The calendar says that we are 2 months away from the start of the 2018 Georgia high school football season, but if you stopped by the Roswell Area park last week you might think the season openers were just days away. With temperatures soaring into the 90s and the competition on the field just as hot, this was the place to be for those who just can't wait for Football Fridays in Georgia. This year's Corky Kell 7 on 7 tournament attracted squads representing 35 of the top high school programs in the state.
The high school 7 on 7 tour has grown in recent years, and many of the teams will make stops in Athens, Gainesville, Florida; Auburn, Alabama; and Knoxville, Tennessee for tournaments that are hosted by SEC football programs. While these events provide the chance to face teams from other states and play on the field in some of college football's grand showplaces, the Corky Kell remains a favorite stop because it attracts squads from playoff teams and state champions from the previous season. For the players, it's a chance to compete, while the coach’s evaluation process is in full swing.
"We competed very well, and we haven't done a lot of this," says Brookwood Head Coach Phillip Jones. "It's not the ultimate thing, but it’s a good way to get better, and see how hard your players will compete and how they will handle pressure situations.” Andy Dyer enjoyed seeing his Archer Tigers get in some work but couldn't help wishing that there was more. "The kids are having a great summer in the weight room and playing the 7 on 7s," says Dyer. "I wish that our linemen could come along with us sometimes. Those guys have to stay home and hit blocking sleds." Last season Archer went 12 and 0 before falling to Colquitt County in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.