GPB to Kickoff 2011 Season With Corky Kell Classic


Love high school football so much that you just can’t wait for the season to start? Then tune in to Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB Media) on Saturday, August 20 for the broadcast of the 2011 Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic to help kick off the football season. The Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic will feature four friendly football matches between rival schools which will air live on GPB TV and online at from the Georgia Dome.

The 2011 Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic will feature eight high school football teams (four teams from Cobb County and four from Gwinnett County). These are the same teams who played in last year’s Classic, but this year the match-ups are different. The games will be hosted and commentated by a variety of sports talk regulars. Games 1 and 3 will be hosted by Matt Stewart and Chuck Oliver of Comcast Sports Southeast, while GPB Sports’ Gil Tyree and Jon Nelson will take over the broadcasting booth for Games 2, while Mark Harmon provides commentary between games, and Niki Noto and Fletcher Proctor provide coverage from the sidelines.
The match-ups are as follows:

The 2011 Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic

August 20, 2011
11:45 AM — Grayson vs. Kell
2:30 PM — Brookwood vs. Lassiter
5:30 PM — North Gwinnett vs. McEachern
8:30 PM — Peachtree Ridge vs. Walton

"For 20 years now, the Metro PCS Corky Kell has been the official kickoff of the football season. It is a tremendous day with eight of the best schools in the state involved, and for the first time we will be putting them on statewide television," said I.J. Rosenberg, sports director at GPB. "We feel with the games going on TV and the new relationship between GPB Sports and the Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic, these games will become one of the premier high school events in the country."

Following the Classic, GPB will air 15 high school games this fall every Friday at 8 PM starting August 26. Additionally, there will be another 15 games streaming live at www.gpb.org/sports starting August 26 at 7:30PM, along with an interactive chat. The Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic and all televised games will be simulcast on 790 The Zone. GPB will wrap up another exciting high school football season with a live broadcast of the 2011 high school State Championship finals, as part of GPB’s 20-year partnership with the Georgia High School Association (GHSA).

For more information, visit www.gpb.org.

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