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Kell High School

Kell Football

Kell had three football coaches in its first five years as a varsity program, according to GHSFHA.org. But since 2008, the Longhorns have employed just one: Derek Cook. The University of Georgia graduate easily became Kell’s most successful head coach and currently holds a 45-14 record at the northeast Cobb County high school.

Last season, Kell went undefeated in games against Class AAAAA foes until the playoffs when the Longhorns lost to eventual state champion Gainesville in the second round. The 61-42 final score is a bit misleading, as Kell led 35-21 at the half. While the Red Elephants and star quarterback Deshaun Watson are the favorites to repeat, Kell is focused on the business at hand.

“We’re aware of Gainesville,” said Cook. “We had a great game against them last year and we probably had that one in our hands and let go of it. Of course that’s a great player over there (Watson), but that’s so far down the road. ... We know they’re there, but it’s got to all line up perfectly for us to match up with them again at some point.”

For now, Kell is looking forward to its game against Chattahoochee in the Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic. Cook’s bunch defeated the Cougars last year in the event 19-8. While most high school football games generally start as the sun is setting, the Longhorns’ game against Chattahoochee kicks off at 9 a.m. Cook has a plan for the odd start time.

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“What we’ve been doing the last several Saturdays is bringing them in and practicing at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, so their bodies are not in shock and more importantly their minds,” Cook explained earlier in August. “On gameday, they’re going to be up at 5:30 a.m. eating breakfast, so it won’t be an issue that day either.”

One issue Kell does have is replacing defensive backs Brendan Langley and Quincy Mauger, each of whom also played on offense for the Longhorns. Cook is confident in their replacements. One of those is safety Taylor Henkle, a Kennesaw State commitment.

“The DBs are pretty well the same other than the names on the backs of their jerseys,” said Cook. “The guys we have are not SEC-caliber (recruits), but they’re great high school players.”

Quarterback Matt McGuigan returns to lead the Longhorns’ offense, which had a strong showing at the Georgia Invitational 7-on-7 tournament

 

Off the Field

Carlton J. Kell High School opened in 2002 and serves over 1,800 students. Kell has notable alumni including Jonathan Dwyer of the Pittsburgh Steelers, producer Mike WiLL and actor Lucas Till, who has played in House, X-men: First Class and Walk the Line. The school is named after the late Carlton “Corky” Kell, who is best remembered as a respected coach and athletic director in the Cobb County School District. The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association named him Georgia’s Football Coach of the Year on four different occasions during his time as coach at Wheeler.

 

  • Kell received its first students in August of 2002.
  • The school chose the nickname “Longhorns,” in memory of Carlton “Corky” Kell who had longhorn cattle on his farm in north Georgia.
  • In the 2009-2010 school year, Kell was ranked by Newsweek as one of the top schools in the nation in terms of AP enrollment and AP test scores.
  • Kell has had 26 all-state orchestra students, 16 all-state band students, 39 honor orchestra students and 110 honor band students.
  • 127 Kell students have won National Latin Exam awards, including 17 gold medals, two perfect scores, and two Oxford Classical Dictionary awards.

 

Roster

#

Name

Gr.

Pos.

1

Julian Burris

12

WR/DB

1

Jacob Ware

9

WR/DB

2

Jay Moxey

12

RB/DB

2

Vernon Chaney

9

WR/DB

3

Shavaughn Hammond

12

WR/DB

3

Conner Mendelson

9

WR/DB

4

Darian Harris

12

RB/DB

4

John Lampley

9

QB

5

Errol Breaux

12

WR/DB

5

Nathaniel Elliott

9

WR/LB

6

Keith Hampton

12

WR/DB

6

Sam Ashway

9

WR/DB

7

Bryson Armstrong

10

WR/LB

7

Keith Best

9

QB

8

Evan Carnes

10

TE/DE

8

Ahmed Abu-Abed

9

WR/DB

9

Jalen Wooten

12

WR/DB

9

Brandon Jones

9

WR/DB

10

Cameron Rosendahl

11

QB

10

Bryan Grant

9

RB/DB

11

Grady Miller

11

WR

13

Matthew McGuigan

12

QB

14

Stone Hatfield

10

QB

15

Nasim Greene

11

TE/LB

16

Matthew Knighten

12

WR/DB

17

Newt Obeng

11

WR/DB

18

Jawan Nobles

10

QB

19

Derrick Mesadieu

10

WR/DB

20

Lynel Davis

11

WR/DB

22

Derrick White

11

WR/DB

23

Divante Langley

11

RB/LB

24

Itabari Mason

11

RB/LB

25

Cameron Massung

12

K

26

Taylor Henkle

12

WR/DB

27

Corey Robinson

11

WR/DB

28

D’Vonte Dennis

10

WR/DB

29

Julien Chang

10

K

31

Noah Patton

11

RB/DE

32

Tae McClure

11

WR/DB

33

Ivan Walls

10

WR/DB

34

Dyllen Reed

12

RB/LB

35

Austin Meaut

12

RB/LB

36

Alex Stone

12

WR/DB

38

Antonio Ferguson

11

RB/DB

39

Shakeheim Hammond

10

RB/DB

40

Cameron Marshall

9

WR/DB

41

Brian Link

12

WR/LB

42

Cristhian Bahena

10

WR/DB

43

Luke Wilson

10

WR/DB

44

Logan Johnson

10

WR/DB

45

Ellis Liddell

10

RB/LB

46

Michael McCain

10

RB/LB

47

Brandon McDonald

9

RB/LB

48

Calvin Irby

12

RB/LB

48

Tavis White

9

RB/LB

49

Quientin Sanders

10

WR/DB

49

Christian Blount

9

QB

50

Nathan Waller

12

OL

51

Nicholas Johnson

10

OL/DL

52

Mason Kabchef

11

OL/DL

53

Elijah Owens

10

OL/DL

55

Ethan Elliott

12

OL/DL

56

Trey Cowart

12

OL/DL

57

Kevin Wences

12

OL/DL

58

Donnell Greene

12

OL/DL

59

Justin Rochez

12

OL/DL

60

Corbett Mendelson

12

OL/DL

61

Ismail Dabdoub

9

OL/DL

62

Jackson Gropp

9

OL/DL

63

Ryan Nesbitt

9

OL/DL

64

Taylor McCullough

9

OL/DL

65

Gabe Waller

9

OL/DL

66

James DeMatto

10

OL/DL

67

Julian Johnson

12

OL/DL

68

Joe Santrock

9

OL/DL

69

Quinton Sims

12

OL/DL

70

Zach Hendrick

9

OL/DL

71

Bradley Hough

9

WR/DB

72

Tevin Styles

10

OL/DL

74

Ben Layne

11

OL/DL

76

Alex Cranford

11

OL/DL

77

Matthew Pajares

9

OL/DL

78

Nathan Woolf

9

OL/DL

79

Tyler Weathers

9

RB/LB

80

Ryan Wiggs

10

WR/DB

81

Anthony Porter

10

WR/DB

82

Shamaar Bennett

9

WR/DB

83

Daniel Renfroe

9

WR/DB

84

Andrew Braun

10

WR/DB

85

Solon Page

9

WR/LB

85

Davon Blanchard

9

WR/DB

86

James Johnson

10

WR/DB

86

Jeremy Rosendahl

9

WR/DB

87

Jared Hill

9

WR/DB

88

Nick Woghiren

10

WR/LB

89

Devin Stinebring

9

WR/LB

90

Ethan Spight

9

RB/LB

91

Garrett Montague

9

WR/DB

92

Josh Blancato

9

WR/DB

93

Kendall Bailey

9

TE/DE

94

Noah Woghiren

9

WR/DB

95

Trevor Massung

9

K

 

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