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 .
Photo: Daniel Varnado/For the AJC
Photo: Daniel Varnado/For the AJC

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

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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