Valdosta’s hail mary attempt on the final play of their game fell short, the Wildcats lost 34-31 to Norcross after leading 17-7 at one point in the first half in the only closely contested game of the 2015 Corky Kell Classic. For the second straight year the Corky Kell Classic played seven games-this year two on Friday at McEachern High School and five on Saturday at the Georgia Dome, this year six of the seven were decided by 28 points or more.
Sandy Creek led 20-0 at halftime and went on to defeat Creekview 41-0. Archer-the preseason pick and highest nationally ranked team from Georgia in most major national polls, continued with a 49-21 win over North Paulding.
In breakfast football the next morning Kell shutout Carrollton 35-0 with Bryce Armstrong scoring three non-offensive touchdowns. Armstrong returned two punts and a fumble for touchdowns as Kell cruised. Mill Creek, the largest school in all of Georgia and a lightning rod during GHSA proposals to go to seven classes next season- it passed, jumped on Brookwood quick and piled on the rest of the way for a 42-7 win.
Defending 6A state champion Colquitt County had an offseason you don’t wish on your worst enemy. They put it to North Gwinnett quick and early then finished it late with a 45-14 win. It was the second-worst loss for North Gwinnett in the Bob Sphire era, which is in its 10th season.
McEachern jumped on Tucker out the gate for a 14-0 lead and had 41 points by halftime. The Indians added a touchdown and safety in the second half while cruising to the 50-14 win.
In seven games the total margin of victory was 209 points (a Corky Kell record), an average of 29.8 points. The winners won in the manner they should have. Every winner is a key factor and should play into late November and/or early December in the state and could play their way into more national discussions.
For the losers, the depth of Georgia is questioned as this is the premiere event to open the high school football season and has been since 1992. Of the losers Tucker and North Gwinnett can rebound, you can add Carrolton in there for good measure. For the others, Creekview, North Paulding and Brookwood, they must go through a number of tough tasks just to make it to Thanksgiving playoff football.