We begin this morning in the ultra-balanced Three Rivers district.
Last night the marquee game of the evening in that district was in Pearisburg where Steve Ragsdale's Giles Spartans hosted Norm Lineburg and his Radford Bobcats.
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It was homecoming night in Pearisburg...Mary Stafford was crowned the 2001 homecoming queen.
But it was Giles' Ben Sharp who had the big night...he was crowned homecoming King and then showed some royalty on the field as well.
Sharp got his night started out of the Single-wing offense early in the first quarter...on Fourth and One the Spartans go for it and Sharp not only gets the first down but moves the ball 37 yards down to the Radford six yard line.
On the very next play, coach Steve Ragsdale spreads the wealth...this time it's Adam Brown covering the final six yards for the touchdown and the Spartans take a 7-to-nothing lead.
A Radford field goal cut the Spartans lead to 7-to-3 and then the Bobcats strike again...Radford's Terrell Dobbins hauls in this 36-yard touchdown pass and the Bobcats take a 10-to-7 lead midway through the second quarter.
The Spartans come right back...not on the ground, but in the air this time...receiver Mathew Clark hauls in this pass...it covers 41 yards and moves the ball to the Radford 9 yard line.
Two plays later, Sharp strikes again... the Former Player of the Week goes in on a four yard touchdown run...the Spartans take a 13-to-10 lead at the half
On the first play of the second half, the Bobcats turn it over and give Giles another scoring opportunity...Julian Chandler loses the ball and the Spartans are all over it...recovering it at the Bobcat 24 yard line.
Four plays later...Sharp scores his second touchdown of the night stretching out for the touchdown...the Spartans take a 20-to-10 lead...Giles goes on to record a big three rivers district win with a 26-to-10 win over Radford
After opening the season with a perfect 5-and-0 mark the Eastern Montgomery Mustangs were brought back down to earth last week by Radford. Tonight they had tried to get back on their feet against unbeaten Floyd County.
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Floyd came in with a perfect 6-and-0 mark for this game.
The Buffs would waste very little time in this one as Isaac Spence connects with Elliott Yearout-Patton who turns the pass into a 59 yard dash down the left sideline. The race to paydirt would end up on the Eastern Montgomery 9 yard line.
That sets up a scoring chance with Jacob Hawkins carrying the ball in for the TD and that makes it 7-to-nothing Floyd County in the first quarter.
The Mustangs try to mount a comeback with their running game as they stuck to their horses on the ground picking nice chunks of yardage.
That run would set up a short run by David Showalter who moves the ball inside the two yard line to get a first and goal.
Showalter would then finish the drive with the short plunge into the endzone. He scores standing up and we're tied up at 7-all in the first.
On the first play of the second quarter, faced with a punting situation, Floyd has its punt blocked.
Jamie Harris picks it up and runs it in for the score.
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But Floyd comes alive and beats the Mustangs 35 to 21.
The Glenvar Highlanders lost their first game of the season last week in heart-braking 7-to-6 setback at Floyd. The Highlanders also lost their quarterback heading into tonight's game with Auburn.
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The Highlanders took the field tonight to do battle with the Eagles on this homecoming night. As expected, quarterback Adam Hill was forced to watch the game from the press box nursing his injured ankle.
He should be back next week.
Auburn would start the game deep in its own territory at the 14. And on the first play from scrimmage Levi Day fires a pass over the middle and hits Justin Macino on a crossing pattern. The catches the ball and catches the Glenvar defense off-guard. He's going 86 yards for the score. It's 6-to-nothing.
Then on the ensuing kickoff, the Highlanders Nate Parks fields the kick at the 18, follows his blockers, cut out to the far sideline. He will hit the corner and just plain out run the coverage on the 82 yard return. It's now 7-to-6 Glenvar.
Later in the first quarter, Auburn would be back on its own 15. Day fakes the handoff and Michael Mills comes around on the reverse around left end. He will take it into the open and get in a foot race with the Glenvar defense. He scores on the 85 yard run. Auburn also get 2 and it's 14-to-7 Eagles.
But here comes Glenvar again. Quarterback Cam Pickle is inside the Auburn 20 and Kyle Reichenbach takes the handoff off the left side for 7 yards.
A few plays later, Pickle will fire the pass out to Parks. He races down the sideline and in for the score. It's now tied at 14-all.
Glenvar wins the October track meet in Highlanders Heaven tonight 28 to 17.
Plenty more of the Friday Football Extra action from week 8 is on the way.
Highlights from the Blue Ridge are on the way.
But first some of tonight's scores and the William Byrd high school marching band.
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[SUPER=64-Pulaski Co./69/William Byrd/20;]
[SUPER=64-James River/6/Bath Co./14;]
[SUPER=64-Powell Valley/47/J.J. Kelly/13;]
[SUPER=64-Franklin Co./31/Halifax Co./22;]
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Welcome back everybody. It's time now to check in on Friday Football Extra's number one ranked team the Pulaski County Cougars.
After taking care of Salem, Fleming, Blacksburg and Lord Botetourt - the Cougars rolled into Roanoke County tonight looking to battle William Byrd at Bob Patterson Stadium.
[SUPER=51-Vinton/Pulaski Co. vs. William Byrd; :00]
We pick this one up in the second half with the fans in a state of shock and Pulaski on top 55-to-7.
The Cougars first possession of the third will result in another clock eating ground assault. Jeremy Porter takes the toss to his left and he motors down to the Terriers' 15 yard line.
A few plays later it looked like Byrd would stop the drive, but Alan Wheeling hooks up with Matt Roan over the middle on a fourth down from the five. The Cougars take a 62-to-7 lead.
Byrd would then piece together a 77 yard drive of its own. This 37 yard toss and run by Jerome Mann will carry the Terriers into the endzone. It's now 62-to-13 after the blocked kick.
Pulaski would answer that with more of the same. Reserve back Derrick Burks gets 13 yards up the middle to the Byrd 7 yard line.
Two plays later Burks will score another Pulaski touchdown.
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The Cougars win it 69-to-20. It's the most points ever in a single game by Pulaski.
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The Cave Spring Knights traveled to Daleville tonight looking to get their act back together against Lord Botetourt.
After giving up just 10 points in their first 6 games, the Knights gave up 33 last week in their first loss of the season against Halifax.
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It was a big night in Daleville for Cavalier receiver Jared White as the state's all time receiving king received a letter from Governor Jim Gilmore commending him for his more than 200 career catches.
And speaking of kings - the Cavs crowned Chris Hall this year's homecoming king and Ashley Biscotte this year's queen.
The Cavs were trailing 20-nothing at the half - but they score early in the third as Eric Driscoll fires one to White.
He bolts down the far sideline and scores from 39 yards out. It's now 20-to-7.
Later in the third, the Knights are in scoring position from the three. Jeremy White hits Daniel Payne on the option pass. He bangs it in. Cave Spring is on top 27-to-7.
The big yardage maker for the Knights was Shane Draper. He takes the handoff around the left end and he scrambles for 20 yards down the sideline.
On the next play from the 39, White will toss the rock up high and deep, and Michael Brammer gets under it for the score. The Knights get on the board again to make it 34-to-7 Cave.
Later in the fourth the Cavs would get one more tally as Driscoll hits White on the left side flats.
[SUPER=52-Cave Spring/34/Lord Botetourt/14;]
He gets 19 yards that leads to the final tally. Cave Spring gets back on track with the 34-to-14 win.
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[SUPER=50-Shane Draper/Cave Spring Running Back; :00]
[SUPER=50-Ben Foutz/Cave Spring Head Coach; :09]
[SUPER=50-Jared White/State's All-Time Receiving Leader; :18]
[OUT Q=...FELT REAL GOOD."]
The Northside Vikings and Blacksburg Indians met tonight at Bill Brown Stadium.
Blacksburg looking to gets it 5th win of the season, Northside anxious to climb above the 500 mark.
[SUPER=51-Blacksburg/Northside vs. Blacksburg;:00]
We pick it up in the third quarter with Blacksburg on top 16-to-6.
With a third and 6 - Northside is looking to come back and Dwayne Saunders takes the snap and he sacked by two Blacksburg defenders - David Dunn and Jermaine Rogers.
The Indians take over after the punt and Brett Smith will go to the air and connect with Corey Price and they will pick up 18 yards on the play.
Later in the same drive, Smith begins to spread the wealth as he hooks up with Joey Jones. This time the Indians get 25 yards on the pitch and catch.
Smith will get yet another receiver involved. This time it's Scott Sterrett. The 14 yard touchdown play puts the Indians in front 23-to-6 in the fourth quarter.
With less than a minute in the game, the Indians defense would seal the deal with Chris Davis getting another quarterback sack.
Davis would keep working hard as he falls on the Vikings' fumble to end game.
The Indians wins it 23-to-6.
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[SUPER=50-Dave Crist/Blacksburg Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=50-Brett Smith/Blacksburg Quarterback; :13]
[SUPER=50-Jermaine Rogers/Blacksburg Tailback; :20]
[OUT Q=...found our ways to score."]
The William Fleming Colonels have had anything but the type of season they had hoped for back in the summer, but tonight Fleming looked to pick up its third win of the season against Christiansburg.
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It was homecoming tonight for the Colonels and some of the Fleming faithful decked out in their Halloween duds.
Christiansburg would try to spook the crowd as the Blue Demons take off from their own 26 yard line with Matt Crumpton throwing the middle screen - but Trey Worley picks off the pass and takes it to the endzone for the first score of the night. Fleming is on top 7-to-nothing.
The Blue Demons would try to recover from that turnover. But this time the Blue Demons' get stuffed on a fourth and two and the Colonels take over possession of the ball.
Later in the quarter, here come the Blue Demons again, but again it's the Fleming defense standing tall as Lindsey Barber picks off the pass.
He returns it all the way back to the Christiansburg four yard line.
But the Colonels try to throw it in the zone, and Taurus Boyd's pass is tipped and picked off by Brandon Alderman to stop the Fleming scoring opportunity.
The Colonels win it 21 to 7.
Next up tonight we'll head to Wytheville and check in with Roy Stanley for a report on this evening's Hogoheegee showdown between George Wythe and Chilhowie.
But right now, a few more scores and some more music from the George Wythe Maroons band.
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Friday Football Extra now resumes its week 8 road show in Wytheville.
It was old home week at George Wythe high school as both Roy Stanley and Larry Russell returned to town.
For Russell it was a return to the place he coached for more a dozen years.
For Stanley it was a return to his hometown and alma mater.
Russell returned as Chilhowie's head coach, Roy was simply our reporter.
Here's the story he put together.
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[SUPER=51-Wytheville/Chilhowie vs. George Wythe; :00]
[SUPER=50-Larry Russell/Chilhowie Head Coach; :11]
[SUPER=50-Zach Hahn/Scored 1 TD for Chilhowie; 1:12]
[SUPER=50-C.J. Kestner/Chilhowie Halfback; 1:33]
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[SUPER=50-Jared Ward/Chilhowie Quarterback; 1:56]
[SUPER=59-Roy Stanley; 2:21]
[OUT Q=....FRIDAY FOOTBALL EXTRA."]
George Wythe coach Donnie Pruitt refused to comment after the game.
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Tonight marked Bath County's first district game in the Pioneer, but realistically the Chargers knew that the winner of this evening's game with James River would be in control of the district race.
After all, the other three teams in the Pioneer - Covington, Parry McCluer and Craig County were a combined 3 and 16 coming into this evening's games.
[SUPER=51-Hot Springs/James River vs. Bath Co.; :00]
The Veterans of Foreign War branch 4204 from Hot Springs was on hand tonight to present the colors of our great nation.
Bath County would present the crowd with some early excitement. Michael Bush, takes the handoff, goes to his right, shakes off a couple of defenders and scores from 15 yards out to make it a 6-to-nothing Bath lead after the missed kick.
In the second quarter, the Bath County defense would keep up its end of the bargain as Justin Fry blocks the James River punt. The Chargers recover on the James River 6 yard line.
That would set up another Chargers touchdown as Alex Shaver converts the six yard dash into a six point score. They get the 2 and its 14-to-nothing.
James River would come right back as Derek Hepler hits Michael Sprinkle in the flat on the pass plan. He will take it 28 yards on the nice gain into Bath territory.
Four plays later, Hepler will scramble into the zone from 8 yards out and James River makes it a 14-to-6 game.
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The Chargers win it by that same score. They travel to Craig County next Friday night.
We still need to travel to Bedford County and check out this evening's Seminole district battle between Brookville and Liberty.
And we'll hear from recently inducted hall of fame coach Willis White.
But first the Liberty Minutemen Marching band to close out tonight's scoreboard.
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Welcome back as we now turn our attention to the Seminole.
Brookville and Liberty - each came into tonight's showdown with one loss overall and not a single blemish on their respective district marks.
Obviously, this one was huge.
Homecoming tonight at Liberty, and Miss Jessica Abley (AB-lee) is crowned queen, congratulations Jessica.
On to football, Brookville already up 3-0 when the ball goes to running back Samir Ghiri, and you know its trouble for defenses when he gets it. Ghiri breaks through the line and he's off. Turning on the burners and he takes it all the way down to the minuteman 10 yard line after a 70 yard pick up.
Ghiri would get the ball again a few plays later as he would punch it in for the score...Bees up 10-0.
Liberty would try and mount a drive as Quarterback Stephen Brawley sends the rock airmail to wide out Robert Jones. It would lead to a field goal before the half.
The second have would belong to the Bees. Scott Nixon puts this one up for grabs and William Brooks falls out of bounds at the one...Ghiri would score the next play to put Brookville ahead 17-3.
The Minutemen would make things interesting by scoring here on the dive by Chris Burnette to cut the deficit to 7.
But Nixon would quiet the liberty comeback with this lob to reciever Tony Bort in the endzone for 6...the Bees sting again 23-10.
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[SUPER=50-Samir Ghiri/Brookville Running Back; :00]
[SUPER=50-Bobby Johnson/Brookville Head Coach; :07]
[OUT Q=...with a lot of heart tonight."]
Earlier this week Liberty high school baseball coach Jim Cutler and Fleming yearbook advisor Nancy Patterson were inducted into the Virginia High School League's hall of fame along with Friday Football Extra coaching icon - Willis White.
In his 19 years in Salem, Willis has won 8 regional titles, four state championships and the admiration of an entire community.
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[SUPER=50-Willis White/VHSL Hall of Fame Inductee; :00]
[SUPER=51-Harrisonburg/2000 Division 4 Championship; :22]
[OUT Q=...POSSIBLY REACH IT."]
((White's tenure at Salem put him in the hall of fame, but his lengthy stint at Patrick Henry set him up for success as a Spartan. However, his first head coaching job at Ft. Chiswell - was an entirely different story.
One of the headaches that any successful head coach has is maintaining.))
Friday Football Extra is back in just a moment with the Super 7 and this Friday's Player of the week winner from the Mount.
But as always we want to remind you that Friday Football Extra stories and information are always on the world wide web.
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Go to WDBJ-7 dot com, click on the Rev.Net icon and you can check out Friday Football Extra even when you're out of WDBJ-7 coverage area.
We're back with more FFE right after this short break.
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Confidence in one's abilities can make a big difference when it comes to high school athletics.
And confidence is one of the big reason that Franklin County's LeBryan Patterson is having success in his junior year. Roy Stanley has more on our latest player of the week.
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[SUPER=51-Roanoke/Last Season; :00]
[SUPER=50-LeBryan Patterson/FFE Player of The Week; :10]
[SUPER=51-Martinsville/This Season; :17]
[SUPER=50-Billy Miles/Franklin Co. Head Coach; :29]
[SUPER=51-Rocky Mount/October 12th; :52]
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((Patterson earned his eagle wings last season when he moved up to the varsity from J.V. with 2 games remaining in the regular season.))
((LEBRYAN PATTERSON/PLAYER OF THE WEEK:))
((That confidence has carried over into his junior year.
But head coach Billy Miles says there's several reasons why the junior tailback is having success this season.
And he said the main reason starts with Patterson's family.))
((BILLY MILES/FRANKLIN CO. HEAD COACH:))
((Last week, Patterson had a break out game. He rushed for 195 yards on 24 carries and scored 3 touchdowns. His all purpose yards of 313 is one of the best single game performances in Eagle history.))
((Patterson is a solid student at Franklin County and he also plays basketball and baseball for the Eagles.
Roy Stanley Friday Football Extra.))
Finally tonight, the ranks of the unbeaten teams continues to dwindle and there is some change in this week's Super-7.
Radford loses to Giles in a big Three Rivers District Game tonight and falls out of the poll, but there is no change at the top.
[SUPER=65-Pulaski Co./8-0/Floyd Co./7-0/Gretna/7-0/G.W. Danville/5-1/Brookville/7-1/Chilhowie/7-1/Cave Spring/7-1;]
Pulaski County sets a school record by laying 69 points on William Byrd tonight to hold onto the top spot at 8-and-oh.
Floyd County jumps a spot with a win over Eastern Montgomery and the undefeated Gretna Hawks move up a spot to third with a 7-and-0h record
G.W. Danville holds at fourth...the Eagles play in Roanoke against Patrick Henry tommorow.
Brookville checks in at number 5...Chilhowie remains in the super seven after its win over George Wythe...and Cave Spring jumps backs in the poll at number 7.
The poll buster this week...is Giles...the Spartans beat Radford tonight to run their record to 6-and-1