2018 Spring Previews

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Thursday, Aug. 16 at ROME’s BARRON STADIUM

5:30 p.m. Ridgeland vs. Calhoun

Cortney Braswell returned to his hometown of Rossville this offseason to become the eighth head coach in Ridgeland’s history. He and his hungry Panthers will make their debut in the Corky Kell Classic opener against Calhoun head coach Hal Lamb and his defending Class 3A state champion Yellow Jackets.

8:30 p.m. Rome vs. Marietta

Two-time defending Class 5A state champion Rome puts its 27-game winning streak on the line in Game 2 of the Corky Kell Classic in front of its home crowd. The Wolves will face a Marietta team loaded with top prospects that is looking to contend for the state title this season after reaching the quarterfinals last year for the first time since 1994.


5:30 p.m. Buford vs. Tucker

As head coach of Roswell in 2016, John Ford defeated Buford in its first Corky Kell Classic. Last season, Ford led the Wolves to their first-ever Corky Kell victory, over Hillgrove. Ford will go for three straight wins in the event against seventh-year head coach Bryan Lamar and Tucker, an opponent Buford hasn’t faced since 1955.

8:30 p.m. Archer vs. Milton

Heading into his 10th season as head coach of Archer, Andy Dyer and the Tigers will begin their 2018 with their fifth-consecutive Corky Kell Classic appearance. They will look to start off the year strong against second-year head coach Adam Clack and his Milton Eagles in the school’s first-ever Corky Kell appearance.

Saturday, Aug. 18, at MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM

9 a.m. Kell vs. East Coweta

Kell’s Brett Sloan is entering his second season as the head coach of the Longhorns and will coach in his second Corky Kell Classic. After falling to Tucker in overtime on Saturday of the 2017 event, the Longhorns are out for a victory. East Coweta is ready to get back on track in its season opener after dropping its final three games last season.

11:45 a.m. Mill Creek vs. Walton

After falling in the second round of the playoffs last season, head coach Shannon Jarvis and Mill Creek look for a fourth-consecutive victory in the Corky Kell Classic. Last season, first-year head coach Daniel Brunner led Walton to an undefeated regular season before falling to Colquitt County in the second round of the playoffs.

2:45 p.m. McEachern vs. Colquitt County

Entering this contest, Rush Propst’s Colquitt County Packers will be looking erase the sting of their dramatic loss to North Gwinnett in the Class 7A championship game last season. McEachern will also bring intensity to the matchup after falling to North Gwinnett in the semifinals. Get ready for fireworks between these two powerhouses.

5:45 p.m. Brookwood vs. North Gwinnett

After losing a 31-28 thriller to Walton in the 2017 Classic, Bill Stewart’s North Gwinnett squad reeled off 14 straight wins and captured the Class 7A title. Philip Jones and Brookwood had an 11-game winning streak of their own last season and reached the Class 7A state semifinals after starting 0-2 (lost 25-17 to Archer at the Classic).

8:45 p.m. Norcross vs. Mays

Norcross looks to start strong after a 5-6 record in 2017 against one of the toughest schedules in the state. The Class 7A Blue Devils face a Class 6A Mays squad that saw its 11-game winning streak snapped in the state quarterfinals by eventual champion Lee County. The Raiders are making their debut at the Corky Kell Classic.