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.
Woodstock vs. Johns Creek -10
Campbell vs. Morrow -20
Coffee at Whitewater -1
Hillgrove at Westlake -16
Newnan at Marietta -7
Sprayberry at Wheeler -10
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)