METRO PCS CORKY KELL CLASSIC EXPANDS TO TWO DAYS
Two Games Added, New TV Partner On Board for the 23rd Edition of
the High School Football Classic
The MetroPCS Corky Kell Classic, one of the most exciting days of high school football in the country, will move to a two-day event in 2014, adding four more high schools to the 23-year-old event for a total of seven action-packed games.
Sandy Creek, Archer, North Paulding and Creekview High Schools have accepted invitations to participate in the event and will play Friday night, Aug. 22, at McEachern High School’s Walter Cantrell Stadium, the largest high school stadium in the state. North Paulding will face Creekview in the opening game followed by Sandy Creek against Archer. All four teams made it into the GHSA playoffs this season while some of them advanced to the quarterfinals.
The MetroPCS Corky Kell Classic is also excited to announce that five new teams will be playing in the five games on Saturday at the Georgia Dome and there is a chance the Classic will have the defending state champions in the Class 6A, 5A and 4A classifications. Norcross, Tucker, and Carrollton, all playing for the state championships in their respective classifications this weekend, will join the Classic as well as Valdosta and Mill Creek, the latter making their first Corky Kell appearance. They will be joining Brookwood, McEachern, North Gwinnett (facing Norcross for the Class 6A title Saturday night), Colquitt County and Kell High Schools. On Saturday, Kell will open the day facing Carrollton, followed by Mill Creek vs. McEachern and Valdosta vs. Brookwood. The final two games will depend on the outcomes of the state championships this weekend. If Tucker wins Class 5A, it will play the winner of the Class 6A championship between Norcross and North Gwinnett. The loser of that game will play Colquitt County in the fourth game of the Classic. If Tucker is beaten by Creekside Friday night, it will face Norcross and Colquitt will match up with North Gwinnett. Either way, it will play in the fifth game of the Classic.
The Classic, watched on television by more than 1.5 million viewers over the last three years, will also have a new television partner. Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS), available in more than 5.5 million homes across 12 states, will televise all seven of the games over the two days. CSS is coming off its high school football season where it televised 16 games across the region, including nine in Georgia, and streamed 25 additional games on their digital network. CSS has become the regional leader in high
school football coverage providing scores from around the south, a weekly Southeastern Top 25 poll as well as game previews and stories, recruiting blogs, interactive chats and polls.
“The expansion of the Corky Kell Classic this year is something that we desired because of the large number of teams that are interested in playing and it makes the Classic a weekend event instead of one day,’’ said Dave Hunter, executive director of the MetroPCS Corky Kell Classic. “The games this year are as competitive as any we have had in our 22 years.’’
In addition to the games being available on television, 92.9 The Game (FM) will broadcast all of the games live on the radio for the second straight year.
5:30 p.m. – Creekview vs. North Paulding
8:30 p.m. – Sandy Creek vs. Archer
Aug. 23 at the Georgia Dome
8:45 a.m. – Carrollton vs. Kell
11:45 a.m. – Mill Creek vs. McEachern
2:45 p.m. – Valdosta vs. Brookwood
5:45 p.m. – North Gwinnett vs. Colquitt County
8:45 p.m. – Tucker vs. Norcross
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Five exciting matchups fill Classic
When the 2013 Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic kicks off Aug. 24, it will mark the year’s biggest football event. No other site this year will see five football games in a single day. Ten of the best teams in the state pair off, and the winning traditions of each school give the participants the confidence that the game can go their way. The action will be broadcasted live on GPB Sports, as well as on the radio waves with Atlanta’s 92.9 FM picking up the coverage for the first time this year.
Kell and Chattahoochee will take the field first in the 9:00 a.m. kickoff. In the 2012 Classic, the Longhorns won 19-8. UAB commit Collin Lisa lines up at receiver for Chattahoochee, which averaged just south of 30.0 points per game last season. The Kell secondary looks to be strong once again and will have Jay Moxey, Julian Burris, Errol Breaux and Kennesaw State-commit Taylor Henkle leading the group. Senior quarterback Matthew McGuigan returns under center.
Walton and Peachtree Ridge play in the second game, and Walton head coach Rocky Hidalgo will be without Alabama signees QB Parker McLeod and Tyren Jones, as well as last season’s best lineman, Georgia signee Brandon Kublanow. Louisiana Tech pledge Price Wilson takes command of the Raiders’ offense at quarterback and has the gifted DJ Smith to spark plays when needed. Peachtree Ridge will use ex-UGA commit Nick Glass to disrupt the Walton offense, and offensively will be led by standout offensive tackle Orlando Brown, running back Jordan Ellis and quarterback Chance Thrasher. Peachtree Ridge was the only one of the 10 teams that fell short of the playoffs last year.
In the middle matchup, Grayson plays Colquitt County. The Packers were a semifinalist last season and Grayson won the state title in 2011. Colquitt County head coach Rush Propst admits the Moultrie school might have “bit off a little more than they can chew” with their schedule this season. Quarterback Daniel Mobley takes over a young offense and has Sihiem King as his go-to playmaker. Propst believes Ole Miss commit Jamiyus Pittman is one of the best defensive tackles in the state. Grayson replaces a defense that allowed less than 9.0 points per game over the past two seasons.
The fourth game is the second north vs. south showdown as North Gwinnett faces Camden County. The Wildcats have flown under the radar with legendary head coach Jeff Herron’s departure to Class A Prince Avenue Christian this season. Welton Coffey is the new head coach and has five starters returning to each side of the ball. Under Herron, the 2012 offense scored 39 points per game and the defense allowed 10 points per game.
North Gwinnett is led by quarterback Hayden Sphire and his all-state receiving corps. Nate Brown, Caleb Scott and Daniel Imatorbhebhe form perhaps the best receiving trio in the state, and defensively 4-star end Dante Sawyer terrorizes the backfield.
In the final game, Brookwood will take on McEachern. Brookwood saw Walton’s Jones carried the ball for five touchdowns and 302 yards in the 2012 Classic. Brookwood responded by beating the No. 1 ranked Lassiter Trojans in the playoffs nine games later that season and improved throughout.
Keeping the Indians from repeating what Walton did last year will be tough, because of the speed of McEachern’s offense. Junior Taj Griffin is a 5-star running back that teams up with the speedy quarterback Ty Clemmons. This duo rushed for more than 250 yards routinely last season. Defensive end Henry Famurewa is a Louisville commit and is force on the line of scrimmage for McEachern.
Brookwood head coach Mark Crews commented recently in an exclusive interview with Score on how Brookwood plans to slow down the Indians: “Sometimes the best defense is good offense. We are going to try and control the ball and make plays on offense to keep the ball out of their hands.”
In terms of matchups and talent, the Corky Kell Classic always delivers.
|Kell vs. Chattahoochee||9:00 A.M.
|Peachtree Ridge vs. Walton
|Grayson vs. Colquitt County||2:30 P.M.|
|Camden Co. vs. North Gwinnett||5:30 P.M.|
|Brookwood vs. McEachern||8:30 P.M.|