NORTH FULTON, Ga. — The 2019 GHSA football season will kick off this Friday in North Fulton for the Corky Kell 7-on-7 tournament. Games will begin the morning of June 14 with contests played at Roswell Area Parks football fields and Blessed Trinity, Centennial and Alpharetta high schools.
The tournament features 35 programs from around the state, including multiple local teams. North Fulton will be represented by Alpharetta, St. Francis, Blessed Trinity, Milton, Johns Creek, Centennial and Chattahoochee. Forsyth County schools participating include West Forsyth, North Forsyth, Lambert, Pinecrest Academy and Denmark.
Each team will be placed in a 5-team “pod” and play each of the other four teams in the morning at the host locations.
Defending state champions Blessed Trinity and Milton will compete in Pod B along with defending Region 7-AAAAAA champions Johns Creek at Blessed Trinity’s practice field. Alpharetta and St. Francis will play at 10:15 a.m. at Alpharetta, hosts Centennial face North Forsyth at 9:45 and Pinecrest Academy and Denmark will play at Field 1 at Roswell Area Parks at 9:15 a.m. Chattahoochee and Lambert will play at Roswell Area Park’s Field 3 at 11:15 a.m. West Forsyth will play North Gwinnett, Creekside, Tucker and Cherokee in pool play at Blessed Trinity stadium.
Following morning games, the tournament moves to a 35-team single-elimination bracket with all games played at Roswell Area Park. The championship game is expected to be contested at 4 p.m.
Games are open to the public and free to attend.
Each game will be 21-minutes with a running clock except for timeouts and the final 60 seconds of the contest. Offensive drives will start on the defending team’s 40-yard line with three downs available to reach a first down beyond the 25- and 10-yard line. No running plays are permitted in the one-hand touch event. Six points are awarded for a touchdown, three points are earned with an interception and two points are given for forcing a turnover on downs.