Ten high school juniors have earned the right to grace the cover of the 2017 edition of Friday Night Football (FNF) magazine. Two players from each of the FNF publication regions — Texas, Florida, Ohio, Georgia and the Carolinas — received enough support from their fans to earn the right to pose for the magazine cover.
The FNF Coverboy Contest opened March 1 with the nomination period. Over a two-week stretch, coaches and fans nominated a total of 114 players in the Class of 2018 over the five publications. Over the last three weeks, fans logged a total of 75,536 votes.
In Texas, Corpus Christi Calallen defensive tackle Kenese Leomiti and Sweetwater quarterback Chris Thompson were selected from a pool of 18 finalists. Leomiti was the state’s top vote-getter with 3,125 votes, while Thompson received 3,002 votes. In total, all of the Texas finalists received a combined 12,791 votes.
In Florida, University High running back Lorenzo Lingard was the top vote-getter with 3,374 votes — good for 22 percent of the state’s total. Astronaut linebacker Cameron Ockerman also clinched a spot on the cover by receiving 2,031 votes. The FNF Coverboy Contest was popular in Florida with 15,528 total votes cast among 37 finalists.
The winners in Ohio will have the distinct honor of being the first cover subjects for FNF Ohio, as 2017 will mark the debut edition of this publication. Sandusky quarterback Ja’Vez Alexander and Barberton linebacker Keye Thompson were the top two vote-getters — with 2,940 votes and 2,472 votes, respectively. In total, 13 finalists from Ohio received a total of 9,411 votes.
In Georgia, Lee County safety Otis Reese and Pike County running back C’Bo Flemister earned the right to be on the FNF Georgia cover. Reese edged out Flemister with 3,791 votes compared to 3,361. Georgia’s 10 finalists received a total of 9,940 votes.
Because the FNF Carolinas publication is split between North Carolina and South Carolina, FNF selected the top vote-getter from each state to be on the cover. In North Carolina, Leesville Road center Peyton Winstead received the most votes with 5,124. The FNF Coverboy Contest was more popular in North Carolina than any other state, with 19,521 votes cast among 26 players.
In South Carolina, Cane Bay athlete RJ Roderick received the most votes with 2,886 — 34 percent of the state’s 8,615 votes, which were split among 10 finalists.
A representative from FNF Magazine will contact the winning athletes’ coaches in the coming days to inquire about setting up cover shoots for each player. If you would like any additional information regarding the program, please contact FNF Magazine editor Dan Guttenplan at [email protected] or 727-209-0816. Follow FNF Magazine on Twitter at @fnfmag.
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