What changes could Corky Kell Classic see because of the coronavirus?

Brookwood and McEachern football teams warm up before the start of their game in the Corky Kell Classic Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019.,  at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta .
Brookwood and McEachern football teams warm up before the start of their game in the Corky Kell Classic Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019., at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta .

Credit: Daniel Varnado

Credit: Daniel Varnado

If there's a high school football season in Georgia in 2020, it will start with the Corky Kell Classic.

A tradition in Georgia since 1992, the Corky Kell has opened the regular season. The 2020 lineup of 11 games is the largest ever.

Dave Hunter, a former Brookwood football coach who led the Broncos to five region titles and one state title, discusses possible changes to the season-opening games in the 24th episode of the “Georgia Prep Sports: From a Distance” video podcast.

Hunter, a controlling partner in the Corky Kell, said that among the changes that could be implemented — amid the coronoavirus pandemic — range from limiting the number of tickets available to alternating seating by rows to encourage social distancing to deep cleaning between games. Watch the conversation here:

This is the planned 2020 Corky Kell Classic game schedule:

Wednesday, Aug. 19, at West Forsyth

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

Thursday, Aug. 20, at Dacula

Denmark vs. Tucker, 5:30 p.m.
Dacula vs. Archer, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 21, at Barron Stadium, Rome

Cedartown vs. Carrollton, 5:30 p.m.
Rome vs. Rockmart, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 22, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Kell vs. Walton, 9 a.m.
Brookwood vs. Collins Hill, 11:45 a.m.
Mill Creek vs. Parkview, 3 p.m.
Lowndes vs. Hoover (Ala.), 6 p.m.
North Gwinnett vs. McEachern, 9 p.m.

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