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Friday Night Football Magazine debuts

A.E. Engine, a St. Petersburg sports publishing company, today announced that “Friday Night Football Florida” high school football magazine (FNF Florida) is now available at newsstands and online.

The magazine is the only one of its kind to profile every high school football program in the state. This year’s magazine was published in a large format (10” x 12”), on a glossy paper stock and contains entertaining editorial features, photography and design. The magazine has a considerable shelf life.

“Football is a big deal in Florida, so it only seemed appropriate to unleash a large format magazine,” said Craig Baroncelli, publisher and president of A.E. Engine. “We really went all out in producing a piece that will grab people’s attention plus provide them with hours of great reading and I am very pleased with the pre-release reviews the magazine has received.”

FNF magazine is available at traditional news outlets, various retailers and high school campuses statewide. It is also available to order online at www.floridafootballmag.com. The magazine can be found at the following retailers: Wal-Mart, Barnes and Noble, Publix, Sweetbay, 7-11, Food Lion and Circle K among others.      
The magazine, which is produced annually, includes coverage of the 509 FHSAA varsity high school football teams, player statistics, recruiting information, color photography and feature stories by professional sports reporters. There are more than 4,000 players recognized in this year’s issue.

“We are very excited to release this magazine,” Baroncelli said. “This has been such a rewarding project for the company. Despite the tough economic conditions both Florida and national businesses are facing, our advertising and marketing partners still see the benefit of reaching the high school marketplace. And because of the commitment of these advertisers, we are able to produce a high-quality magazine that pays tribute to Florida’s high school football players, coaches, administrators, parents and fans.”

The front cover features three star quarterbacks: Jeffrey Godfrey, Miami Central High School; Trey Burton, Venice High School and Clint Trickett, North Florida Christian High School.

Interior features include “Building the Perfect QB”, a detailed look at the talented signal callers in the state this season and a look back at a remarkable game-winning catch from the 2008 Class 6A title game between Miami Northwestern and Sanford Seminole and profiles of all 509 high school programs.

“Building the Perfect QB” will feature several of the state’s top quarterbacks including the three cover subjects and Jupiter Christian’s Marshyl Rothman.

“This is a great year for quarterbacks in Florida,” said FNF Florida editor and veteran Florida sportswriter Corey Long. “We’ve got strong-armed pocket passers, athletic dual-threat players and accurate throwers. There is a ton of diversity at the position and this was the perfect time to spotlight these great players.”

Another key portion of the magazine are the “Reebok All-Florida Teams”, a three-team all-star list, and Larry Blustein’s “Power” list of the top high school talents in the state, broken down by position. Blustein is Florida’s premier evaluator of high school football talent.

In conjunction with the magazine, FNF will also produce “Friday Night Football Live”, a three-market weekly road tour that will make an appearance at a 30 different high school football game this season in the Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville markets. Details regarding the tour can be found at www.FNF-live.com.