Thirty-five of the best in Georgia high school football gathered in Atlanta on Thursday and Friday for intense football competition at the Corky Kell 7-on-7 tournament. The Lee County Trojans made it to the semifinals of the tournament before falling to Kell High School (Cobb Co.).

On Thursday the Trojans lost the opening game in “pool play” to 7A powerhouse Archer 32-23, then beat Carver-Atlanta 32-23, Kell 34-21, and North Atlanta 26-25.

Friday in the tournament bracket, Lee County opened with a win over another 7A powerhouse Peachtree Ridge 29-21 and followed that by knocking off Grayson 24-22 and then beating North Gwinnett 25-23. All three of those teams are from Gwinnett County in northeast Atlanta and reside in the top 10 annually. Following the win over North Gwinnett, Kell ended the Trojans run with a 24-8 win, even though the Trojans had defeated Kell the day before. Kell lost to Marietta in the championship game 22-14.

“If you look at the teams we played, this is pretty elite competition,” said Lee County head coach Dean Fabrizio. Only two of the 35 teams invited to the tournament were from south Georgia — Lee County and Colquitt County. The Packers won three games Thursday, but lost to Grayson 26-21 in their fourth game. In tournament play they were not in the same bracket as Lee County. On Friday the Packers blasted Blessed Trinity 36-14, beat Walton 30-21 and then lost in the quarterfinals to Marietta 26-24.

“The Corky Kell 7-on-7 is invite only and the best of the best,” Fabrizio said. “To make the semifinals at an event like this was quite an accomplishment.”

Fabrizio said the main issue he saw that needs work was conditioning.

“We got a little tired at the end so conditioning is something we need to continue to work on,” he said. “QB Kyle Toole was exceptional in the tournament. And wide receivers DJ Goodwin, Cahuncey Magwood and CJ Rountree played very well. I was proud of how our kids came together.”

The Trojans will be focused on summer workouts and organized team activities over the next couple of weeks before taking on Tift County later in the month.

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