Corky Kell Classic moved to McEachern
by John Bednarowski
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April 18, 2014 04:00 AM | 2301 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walter Cantrell Stadium is going to be really busy the first weekend of the high school football season.

Already planning on hosting two new Friday game additions to the 2014 Corky Kell Classic, McEachern High School will now serve as host for the whole thing.

The Corky Kell, a five-game football showcase, which is annually played the first Saturday of the season at the Georgia Dome and televised by Georgia Public Broadcasting, needed to be relocated once the Atlanta Falcons preseason schedule was announced. The Falcons will host the Tennessee Titans on Saturday, Aug. 23, and unfortunately, that game date cannot be changed.

“The Falcons have always had the right of first refusal,” Corky Kell executive director Dave Hunter told the Gwinnett Daily Post. “It was kind of the perfect storm. It’s never happened to us in 23 years. We’re extremely disappointed not to be in the Dome, but we’re going to have a great event at McEachern.”

McEachern athletic director Jimmy Dorsey could not be reached for additional comment.

Cantrell Stadium, which seats 12,500 and is the largest high school football stadium in Georgia, has become the home of special football events in recent years. For two seasons the Indians hosted the “Battle of I-75” in which McEachern, Hillgrove, Walton and Lassiter played an east Cobb vs. west Cobb round robin. The school has also hosted the Cobb All-Star Senior Bowl the last seven years and the inaugural Georgia Northwest Bowl — a game that pits an all-star team from Cherokee and Bartow counties against the best of Paulding and Douglas — in 2013. In addition to those two senior all-star games, the stadium was also the site of last year’s inaugural Georgia Elite Junior Classic.

With the change in venue, the schedule and some of the matchups have been altered.

Carrollton and Kell will still kick off Saturday’s action at 8:45 a.m., but instead of Mill Creek taking on McEachern in the

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