Football video in contest

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Area community members could have the opportunity to help the Cassville High School football program win a $15,000 prize beginning this Friday. The Wildcats have already earned $2,500 through a national video contest sponsored by State Farm Insurance.

Video footage of quarterback Ricky Nichols flipping a defender into the endzone has earned Cassville High School a spot among 52 schools across the United States and Canada featured in State Farm's Friday Night Feats campaign. Fans were invited to submit videos for the contest, which was voted on by members of the public.

"Our campaign is aimed at helping schools and communities get to a better state," said Bob Bishop, Cassville State Farm agent. "Coach (David) Large has done an outstanding job in getting the most out of his players and bringing them to a whole new level, and State Farm is honored to be able to contribute toward the team and the entire Cassville School District."

From not until Dec. 9, State Farm will work to narrow the list of 52 finalists down to the top 10 videos. Selections will be made based on "wow" factor, athleticism, impact of the play and creativity of the video. Judges include MaxPreps football experts and a "Sports Illustrated Kids" reporter.

If the Wildcat football video is chosen among the top 10, fans will have the opportunity to cast their votes to determine the first, second and third place contest winners. The best video will earn $15,000. The second place video will receive $10,000, and the third place video will earn $5,000.

Fans are invited to vote at The public voting period will be open from Dec. 9 through Dec. 16.

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