The field and matchups for the 2020 Corky Kell Classic were unveiled Wednesday by organizers of the annual high school football showcase.
Gwinnett has seven teams in the event, which expands to four days for next season. It begins with doubleheaders at West Forsyth on Wednesday, Aug. 19, followed by doubleheaders the next two nights at Dacula and Rome. It culminates with the usual five-game slate at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
“We’re real excited about it,” Corky Kell executive director Dave Hunter said. “It’s so inclusive to a lot of areas. It’s going to be a long week for us for sure. … You’ll be able to overdose on high school football that week.”
Dacula, whose stadium is expected to have new artificial turf and new stands on the visiting side for 2020, hosts a pair of games on Thursday, Aug. 20. The opener is Denmark against Tucker, followed by Archer against Dacula in the nightcap.
Gwinnett’s other games are Saturday, Aug. 22 at MBS, beginning with Brookwood vs. Collins Hill at 11:45 a.m. It is the first Corky Kell appearance for Collins Hill, while Brookwood has competed year since the inaugural event in 1992.
“Collins Hill’s really excited about it and we’re excited to have them,” Hunter said. “They’re really making some good progress and Coach (Lenny Gregory) is a real go-getter.”
Mill Creek faces Parkview in the 2:45 p.m. game in Parkview’s return to the Corky Kell — the Panthers’ last played in the game in 2007. North Gwinnett takes on McEachern in the nightcap at MBS at 8:45 p.m.
“We’ve got lots of Gwinnett teams in it and we think that will be good,” Hunter said. “The best football in the country is in Gwinnett County.”
Surrounding those Gwinnett games Saturday are two other games — Kell vs. Walton at 9 a.m. and Lowndes vs. Hoover (Ala.) at 5:45 p.m. Hoover is the first out-of-state team to participate in the Corky Kell.
The Corky Kell opening games are Wednesday, Aug. 19 at West Forsyth, which hosts Mays in the late game. It will be preceded by Cherokee vs. Carver-Atlanta. The Friday, Aug. 21 games return to Rome, where Cedartown faces Carrollton and Rockmart takes on Rome.