Va. man tops football contest field

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 5, 2004

AHOSKIE – A majority of one.

The lone entry from Newsoms, Virginia was the one that claimed this week’s Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald Football Contest.

Eric Drake missed only two contests during week number four to claim the $50 top prize.

Drake’s only misses were the Carolina Panthers loss to Atlanta and Green Bay’s loss to the New York Giants.

Five others missed three contests during the week. They were Alice Bond of Windsor, Mary Waicui of Colerain, Sharon Query of Aulander, Judy Bown of Windsor and Earl Holloman of Ahoskie.

Three of those five incorrectly picked the New Orleans Saints to top the Arizona Cardinals, but Dennis Green claimed his first victory as head coach of the Cardinals for the upset.

A total of 199 entries were received for this week’s contest.

The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald’s Football Contest will run throughout the NFL’s regular season. An official entry blank and the pairings for the upcoming weekend games will appear in each Tuesday’s edition. Official game pieces are also available at the Ahoskie office of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald.

Contestants are required to fill in the blanks with their choice of corresponding teams beside the names of each of the 14 participating Football Contest advertisers. The entry with the most correct choices will be awarded the weekly cash prize of $50. In the event of a tie, one game will be pre-selected as the tiebreaker. There, each contestant is asked to predict what they think will be the combined score between those two teams. The contestant closest to that score will earn the tiebreaker and the prize money. In the event that two or more contestants predict the same correct or closest to score, the prize money will be equally divided.

Weekly winners will be notified by phone on where to collect their prize money.

The contest is open to anyone over the age of 18, with the exception of Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald employees and their immediate families.

All entries will become eligible for the grand prize drawing of $250 in cash. That drawing will be held one week prior to the Super Bowl.

Weekly entries can be dropped off at the Ahoskie office (corner of Main St. and Catherine Creek Rd.) of the R-C News-Herald by 5 p.m. on each Friday. Entry forms can also be mailed (postmarked by 5 p.m. on Fridays) to: Football Contest, R-C News-Herald, PO Box 1325, Ahoskie, NC, 27910.

Local merchants joining the R-C News-Herald in sponsoring this year’s Football Contest are Furniture Galleries, Dixon Cleaners, Quick Lane, Hall Auto, Piggly Wiggly, H&N Mobile Home Supply, Jernigan Oil, Pizza Inn, The Athlete’s Foot, Movie Time, Colonial House, Terry’s Used Cars and Jernigan Cleaners.