DeKalb quarterback Trenton Kyler fires a pass Thursday during the DeKalb High School football minicamp.
DeKalb quarterback Trenton Kyler fires a pass Thursday during the DeKalb High School football minicamp. — Mark Busch -

One of my favorite toys growing up, or at least the ones I have the most vivid memories of, are the lime-green Constructicons.

You could play with the Constructicons separately, or combine them into one big robot.

Sure, it was Transformers’ way of ripping off Voltron. But even at age 7, I apparently had strong brand loyalty.

The point being, when you combine something that’s great on its own with something else great, it becomes something you don’t forget.

Which brings us to Friday Night Drive. The latest effort from Shaw Media, the site is focused on high school football. All high school football content produced by Shaw papers, including the Daily Chronicle, will be featured exclusively there.

And when we say content, we don’t mean just stories. Although, obviously, there will be more of those than you can shake a stick at. Not only can you read our check-in on DeKalb’s football practice, you can see what Sycamore and Kaneland’s new conference mates in Plano and Sandwich are up to.

There are also videos, podcasts, rankings, brackets and more. You want to see something? Let us know. Media these days is a two-way street. You can always e-mail me at, and my Twitter DMs (@DDCEddieCarifio) are always open.

The best news of all is that access to Friday Night Drive is included in your subscription to the Chronicle. Just sign in with your current digital credentials and you’ll get unlimited access. If you’re a print subscriber and need to activate your digital account, go to to get started.

Not a current subscriber? You can sign up for Friday Night Drive for a limited-time subscription rate of just $2.49 per month (billed annually), a 40% savings.

So if you sign up for the Chronicle, you get not only access to Friday Night Drive – which we are aiming to go beyond just the 100-plus schools in our footprint – but to everything the Daily Chronicle has to offer. That includes Kaleb Carter’s top-notch NIU football coverage. Plus all the government and local news and other things that I guess matter if you care about those things.

So sign up for the Chronicle, or just sign up for that great stand-alone FND deal. Either way, this site is going to be a powerhouse of high school football news and information.

Sounds like the perfect addition for any football fan’s toy box.