• Dogs squash Atomsmashers, advance to Elite Eight
By Jim Wallace, Correspondent

Thomson coach Milan Turner and the team walk the field before Friday night’s game. With him, from left, junior defensive lineman Anjarvous Parks; senior rover Jared Holliman; senior stud Garrisun Tutt and sophomore offensive lineman Dalvin Harris. Turner said the walks signified unity. “We started this season together as a family and each week, we walk as a family,” he said. Photo by Jim Wallace, Correspondent.

Torrie Battle scored three touchdowns Friday night to lead the Thomson Bulldogs to a 35-19 win over the Johnson-Savannah Atomsmashers at The Brickyard in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs.
Up 14-7 at the half, Thomson put up 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to take control and advance to face the 5-AAA Cartersville Purple Hurricanes in a battle between the only two undefeated schools in Class AAA.
Georgia High School Association rules dictate that since both teams were seeded first going into the playoffs a coin flip would determine home field advantage. Saturday morning’s flip went the Hurricane’s way meaning the game will be played in Cartersville, northwest of Atlanta.
“We’re excited to be in the next round,” said Bulldog Coach Milan Turner Saturday morning, minutes after the flip. “I don’t care if we play on the moon.”

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