2013 Game Capsules
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Five exciting matchups fill Classic
When the 2013 Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic kicks off Aug. 24, it will mark the year’s biggest football event. No other site this year will see five football games in a single day. Ten of the best teams in the state pair off, and the winning traditions of each school give the participants the confidence that the game can go their way. The action will be broadcasted live on GPB Sports, as well as on the radio waves with Atlanta’s 92.9 FM picking up the coverage for the first time this year.
Kell and Chattahoochee will take the field first in the 9:00 a.m. kickoff. In the 2012 Classic, the Longhorns won 19-8. UAB commit Collin Lisa lines up at receiver for Chattahoochee, which averaged just south of 30.0 points per game last season. The Kell secondary looks to be strong once again and will have Jay Moxey, Julian Burris, Errol Breaux and Kennesaw State-commit Taylor Henkle leading the group. Senior quarterback Matthew McGuigan returns under center.
Walton and Peachtree Ridge play in the second game, and Walton head coach Rocky Hidalgo will be without Alabama signees QB Parker McLeod and Tyren Jones, as well as last season’s best lineman, Georgia signee Brandon Kublanow. Louisiana Tech pledge Price Wilson takes command of the Raiders’ offense at quarterback and has the gifted DJ Smith to spark plays when needed. Peachtree Ridge will use ex-UGA commit Nick Glass to disrupt the Walton offense, and offensively will be led by standout offensive tackle Orlando Brown, running back Jordan Ellis and quarterback Chance Thrasher. Peachtree Ridge was the only one of the 10 teams that fell short of the playoffs last year.
In the middle matchup, Grayson plays Colquitt County. The Packers were a semifinalist last season and Grayson won the state title in 2011. Colquitt County head coach Rush Propst admits the Moultrie school might have “bit off a little more than they can chew” with their schedule this season. Quarterback Daniel Mobley takes over a young offense and has Sihiem King as his go-to playmaker. Propst believes Ole Miss commit Jamiyus Pittman is one of the best defensive tackles in the state. Grayson replaces a defense that allowed less than 9.0 points per game over the past two seasons.
The fourth game is the second north vs. south showdown as North Gwinnett faces Camden County. The Wildcats have flown under the radar with legendary head coach Jeff Herron’s departure to Class A Prince Avenue Christian this season. Welton Coffey is the new head coach and has five starters returning to each side of the ball. Under Herron, the 2012 offense scored 39 points per game and the defense allowed 10 points per game.
North Gwinnett is led by quarterback Hayden Sphire and his all-state receiving corps. Nate Brown, Caleb Scott and Daniel Imatorbhebhe form perhaps the best receiving trio in the state, and defensively 4-star end Dante Sawyer terrorizes the backfield.
In the final game, Brookwood will take on McEachern. Brookwood saw Walton’s Jones carried the ball for five touchdowns and 302 yards in the 2012 Classic. Brookwood responded by beating the No. 1 ranked Lassiter Trojans in the playoffs nine games later that season and improved throughout.
Keeping the Indians from repeating what Walton did last year will be tough, because of the speed of McEachern’s offense. Junior Taj Griffin is a 5-star running back that teams up with the speedy quarterback Ty Clemmons. This duo rushed for more than 250 yards routinely last season. Defensive end Henry Famurewa is a Louisville commit and is force on the line of scrimmage for McEachern.
Brookwood head coach Mark Crews commented recently in an exclusive interview with Score on how Brookwood plans to slow down the Indians: “Sometimes the best defense is good offense. We are going to try and control the ball and make plays on offense to keep the ball out of their hands.”
In terms of matchups and talent, the Corky Kell Classic always delivers.
|Kell vs. Chattahoochee
|Peachtree Ridge vs. Walton
|Grayson vs. Colquitt County
|Camden Co. vs. North Gwinnett
|Brookwood vs. McEachern
LIVE AND FINAL STATS FROM EACH GAME HERE
2013 CLASSIC TO AIR ON 92.9 THE GAME
The schedule for the 2013 Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic was revealed at the GHSA championships and the matchups could be some of the best ever for the prestigious event set to once again take place at the Georgia Dome on Aug. 24. The teams will be the same as last year, but the matchups will pit Gwinnett powers against teams from Cobb County and south Georgia. Kell and Chattahoochee battled last year and will meet again as Kell will try to duplicate the success found last season in a 19-8 victory. Kell will lose several key defensive playmakers before the teams meet again, as will Chattahoochee, but both teams should bring back plenty of firepower. Kell is 2-1 all-time in the Corky Kell Classic while Chattahoochee is 0-3. The two teams opened up the 2012 event and will do so again at 9 a.m.
Peachtree Ridge will face Walton in the second game at 11:45 a.m. These two met two years ago with Walton prevailing 26-14 to help kickstart a 14-0 start and a run to the finals. Peachtree Ridge will be looking to snap a two-game Corky Kell losing streak. The Lions have appeared in just three Corky Kell Classics, winning their debut in 2010 against McEachern, but falling the last two seasons, including last year 42-0 to Camden County. Walton is 5-4 all-time in the event.
Grayson will face Colquitt County for the first time in the regular season. The two programs have met just twice in the past, both coming in the semifinals of the GHSA playoffs. Colquitt County won in 2010 while Grayson won in 2011. Both games were played at Grayson, so this will be the first time the Rams will not have the benefit of homefield advantage. Grayson has a Corky Kell record of 4-1 while Colquitt County is just 1-4 with the lone win coming in 1996.
Camden County has the best winning percentage in Corky Kell Classic history at 85.6 percent (6-1). Last year, Camden County blanked Peachtree Ridge 42-0, but now fellow Suwanee, Ga., powerhouse North Gwinnett will face off against the Wildcats. North Gwinnett is 2-1 in the event and won last year on a last-second field goal over Colquitt County. The Bulldogs should return plenty of offensive playmakers and a stud on the defensive line, meaning this one game could be just the jump-off point Bob Sphire needs to ignite a championship run. Camden County, meanwhile, will need to play players across the board headed to SEC programs, but Jeff Herron is one of the best in GHSA history, so don’t count out Camden County.
In the final game of the night, Brookwood faces McEachern in a throwback game. These two programs have participated in every since Corky Kell Classic and each has also hosted the event in years when the event was moved away from the Georgia Dome. Both squads lost last year, McEachern to Grayson and Brookwood to Walton, but look for each team to be fired up with plenty of standouts ready to make an impact in the day’s main event. Brookwood has the most wins in Corky Kell history with 11 and McEachern is right behind the Broncos with nine.
The Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic announced April 11 that all five games will be broadcasted LIVE on the new FM sports talk station 92.9 The Game. Score Atlanta's Fletcher Proctor and Bob Houghton will team with the talent from 92.9 The Game to broadcast the games and the station will also air a pregame show, featuring interviews with all 10 coaches. The games will also be televised live on Georgia Public Broadcasting. This will be the first time the Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic will be able to be seen on television and the internet and heard live on the radio. Also, in the next few days, the game's second annual coaches and players luncheon will be announced.
The 2012 Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic was officially the biggest
edition in the event's history as an attendance record was broken in the
Classic's 21st year. The official attendance was announced as 33,318,
the first time the event has passed the 30,000 mark. This year a fifth
game was added to the schedule as the high school football season was
kicked off for 2012. Gwinnett powerhouses such as Brookwood, Grayson,
North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge squared off with prestigious Cobb
programs such as Walton, Kell and McEachern and traditional powers
Chattahoochee, Colquitt County and Camden County, with all of the action
taking place on GPB TV and gpb.org/sports.
year some of the top talent in the state takes part in the Metro PCS
Corky Kell Classic and this year was no different. The Classic featured some outstanding performances by some of the
nation’s best high school players. Grayson’s Robert Nkemdiche has been
named by several publications as the top prospect in the nation with one
ESPN analyst calling him the best prospect he has seen in 20 years. He helped Grayson run past McEachern as he found the end zone during the first half of the game. His current teammate and future Clemson Tigers teammate Wayne Gallman also scored for the Rams. Camden County's Brice Ramsey passed for three scores in the Wildcats' 42-0 win over Peachtree Ridge. Brendan Langley, a future Georgia Bulldog, scored a pair of touchdowns as Kell looked impressive in a win over Chattahoochee. Perhaps the biggest star of the night was Walton's Tyren Jones. The Raiders running back carried 31 times for 305 yards and five scores in a Walton victory.
Twenty-two years ago former Wheeler head football coach Corky Kell thought
up an idea that forever changed Georgia high school football. Kell was
instrumental in creating the High School Football Classic in 1992 that
opened up the Georgia Dome to high school football. Over the next two
decades, teams have been honored to open their seasons in the Georgia
Dome while helping to raise money for the Corky Kell Scholarship Fund. ...READ MORE