Tigers earn prize in national video contest

Sports highlight clip in top 3 of 51 schools for $7,500 check

The YouTube video of this catch by Tyler Wright of a Hail Mary touchdown pass from Joe Sanders right before halftime against Cameron was the third most popular video on the sight. Reporter/ Ken Esten Cooke The YouTube video of this catch by Tyler Wright of a Hail Mary touchdown pass from Joe Sanders right before halftime against Cameron was the third most popular video on the sight. Reporter/ Ken Esten Cooke BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Rockdale High School has placed third nationally in the State Farm Friday Night Feats high school football video contest on YouTube.

The school earns $7,500, having placed third out of 51 schools.

Mount Mansfield Union’s took first place, earning the school $15,000, and Bassick High School of Bridgeport, Conn., was awarded the second prize of $10,000.

The Tigers highlighted play was Tyler Wright’s leaping catch of a Hail Mary touchdown pass from Joe Sanders in the end zone right before halftime against Cameron in the annual Battle of the Bell.

Local agent Marie Williams presented the school with the check Tuesday night at Tiger gymnasium and the money goes into the school’s general fund.

The contest—highlighting some of this season’s biggest moments in high school football as submitted by players, coaches and fans from across the U.S. and parts of Canada—recognized 51 Zone winners who each earned $2,500 for their schools and became eligible to be a finalist.

State Farm’s panel of judges – pro football Hall of Fame lineman Anthony Munoz; Scout. com Recruiting Experts Scott Kennedy, Steve Robertson and Brandon Huffman; and SIKids. com Kid Reporter Daniel Radov – selected the 10 biggest moments from those 51 plays fans voted as Zone winners.

“The winning video from Rockdale High School captures the excitement that is high school football. It’s the epitome of a big moment and a true Friday night feat,” Munoz said. “State Farm is proud to be there for all of the schools who have participated this year, awarding nearly $160,000 in prize money.”

“Not only is that a great play,” said Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller, “but probably the most important play of the year. It’s a heck of a football play and great recognition for the school.”

Winning videos and all of the others submitted may be viewed on YouTube at www.youtube.


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