28th Year brings big news for MetroPCS Corky Kell Classic

28th Year brings big news for MetroPCS Corky Kell Classic

The MetroPCS Corky Kell Classic is proud to announce the addition of three landmark partnerships that will take the 28-year event to new heights in […]

Norcross holds on against resilient Mays in Corky Kell Classic closer

Norcross holds on against resilient Mays in Corky Kell Classic closer

Photo courtesy of Dale Zanine/Gwinnett Daily Post By Kacy Sager Norcross 42, Mays 26 A strong start and finish propelled Norcross to a 42-26 victory […]

North Gwinnett defeats Brookwood in the Corky Kell Classic with potent offense, stifling defense

North Gwinnett defeats Brookwood in the Corky Kell Classic with potent offense, stifling defense

Photo courtesy of the AJC- Story by Seth Ellerbee North Gwinnett 37, Brookwood 2 North Gwinnett paired consistent scoring with a defensive effort that held […]

Colquitt weathers injury to star back as it rolls over McEachern in Corky Kell Classic

Colquitt weathers injury to star back as it rolls over McEachern in Corky Kell Classic

By Seth Ellerbee – Photo coutesy of Jason Getz/For the AJC – Colquitt County running back Daijun Edwards (3) gains yardage in the second half […]

Kirksey, Blaylock lead Raiders past Mill Creek at Corky Kell

Kirksey, Blaylock lead Raiders past Mill Creek at Corky Kell

Photo courtesy of Dale Zanine/Gwinnett Daily PostStory By Seth Ellerbee Walton 48, Mill Creek 27 Walton quarterback Austin Kirksey had a hand in five touchdowns […]

Late interception by Kell’s Stefan Green thwarts East Coweta comeback at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Late interception by Kell’s Stefan Green thwarts East Coweta comeback at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

By Seth Ellerbee An interception by senior defensive back Stefan Green with nine seconds left prevented an East Coweta comeback and handed Kell a 36-34 […]

Yates leads Milton over Archer at Corky Kell

Yates leads Milton over Archer at Corky Kell

By Seth Ellerbee Milton 21, Archer 19 Milton weathered a late Archer drive in the final minutes of the game to take the victory in […]

Buford’s Derrian Brown leads the Wolves past Tucker in Corky Kell Classic at Georgia State Stadium

Buford’s Derrian Brown leads the Wolves past Tucker in Corky Kell Classic at Georgia State Stadium

By Seth Ellerbee Buford Wolves running back Derrian Brown (3) celebrates his 25-yard touchdown run in the third quarter with Xyrie Wilson (8) as Seth […]

Host Rome takes Corky Kell victory over Marietta early Friday morning

Host Rome takes Corky Kell victory over Marietta early Friday morning

Photo courtesy of Rusty MansellStory by Seth Ellerbee ROME — In their first-ever appearance in MetroPCS Corky Kell Classic, host and the defending AAAAA champion, […]

Calhoun overpowers Ridgeland for victory in first Corky Kell appearance

Calhoun overpowers Ridgeland for victory in first Corky Kell appearance

Photo credit: Adam Krohn Story by Seth Ellerbee ROME – The defending Class AAA champion Calhoun Yellow Jackets scored quick and often following adjustments at […]


About Corky Kell Classic


The 2019 Metro by T-Mobile Corky Kell Classic marks the fourth year of the event’s three-day, nine-game lineup. The Corky Kell Classic will kick off the high school football season with a doubleheader on Thursday, August 22, for the first time at Rome’s Barron Stadium. Coolray Field will host the action on Friday, August 23, with a star-powered pair of games. To close out the 28th edition of the Classic, a five-game marathon at the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium will take place on Saturday, August 24.

The Classic launches the highly competitive high school football season in Georgia every August with partial proceeds benefiting the Kell Foundation to fund scholarships. Throughout the years, the games have included top talent in both Georgia and across the nation. Marketed and operated by Score Atlanta and a group that includes former successful high school coaches Dave Hunter and Jim Dorsey, in the past five years the Classic has reached more than 4.25 million television and internet viewers with a total game attendance of more than 255,000 fans.

The 2019 Corky Kell Classic will feature one team that is a reigning state champion (Milton in Class 7A), a state runner-up (Colquitt County in 7A), three teams that made it to the semifinals (Archer in  7A, Rome in 5A and Calhoun in 3A) two teams that made it to the quarterfinals (North Gwinnett in 7A and Buford in 5A) seven teams that made it to the second round (McEachern, Mill Creek, East Coweta, Norcross and Walton in 7A, Kell in 5A and Ridgeland in 4A) and four teams in the first round (Marietta and Brookwood in 7A and Tucker and Mays in 6A). The 18 teams were a collective 163-63, for a winning percentage of 72.1.