In its first year of existence, Friday Night Drive has been honored in an international contest that recognizes the best digital media websites.
Friday Night Drive won Editor and Publisher's Best Sports Website with under 1 million unique monthly visitors in its 24th annual EPPY Awards. Winners needed to receive a score in the top one-third of the average score across all categories within their division.
Friday Night Drive launched in June of 2019, with the goal of producing in-depth quality high school football coverage for Illinois high school football fans of the more than 100 schools Shaw Media Illinois covers. It’s our goal every day, with our award-winning writers and editors, to give our subscribers high quality coverage of the teams, players and issues they care about in high school football.
"We want to thank the judges and Editor and Publisher for recognizing the effort of our staff at Friday Night Drive to bring together one great site for all of our high school football readers," Friday Night Drive editor-in-chief John Sahly said. "Our success begins with our incredible team of editors and reporters, and we can't thank our readers enough for the positive feedback this season. A special thanks also to the athletes, coaches and athletic directors who have been so welcoming and embracing of what we do at Friday Night Drive."