Good evening everybody and welcome to Friday Football Extra on Your Hometown Station WDBJ-7.
The regular season is getting away from us in a hurry as tonight marks week number 10.
Highlights from 14 games are on the way, including the marquee showdown of the evening.
It's been a long time since Friday Football Extra showcased a battle of unbeatens this late in the season.
But tonight at Kenneth Dobson Stadium in Pulaski County, the 8-and-0 Cougars hosted the 8-and-0 Patrick Henry Patriots.
Steve Mason has the story of the battle for first place in the Roanoke Valley District.
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The Cave Spring Knights who will host Pulaski next Friday night are the only thing standing between the Cougars and an unbeaten season.
Tonight, Cave was on the road in South Boston taking on the Comets.
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The Knights were all business tonight as they took the field after a rather lengthy bus trip to southside.
In the first, Jacob Lewis passes to Tom Hagen, who makes the leaping catch and comes down in the endzone for the TD to make it 7-to-nothing Knights.
Later in the opening period, lewis will fake the handoff and go back up top as he finds a wide open Michael Brammer in the middle of the field. He hauls it in and finishes the play with a sprint to complete the 70 yard scoring play.
In the second quarter, Lewis will keep smoking. This time he and Brammer connect on a 15 yard scoring toss. Cave Spring is in command with a 21-to-nothing lead on the Comets.
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Lewis would let Chris Gould take the next one in the house as he scores from the 5. Cave Spring hammers Halifax County 49-to-7.
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The Cave Spring Knights made the long trek to South Boston with a cloud hanging over their heads tonight.
There is a possibility that a former Cave Spring player, who played over half of this season with the Knights before transferring to Salem several weeks ago, may have been ineligible to play this season.
News 7 Sports first learned of the situation last weekend, but chose not to air the story or the name of the young man in question until some resolution was brought to the issue.
That likely will not come until Ken Tilley, the Virginia High School League's executive director returns from vacation next week and reviews the student's transcript.
Those of you who have faithfully watched Friday Football Extra over the years know that our number one goal always has been to portray high school athletes in a positive light. We have always strived to put the student-athlete first.
Let's hope administrators at both schools do the same.
The communities of Salem and Southwest Roanoke County are linked by route 419. It's a road that more than the current player in question has traveled to change schools.
Salem and Cave Spring are big rivals. Ones that would be more likely to run into each other on Halloween than during Christmas.
Several sources inside the Salem school system have confirmed to me that this eligibility issue was first raised by Salem and not Cave Spring upon review of the transcript.
Let's hope that by bringing this to the Virginia High School League's attention a fair resolution can be reached for all parties involved based on the facts and not some fiction you may find on an internet bulletin board.
The player in question practiced with the Spartans for part of this week, but by midweek it was decided that he would not play tonight as the Spartans hosted Alleghany.
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It was parent's night inside Salem Stadium as another nice crowd gathered hoping to see the Spartans pick up a win.
Alleghany would turn it up from his 20 yard line and Terrell Givens gives it all he's got as he blasts up the middle, cuts to the outside and takes it to the house from 80 yards away to make it 7-to-nothing Alleghany. And suddenly there are flashbacks to the days of Higgins and Jefferson.
But on the ensuing kickoff, junior return man Roger Waddell will take the ball at his own 9, he finds a hole, and he is gone on a 91 yard return. It's now 7-to-7 and less than 30 seconds are gone in the game.
Salem would light it up with 8:49 left in the first as they let Waddell take the handoff from the 27. He goes up the right sideline and now it's 14-to-7 Salem.
The Spartans rip off another TD in the opening period with David
Christianson faking the handoff and pitching to Reico Jordan. He goes up the left side and into the house from 59 yards away.
Salem rolls to the 35 to 7 win.
When we return we will see if Northside was able to stay perfect in the Blue Ridge district as they took on Blacksburg.
Plus, we'll see how the red hot Magna Vista Warriors fared tonight.
But first, scores, band instruments and the Brookville Bees band.
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We are back and ready to invade the Burg where the surging Blacksburg Indians
got a chance to make a real statement tonight as they hosted Blue Ridge district front runner Northside.
A win for the Vikes tonight would clinch at least a tie for the regular season crown.
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The Vikings came out to start the second half hoping that the defense would continue its domination of the Indians as the Vikes only gave up 13 yards in the first two quarters.
And that's exactly what happened as Blacksburg coughs it up and Matt Spangler scoops up the ball and scrambles nearly 40 yards for the touchdown as Northside takes a 28-to-nothing lead on the Indians.
Blacksburg would finally find a way to fight back as Brett Smith passes to Scott Sterrett in the end zone for the nine yard touchdown. It's 28-to-7 at this point.
Smith would then leave the game at the beginning of the fourth as he gets leveled by the Northside defense. The helmet to helmet hit end's Smith's night as he has to be helped off the field.
The Vikes would get one more score in the fourth, but it would be called back due to a penalty, but despite those kind of mistakes Northside wins big tonight 28-to-7.
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The Lord Botetourt Cavaliers have been keeping pace with the Vikings just in case they might slip up in the closing weeks.
Tonight the air minded Cavs hosted Rockbridge County.
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The water girls were busy helping the Cavs during this third quarter timeout as the Cavs had a 41-to-7 lead.
Botetourt would keep rolling up the yards as Anthony Ford looks deep and connects with Jared White on the 26 yard play, but Rockbridge County watched the Jets come back on Monday night.
Here they come as Jonathan Wilson rolls out to his left, puts it up and Matt Fix pulls it down in the endzone to make it a 41-to-14 game.
The Wildcats are on the move again from the 36. Wilson drops back, roll sout and fires it way down field to Dauvon Otey. He makes the catch and he will outrace the coverage for a 64 yard touchdown. It's now 41-to-21.
They would get as close as 41-to-27, but Botetourt watched that game too.
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And Ford hands off to Kevin Lyle. He takes it in off the left side and fights in to push the final to 48-to-27.
The William Byrd Terriers hosted Christiansburg tonight in Vinton.
Amazingly, the two teams came in a combined 0-and-10 in the Blue Ridge district.
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The Terriers had home field advantage on this homecoming night as Patterson Stadium is filled with maroon and orange balloons.
We get into the action early in the first quarter on Byrd's first possession quarterback Jeff Highfill on the option pass hits Marcus English he picks up the first down getting into Blue Demon territory
A few plays later Highfill gets the handoff to English, he goes around the left end turns the corner and turns on the juice right at the photographer's camera taking it 38 yards into the end zone the kick missed to make it 6 to nothing.
Then the first play of the second quarter the terriers move the ball to the 7 highfill hands off to English who goes around the right end and dives in for the score.
Then on the two point conversion Highfill takes it in and Byrd leads 14 to nothing.
The Terriers get the 28 to 7 win over Christiansburg.
Time now to move over to the Piedmont district.
Magna Vista looked to clinch at least a tie of the Piedmont corwn tonight as the Warriors welcomed to Laurel Park to the home of Beckelheimer's Boys.
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And his young men were more than ready to make another statement tonight.
John Lieteau will take the handoff in the early stages of this game and do just what he has been doing all season long - score a TD. It's 6-to-nothing.
Magna Vista would then let Louis Taylor take a turn at getting into the endzone and he finds it up the middle by bulling his way in from the five.
It's now 12-to-nothing.
Lieteau would get back in the scoring act as he takes the snap from center
[SUPER=52-Laurel Park/8/Magna Vista/48;]
and dives in. The Warriors improve to 8-and-1 on the season and stay perfect in the Piedmont with the 48-to-8 win.
Martinsville still just has one district setback.
Tonight the Bulldogs were home at Dan Greene Stadium looking to beat FC and move to 6-and-3.
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Taylor Edwards told his team to kick up its heels tonight and they did just that.
Maurice Hamilton goes up the left side and gobbles up about 35 yards before he gets knocked out of bounds after a huge pickup.
The Dogs then brought on Greg Wade. He nails the 35 yard field goal and Martinsville is now on top 45-to-nothing.
Wade would come back in and
hit a 28 yarder in the fourth quarter. Martinsville gets the 48-to-nothing win and improves to 5-and-1 in the district.
The private school ranks will get a chance to shine next.
North Cross and Hargrave each picked up impressive wins this afternoon, we'll see how they did it right after we get some more of the week 10 scores and check out the ____ band.
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Welcome back everybody as we now head down to Victory Stadium to check on a couple of teams in search of their first district win of the year.
William Fleming and Franklin County invaded Victory Stadium tonight hoping to earn a win and some respect and both teams looked to finish up the final weeks of the season on a positive note.
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It was homecoming as Treasure Stone was crowned the Colonels' 2000 queen.
Franklin County would have the ball from the Colonels' 37 in the third, and Charles Holland will take the handoff and motor up the middle all the way to the four yard line.
On the very next play, Melvin Patterson carries the ball in to tie the game at 7-all with 5:56 left in the third quarter.
Fleming would come back on its next possession. On a first and 10 from the Eagles' 41, Calvin Bannister takes the handoff and runs inside for a TD of his own, but the Colonels would not get the extra point.
That would be huge. Franklin County caps its season with a 7 minute drive
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that culminates with this 9 yard Patterson touchdown off the left. The Eagles get the extra point and Franklin County wins it 14-to-13 to finish the season with a 3 and 7 record.
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The Roanoke Catholic Celtics were on the road today playing their own afternoon contest in Chatham against powerful Hargrave Military.
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The Catholic Celtics called the toss and wished they could have named the score, as well.
Hargrave was all business with Zach Lepchitz passing to Jason Zeigler who makes the catch and pushes his way in to complete the 15 yard scoring play.
They would build on that 7-to-nothing lead as Lepchitz hands off to Chris Bos, who flies up the middle and scores from 31 yards away. Hargrave takes a 23-to-nothing lead on the overmatched Celtics at this point.
Hargrave would keep rolling in the second as Alvin Johnson takes the toss around the end and he scores from 10 yards away.
Hargrave Military takes a 30-to-nothing lead.
The Celtics' Michael Bartgis got a 30 yard field goal.
But Catholic remains winless losing it 58-to-9.
The North Cross Raiders continue to play well as the season rolls on.
This afternoon, North Cross improved to 6-and-3 with a win over Massanutten.
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Craig Walkinshaw would get the visitors on the board in the early going as he slams in off the right side and just breaks the plane of the goal line for the Colonels.
But the rest of the way this one was all North Cross. Charlie Glenn who blew up for 240 on the ground last week, had another monster game as cruises in off the left side and cuts the lead to 8.
The later in the first half, Glenn will break out of the pack in the middle of
the field and rumble 50 yards for the score.
North Cross looks impressive this afternoon with a 32 to 14 win.
Trips to Covington, Campbell County and Montgomery County are coming up as we get set to close out the week 10 highlight reel.
But first, the final batch of scores and the Covington Cougars Marching band.
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It's time now to check in on the battle for first place, and in effect the Pioneer district title.
Historic Casey Field in Covington played host to tonight's encounter between the homestanding Cougars and the visitors from on top of the mountain - Bath County.
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We pick it up in the second half with the Bath County Chargers on top 12-to-7.
Bath will open the third with quarterback Jacob Phillips keeping the ball and scoring from the 2 to make it an 18-to-7 game in favor of the Chargers.
With three minutes left in the third quarter, Covington would go into it's Haloween bag of tricks as number 27 Michael Allen scrambles on the half back option pass. He will hok up with Maurice Broadnax for the sweet 30 yard touchdown pass. After the two point conversion it's suddenly a three point game at 18-to-15.
Covington would complete the comeback by taking the lead in the fourth. Wesley Hostetter hands off to Allen who jumps in for the score. It's now 21-to-18 Cougars.
But back comes Bath. The Chargers charge back in front as Justin Fry returns the ensuing kickoff up the left sideline right in front of the Cougars' bench for an 87 yard score. Bath is back in front 25-to-21.
Bath would seal the deal with only two minutes to go as Phillips keeps and scores in the left corner. Bath County locks down the Pioneer with a 31-to-21 win.
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Time now to move on over to the Three Rivers district where the Glenvar Highlanders and Eastern Montgomery Mustangs renewed their route 460 rumble tonight in Shawsville.
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The Highlanders made the short trek down 460 to take a shot at taming Mustang Alley.
Glenvar would waste little time in breaking on top as Brandon Carroll hooks up with John Gaston on the 37 yard scoring strike. Glenvar is front just 3 plays into the game. It's 6-to-nothing.
After a blocked punt, Glenvar would shine again as the seven play drive is capped by Ryan Still going over the goal line from 3 yards out. It's 12-to-nothing.
But the Mustangs would finally come alive.
Jamey Harris caps a 73 yard drive with a score of his own.
But Glenvar gets its 6th win of the season and stays in the Three Rivers hunt with the 48 to 6 win over Eastern Montgomery.
And we close out tonight's highlights with a game that could have just as easily started them off.
Rustburg and Brookville both have their eyes on the postseason, and with Seminole front runner Liberty off tonight, these two basked in the district's spotlight.
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A big night for Number 27.. Dejon Kennedy.. chosen homecoming king for the Brookville Bees tonight..
Red Devils would strike first, Derek Crabtree takes the snap, fakes the handoff and fires one to Chad Lewis on the slant in the end zone and it's 7- nothing Rustburg.
But King Kennedy was a royal pain all night to the Rustburg defense... just give him the ball and look at him go, this one is for 30 yards all the way to the end zone and all of a sudden we're tied at 7 in the first quarter.
Second half action and it's Dejon again, just a one- yard plunge but it puts Brookville up 13- to 7 in the third quarter.
Bees defense was swarming tonight, Rustburg going for it on 3rd and 6 and Crabtree could run but he couldn't hide from big Russell Lomax who throws him for the 8- yard loss.
Fourth quarter and guess who-- Dejon Kennedy-- bounces outside and he's gone.. 70 yards to the house and Brookville keeps its postseason hopes alive with the 19- 14 win.
Mike adlibs to the break.
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Welcome back everybody. It is time now to check out the Super 7 for week number 10 - the next to last week for the poll.
One thing we can definitely say tonight is that the strangle hold on the top spot just got a lot tighter with Pulaski's dominating destruction of PH.
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Pulaski County and Cave Spring will play next Friday night.
PH drops to fourth while Northside moves up along with Cave.
Liberty, Magna Vista and Lord Botetourt round out the super 7.
And the pollbuster tonight is North Cross. The Raiders scored 32 unanswered points today to hammer Massanutten and
improve to 6-and-3 and stay right on track for the playoffs. [SUPER=#7]
Our Player of the week proved last week, that when the season is on the line, he wants the ball.
Glenvar receiver Anthony Hackett scored four touchdowns to lead the Highlanders to a huge win over powerful Radford last Friday Night. Steve Mason has his story.
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((Anthony Hackett is alot of things and colorful is one way to describe him.
He's confident, he's a team player, and he's got an opinion about when it's time for a superstar to get the ball.
Don't forget he's also prophetic. During the game he yelled at our FFE photographer...player of the week, I'm your player of the week, a statement he reinforced in the post game interview.
Hackett was predicting what he knew long before the season began and he made sure his coach, himself a FFE player the week back on September first, 1989, knew about it.
Hackett earns his banquet dinner by beating a very talented Radford team. Norm Lineburg's Bobcats trailed by less than two touchdowns going into the fourth quarter. Hackett put the game away with two scores.
((STEVE MAGENBAURER/GLENVAR HEAD COACH:))
Anthony got the ball 19 times, compared to just four touches against Giles. Glenvar's playoffs hopes are alive again. And Hackett and Magenbaurer's relationship has had a great deal to do with it. Their bond
was cemented when coach Brian Hooker left and Magenbaurer took over. The momentary uncertainty that comes with every coaching change prompted Hackett to briefly think about transferring.
Magenbauerer advised Hackett to attend Ronde and Tiki Barber's All Star Football Clinics combine.
His work with strength coach Matt Link was instrumental in bringing Anthony's 40 time down.
Hacket will leave Glenvar as a four year starter who, through nine games of his senior year, has amassed 55 touchdowns. Steve Mason FFE))
Thanks so much Steve!
Folks it has been a fast year. Next Friday night we will close out the regular season with week number 11.
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Take care, thanks for watching and have a safe weekend.