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The Oxford Civic Center has been selected as the host site for this year's FNN Awards Night & Dinner. The evening's festivities will take place on Wednesday, March 31st. Dinner will be served at 6 PM with the program getting underway at 7 PM.

The night is primarily to recognize the four players and coaches that were nominees from the 2020 season.

"We have a lot of hardware to pass out this year, so it will be a fast-paced evening," says FNN's Jim Jacobs.

Awards will be presented for the player and coach that received the most votes by the fans during the month following their announcement back in December.
FNN will also present a "Lifetime Achievement Award" to a deserving individual that has contributed to high school sports throughout their career.

"We have a very special guest speaker in the works and hopefully we can announce that within the next week," said Jacobs.

Concerns over the pandemic forced FNN to push the date for the event later than in years past.

"We wanted to be able to seat our normal number of guests and serve everyone dinner, so we pushed it back to the end of March, which right now looks like a good call," said Jacobs.

"We're still taking precautions to keep everyone that attends the evening as safe as possible."

Nominees for this year's Player of the Year are Trent Davis (Etowah), Trey Higgins (Oxford), Tae Meadows (Handley), and Jett Smith (Walter Wellborn). This is the second year in a row that Higgins and Smith have been nominated while this is the first time for Meadows and Davis.

FNN started the Player of the Year Award back in 2018. Ron Wiggins of Jacksonville High School received the award in both 2018 and 2019.
Jacobs added, "We hope to have Ron with us on the 31st to announce and present the 2020 Player of the Year Trophy."

The nominees for Coach of the Year include Adam Fossett (BB Comer), Scott Martin (Ohatchee), Steve Smith (Piedmont), and Larry Strain (Handley).

Both Martin (2016) and Smith (2018) are previous winners. Piedmont's Smith is the only coach to be nominated all three years under the current selection process.

Coach Keith Etheredge won the award in 2019 after leading Oxford to the 6A State Championship. Etheredge is the only two-time winner (2015-Leeds & 2019-Oxford) of the award. He is also the only coach to be nominated from two different schools (Leeds and Oxford).

The previous FNN Coach of the Year winners includes Jeff Smith (2012-Walter Wellborn), Will Wagnon (2013-Munford), Lee Ozmint (2014-Glencoe), Keith Etheredge (2015-Leeds), Scott Martin (2016-Ohatchee), Ted Darby (2017-Talladega), Steve Smith (2018-Piedmont), and Keith Etheredge (2019-Oxford). Steve Smith and Etheredge are the only winners that have received the award under the current selection process.

The 2020 FNN High School Football Awards Night & Dinner will be live-streamed starting at 7 PM over all of FNN's usual platforms including here on the FNN 24/7 Channel. TV viewers may watch using the FNN App on Roku.

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Anniston High School senior guard Malcolm Carlisle scored 28 points Thursday to lead the Bulldogs to a 54-52 victory over Booker T. Washington of Tuskegee. It was the school’s first state title under Coach Torry Brown’s watch and the school’s first since 2009.

Carlisle had a steal and a 3-point basket in the final second of the third period to turn what had been a two-point deficit five seconds earlier into a 41-38 lead heading into the final quarter. It was a big play at the time but no one knew just big it would be until the Golden Eagles’ last-ditch shot for a chance to tie or win bounced off the rim at the buzzer to give the Bulldogs (27-6) the win.

Booker T. Washington (19-5), coached by Corvin Johnson, trailed by seven 54-47 with 47 seconds remaining, but showed over the remaining seconds an incredible grit. Andrew Johnson sank a lay-up to cut the margin to five. Cameron Whitfield sank a free throw with 19 seconds left trimming Anniston’s lead to 54-50. Following his miss on the second try, Jeffrey Lewis rebounded and Joseph Phillips scored on a short jump three seconds later to cut the lead to two. Two more missed free throws by the Bulldogs set up the Golden Eagles’ last chance. Whitfield got off a good shot but it bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

Carlisle was 10-of-20 from the field, made three treys, and was 5-of-8 from the free-throw line to account for his 28 points. The Class 4A state tourney MVP also had five steals and four rebounds. Elijah Myles had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs and Antonio Kite added seven points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

Whitfield and Lewis had 13 points each for BTW, Jalien Fluellen had 10 points and Johnson had six points, three assists, and two steals. Phillips had a game-high nine rebounds.

Anniston’s two previous state titles came in 2002 and 2009.

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FNN is pleased to announce that Lauren Sisler will be our guest speaker at this year’s High School Football Awards Night & Dinner on Wednesday, March 31st at the Oxford Civic Center.

Sisler is a two-time national award-winning sports broadcaster who joined ESPN and SEC Network in 2016 as a sideline reporter for both college football and gymnastics. In addition, she serves as a sports reporter and host at where she covers a multitude of teams and sports in the state of Alabama.

Like us here at FNN, Lauren is passionate about sports, but even more passionate about telling the stories of the coaches, athletes, and fans who make it more than a game.

Sisler is a native of Roanoke, Va., was the captain of her gymnastics team at Rutgers University, and graduated in 2006 with a communication degree.

We look forward to hearing her message during FNN’s most celebrated evening of the year when we will announce our 2020 High School Football Coach and Player of the Year