As a result of community support, the Northview Knights' will bring home $2,500 after qualifying as a finalist nominee in the State Farm Friday Night Feats online video contest.
"In our zone, Northview's video was second," State Farm Agent John Howes said. "It's really a testament to the Northview fans because they get behind their school and their team."
Northview High School Head Football Coach George Gettle agrees.
"Our community support and parental support for Northview Football has always been fantastic in the ten seasons I have been the head coach," Gettle said. "This is just another feather in the cap for the football community as a whole. I would personally like to thank all of those that took the time to vote for our video. Their time and effort is why we are in the position we are in today."
Gettle also wanted to thank the State Farm representatives who helped promote the Knights' during the contest.
"It is fabulous news that our video was one of the two semi-finalists selected for the Friday Night Feats contest," Gettle said.
Northview received 610 votes during the contest and competed against six different schools in the Great Lakes region.
Only two schools from the region became finalists, with the other being St. Teresa's High School, Decatur, Ill., which garnered 911 votes.
Northview will compete against schools across the nation to become a top ten finalist.
After the second half of the video contest, which begins Oct. 10 and runs through Nov. 28, a State Farm judging panel will evaluate all the finalist nominee videos, and the top 10 videos will be announced Dec. 9.
However, fans have the final word on choosing the first, second and third-place prize winners by voting for their favorite video, from Dec. 9-16.
Winners will be announced Friday, Dec. 19.
Second-place prize is $10,000, and third-place prize is $5,000.
"The money won will be put to good use, and I would assume it will be spent to upgrade equipment and/or facilities," Gettle said. "A collective decision amongst all of us that are involved will decide how best to use the money won in the first round."
The Northview Knights' football team and agents from John Howes' State Farm Insurance Agency are asking community members to vote for Northview's football play video at www.fridaynightfeats.com.
"I would ask that everyone get on board in the finals and really try and help us win again," Gettle said.
According to the competition website, a Friday Night Feat is a big moment -- a bold, athletic and exciting play displaying teamwork and athleticism on the high school football field.
Northview's video includes player Jesse Miller running the ball for long yardage and finally scoring a touchdown.
State Farm Multiple Line Representative Kelsey Haring said the State Farm office is really excited.
"We knew they could do it because of all the support from parents and fans," Haring said.