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Today, we preview Day 1 of the Corky Kell Classic with breakdowns of Creekview-North Paulding and Sandy Creek-Archer. Check the left panel for the full Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic schedule. 


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METRO PCS CORKY KELL CLASSIC SCHEDULE

 

Friday, Aug. 22

 

Creekview vs. North Paulding

(6:00 pm)

 

Sandy Creek vs. Archer

(8:45 pm)

 

Saturday, Aug. 23

 

Carrollton vs. Kell

(9:00 am)

 

Mill Creek vs. Colquitt County

(11:45 am)

 

Valdosta vs. Brookwood

(2:45 pm)

 

Tucker vs. Norcross

(5:45 pm)

 

North Gwinnett vs. McEachern

(8:45 pm)

 

 






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Friday, August 22, 2014



CREEKVIEW VS. NORTH PAULDING
By Craig Sager II & Kyle Sandy
Creekview, North Paulding debut in Classic

 

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 led Chattahoochee in the Kell Classic in 2012 and will lead the Grizzlies to the event in his second season at the school. After a successful nine-year tenure at Chattahoochee that included a state title in 2010, Crowder led the Grizzlies to a perfect 5-0 record in the region and a second consecutive state playoff appearance.

 

The gang from Owens Store Road is back at it again, looking to make it three straight trips behind the arm of rising junior Kyle Wilkie. Wilkie was the leader behind center throwing for 2,309 yards and totaling 23 touchdowns compared to just eight interceptions last year. His favorite target, Connor Dulmage, has graduated with 12 of last year's receiving touchdowns. Chandler Wold returns, as a senior leader that caught 571 yards worth of passes his junior season but he will step into the H-back role this year. Dawson Ewers, Chris Reddick and Trey Peppers will lead this year's receiving targets.

 

On the defensive side of the ball, Ewers will patrol the secondary along with Wold. Both defensive backs collected five interceptions last year. Ewers is a threat when he gets his hands on the football and led the team with 423 return yards (30.21 yards per return) last season, including a 97-yard touchdown. Reddick roams the secondary and is an active tackler that posted 53 total takedowns last season. 

 

Up front, the defense will be missing Joseph Sorrentino, who not only led the team in sacks (four) and tackles for loss (14), but also finished his prep career as a wrestler that posted a 55-0 record and a state champion. He was named Cherokee Tribune Male Athlete of the Year for his work on the mat and on the gridiron and was a vocal presence and leader on last year's squad.

 

North Paulding moves up to Class AAAAAA fresh off its 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

 

This young North Paulding football program has taken strides under Jones' two-year reign, with a 19-6 record. This year's jump into Class AAAAAA could make this Jones' toughest year at North Paulding. The Wolfpack had to fill a lot of holes this offseason.

 

Breakout star Chase Noonan made a name for himself last year throwing for 2,600 yards and 30 touchdowns with just three interceptions. Noonan was named honorable mention all-star by both the Associated Press and AJC. Offensive lineman Cooper Corley was named first-team all-state by both the AJC and AP and decided to continue his playing career at Cumberland University.

 

Noonan and Corley have graduated along with weapons Corn Collins (1,349 yards rushing, 16 TDs) and Mac Seagle (822 yards receiving, 10 TDs). Collins signed with Georgia Southern. Kyle Banks will take over the quarterbacking duties this year and the junior passer completed 16-of-27 attempts for 225 yards, five touchdowns and one interception last season. Brad Swan and Justin Chauvin earned the starting receiving roles this offseason and Dylan Autenreith will be used in the slot. Chauvin saw action as a freshman last season and hauled in three catches for 37 yards and his first varsity touchdown.

 

The hard-hitting defense will also be affected with the departure of Jack Senkowitz (144 tackles) and Jace White (139 tackles). Dale Craig will start at middle linebacker and the underclassman posted 55 total tackles and nine tackles for loss during his a breakout 2013 sophomore season. Junior Jacob Daniel brings experience back to the secondary and saw action in 11 games last season.

 

Jones already has experience coaching in Georgia's highest classification after his five years at South Cobb and most recently his 10-year tenure at Kennesaw Mountain. The Mustangs will become a region foe to Jones and North Paulding this year as they sit in a deep Region 4-AAAAAA with Harrison, Hillgrove, Marietta, McEachern and North Cobb. 

 



SANDY CREEK VS. ARCHER
By Craig Sager II
Patriots face test with top-ranked Archer

 

Emergent Class AAAAAA Archer faces a Class AAAA Sandy Creek program in the backend of the Day 1 double-header. Sandy Creek has played in a national spotlight for years where the young Archer program looks to be building a foundation

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

capable of a championship-level of success in the not so distant future. Not many teams in the state are riding more momentum into 2014 than Archer. Like North Paulding, the Tigers finished with a school-record 11 wins last season. They 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.       

 

Last season ended in disappointment, but it was also assurance for what the program would be capable of this season. With tons of returning starters and the school's first playoff victory, Archer displayed its talent throughout the offseason. The Tigers claimed the inaugural Corky Kell Classic 7-on-7 tournament this past June while quarterback Gabe Tiller put on a show.    

 

The 6-foot tall passer is athletic, smart with the football, and he has incredible field awareness. Tiller's ability to improvise and make plays suits an offense with plenty of options to get the football to. His top playmakers will be running back Dylan Singleton, tight end Connor Redmond and rising junior Kyle Davis. These three can get Archer down the field in a hurry and the chemistry is there with Tiller.

 

Defensively, Singleton can step into the secondary and linebackers Quinn Miller and Dillon Bliss lead an improved unit that has some difficulties getting off the field on third downs last year. Cal Burton, Kobe Smith and Robbie Armstrong make up the trenches on the defensive side.

 

Class AAAA Sandy Creek is up for a challenge matching the size and depth of Archer but there is plenty of talent dotting the Patriots' roster. 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. The 2012 campaign was so dominant that the Patriots managed to outscore their final six opponents 266-43. The only game that was even within two touchdowns was a 31-20 victory over Burke County in the quarterfinals. The 15 victories in 2012 averaged out to a 35-point average margin of victory.

 

Last season, the Patriots dominated once again, but finally met their match with eventual state champion Griffin in the quarterfinals. The Bears upset Sandy Creek and snapped the Patriots' streak of 27 games without a loss. 

 

This year Sandy Creek lost several starters including quarterback Cole Garvin (Marshall) and wide receiver Demarre Kitt (Clemson) that were a part of the school's last two state championships. The Detroit Lions All-Pro and record-setting receiver Calvin Johnson put Sandy Creek on the map and the school's traditionally potent passing attack will see new faces this year.

 

Trey Walker steps in at quarterback after competing 8-of-21 passes last season for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Christian Branch, Korey Banks and tight end Sam Beard are penned as the starting receiving targets and Banks led with 24 catches for 200 yards and a touchdown last year. 

 

The ground game will be strong with this year's team but it will be built a lot different than the past two seasons. Eric Swinney and Delvin Weems were a two-headed monster in the backfield together, with both guys rushing for more than 2,000 yards apiece and just south of nine yards per carry during their reign. Swinney will have to do it alone this year as Weems packed up and transferred to Tucker. The result could be a huge senior year for Swinney, the Ole Miss commit. Swinney will likely see those rushing and passing numbers increase and he was good for 24 rushing touchdowns and four receiving touchdowns last season with a team-high 1,289 yards. Weems finished with 1,233 rushing yards off 136 attempts for 21 touchdowns last year. 

 

On defense, pass rusher Trent Sellers is already committed to Georgia Tech and stands 6-foot-3, 230 pounds. His teammate Javonte Lain is pledged to Old Dominion and he is another big-bodied 6-foot-3 force on the edge. Al Cooper is a force at nose guard and led the team with 8.5 sacks in 2013.

 


SCORE PICKS THE WINNERS

This week's 10 games

 

Creekview-North Paulding
Sandy Creek-Archer
Carrollton-Kell
Mill Creek-Colquitt County
Valdosta-Brookwood
Tucker-Norcross
North Gwinnett-McEachern
Collins Hill at Dacula
Benedictine at GAC
Lassiter at Hillgrove 

 

Stephen Black
North Paulding
Archer
Carrollton
Mill Creek
Valdosta
Tucker
McEachern
Collins Hill
Benedictine
Hillgrove
DJ Galbiati-Blalock
Creekview
Sandy creek
Carrollton
Colquitt co
Valdosta
Norcross
McEachern 
Collins hill
GAC
Lassiter
Craig Sager II
Creekview
Archer
Carrollton
Mill Creek
Valdosta
Tucker
McEachern
Dacula
Benedictine
Lassiter
Brian Jones
North Paulding
Archer
Carrollton
Colquitt
Brookwood
Tucker
McEachern
Collins Hill
Benedictine
Hillgrove
Ricky Dimon
Creekview
Sandy Creek
Kell
Colquitt County
Valdosta
Norcross
North Gwinnett
Collins Hill
GAC
Hillgrove
Lauren Goldstein
North Paulding
Archer
Carrollton
Colquitt
Valdosta
Tucker
McEachern
Dacula
Benedictine
Lassiter


 

 



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