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.