Inaugural GA-FL Border Classic football games announced

The innaugural GA-FL Border Classic will feature 14 high shool football teams from both football frenzied states. (WJXT)

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Two football-frenzied states with an already famous rivalry are raising the stakes.

The inaugural Georgia-Florida Border Classic presented by Baker’s Sports was announced at Glynn County Stadium in Brunswick Thursday. That’s where the event will pit 14 teams from the neighboring states against each other in a three-day celebration of high school football from September 8-10. News4JAX, Airstream Ventures, High School 9:12 and Gemstone Media, Inc. are proud to partner in the event.

Over the last three years, the Bold City Showcase has been a staple in the city of Jacksonville which featured teams from across Northeast Florida. Now, seven schools from Georgia have been added to the mix.

Kicking off the three-day event, that Thursday evening, will be two matchups from Georgia and Florida high schools. The first game features McIntosh vs. West Nassau, two teams that carried the same record last season. Followed by Glynn County and Creekside, who ranked number two in their district last year.

The Friday evening matchups begin with two teams who made it to the playoffs last season and hope to make it again this season. Charlton County will take on University Christian as the first game of the evening. To end the night, Brunswick and Bolles will go head-to-head. Brunswick made it to the second playoff game in their district last season, as Bolles made it to the third in their district.

The opening game of Saturday features two teams who made it all the way through playoffs last season, including winning the final games. Fitzgerald finished with a 13-2 record while Madison County posted an 11-3 mark. Directly followed by Coffee County, which held a record of 7-3 including one playoff game, and St. Augustine, which held a 6-3 record with two playoff games. In the nightcap, Richmond Hill will face off against Baker County which placed first in its district for the 2021 season.

All seven games will be live-streamed online at, the News4JAX app and the News4JAX+ app via Roku, Android TV, Fire TV, Apple TV and Google Chromecast. Once kickoff times are set, News4JAX will release a viewing schedule where fans based in the Jacksonville market will also be able to watch featured games live on television.

“We are committed to being the Local Station for Northeast Florida and South Georgia. That continues by broadcasting and streaming a great event like the Border Classic,” said Terri Cope Walton, Vice President and General Manager of WJXT Channel 4. “We have a unique focus on all local high school sports in our area. That will carry on as we celebrate one of our communities’ biggest passions.”

High School 9:12, a 501c3 whose mission is to help high school students and athletes, will also work to ensure the event’s inaugural success.

“High School football is such a grassroots foundation in our society,” said Alan Verlander, Executive Director of High School 9:12. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Baker’s Sports, WJXT and Glynn County to showcase the area’s best talent and to create an event that will rival any high school event in the country.”

About the Authors:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.