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 2016 METRO PCS CORKY KELL CLASSIC

  Today, we continue our preview of Day 1 of the 25th annual Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic with a look at Lee County and Jones County.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016


2016 CORKY KELL SCHEDULE
 

Thursday, Aug. 18 @ Mercer University - Macon
5:30 p.m.: Houston County vs. Mary Persons
8:30 p.m.: Lee County vs. Jones County
Live on FOX Sports South and streaming on FOX Sports GO
Friday, Aug. 19 @ McEachern High School
5:30 p.m.: Buford vs. Roswell
8: 30 p.m.: South Forsyth vs. Hillgrove
Live on FOX Sports Southeast and streaming on FOX Sports GO
Saturday, Aug. 20 @ Georgia Dome
9 a.m.: Kell vs. Tucker
11:45 a.m.: North Gwinnett vs. Brookwood
2:45 p.m.: Walton vs. Norcross
5:45 p.m.: Colquitt County vs. Mill Creek
8:45 p.m.: McEachern vs. Archer
Live on FOX Sports Southeast and streaming on FOX Sports GO

LEE COUNTY PREVIEW
 

Trojans look for more non-region success
 
In 2015, Lee County did not make it to the playoffs for the first time in three years. Head coach Dean Fabrizio has been with the school since 2009 and has been improving the Trojans year after year. During Fabrizio's seven seasons with Lee County they have compiled a 44-31 record while in the seven seasons prior to Fabrizio's control the Trojans went 20-54. Last season the Trojans won their first six games but dropped their final four to finish 6-4 and 1-4 in the difficult Region 1-AAAAAA.
After finishing 10-2 in 2013 with the most wins in a single-season in Lee County history tied with the program's 2005 mark, Fabrizio won Region Coach of the Year. In 2014 Fabrizio won Albany Herald Coach of the Year.
In 2016 the Trojans will be led by starting quarterback junior Jase Orndorff who replaces Garet Morrell after the senior threw for 1,499 yards and 19 touchdowns. As a sophomore, Orndorff went 30-of-55 for 262 yards and one touchdown.
Big play threats Tray Eafford and Ahrion Covington leave voids at wide receiver. Eafford totaled 706 receiving and 12 touchdowns while Covington caught 24 balls for 332 yards and one score. Rising senior Kono Smith totaled 10 catches for 79 yards and will be asked to try and replicate the success had between Eafford and Covington. Wide receivers DreQuan Garmon and Josh Asbury will be making their debuts with the varsity as juniors.
The defense will be led by TJ Harris who completed the 2015 season with four interceptions and 61 tackles. After losing Cole Maxwell at linebacker, the Trojans will need to find a way to replace his 85.5 tackles. Senior defensive end Tory Carter returns after making 49 stops and collecting eight quarterback hurries. With the graduation of Collins Tensley, the team's leading sack-man with 8.5 last year, Carter will be asked to finish plays in the backfield.

 LEE COUNTY 2016 SCHEDULE


8/18 at Jones County (Mercer University)
8/26 at Bainbridge
9/02 Hardaway
9/09 at Americus-Sumter
9/16 Luella
9/23 Thomas County Central
10/07 Houston County
10/14 at Northside-Warner Robins (McConnell)
10/21 Valdosta
11/04 at Coffee

JONES COUNTY PREVIEW
 

Greyhounds to continue climb in AAAAA
Head coach Justin Rogers finished his second season at Jones County with a 9-2 record and a second consecutive playoff birth for the Greyhounds. The Greyhounds lost in the first round of the state playoffs to Glynn Academy 28-22.  Having many returning players, the Greyhounds hope this will be the season they can obtain their first region title since 2001 and possibly their first state title ever.
Rogers was the offensive coordinator for Griffin High School during their 2013 championship run. Following the 2013 season, Rogers was hired as head coach for Jones County. Since becoming head coach in 2014, Rogers has remarkably changed the Greyhounds football team posting a 19-5 record. Rogers' 10-win season in 2014 being the most wins in school history for a program that had a winning percentage of only 40-percent before Rogers' arrival. Rogers has installed an explosive offense that averaged 37 points per game in 2014 and 35 per game in 2015. Quay Pitts and Quay Betha are two offensive linemen that have helped protect rising senior Bradley Hunnicutt.
Hunnicutt, a true pro-style quarterback, threw for 2,463 yards and 21 touchdowns while only tossing three interceptions. Wide receiver Nick Singleton finished his junior season with 70 receptions for 905 yards and four touchdowns in nine games. Wide receiver Drae Butts will gain more playing time now that wide receiver Shareez Haam has graduated. The big play receiver finished his senior season with 24 receptions for 724 yards and a team-leading 10 touchdowns. Jones County will also need to replace running back Chandler Ramage. During the 2015 season, Ramage rushed for 982 yards (five games with 100+ rushing yards) and had 20 receptions for 296 yards with a total of 13 touchdowns in 11 games. Rising juniors Drake Bolus and Teldrick Ross return with the most experience in the backfield.
Two-time state champion wrestler Torrez Finney leaves a massive hole along the defensive line. The defensive tackle stood only 5-foot-8, but his power disrupted offenses as he led the Greyhounds tackles for loss and sacks. Defensive end Justin Chambers and linebacker Dophie Thomas were also among the team's leaders in tackles and must be replaced. Demonte Trawick showed signs of becoming a star at his linebacker position as a sophomore and should be the leader of the defense his final two seasons.
JONES COUNTY 2016 SCHEDULE

8/18 Lee County (Mercer University)
8/26 at Washington County
9/09 Locust Grove
9/16 Woodland-Stockbridge
9/23 Eagle's Landing
9/30 Hampton
10/14 at Union Grove
10/21 Ola
10/28 at Stockbridge
11/04 at Dutchtown









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