Mill Creek Upsets Colquitt County As Corky Kell Returns To the Georgia Dome
The Corky Kell Classic returned to the Georgia Dome on Saturday as the annual high school football classic celebrated its 25th year. The celebration began on Thursday with it's Macon, Georgia debut as Houston County defeated Mary Pearsons 26-14 and Lee County topped Jones County. Friday was day two of the classic and McEachern High School's Walter H. Cantrell Stadium hosted two more contest. Heavy favorite for the 2016 campaign and nationally ranked #7, Roswell, whose only 2015 defeat came at the hands of Colquitt County in the state championship game, defeated 11 time state champion, Buford 24-7. Game two at Cantrell Stadium featured Hillgrove getting the 27-14 victory over South Forsyth. On Saturday, the 25th playing of the Corky Kell Classic began with Kell defeating Tucker 20-13 followed by Brookwood taking their match-up 37-23 over North Gwinnett. In game three the 2012 and 2013 state champs, rolled to a 46-14 victory over Walton.
The fourth match-up at the Dome on Saturday was the most anticipated rematch as Mill Creek looked to get some payback as they faced the 2014 and 2015 state champions, Colquitt County, who had not loss a game in two years. It was Colquitt County that handed Mill Creek their only loss during the 2015 season and that loss came in the semi-finals of the payoffs so getting a little revenge was on the minds of the Hawks and that's exactly what they were able to do as they ended the Packers 30 game win streak with a 34-27 win over the Pack. The final game of the night and of the 25th Annual Corky Kell Classic featured another rematch from the 2015 playoffs as McEachern looked to avenge their 2015 second round playoff loss to Archer. Led by senior quarterback Bailey Hockman the Indians got the 27-13 win over Tigers. McEachern's win also saw the return of UNC commit, wide receiver Tyler Smith, who is returning from a torn ACL injury.
Smith showed no signs of fear to return to play as he helped the Indians get on the board first with a 16 yard touchdown reception.