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Stephens County's Thornton named Jaycees Player of the Week

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Coming into the 2011 season, Stephens County running back Chaz Thornton knew he already had a target on his back -- but the junior was resolved to improve on an explosive 2010 season.

So far so good.

Thornton has already rushed for 1,785 yards this season to go along with 25 touchdowns. The junior has also helped lead the Indians (8-1) into the Region 8-AAA championship game this Friday against Gainesville (8-1) in City Park.

Thornton helped clinch the appearance with a 35-carry, 266-yard, two-touchdown performance last week against North Hall at The Brickyard. For his efforts, Thornton was named Gainesville Jaycees Player of the Week.

Access North Georgia sports editor Morgan Lee traveled to Toccoa this week to present Thornton with his award and talk with the Stephens County standout about the 2011 campaign so far and Friday night's big battle in Gainesville. To watch the interview, simply scroll down and click, "play."

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