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#FridayNight5: Dick’s Sporting Goods & IHSA To Crown Top Football Plays From Around The State In 2021

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The Friday Night Lights will turn on throughout the Land of Lincoln on August 27 as Illinois high school football action returns around the state.

Throughout the nine-week regular season in 2021, the IHSA and Dick’s Sporting Goods are teaming up to keep the excitement rolling through the weekend.

Each week, the IHSA and Dick’s will release the Friday Night 5, a collection of the top five plays from around the state from the previous week’s games. The school that achieves the #1 play each week will receive a $250 gift certificate from Dick’s Sporting Goods for their football program.

We need the help of players, coaches, and fans to find the best Friday Night 5 plays each week!

Players, coaches, and fans are welcome to submit video (must be downloadable) for consideration at or let us know via social media with the hashtag #FridayNight5.

If you witness an amazing play at a game, but don’t have the video, just give us the specifics via email or on social media ( or #FridayNight5) and we will do our best to track down video of the play. 

Our team of Monday morning quarterbacks will review all the clips and reveal the Friday Night 5 each Tuesday during the season beginning on August 31.


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