AAAAAA blog: Chances are, a ‘12 state champion is playing in the Corky Kell on Saturday

There are a dozen games this weekend involving Class AAAAAA schools, with five of them part of the Corky Kell Classic on Saturday at the Georgia Dome. Check out the schedule below that includes the projected margins of victory by the Maxwell Ratings.

Got to disagree with Maxwell on the Colquitt County-North Gwinnett game. Maxwell doesn’t know that Colquitt County is returning its quarterback and North Gwinnett isn’t. I’ll take the Packers. Otherwise, looks decent.

Thursday’s game
Woodstock vs. Johns Creek -10
Friday’s games
Campbell vs. Morrow -20
Coffee at Whitewater -1
Hillgrove at Westlake -16
Newnan at Marietta -7
Sprayberry at Wheeler -10
Saturday’s games
Brunswick vs. Wayne Co. -12
Camden Co. vs. Peachtree Ridge -5
Grayson vs. McEachern -11
Kell vs. Chattahoochee -7
North Gwinnett vs. Colquitt Co. -4
Walton vs. Brookwood -1

Here are five things that intrigue me about Week One –

*We typically come into the Corky Kell Classic thinking we know more than we do. But it’s often full of surprises. Few thought Lassiter would beat defending Class AAAAA champion Brookwood last season or reach the state semifinals later in the year. We didn’t think we were looking at three of the four semifinalists – Grayson, Lassiter, Walton. In 2010, Kell shocked Grayson. In 2009, Grayson shocked defending champion Camden County.

*Which Corky Kell team will win a state title? A team that played in the Kell has gone on to win Class AAAAA each of the past four seasons – 2011 Grayson, 2010 Brookwood, 2008 and 2009 Camden County. The Kell Classic has seen an eventual state champion in 10 of its 20 seasons. Many were not what you’d expect, including Roswell in 2006.

*How will the South Georgia teams do Saturday? No question that Region 1 is Georgia’s deepest league this season, but just how each team will rate statewide remains in debate. We have four of them in the Top 10 – No. 2 Colquitt County, No. 3 Camden County, No. 6 Lowndes, No. 10 Valdosta. Colquitt and Camden are in Atlanta on Saturday. Non-metro Atlanta teams are 14-7 against metro teams in the Corky Kell Classic. So why do they not like playing the state championship game in the Dome again?

*Grayson. Can’t remember the last time a Georgia team was ranked No. 1 in a national preseason poll. ESPN has the Rams in the top spot.

*The top three players in GHSF Daily’s Player of the Year Watch are playing Saturday in the Dome. They are Grayson DE Robert Nkemdiche, Walton RB Tyren Jones and Camden County HB/DB J.J. Green. Here is a list compiled by the AJC’s Michael Carvell on some of the top prospects who’ll be playing from AAAAAA:

Brookwood LB Shaun McGee (UGA)
Brookwood WR Kyrin Priester (undecided)
Camden County LB Jarrad Davis (Auburn)
Camden County OL J.P. Vonashek (South Carolina)
Camden County QB Brice Ramsey (UGA)
Camden County WB/DB J.J. Green (UGA)
Chattahoochee QB Travis Marshall (Navy)
Colquitt County DB Bobby Hill (Ole Miss)
Colquitt County DB Johnny Ward (South Florida)
Colquitt County OL Octavious Jackson (Florida)
Grayson DB David Kamara (Clemson)
Grayson DE Robert Nkemdiche (Clemson)
Grayson LB Zach Barnes (Tennessee)
Grayson RB Wayne Gallman (Clemson)
Grayson TE/DE Jack Banda (Arizona)
McEachern OL Jajuan Dulaney (Maryland)
North Gwinnett DB Donnie Miles (UNC)
North Gwinnett LB Jalen Brooks (Maryland)
North Gwinnett OT DeVondre Seymour (undecided)
Peachtree Ridge WR Joe Horn Jr. (undecided)
Walton OL Brandon Kublanow (UGA)
Walton OL Jake Boynton (Kentucky)
Walton QB Parker McLeod (Alabama)
Walton RB Tyren Jones (Alabama)

24 comments Add your comment

Big Smoochy

August 23rd, 2012
10:24 am

Big Smoochy

August 23rd, 2012
10:25 am

Walton is going to get spanked.

The Fan

August 23rd, 2012
10:48 am

Chandler Register QB & WR Lambert (Ole Miss)


August 23rd, 2012
10:48 am

Go Camden County Wildcats!!!! :-D


August 23rd, 2012
12:03 pm

A unknown young McEachern team is very dangerous! That junior class has never lost a game, that mentality makes them very scary!

Bobo is Not the Problem

August 23rd, 2012
12:38 pm

Where do the “odds” come from?


August 23rd, 2012
1:01 pm

Brookwood is going to get spanked.

Todd Holcomb

August 23rd, 2012
1:12 pm

”A unknown young McEachern team is very dangerous! That junior class has never lost a game, that mentality makes them very scary!”

Didn’t know McEachern had been doing so well from JV and below. Good info.

Todd Holcomb

August 23rd, 2012
1:15 pm

”Where do the “odds” come from?”

Maxwell Ratings. It’s based on historical scores. It has no info on personnel changes from season to season. It’s helpful if you know what it is trying to tell you. It’s kinda like, “I don’t know who graduated, but based on how these teams typically do, here is what you might expect.”

Once the season gets going and the computer has 2012 results, they work less and less off previous seasons and become more accurate.


August 23rd, 2012
1:25 pm


Apparently, even the MDJ folks are not aware of this junior class- at least as talented as last year’s senior class, maybe more. I don’t recall a single region opponent staying within 21 of them at the freshman or JV levels…including that well-respected team just northeast of us. That particular JV game finished as a 52-0 woodshed affair.

Time will tell…talent can’t always overcome inexperience but we’re enjoying coming into this season as an unknown.


August 23rd, 2012
1:51 pm

Go ahead and make Thanksgiving plans. Coaching can screw it up.
McEachern proves it every year.


August 23rd, 2012
1:56 pm

So you picked Colquitt Co.over North Gwinnett because CCHS returns their quarterback and NGHS doesn’t…and the CCHS QB hasn’t signed with anyone yet…did I miss something?


August 23rd, 2012
3:01 pm

What???? Are you kidding me OMG


August 23rd, 2012
3:03 pm

@FCHS 69….Unless they have changed something, none of these kids have signed with anybody…So far CCHS QB has had offers from Marshall and UCF, but that doesnt mean much since the season hasnt started


August 23rd, 2012
4:41 pm

Watch out for Peachtree Ridge. One of the best OL in the state. Also a playmaker outside with Joe Horn.The front 7 has lots of speed and talent. The Ridge will keep it close on Saturday.


August 23rd, 2012
6:08 pm

I expect a good game on Saturday, with Camden coming out on top! Camden has an inexperienced defense, so there’s a possibility of a shoot out…….But hopefully, they’re clicking on all cylinders and are able to stop the PTR offense. GO CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCATS! :-D


August 23rd, 2012
9:41 pm

Walton has the studs this year, it appears. Brookwood will have to score some points. With an experienced QB and some quality wide receivers and a stud tailback, they should be prepared to do that. Nevertheless, putting them as a 1 point underdog is generous. I’d put them as a TD underdog. Nevertheless, Go Broncos!

only a matter of time

August 24th, 2012
12:14 am

before people start betting big on high school games. this will open the door to bookies paying off kids to throw games. bad idea to publish that stuff.

Packer RB 82

August 24th, 2012
3:01 pm


Smurf Seay

August 24th, 2012
10:36 pm

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August 25th, 2012
10:39 am

Where did they get the refs ? The Hooch vs. Kell game is pretty one-sided. Kell has given the ball to eight(8) different backs ! Looks like Hooch is in for a long year.


August 25th, 2012
11:12 am

Mo changed jerseys in the locker room at the half. Hooch D stood up in the 3rd.


August 26th, 2012
12:14 pm

Todd, maybe you need to add North Gwinnett quarterback Michael Haynes to your players to watch list. He was clearly the best QB in the Dome on Saturday.

Bobo is Not the Problem

August 27th, 2012
1:50 pm

Funny to come back and read some of these comments. “The Ridge will keep it close Saturday.”

42-0. Not so much.