Six games at Georgia Dome this weekend

High school football is returning to the Georgia Dome on Friday and Saturday as the Great American Football Classic, an event started in Indianapolis, is coming to Atlanta.

There are two games Friday and four on Saturday. For many of the 12 schools, it will be their first games in the Dome.

“First off, it’s against South Gwinnett, which is the oldest rivalry in Gwinnett County, so playing this game on that stage is big,” said Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford, whose team can start 4-0 for the first time since 1984. “Secondly, for the kids to experience playing there was something I wanted for them. I think Central and South are just a couple of the teams in Gwinnett that have never been there. It’s just a great opportunity for the team, the school and the city of Lawrenceville in general.”

It also will be the first Georgia Dome appearances for Clayton County schools Lovejoy, Morrow and Drew. The other seven schools have played in the Dome in state semifinals or finals, including Sandy Creek, which plays Drew on Saturday. Sandy Creek won its 2009 and 2010 state titles at the Dome.

Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker believes getting acclimated to the Dome is valuable for those that might play there again, in particular his sophomore quarterback, Cole Garvin.

“Our goal is to get back there in November,” Walker said. “We’ve got guys like Cole who get an opportunity to get experience in there. He held for extra points in there last year, but taking snaps [as quarterback] is a little different than holding.”

The event organizer, iHigh.com, has done similar domed-stadium events in Indianapolis and St. Louis and will broadcast each game on its Web site.

Friday

5 p.m. – Lovejoy vs. Morrow

8 p.m. – Carver (Columbus) vs. LaGrange

Saturday

11 a.m. – Creekside vs. Mount Zion (Jonesboro)

2 p.m. – Drew vs. Sandy Creek

5 p.m. – Westminster vs. Greater Atlanta Christian

8 p.m. – Central Gwinnett vs. South Gwinnett

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8 comments Add your comment

KD

September 16th, 2011
11:44 am

Not going to be on GPBTV ?

battleaxe kid

September 16th, 2011
12:04 pm

Any south teams?

Tamika Robinson

September 16th, 2011
12:27 pm

Let’s Go Wildcats!! The Marching Wildcats gotcha back!!

Buzz

September 16th, 2011
1:12 pm

justsayingwhatimsaying

September 16th, 2011
4:48 pm

So you broadcast that there are six games at the biggest venue in Ga and there is not 1 nationally ranked team. That’s why Ga can’t get any love nationally. This would have been a great opportunity to pit some great programs against one another. Once again, Ga puts on a show where it may draw very few fans. No teams from South Ga, just metro teams.

Match-Ups

September 16th, 2011
5:05 pm

These match-ups are not very exciting. Doubt there will be many folks in attendance. AND if the Corky Kell Classic doesn’t dump all but McEchern of the Cobb county schools the attendance is going to dive for the CK event also. This years CK was the worst of all the years. Start bringing in the top schools from across the state. AND for fans of the Gwinnett county schools that do play in the CK event….STOP going to it!! All the funds for scholarships go to Cobb county schools and NONE to Gwinnett county schools. Gwinnett fans boycott next year until they change where the money goes.

TheSadTruth

September 16th, 2011
6:02 pm

” For many of the 12 schools, it will be their first games in the Dome.”

That sais it all right there im afraid. Sorry teams in sorry games. Hope they enjoy their first time in the dome, itll be their only time.

Patriot Power

September 16th, 2011
9:30 pm

Sandy Creek is nationally ranked. 16th according to rivalshigh.com http://www.championevents.donordrive.com/event/tcsga/