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Gainesville, Buford football teams to take part in Corky Kell 7 on 7 tournament
Bufords Martin Mangram looks for running room through the Carterville defense during the Wolves 10-0 loss to the Purple Hurricanes at the Georgia Dome. - photo by David McGregor

Corky Kell 7 on 7 Tournament Pool Play

Gainesville High’s Friday morning sessions
Friday, June 17
At Blessed Trinity stadium field

9:30 a.m. – Gainesville vs. North Gwinnett
10 a.m. – Gainesville vs. Grayson
10:30 a.m. – Gainesville vs. South Forsyth
11 a.m. – Gainesville vs. Creekview

Buford High’s Friday morning sessions
At Roswell Area Parks Field No. 3

9:30 a.m. – Buford vs. Centennial
10 a.m. – Colquitt County vs. Buford
11 a.m. – Buford vs. Carrollton
11:30 a.m. – Buford vs. Walton

Gainesville High and Buford High will have a chance to test their offenses during this month’s Corky Kell 7 on 7 Invitational tournament later this month in Roswell. 

Gainesville is in a group pairing with other talented teams throughout the state, including Grayson, North Gwinnett, Creekview and South Forsyth.

Meanwhile, Buford will get to test their mettle against tough opponents in Centennial, Colquitt County, Carrollton and Walton.

All of the short 7 on 7 games will be played on Friday, June 17. The morning’s pool play decides seeding for a single-elimination tournament later that afternoon.

Gainesville coach Bruce Miller said Thursday that he didn’t put much emphasis on winning or losing, but that passing camps like this can help sort out who can deal with game-time pressure.

“We’re looking to be ready for the season when it starts,” said Miller. “It’s a good way to get kids under pressure and see how they react.”

Gainesville currently has two active quarterbacks duking it out for the starting spot, including last year’s backup Isaac Teasley and Central Gwinnett move-in DJ Irons. Miller describes both players as dual-threat quarterbacks.

Dave Hunter, one of the event coordinators, said he’s had coaches call the event one of the best in the Southeast, especially given the quarterback play.

Talented quarterbacks, such as Houston County’s Jake Fromm (a Georgia commit) and McEachern High’s Bailey Hockman (a Florida State commit), will also show off their skills at the 25th edition of the Corky Kell Classic, which will be played Aug. 18-20.

Admission to the 7 on 7 drills is free. Fans will pay between $11 (presale) and $13 (at gate) for Corky Kell Classic doubleheaders at Mercer University (Macon) and McEachern High on Thursday, Aug. 18 and Friday, Aug. 19. All-day passes for five games at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, Aug. 20 will be sold for between $13 (presale) and $17 (at gate).

Gainesville and Buford are both perennial playoff teams: The Red Elephants fell in the second round of last year’s Class AAAAA state playoffs, while the Wolves fell in last season’s Class AAAA state championship game.

The 2016 Corky Kell Classic Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 18 at Mercer-Macon
5:45 p.m. – Houston County vs. Mary Persons
8:45 p.m. – Lee County vs. Jones County

Friday, Aug. 19 at McEachern High School
5:45 p.m. – Buford vs. Roswell
8:45 p.m. – South Forsyth vs. Hillgrove

Saturday, Aug. 20 at Georgia Dome
9 a.m. – Kell vs. Tucker
11:45 p.m. – North Gwinnett vs. Brookwood
2:45 p.m. – Walton vs. Norcross
5:45 p.m. – Colquitt County vs. Mill Creek
8:45 p.m. – McEachern vs. Archer