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Facebook contest will decide which athletes grace cover of Gridiron 2017

The 2017 Gridiron football preview magazine is coming out soon, and The Selma Times-Journal needs your votes to select this years’ cover athletes.

A football player and cheerleader from each high school in the Selma/Dallas County area have been paired up once again for a chance to be on this years’ cover. More than 5,900 total votes were cast during 2016’s contest. Meadowview Christian and Keith won the contest with more than 1,300 likes on Facebook.

This year, the Times- Journal has scrambled up the schools again and the pairing with the most votes will be on the 2017 cover.

“This is a fun way to engage the community, and get everyone excited for football season,” Times-Journal sports reporter Thomas Scott said. “It’s exciting to see how much support the football players and cheerleaders have behind them.”

Here are the pairings for this years’ contest – Meadowview Christian football player Chris Wilson and Selma High cheerleader Antanique Tubbs; Morgan Academy football player Sam Plummer and Southside cheerleader Kabresha Fikes; Dallas County football player Octavious Palmer and Keith cheerleader A’Janae Moseley; Selma High football player Gabriel Wade and Morgan Academy cheerleader Haley Smitherman; Southside football player Malik Johnson and Ellwood cheerleader Gabby Crum; Ellwood football player Jamel Phillips and Dallas County cheerleader Nia Crooks; and Keith football player Kywoine Thomas and Morgan Academy cheerleader Sara Catherine Plummer.

Voting for the Gridiron photo cover contest begins Monday, July 31, on Facebook. Votes will be counted by how many “likes” each photo receives.

Liking the photo album will not count as a vote for the student athletes. Shares and comments do not count as votes either.

The contest will last for a week and the match-up with the most “likes” will be on the cover of this years’ edition which will be issued in August.

The other participants will be highlighted inside the magazine.

Go to The Selma Times-Journal’s’ Facebook page to place your votes and support your student athletes.