The 51 winners and five wildcards now advance to the second and regional round, which started at noon ET Wednesday and runs through 2 p.m. ET on April 17.
If the orphans pull down another victory in the regional round, they will continue on to the national round, where last year they brought in more than 25 million votes, to win the title of best mascot in the U.S. and a $2,000 grand prize for their athletic department.
No other team has won consecutive USA Today competitions, and the Orphans will be facing strong competition in the regional round that will be trying to stop the Centralia school from bringing in a consecutive victory.
One person voting in the first round has noted the winning team from Oklahoma managed to bring in nearly 10,000 votes overnight in the state level competition and is pushing hard in the second round
Anyone wanting to help the orphans bring home another win can vote as many times as they like by going online to contest.usatodayhss.com. Voting is open 24 hours a day.