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Today, check out our 2014 Corky Kell Classic previews of all seven games. Also, we begin our breakdown of the newly-aligned regions for the 2014-16 seasons with Class A Region1-4. 
 

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2014-16 REGIONS

 

 

CLASS A

 

REGION 1

Baconton Charter
Baker County
Calhoun County
Miller County
Mitchell County
Pataula Charter
Quitman County
Randolph-Clay
Stewart County
Terrell County
Webster County

 

REGION 2

Atkinson County
Charlton County
Clinch County
Echols County
Irwin County
Lanier County
Telfair County
Turner County
Wilcox County

 

REGION 3

*Sub-region A
Calvary Day
Claxton
Jenkins County
Portal
Savannah Christian
Savannah Country Day
Woodville-Tompkins

 

*Sub-region B
Emanuel County Institute
Johnson County
Montgomery County
Treutlen County
Wheeler County

 

REGION 4

Brookstone
Central Talbotton
Dooly County
Greenville
Hawkinsville
Marion County
St. Anne Pacelli
Schley County
Taylor County

 

 

 

 






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Tuesday, June 10, 2014



CORKY KELL CLASSIC
By Craig Sager II
Top programs clash in Corky Kell Classic

 

 

The biggest Corky Kell Classic ever is slated for August 22-23 and features seven incredible matchups between some of the state's top programs and most coveted prospects. 

 

Day one of the classic is packed with a double-header featuring two cross-classification matchups. Creekview has compiled a 56-28 record in its program's short existence and included an 8-3 finish last year before falling 34-33 to East Paulding in the opening round of the playoffs.

 

Creekview head coach Terry Crowder previously coached Chattahoochee in the Kell Classic before accepting the job with the Grizzlies and enters his second season at the school. North Paulding jumped up a classification to Class AAAAAA this year and looks to challenge the Class AAAAA Grizzlies while coming off a school-record 11-win season in 2013.

 

Scott Jones took over the North Paulding program in 2012 and is entering his 18th season as a head coach after spending the bulk of his career at South Cobb and Kennesaw Mountain.

 

Emergent Class AAAAAA Archer faces a Class AAAA Sandy Creek program in the back-end

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

of the Day 1 double-header that has played in a national spotlight for years. However, not many teams ride more momentum than Archer into the 2014 season. Like North Paulding, Archer finished with a school-record 11 wins last season. The Tigers were the only undefeated team in Georgia's highest classification heading into the playoffs and fell short to state runner up North Gwinnett 34-32 in a second round heartbreaker that easily could have been theirs.

 

Sandy Creek won back-to-back state titles in 2009-2010 and returned to the podium in 2012 with a perfect 15-0 season, including a 45-10 rout over Ridgeland in the state championship. Last year, eventual state champion Griffin upset Sandy Creek in the state quarterfinals and snapped its streak of 27 games without a loss.

 

DAY TWO ...

 

Friday's double-header is followed by a five-game marathon on Saturday with four Class AAAAAA matchups and one Class AAAA vs. Class AAAAA tilt. The action starts bright and early with a 9 am kickoff between the Kell Longhorns and the Carrollton Trojans. Carrollton is one of the most storied and successful programs in the nation and owns an all-time record of 632-213-28 (.740) and seven state championships.

 

New head coach Ed Dudley, who fills in for Rayvan Teague, spent his previous five years at Ware County. Dudley is familiar with the Trojans program and spent the 1988-91 seasons as Carrollton's defensive coordinator under head coach Ben Scott. In his four seasons as coordinator, Dudley's defenses held 35 opponents to single digits, including 21 shutouts.

 

Kell comes off a school-record 13-1 season that ended with a semifinals loss to eventual state champion Creekside. The Longhorns are led by head coach Derek Cook and have compiled a staggering 44 wins the last four seasons. This is Kell's fifth time in the Classic and they are 3-1 in their previous appearances including a 26-16 win over Chattahoochee last year.

 

In the 11:45 am timeslot, Mill Creek will kick off Game 2 with Colquitt County. Mill Creek is led by an offense quarterbacked by Daniel David and powered by Kaleb Kim and Josh Fannin on the offensive line. The majority of the unit returns from last year after averaging 40.2 points per game. 

 

Colquitt County has been one of the top programs in the state the past several seasons, but the Packers are still looking for a championship season. Head coach Rush Propst has led the school to five straight semifinals.

 

In Game 3, Valdosta tees off with Brookwood at 2:45 p.m. Brookwood has appeared in all 23 Corky

Photo by Brookwood Athletics

Kell Classics but has lost three-straight heading into this year. Valdosta's only Corky Kell appearance came in 1996 against Brookwood and it resulted in a thrilling 31-28 victory over the Broncos.

 

Tucker and Norcross highlight Game 4 and will pin two of the states most successful programs the past few seasons together. Tucker is making the jump to Class AAAAAA this season and is coming off a 14-1 season that ended with a loss to Creekside in the finals.

 

Norcross defended its only state title in program history last year with a 31-14 win over rival North Gwinnett in the championship. The Blue Devils are 28-2 the past two seasons while Tucker is 24-4 and an outstanding 88-10 the last seven years. The Tigers have notched double-digit victories 12 of the last 14 seasons. 

 

The final game of the

Photo by Ty Freeman

Kell Classic matches up North Gwinnett and McEachern. This will be just the third time these two teams have faced and it will paint a rematch of last year's Class AAAAAA semifinals that resulted in a 27-21 victory for visiting North Gwinnett.

 

The Indians offense is led by USC-commit Chuma Edoga on the offensive line and fellow Pac 12 commit Taj Griffin (Oregon), one of the fastest players in the country. On the defensive line, McEachern junior Julian Rochester is the player to watch. The 6-foot-5.5, 280-pound tackle is listed as the No. 1 prospect in the state and No. 3 recruit in the nation by 247sports for the 2016 class. 

 

North Gwinnett is led its traditional potent passing attack that features brothers Daniel and Josh Imatorbhebhe and Almonzo Brown at receiver. In the trenches stands 6-foot-5.5, 270-pound offensive tackle and Clemson commit Mitch Hyatt, who is one of the most coveted prospects in the nation.

 


 

2014 Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic Schedule

 

*Games televised on Fox SportSouth & covered live via 92.9 The Game on the radio

 

See more at corkykell.com

 

Friday, August 22

 

*6:00 P.M. CREEKVIEW VS. NORTH PAULDING

 

*8:45 P.M. SANDY CREEK VS. ARCHER

 

Saturday, August 23

 

*9:00 A.M. CARROLLTON VS. KELL

 

*11:45 A.M. MILL CREEK VS. COLQUITT COUNTY

 

*2:45 P.M. VALDOSTA VS. BROOKWOOD

 

*5:45 P.M.  TUCKER VS. NORCROSS

 

*8:45 P.M.  NORTH GWINNETT VS. MCEACHERN

 

 


2014-16 RECLASSIFICATION
Class A Region 1-4 Outlook

 

 

Leading up to the 2014-15 school year, we will give look at all the regions and highlight the changes from this past year. 

 

Class A houses a total of 100 schools and 74 football schools. Region 1 remains in tact while Region 2 increased it's size to nine teams with the arrival of Atkinson County from Class AA. Region 3 is one of 8 regions in the state that will be divided into a Sub-region A and Sub-region B. In Region 4, the only change is the addition of Taylor County, which moved down from Class AA. 

 

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