Corky Kell Classic to be on TV

The organizers of the Corky Kell Classic wanted things to be special for this year's event, the 20th playing of the annual early-season showcase for Georgia high school football.

One of the changes went against their long-standing policy -- they will allow all four of today's matchups at the Georgia Dome to be televised live. They turned down past opportunities to be on TV, in part to make sure the broadcasts didn't hurt ticket sales, but they made an exception for the 20th anniversary.

Georgia Public Broadcasting will air the four games between Gwinnett County and Cobb County schools live from the Georgia Dome, and the programming will be simulcast on the radio by 790 AM/The Zone. The games also can be seen online at www.gpb.org/sports.

"We're excited about the broadcast," Corky Kell director Dave Hunter said. "People seem to be excited about it and it lets people from around the state see the games if they're not here in the Atlanta area."

Games 1 and 3 of the Corky Kell will be hosted by Matt Stewart and Chuck Oliver of Comcast Sports Southeast, while GPB Sports' Gil Tyree and Jon Nelson will broadcast Games 2 and 4. Mark Harmon will provide commentary between games and Niki Noto and Fletcher Proctor will be the sideline reporters.

Grayson and Kell meet at 11:45 a.m. to kick off the Corky Kell, followed by Brookwood-Lassiter at 2:30 p.m., North Gwinnett-McEachern at 5:30 p.m. and Peachtree Ridge-Walton at 8:30 p.m.