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USA TODAY High School Sports is asking fans to choose the best high school football coach in the country in a contest that opened Monday Sept. 30.

Clinton High School football coach Bob Lewis is among those who can be voted on, and CHS supporters are urging residents to cast a ballot for the long-time coach.

USA TODAY staffers have chosen eight active head football coaches in each state after more than a month of conversations with local media and other state/school officials with high school football expertise. From there, the fans will decide which coach emerges from a list of 408.

There will be three rounds of voting. The state round, which began at noon Sept. 30, ends at noon on Oct. 8. The 51 winners – each state plus Washington, D.C. - advance to a regional round, where they will be divided among eight regions of six or seven coaches apiece. The regional round begins at noon (ET) Oct. 9 and ends at noon (ET) Oct. 18. The eight regional winners move onto the national round, which starts at noon (ET) Oct. 21 and ends at noon (ET) Oct. 29. The champion is crowned based on most votes in the final round.

The athletic department of the winning coach will receive $2,000. Second through fifth places also receive cash prizes for the athletic departments: second ($1,000), third ($500), fourth ($250) and fifth ($100). All eight finalists receive banners for their schools.

To vote, click on http://contest.usatodayhss.com/ and then click on “Vote now,” then click on the state of North Carolina in the US map and find Lewis’ photo.

To read more about the contest, please go to: http://contest.usatodayhss.com/

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