Tennison up for coverboy

Bullard's Major Tennison makes a touchdown run in the first half of their game at home against Brownsboro Friday night Sept. 4, 2015. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

There’s an important election this year, but this one does not involve Clinton, Trump, Cruz, Sanders, Rubio or anyone over the age of 18.

It is the vote for coverboy on the The Old Coach Friday Night Football Texas magazine and local standout Major Tennison of Bullard is on the ballot.

For the first time the magazine is looking to give the fans a voice in this year’s cover selection process. The selection process will be decided by the fans in an online vote at

Tennison is an all-state tight end candidate for the Panthers and has already comitted to Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns.

The Old Coach FNF Texas is co-published by A.E. Engine, a magazine publishing and marketing company that produces similar high school football previews in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama under the FNF brand, and, a Texas high school recruiting website which is a part of the Network.

FNF Texas has 160 oversized, full-color pages and contains features and in-depth previews of 1,072 high school football programs in Texas. The magazine is available on newsstands in July and also available online at

The Old Coach has selected a total of 15 finalists from Texas, and the top four vote-getters in an online poll will earn the right to serve as coverboys for the 2016 edition. The online vote at will be open until April 15.

The finalists include:

Dennis Bardwell, Huffman-Hargrave

Baron Browning, Kennedale

LaGaryonn Carson, Texarkana Liberty-Eylau

Cameron Copley, Canadian

Jack Dallas, West Orange-Stark

JK Dobbins, LaGrange

Montrell Estell, Hooks

Michael Everett, Odem

Jaylen Gipson, Mexia

Kedrick James, Waco LaVega

Hezekiah Jones, Stafford

Devin Morris, Caldwell

Dayo Odeyingbo, Carrollton Ranchview

Roshauud Paul, Bremond

Major Tennison, Bullard



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