Good evening folks and welcome to Friday Football Extra as we kick off our 18th season here on WDBJ-7.
The party actually started last Friday night with our preseason special, but since the school year in young we're still adding students so come on in, kick back and get ready for the real deal in the next 30 minutes as we take you from Danville to Wytheville.
We begin the week one highlights reel at Dwight Bogel Stadium in Roanoke County where Cave Spring hosted Northside.
The Knights hope to be in the Vikes district next season, but tonight it was the Western Valley vs. the Blue Ridge.
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Ben Foutz had offseason back surgery, but tonight he wasn't about to back down as he did everything he could to keep his team fired up.
Cave Spring on top 7-to-nothing goes to the air attack as UVa-bound Tom Hagan fires the ball to Daniel Payne he turns the crossing pattern into a 26 yard pickup to set up another Cave score.
Payne will come on for the field goal and from 39 yards out he nails it with plenty to spare. Cave Spring takes a 10-to-nothing lead.
Late in the fourth, the Vikings are forced to punt from deep in their own territory and Michael Brammer fields the kick on his own 40. He will head to the outside, follow his blockers, and then cut back to the inside. He gets 40 yards on the return before he is brought down.
A couple of plays later with a second and goal situation, Hagan options to his right and pitches to Desmond Jolloh - who smashes in from the four.
Cave Spring opens the season with a 17-to-nothing win over Northside in a contest that was less than perfect for both sides.
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Cave Spring's new district mate in the newly formed Western Valley district, George Washington high school opened at home tonight against one of last year's power houses - Magna Vista.
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Assistant Coach Bobby Martin, the former Hokies, was dancing in the defensive signals for the Eagles.
Already up 33-to-7 the Eagles' John Fulton will turn a fourth and five option play into a highlights reel run as he breaks not one, not two, not three, not four, but tackles on the 33 yard touchdown run. It's now 40-to-7 Eagles.
With Magna Vista driving Alexey Hairston drops back to pass, but the Eagles Donald Lyons intercepts the rock inside the five yard to stop the drive.
On the very next play, Kenny Lewis takes the handoff and he is grabbed by the Warriors in the endzone. He takes the ball away from Lewis, and it's a touchdown for Magna Vista. It's 40-to-13.
GW would keep coming. Lewis, the son of Tech hall of famer Kenny Lewis, scampers all the way down to the one.
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Danville rolls tonight to the 54-to-13 win over Magna Vista.
Franklin County and Laurel Park also hooked up tonight in another Piedmont-Western Valley cross district rivalry.
To Henry County we go where
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This little Eagle came out early in the season to support his team.
Down three-zip, Laurel Park tries to get a running attack going.
Ivan Cabiness takes the handoff but he's stripped of the ball and Franklin County takes over.
Later, after a Laurel Park punt, Franklin County's Melvin Patterson takes the handoff, goes to his left and picks up 20 yards. Eagles are rolling.
Same possession, very first play of the second quarter, Patterson gets the ball again, fakes out our photographer, and bowls his way into the endzone. Hey - it's early in the season for us too.
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Franklin County goes on to win it 43 to 6.
The Western Valley district is not only spread out, but also short on number.
Patrick Henry will have to play non-district games this year in Petersburg and in West Virginia, but tonight the Patriots needed only to travel to Daleville.
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The captains met at midfield for the coin toss tonight in what many folks thought would be a high scoring affair.
The Cavs came out winging it as Eric Driscoll connects with Jared White on the 14 yard pass play.
But this one turned out to be just the opposite. On the Patriots second possession they cough it up and Lord Botetourt recovers.
The Cavaliers would then try to mount a drive of their own as Driscoll keeps on the quarterback draw and he picks up 9 yards and a first down.
The Cavs would have settle for a field goal, and White would come to kick the
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20 yard three pointer. And Lord Botetourt opens with a 6-to-3 win over the Patriots.
The week one throwdown is just underway on Your Hometown Station.
Coming up in the next segment we will check in on the two state champions from a season ago as Salem and Rustburg try to open the season with wins against heavy hitting opponents.
But first scores, music and a band from Cave Spring.
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Welcome back folks as we get ready to check on the defending champs from a year ago.
The three-time defending state champs from Salem reloaded and took their 2001 road show to Campbell County to take on the always tough Brookville Bees.
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The Brookville cheerleaders were being heard early, but really not much for them to cheer about on the field.
Already up 10-zip at halftime, Salem recovers this loose ball after Bee's Q.B. Scott Nixon looses the handle...#40 Dav
id Epperly with the recovery.
A few plays later Roger Waddel plunges into the endzone for the TD and Salem goes up 17 - 0.
Brookville would try to get things going , #19 Samir Ghriri finds some daylight and he scampers for a nice gain.
But that drive would stall...Salem would continue to dominate. Waddel again with a great run into the
Bee's secondary...this would set up a Nic Schmidt field goal....Salem wins 20-to-nothing.
The division three state champs from last season, the Rustburg Red Devils refused to ease into this 2001 season tonight.
Rustburg was ranked number three in our preseason Super 7 - tonight Mike Scharnus's team took on the club in the four spot the Martinsville Bulldogs.
Steve Mason and photographer Scott Ayres have the results.
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One of the new kids on the Group Two A block, Fleming, opened at Victory Stadium tonight against the always physical Amherst County Lancers out of the Seminole.
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The Colonel band has the home side pumping tonight, but Amherst came to play.
It was 14-to-7 Amherst at the half, and the Lancers would come out in the third and sweep their way to six more. On a first and 10, Number two Brian McPherson will take off to his left and cut in off the corner and eventually take it all the way to the house on the 65 yard touchdown run. The Lancers show some muscle taking a 20-to-7 lead.
Fleming would get a couple more points by shutting down the Lancers in the endzone. The safety in the third quarter cuts the lead to 20-to-9.
But McPherson was too much of a handful for the Colonels. This time he takes off and will end up 70 yards down the field before the Colonels get a glove on him. McPherson finally is dragged down on the five yard line.
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But Amherst would hold and the Lancers add another score as Barry Booker slams up the middle.
The Lancers beat Fleming tonight 26-to-17.
The new district alignments have caused some interesting scheduling moves this season, and they have also moved some traditional big money, big excitement rivalries to the front of the season.
Such is the case for the War in Highlands between Alleghany and Covington.
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A tremendous crowd was on hand tonight at Boodie Albert Stadium for this one that was tied at 6-all at the half.
The second half was much more eventful as Cougar fans not only had to endure heavy downpours, but also a heavy dose of running back Mike Jack Junior.
After recovering the fumble on the Cougar 25, Jack Junior takes it in for the score from 8 yards away. It's now 13-to-6 Alleghany.
After stopping the Cougars again, Jack Junior is at again this time taking it in from the 16. The Mounties are in control with a 20-to-6 lead.
Then after a 10 yard sack - the Cougars cough up the ball on their own four yard line.
And on the very next play, Jack Junior scores his third TD of the half.
The Mounties win the war in the Highlands 28-to-6 in one of the earliest meetings between the two teams ever.
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We're heading west young man when Friday Football Extra continues as we check on games at Rural Retreat, Max Meadows, Narrows and Pearisburg.
But first more of the week one scoreboard and a listen to the ________
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Friday Football Extra continues on WDBJ-7 tonight. Thanks so much for joining us.
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Interstate 81 south will be hopping with Tech fans tomorrow morning, but tonight the state nastiest road led to Wythe County where Floyd County dropped in on the Rural Retreat Indians.
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Coach Dean Rhea gave his Indians a few final instructions before taking on the Buffs in a game most considered a tossup.
The first half was an offensive struggle as Floyd's Isaac Spence is just plain crunched by the Indians Danil Crockett for a loss as the Indians make the first statement.
The Buffaloes would return the favor late in the second quarter when Floyd's defensive end Jason Turner puts the wood on Rural Retreat's signal caller Landon Fielder.
Just two plays later Fielder would come to his senses and go to the air right before the half.
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But Will Pickett can't come up with the ball as both teams hit the half scoreless.
The Indians ___ it ___ to ___.
From Rural Retreat on the southwest end of the county to Max Meadows we next travel. That's where the Ft. Chiswell Pioneers tangled with the George Wythe Maroons.
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The Pioneers came back on to the field in the second half down 14-to-nothing to the Maroons.
The Maroons would add to their lead in the third with this 7 yard touchdown pass from Kevin Forrester to number 15 Tyrus Gardner. The Maroons take a 21-to-nothing lead on their neighbors.
GW would get another one thanks in part to this Robert Barcliff run all the way down to the Ft. Chiswell two yard line. The Maroons would make it 28-to-nothing.
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With just under two mimutes to go the Pioneers were hoping to avoid the skunk as Brandon Cook makes a mad scramble but comes up short as the Maroons get the 28-to-nothing win.
From Wythe County to Giles County where the Green Wave of Narrows opened this season at Ragsdale stadium against the Eastern Montgomery Mustangs.
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The colors tonight were presented by some Veterans of Foreign Wars during the national anthem.
We open up the action with Eastern Montgomery and running back Brennan Stewart taking the handoff and scooting 46 yards into the clear for the scores. The Mustangs are literally off and running as it's 6-to-nothing after the missed kick.
Narrows would attempt to come back and on a third and one Ben Woodyard carries it to the left side. He gets the one and 45 more as the 46 yard blast takes the ball to the Mustangs 23 yard line.
Narrows head coach Don Lowe would get a little demonstrative tonight.
But he would settle down and his quarterback Joey Powell throws up a prayer in the endzone to Joe Kinzer and it's answered in the form of a
24 yard touchdown pass. Narrows takes a 7-to-6 lead.
In the second Eastern Montgomery would answer right back with Jamie Harris taking in the house for the score. The Mustangs also got the two and they win their opener tonight 36 to 22.
From Ragsdale Stadium to the house that the son of the stadium's namesake built into a legendary power - Giles high.
Tonight Steve Ragsdale's Spartans coaxed the Blacksburg Indians up 460 for a little non-district aggression.
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One of those widely scattered showers found its way into the stadium just before kickoff tonight and turned the turf into a bit of a challenging surface for both teams. The ball too was slick.
Blacksburg has it late in the third on top 14-to-7. Jason Hypes the Giles defensive back tries to get the Spartans back in the game as he picks off Brett Smith's pass near the ten yard line.
Giles would trouble moving it, as well, and on a fourth and one Ben Sharp coughs up the pill and the Indians smother the ball and recover.
Blacksburg would try to turn that into a 27 yard field goal, but the exchange is less than perfect. Smith to his credit will adlib and throw down field to Michael Robertson for the touchdown. But an ineligible receiver downfield penalty would wipe it out.
The Indians went for three again and Scott Sterrett would drill the 33 yard field goal.
Blacksburg beats Giles 17 to 7.
The final set of highlights on tonight's edition of Friday Football Extra is coming up as we tear up the road from Naruna to Buena Vista.
But first the end of the week one scores and the Ft. Chiswell band.
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Time now for some more non-district action here on Friday Football Extra.
William Byrd and Glenvar are in the same school system but different districts. But over the years this has turned into one of our best early season rivalries.
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The Highlanders broke in this 2001 season in Highlander Heaven under absolutely ideal conditions.
We pick it up late in the first as the Terriers take control with Jerome Mann recovering the errant Glenvar pitch out on the turnover.
Two plays later, Jeff Highfill calls his own number and takes it around the end for the first TD of the season. The eight yard run makes it 7-to-nothing Byrd.
Then with just a minute left in the first the Terriers will regain control on another turnover as Highfill calls on Brad Moock. He drives in on the one yard plunge to make it 13-to-nothing.
The Highlanders will finally get on the board in the second.
Quarterback Adam Hill punches it in from the one. Glenvar wins it tonight 28 to27.
In Buena Vista tonight the Parry McCluer Fighting Blues opened their new season in their same old home against the Radford Bobcats.
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The Blues had hoped to be playing on this brand new field at their new high school, but the sod arrived late from Suffolk and so the season began at old Camden Field as the Blues trotted onto their old digs full of emotion for the opener.
The Bobcats brought the defense with them tonight allowing only two yards of offense on the Blues opening drive of the game.
Then on Radford's first play from scrimmage, quarterback Robert Frye goes up top to wide receiver Kenny Franklin. The pitch and catch moves the ball all the way down to the Blues 18 yard line.
Four plays later, Jason Dunbar busts it up the gut for the first score of the game. Radford takes a 7-to-nothing lead just 3 minutes into the game.
The Bobcats open with an easy 49 to 0 win.
Our last stop on the week one highlight train takes us across the tracks to Naruna where William Campbell welcomed the legendary program Lunenburg Central to Campbell County.
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From 1986 through 1988 Central of Lunenburg under coach Chippie Chappell won a state record 39 straight games.
Campbell's Brad Bradley is just in his second season.
The First quarter was dominated by defense. Chargers run a little mis-direction, the ball pops out and #10 Cedric Pee
rman comes up with the fumble for the Generals.
The Generals would stall on offense...but the defense was there. Central punting and the bad snap goes in favor of William Campbell as they recover the loose ball.
But on the very next play Quarterback Thomas Boyd keeps it himself and he coughs it up right back to the Chargers...In all, 3 first quarter turnovers between the teams.
Central would strike in the second quarter with this nice catch and run setting up the Generals first Touchdown. But Bradley's boys come back to win it 27-to-21.
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Welcome back everybody. It is time now to check out the Super 7 for week number one.
The preseason Super 7 has already seen one member drop out.
Because with only 7 spots - when you lose you exit early.
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Salem shuts out Brookville tonight and stays number one, while Bath, Martinsville, Pulaski, Cave Spring and Blacksburg each move up a spot and George Washington high school jumps in in the 7 spot.
And the pollbuster tonight is Gretna the Hawks blew out Bassett 60-to-nothing.
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Finally tonight - the College football season picks up a full head of steam tomorrow as almost each and every team in the Commonwealth is in action.
We will have highlights for you tomorrow night from Tech, UVa, Ferrum and don't forget about the Virginia Education Classic tomorrow at four at Victory Stadium as Virginia Union battles Elizabeth City State.
We'll see you next Friday night.
Have a safe Labor Day Weekend.
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