2021 Corky Kell Classic in Atlanta features 13 teams in the High School Football America 300

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11 games in four days is what the Corky Kell Classic will give Georgia fans in-and-around Atlanta to kick-off the 2021 season. The 11-game card features 13 teams that begin the year ranked in the High School Football America 300 preseason rankings.

Related: Preseason 2021 High School Football America 300

The season-opening kickoff classic will open with a doubleheader Wednesday night at West Forsyth High School and will culminate with five games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons on Saturday.

The first game at 5:30 P.M. on Wednesday will feature Cherokee taking-on Mays. Cherokee received an honorable mention national ranking that puts the Warriors somewhere between No. 201 and No. 300.

Cherokee is led by Elite 11 quarterback AJ Swann, who has given his verbal commitment to Maryland.

Related: HSFA’s Hometown Team – Cherokee Warriors

In all, there will be five games featuring head-to-head matchups between teams in the Top 300.

On Thursday at Dacula High School, No. 196 Westlake takes-on Archer, which, like Cherokee, received an honorable mention ranking. Westlake was named champs of the Corky Kell 7-on-7 over the summer when the tournament was cut short by bad weather.

On Friday also at Dacula, No. 49 Buford will face No. 110 North Cobb. It will be a rematch of last year’s game on September 11 when North Cobb surprised many with a 28-14 victory.

Buford went-on to win the state’s 6A state championship in December. North Cobb advanced to the second round of the 7A playoffs.

On Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Alabama-power Hoover will square-off with North Gwinnett. Hoover is ranked No. 36 in our preseason Top 100. North Gwinnett enters 2021 at No. 189 in our national rankings powered by NFL Play Football, the NFL’s initiative to provide fun and engaging experience for players of all ages and skill levels.

Hoover is the first out-of-state team to play in the Corky Kell, which turns 30-years old with this year’s event.

The Hoover/North Gwinnett game is sandwiched between No. 13 Lowndes taking-on Walton (Honorable Mention) and No. 66 Collins Hill facing No. 134 Brookwood.

The other nationally-ranked teams at Mercedes-Benz on Saturday will be McEachern (Honorable Mention) facing Kell and No. 179 Parkview playing Mill Creek.

Below is the entire schedule:

2021 Corky Kell Classic Schedule

Wednesday, August 18

Games at West Forsyth

5:30 p.m. — Cherokee vs. Mays
8:30 p.m. — West Forsyth vs. Carver Atlanta

Thursday, August 19

Games at Dacula

5:30 p.m. — Archer vs. Westlake
8:30 p.m. — Dacula vs. Tucker

Friday, August 20

Games at Dacula

5:30 p.m. —Johns Creek vs. Gainesville
8:30 p.m — Buford vs. North Cobb

Saturday August 21

Games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

9:00 a.m. — Kell vs McEachern
11:45 a.m. — Mill Creek vs. Parkview
2:45 p.m. — Lowndes vs. Walton
5:45 p.m. — North Gwinnett vs. Hoover (Alabama)
8:45 p.m. — Brookwood vs. Collins Hill

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Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.