Good evening folks and welcome to Friday Football Extra's "calm before the storm" edition.
Cold, breezy conditions are expected to blanket the area the rest of the weekend, but tonight it was nothing but clear sailing as we squeezed in the week six slate of games before the cold, wet weather arrived.
We begin tonight with a rematch of last season Division One state championship game between Riverheads and Bath County.
Last December on the turf at Liberty University, the Gladiators beat Bath 26-to-12 for the title.
Tonight's rematch has been circled on the schedule since early in the summer.
[SUPER=51-Greenville/Bath Co. vs. Riverheads; :00]
After getting whacked last week, by their rivals from Buffalo Gap the Gladiators' fans were juiced up and the Riverheads' band was pumping it up in anticipation of the rematch.
And Riverheads would respond in a huge way. With Bath driving and the ball on the 41 yard line, Jacob Phillips has his pass downfield picked off by Preston Taylor to stop the Chargers drive and turn the momentum.
Still in the first quarter, with a first down from the five, Paul Bradley hands off to Andrew Hemp - the Gladiators all-star back runs it in for the touchdown to make it 7-to-nothing.
Riverheads would shutdown Bath and get the ball back. This time from the 38, Bradley again gives the rock to Hemp - who in case you haven't noticed - is the real deal. Hemp gallops 38 yards for the score to make it 14-to-nothing in favor of the Gladiators.
Riverheads knocks Bath from the ranks of the unbeaten with the 26-to-14 win tonight in Greenville.
From one big game to another, we now check in on another unbeaten the Gretna Hawks.
Robert Prunty's bunch came into this evening unbeaten as they hosted Prince Edward.
[SUPER=51-Gretna/Prince Edward vs. Gretna; :00]
The Gretna ROTC squad presented the colors tonight in the pregame show before the battle of bird between the Hawks and Eagles.
We pick up the action early in the first. Vicqual Hall hands off to Marlon Moon who goes right up the middle. The big guy makes it 7-to-nothing to cap the 76 yard, 11 play drive.
Still in the first, Hall has the Hawks in business again as he hands off to Rico Haynes. He will go inside, bounce off, head to the outside and high step his way in for the 19 yard touchdown as the Hawks are in business with a 14-to-nothing lead.
It stayed that way until the third quarter when Prince Edward's ShaRon Bland gives it up to Anthony Wardell. He runs hard inside and into the open. It's a 21 yard touchdown and it's now 14-to-6.
Now to the fourth quarter and Prince Edward is back again with a fourth and one. Wardell takes the pitch out, cuts it to the corner and just gets it in the zone. It's now 14-to-12.
Keyshawn Peaks then converts the two point conversion on the pitchout. We'll all tied at 14 with four minutes left in the game.
Then Hall would take over. He keeps and goes right up the middle on the keeper. He makes it 57 yards on the carry before he's chased down from behind.
After he catches his breath, Hall lets Moon carry it in the final three yards. Gretna beats Prince Edward tonight 21-to-14 to stay unbeaten on the season.
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[SUPER=50-Mike Dougherty/Prince Edward Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=50-Rico Haynes/Gretna Running Back;:11]
[SUPER=50-Robert Prunty/Gretna Head Coach; :17]
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Time now to head out to Salem Stadium for the game that more many fans in the area is the event of the year - Salem vs. Pulaski Co.
The two schools have been dead even over the years. In the ten year span from 1991 through last season the series was dead even with each school collecting five wins.
Tonight, was the rubber match of sorts as the Spartans came off their off-week looking to knock Pulaski from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Roy Stanley and photographer Lynn Eller have the details from Salem Stadium
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[SUPER=51-Salem/Pulaski Co. vs. Salem; :00]
[SUPER=50-Josh Calfee/Scored 2 Touchdowns; 1:04]
[SUPER=50-Willis White/Salem Head Coach; 1:20]
[SUPER=52-Pulaski Co./28/Salem/7/; 1:33]
[SUPER=50-Joel Hicks/Pulaski Co. Head Coach; 1:44]
[SUPER=59-Roy Stanley; 1:56]
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The Friday Football Extra week six road show continues in just a moment.
We'll check on unbeatens Cave Spring, Eastern Montgomery and check on tonight's big Seminole battle at City Stadium between Brookville and Heritage.
But first the initial group of tonight's scores and the Pride of Salem Marching Band.
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[SUPER=64-Patrick Co./8/Dan River/26;]
[SUPER=64-Turner Ashby/8/Rockbridge Co./0;]
[SUPER=64-Gate City/30/J.J. Kelly/14;]
[SUPER=64-E.C. Glass/0/Cave Spring/28;]
[SUPER=64-James River/15/E. Montgomery/22;]
[SUPER=64-Lynchburg Christian/35/Isle of Wright/6;]
Cave Spring was not only unbeaten coming into tonight, but almost unscored upon. The Knights had given up just 10 points in five games and pitched three shutouts along the way.
Tonight they got a chance to not only improve their stingy defense but get a Western Valley district win over EC Glass.
[SUPER=51-Roanoke Co./E.C. Glass vs. Cave Spring; ]
The young Cave Spring fans were predicting a victory in the stands.
And on the field, E.C. Glass quarterback Nick Anderson rushed right out of the pocket, and he meets the Knights' swarming defense as he is thrown for a 10 yard loss.
Cave Spring's defense pinned the Hilltoppers back inside their 20 and then the special teams took over as they block the Glass punt, and Daniel Payne catches the ball in midair and steps in for the score.
Cave Spring takes a 28-to-nothing lead on the Toppers.
Cave Spring would keep controlling the clock, the scoreboard and the action on the field as Jeremy White hooks up with Desmond Jalloh for a nice gain to keep the clock rolling.
Cave would come close to scoring again as White and Payne hook up on the pitch and catch, but
[SUPER=52-E.C. Glass/0/Cave Spring/28;]
Payne is stripped at the one yard line. It would matter little as the Knights pitch their fourth shutout of the season winning 28-to-0.
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Another remaining unbeaten at the this stage of the season, Eastern Montgomery, got a chance to find out what it was made of tonight as the Mustangs hosted previously undefeated James River - a team that was shocked at the buzzer in a wild west shootout with Glenvar last week.
[SUPER=51-Montgomery Co./James River vs. Eastern Mont.; :00]
Eastern Montgomery was trying to get its first homecoming win in three years and at halftime Danniele Dowes and wide receiver Brennan Stewart were crowned this year's queen and king.
Stewart's night in the spotlight was just beginning. With the Knights' on top 15-to-14 with just three minutes left in the game Stewart hauls in a 15 yard pass from David Showalter to keep the drive alive.
Later in the drive, Showalter keeps up the middle for a first down to extend the possession severla more plays as the clock dips down to less than 90 seconds.
With the ball now on the 19 yard line - with a 3rd and 13 - Showalter rolls right tosses for the endzone and Stewart rips it out of the defensive back's hands for the score. It's now 20-to-15 Mustangs.
The same two would then connect on the two point conversion to make it a 22-to-15 game in favor of the Mustangs.
[SUPER=52-James River/15/E. Montgomery/22 ;]
On the ensuing kickoff, James River would fumble the ball and the Mustangs recover to move to 5-and-0 on the season.
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[SUPER=50-David Showalter/Tossed Winning TD Pass; :00]
[SUPER=50-Brennan Stewart/Homecoming King & Hero; :06]
[OUT Q=...5 & 0 AT EASTERN MONTGOMERY."]
One of the Seminole district's front runners, Brookville made the short trek to city stadium last night to knock heads with rival Heritage - one of the best 2 and 3 teams around after five weeks.
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Brookville vs. Heritage; :00]
The Brookville Cheerleaders had plenty of opportunities to work out their lung capacity.
Already up 6-0 with time running down in the half the pitch off the right side goes to Samir Ghiri and watch him take off as he scores on a nice 35 yard scamper. With the 2 point conversion, the Bees go up 14-0.
The second half would be more of the same. Running back Matt Burch takes this one up the middle and he scores putting the Bees up 20 to nothing.
Pioneers Coach Pem Apperson looking for answers and not finding them.
This time its running back Steven Foster that stings the Pioneers. He takes this one 40 yards on the
ground as he plunges into the endzone putting the Bees up by 34 points. They never look back winning this one 41-7.
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[SUPER=01-Scott Nixon/Brookville Quarterback; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Johnson/Brookville Head Coach; ]
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Next up this evening another unbeaten faced a tough test tonight as Turner Ashby invaded Rockbridge County. Plus we're headed to Vinton and Blacksburg right after we check out the Gretna Hawks music makers and roll through more of the numbers from week number 6.
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[SUPER=64-Laurel Park/7/Magna Vista/14;]
[SUPER=64-William Campbell/27/Nelson Co./13;]
[SUPER=64-George Wythe/42/P.H. Glade Spring/8;]
[SUPER=64-Dale Thomas/14/G.W. Danville/7;]
Welcome back everybody to week number 6 of the season here on Friday Football Extra.
When Rockbridge County left the Blue Ridge this season, the hope was that their athletes would benefit from having less travel and a more even playing field.
But no one really expected the Wildcats to jump out to a 4-and-0 record.
Tonight they put that perfect mark on the line against the kings of the Valley district - the Turner Ashby Knights, who made the hour long drive to Lexington from Bridgewater tonight to butt heads the Wildcats.
[SUPER=51-Rockbridge Co./Turner Ashby vs. Rockbridge Co.; :00]
And the Knights brought fans of all ages as they tried to build on their 8-to-nothing halftime lead over the Wildcats, who were anxious to tie things up.
Turner Ashby has the ball in the third facing a third and ten. Travis Resnick drops back to pass and the Wildcats' Brandon Zollman steps up to make the interception to get Rockbridge back in contention.
Later in the fourth from the 45, Rockbridge's talented quarterback Jonathan Wilson passes to Tyler Falls. He makes the grab and picks up short yardage against the tough Knights' defense.
Still in the fourth, with a fourth down and 14 yard desperation situation. Wilson goes back to the air, but this time his pass is picked off by Resnick.
[SUPER=52-Turner Ashby/8/Rockbridge Co./0;]
Turner Ashby hangs off to stay unbeaten with the 8-to-nothing win over Rockbridge County.
It was the battle of "Williams" tonight in Roanoke County as the Terriers of William Byrd took on the Colonels of William Fleming in a Blue Ridge district contest.
[SUPER=51-Vinton/William Fleming vs. William Byrd; :00]
Some Byrd fans decided to eat out tonight at the Bob Patterson Stadium Restaurant in Vinton.
It didn't take long for things exciting in this one as Fleming's number 7, Demetrius Grant fields the opening kickoff and takes it back 50 yards to get the Colonels' offense excellent field position to open the game.
Later in the drive from the 13, Grant will take off to his left and sweep around the corner and into the endzone. Fleming takes a 7-to-nothing lead on Byrd early in the first.
On the Colonels' next drive, Fleming would again move the ball deep, and this time Grant goes left again and scores again with a nice effort as the Colonels push their lead to 14-to-nothing after the kick.
Byrd would finally get up off the mat and start to come back. But on this fourth and one from the Fleming 45 - the Colonels stop the Terriers cold.
[SUPER=52-William Fleming/32/William Byrd/14;]
Fleming makes it two wins in a row and is now just a game under 500 after getting the
32 to 14 win tonight.
The Blacksburg Indians have played the most brutal early season schedule on any team this year with battles against Giles, Graham, Salem and Pulaski.
Tonight things didn't get any easier as the Indians tangled with the Cavaliers of Lord Botetourt.
[SUPER=51-Blacksburg/Lord Botetourt vs. Blacksburg; :00]
Tonight marked homecoming for Blacksburg and the big festivities got started with two little participants. Stephen and Carolyn carried the crown and tiara for the king and queen.
To the action. Blacksburg with the ball on it's opening drive and on third and two, Brett Smith fools the defense and lofts the ball to Mike Gallagher for a 29 yard touchdown connection, point after is good, 7-nothing Indians.
The Cavaliers would experience the Blacksburg defense on it's next drive. Watch the Indians David Dunn sack Botetourt quarterback Eric Driscoll for an eight yard loss.
A few plays later, Lord Botetourt finds an opening in that tough Blacksburg defense as
[SUPER=52-Lord Botetourt/14/Blacksburg/37;]Driscoll goes deep to Joseph Park, a 32 yard touchdown pass.
It's now a 7 to 7 game.
Blacksburg would then get the ball back and the Indians come right back as Smith keeps the rock and goes 48 yards for the score. Indians go up 14-7 and Blacksburg wins the Blue Ridge war 37 to 14.
Three more games need to be finished up tonight before the highlight reel is closed down.
We're headed to Appomattox, Ridgeway and Bassett.
But first let's check out the Eastern Montgomery Mustangs' band and finalize tonight's scoreboard.
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[SUPER=64-Jefferson Forest/48/Staunton River/26;]
[SUPER=64-Blessed Sacrament/Sat./Roanoke Catholic/2:00;]
[SUPER=64-William Fleming/32/William Byrd/14;]
[SUPER=64-Craig Co./7/Ft. Chiswell/40;]
[SUPER=64-Parry McCluer/0/Wilson Memorial/30;]
Baseball has a new home run king. Barry Bonds hit a towering home run into the right-center field seats at Pac Bell Park for his 71st home run.
[SUPER=51-San Francisco/Fox S-N;]
That breaks Mark McGwire's record set in 1998. Bonds hit his historic home run in the bottom of the first
inning off Chan Ho Park of the L-A Dodgers.
Bonds was mobbed at home plate by teammates after connecting.
Welcome back everybody as we now turn our attention to the Dogwood district.
Earlier tonight we got a look at the high flying Gretna Hawks, now it's time to check out the Raiders of Appomattox, who tonight welcomed the Colonels of Altavista to town.
[SUPER=51-Appomattox/Altavista vs. Appomattox; :00]
Coach Kidd giving instructions to his Raiders before they take the field tonight for this home game.
And the advice paid off early. Altavista can't complete the hand off and defensive end Ed Robinson comes up with the fumble recovery.
On the very next play T.J. Kelso takes it right up the gut and hits paydirt on a nice 15 yard carry. The Raiders go on top 7-0 with what turned out to he the game winner.
Altavista coughs it up again. This time Robby Richardson dives on the loose football, and we're going the other way.
But fumblitis would also catch on Colonels. Raider Q.B. Ed Robinson who recovered one earlier, this
time looses it himself, and Kevin Coles jumps on it to give Altavista the Ball.
But Appomattox holds on to win it 20-0.
Finally tonight we head down to Bassett, where the struggling Bengals played host to the high flying Tunstall Trojans who knocked Martinsville from the ranks of the unbeaten last week.
[SUPER=51-Bassett/Tunstall vs. Bassett; :00]
The Trojans made themselves right at home under a gorgeous fall Henry County sunset tonight in the pregame warmups.
Rontae Martin would keep the ground attack on track as he picks up 10 yards with the nice move.
Tunstall running back, Carl Weatherford takes the ball at the 50 yard line, and he picks up 22 yards on the carry moving the ball to the Bassett 28 with a first down.
From the 20, Brent Weaver pitches to Lawrence Waller, who comes at the camera and then right into
the endzone as the Trojans take a 14 to nothing lead on Bassett in the first quarter.
Tunstall continues to roll in the Piedmont with the 49 to 22 win over Bassett.
Friday Football Extra returns in just a second with the Super 7 and this Friday's Player of the week segment.
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Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra as we get set to meet this Friday's Player of the Week.
Whoopi Goldberg made millions with Sister Act - but tonight it's brotherly love that's in the forefront.
Radford high school's Jason Dunbar put the wood on Tazewell last Friday night to earn our coveted award.
It's the second such honor for the Dunbar household - four years ago on the exact same Friday night, older bother Mike also won player of the week honors.
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[SUPER=51-Radford/Setember 26, 1997; :12]
[SUPER=50-Cecil Phillips/Radford Assistant Coach; :21]
[SUPER=50-Norm Lineburg/Radford Head Coach; :40]
[SUPER=50-Jason Dunbar/FFE Player of the Week; 1:03]
[SUPER=51-Radford/September 28th; 1:11]
[OUT Q=....THE WHITE LINES."]
(( As a younger brother in a house full of tough as nails boys, Jason has played under and now emerged from the shadow cast by Michael, who on September 26th of 1997 dominated Christiansburg on both sides of the ball.
((CECIL PHILLIPS/RADFORD ASSISTANT COACH:))
Phillips was as tough as they come during his playing days at Radford - but Jason Dunbar may even nastier pound for pound.
((NORM LINEBURG/RADFORD HEAD COACH:))
Dunbar, who is five-six and 155 pounds on a good day prides himself on that grit plus, his determination and toughness. Being told he's too small to play only inspires him to kick it up a notch.
((JASON DUNBAR/FFE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:))
The Tazewell Bulldogs were down just 7-to-nothing after the first half of their showdown at Bobcat Stadium, before the Cats went to the ground game and cut Dunbar loose. He picked up the majority of his 204 yards rushing in the third and fourth quarter as Radford rolled to a 34-to-nothing win.
Jason turned out the lights for good on the Bulldogs with this bruising 59 yard TD run.
Radford had this week off before hosting Eastern Montgomery next Friday. So far this season Dunbar has rushed for 681 yards, 14 touchdowns and averaged 9 yards a carry.
He knows it's not likely that his size will scare off any opponents in the coming weeks, but if they get a look at his right bicep - they'll get an eyeful of what's in store for them between the white lines.))
Jason's brother Mike, the player of the week in 1997, is now in the Marines at Camp LeJeune. He has another older brother Elmo, who was a football player and state championship wrestler at Radford.
And as if that wasn't enough, his cousin Josh Dunbar is a sophomore fullback on this year's team.
It is time now to take a look at the Super 7 for week number six.
Two members of the poll lost tonight and as a result they fall out for at least now - Bath County and George Washington both bow out after setbacks tonight.
[SUPER=65-Pulaski Co./6-0/Cave Spring/6-0/Glenvar/5-0/Radford/5-0/Floyd Co./5-0/Gretna/6-0/Eastern Mont./5-0;]
Pulaski County moves back up into the number one spot for the first time this season.
Cave Spring is second. The next three members were off tonight - Glenvar, Radford and Floyd.
Gretna jumps in from the Dogwood in the 6 spot and Eastern Montgomery debuts at 7th.
That means the Three Rivers district has four unbeaten teams six weeks into the season.
And the pollbuster is Galax - the Marron Tide beat Mountain Empire rival Grayson County tonight. [SUPER=#7]
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