Bulldogs' speedy running back Torrie Battle. If the scouts missed him, they were not alone -- seems no one could catch him.

"I had 12 kicks for touchdowns last year, four on kickoff returns and eight more on punt returns," Battle told DawgNation. "It took them until the region championship before they stopped kicking to me."

Thomson coach Milan Turner agrees. His team was 9-0 going into that game, averaging more than 55 points per contest.