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2018 Corky Kell Classic coming to Rome

January 30, 2018--1:51 a.m.


One of the longest-running high school football traditions in Georgia will kick off in Rome to help signal the beginning of the 2018 high school football season.

The 2018 edition of the Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic will feature a doubleheader at Barron Stadium on August 16.

The first game at 5:30 p.m. will feature Class 4A Ridgeland and Class 3A Calhoun at 5:30 p.m.

“We’ve always wanted to play in the Corky Kell,” said Calhoun Head Coach Hal Lamb. “I think the world of Coach [Dave] Hunter and the guys who are putting this on. We’re excited. This is the opening game for the entire State of Georgia.”

The second game at 8:45 p.m. will feature Class 7A Marietta and Class 5A Rome.

“First of all, our state is right up there at the top for the best high school football in the country,” said Rome Wolves Head Coach John Reid. “This is just one more opportunity to show the kind of players and the kind of coaches that get out there on a Friday night. It’s great to bring this type of game to Rome, a community that had really been fired up about high school football the last couple of years. We have brought great events to town like the ACC Tennis Tournament, the national championship was here before, so I think our committee is excited to get back into the fray.”

The classic continues with two games on Friday, Aug. 17 at Georgia State Stadium and five games on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

This is the first time Northwest Georgia has played host to the kickoff classic since its inception in 1992.

A news conference was held in Rome Tuesday featuring Corky Kell Classic Founder, Dave Hunter; High School Football Coaches representing Calhoun High School, Marietta High School, Ridgeland High School and Rome High School; City of Rome and Floyd County officials.

(Pictured: Coach Reid signs the contract for the 2018 Corky Kell Classic)