The Corky Kell Classic will expand to seven football games in 2014, with two played at McEachern’s Walter Cantrell Stadium on Friday, Aug. 22, and five in the Georgia Dome on Saturday, Aug. 23.
Tucker and Mill Creek will play in the event for the first time. Tucker could be involved in a game between reigning state champions. Tucker Tucker wins the Class AAAAA title on Friday against Creekside, Tucker would play the AAAAAA champion – Norcross or North Gwinnett – in the Corky Kell in Saturday’s 8:30 p.m. Georgia Dome game. If Tucker does not win, Tucker will play Norcross at 8:30 and North Gwinnett will play Colquitt County.
Mill Creek will play McEachern at 11:30 a.m.
Valdosta will be back for the first time since 1997 and play Brookwood. Carrollton returns for the first time since 1998 and will play Kell.
In the Friday games at McEachern, Creekview plays North Paulding and Sandy Creek plays Archer. Those schools have never participated in the Kell Classic.
The Kell Classic began with only two games in 1992 and gradually expanded until reaching five games in 2012.
“The expansion of the Corky Kell Classic this year is something that we desired because of the large number of teams that are interested in playing and it makes the Classic a weekend event instead of one day,’’ said Dave Hunter, the event’s executive director. “The games this year are as competitive as any we have had in our 22 years.’’
The seven games will be televised by Comcast Sports South (CSS).
Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic:
Aug. 22 at Walter Cantrell Stadium, McEachern
5:30 p.m. – Creekview vs. North Paulding
8:30 p.m. – Sandy Creek vs. Archer
Aug. 23 at the Georgia Dome
8:45 a.m. – Kell vs. Carrolton
11:30 p.m. – Mill Creek vs. McEachern
2:30 p.m. – Valdosta vs. Brookwood
5:30 p.m. – Colquitt County vs. North Gwinnett/Norcross
8:30 p.m. – Tucker vs. Norcross/North Gwinnett