For the second straight season, the Longhorns will play in the 9 a.m. game to open the 22nd Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome, and just like this season, the opponent will be Chattahoochee from Class AAAAAA.
This was not something that was unexpected.
“(Corky Kell Classic organizer) Dave Hunter asked us last year if we were okay with playing Chattahoochee in the first game. Some of the players said, ‘We want Camden County,’ but we’re just fine with Chattahoochee.”
Kell beat Chattahoochee 19-8 this year.
The rest of the matchups include Walton taking on Peachtree Ridge at 11:45 a.m., Colquitt County vs. Grayson at 2:30 p.m., Camden County facing North Gwinnett at 5:30 p.m., with Brookwood vs. McEachern in the 8:30 p.m. nightcap.
For Walton, this will be only the second time to face Peachtree Ridge. The first meeting was also in the Corky Kell Classic at the Dome to begin the 2011 season. The Raiders won that matchup 26-14 beginning a year where they won their first 14 games and played in the Class AAAAA state championship game.
McEachern and Brookwood are the two founding schools behind the Classic, and next season they will play the primetime contest.
“We’re excited,” Indians coach Kyle Hockman said. “It’s going to be a great matchup and a great challenge.
“(The 8:30) slot is the one to have for the ratings. And that’s what we want to do with our program. We want to play the marquee games whether it’s in the Corky Kell Classic, the playoffs or a regular season game. It’s an honor for us to be playing Brookwood.”
The Indians have won the previous three Classic matchups, beating the Broncos 21-14 in 1992, 24-21 in ’99 and 42-32 in ’09. The all-time series is tied 3-3, but Brookwood probably likes their wins a little bit more. All three Broncos victories came in the first round of the playoffs – 19-8 in 1992, 28-7 in ’02 and 20-10 in ’09.