Good evening folks and welcome one and all to another big night of Friday Football Extra.
This is the next to last week of the regular season and there is much to do in the next 30 minutes as we stretch out tonight from Chilhowie to Rockbridge County to Marion to Naruna.
But we begin with the very first game of the day - in the Virginia Independent Conference - North Cross hosted Star City rival Roanoke Catholic.
Unlike past years when this game has been a tossup - this one was a huge mismatch.
Catholic came in winless in 8 games while North Cross entered the contest
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with a coach looking for his 201st career win.
Jim Muscaro would seal up that victory by the time the first quarter was over.
Catholic turnovers led to the first two North Cross scores as Patrick Arbo bangs in from the one. It's 14-to-nothing.
Bill Kaufman would then get his second TD of the game as he finds a huge hole off the left side. He's off to the races going 70 yards for the touchdown. The two point conversion is good and it's 22-to-nothing with 4:13 left in the first.
Just two plays later, Catholic tires a halfback option pass - Aaron Johnson has his toss intercepted by Josh Fleisher.
He takes it 25 yards the other way for the North Cross score. It's 29-to-nothing.
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Catholic's only first half points would come on this 20 yard field goal by Michael Bartgis.
The Raiders beat the Celtics with ease 36 to 9.
That was the first game of the night - this one was the most shocking!
The most dominant team in all of the Friday Football Extra land this season, the Pulaski County Cougars, rolled into Roanoke tonight to battle Northside.
Tonight marked the Cougars' final regular season game.
In their past three contests, Pulaski had put up 194 points.
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But injuries hit the Cougars hard tonight...Quarterback Alan Wheeling injured his ankle...he'll have x-rays once the Cougars return to Pulaski County.
And Runningback Josh Calfee battled leg cramps for most of the game.
But Give the Vikings credit...late in the first half with Pulaski County up 14-to-7...Northside Quarterback Justin Beckner runs the option to perfection...keeping the ball off the right side...hitting the sidelines and outrunning the Cougar defense on an 81 yard touchdown run...Northside adds the extra point and it's 14-all at halftime.
The Cougars opened the second half by re-taking the lead...Calfee fights off his leg problems and takes the ball of the right side...Calfee picks up 55 yards on this play to set up a field goal and give the Cougars a 17-to-14 lead...
Northside answered before the end of the quarter...Running back Dwayne Saunders heads right and into the end zone...a three yard touchdown run...Vikings lead after three 21-to-17.
Move to the fourth Quarter...Vikings up 27-to-17, but Pulaski jumps right back in it...Jeremy Porter finds a gap on the right side of the Viking defense and bolts 41 yards for the touchdown...the extra point is good...and the Cougars cut the lead to 27-to-24 win 1-58 to go.
The Vikings then put it away...Justin London is just trying to get a first down...and instead finds a huge seam in the Pulaski County defense...London takes it 47 yards to the house...it's his second touchdown of the night...the Vikings knock off the top Class-AA team in the state...beating Pulaski 34-to-24.
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[OUT Q=...hats off to Northside."]
The Salem Spartans have had their ups and downs this season, but the three-time defending state champs are headed to the playoffs again as long as they take of business.
Tonight the challenge was to not overlook Christiansburg.
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Firefighters, rescue personnel and police from the City of Salem took the field before tonight's kickoff to thanks the city's residents for all of their support during the fundraising efforts for the New York 9-11 fund.
Salem would get rolling on its first possession as quarterback Billy Cameron fires one across the middle to Sean Hefner. He collects the pass for the 19 yard scoring play and Salem takes a 7-to-nothing lead with 5:25 left in the first.
The Spartans were just getting warmed up. On their next possession Reico Jordan takes the handoff and he goes right up the middle, shakes off some tackles, and he is gone. The 66 yard touchdown run makes it a 14-to-nothing game after a quarter.
In the second, Salem scores again early as Cameron shoots one to the near sideline.
His tight end Matt Collins catches it and does the rest going 44 yards for the score.
The Spartans are now 6-and-3 on the season after getting the 56 to 0 win tonight over Christiansburg.
If Salem has been up and down this season, then William Fleming has been way up and way down.
The Colonels entered tonight's crucial battle with Blacksburg with a 500 district mark in the Blue Ridge yet still in the chase for a playoff spot.
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Coach Dave Crist gets his team fired up as they had a 21-to-nothing lead heading to the third quarter.
But Fleming have an entire have to get back in this thing and after getting a turnover, Taurus Boyd pitches the ball to Demetrius Grant. He takes it up the middle and scores to get the Colonels on the board at 21-to-7.
Fleming has another scoring opportunity in the fourth. Faced with a 4th and 9 from the Indians' 11 - Boyd will keep around the end. But the Blacksburg defense stops him short.
The bad news for Blacksburg was that Indians' star, and former player of the week Jermaine Rogers was taken off the field with a possible concussion.
The Indians try to run out the clock as Byron Hurdle keeps around the left end and picks up 15 yards on the play.
But Fleming would get a couple of more shots at the endzone and in the fourth the Colonels' Boyd scrambles and eventually finds Craig Calfee wide open. He fights his way in for the TD.
But that's it as the Indians take another step toward the playoffs and in the process end Fleming's postseason hopes with the 21-to-13 win.
We've hardly scratched the surface here on Friday Football Extra.
Next up the Three Rivers, Pioneer and Dogwood districts get their due as we roll on from Naruna to Floyd.
But first we need to digest a few of tonight's number from around the region and take a listen to the
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Welcome back folks to Friday Football Extra.
All season long we've been talking about the balance and the competition in the Three Rivers district.
Tonight we're still talking about it as unbeaten Floyd County hosted Giles.
Coming into tonight, the top four teams in the Three Rivers were also the top four teams in the Region C - Division Two playoff chase.
Roy Stanley has more on tonight's game of the week.
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The Radford Bobcats get Floyd next week and that one will be huge, as well.
But tonight, Radford just hoped to keep pace as it hosted district rival Auburn at Bobcat Stadium.
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The Bobcat varsity cheerleaders performed their special homecoming dance with a near capacity crowd on hand tonight.
The action starts quickly as a turnover gives the Radford the ball at the Auburn three. Jason Dunbar slams in standing up. It's 7-to-nothing Cats.
Auburn kept turning the ball over and Radford kept scoring as Dunbar takes it off the two hole and score again to make it 20-to-nothing.
On Auburn's next possession the Eagles are faced with a third and long. Again, there is a turnover and Radford's Drew Dehart recovers it.
From the 13, Robert Frye shovels the pitch out to Dunbar. He brings it around the near side and scores with ease.
Radford improves to 8-and-1 with the 39 to 6 win.
It is Norm Lineburg's 250th career win at Radford high.
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The Bath County Chargers continued their march to the playoffs tonight as they hooked up with Parry McCluer at Camden Field in Buena Vista.
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This little girl was worn out after making the trip across the mountain from Hot Springs.
Halfway into the first quarter, Bath quarterback Jacob Phillips runs up the middle untouched from the three and it's 6 to nothing Chargers.
Bath comes right back with another score. This time the Chargers carry in the mail from the five and Michael Bush does the honors to make it 14-to-nothing.
Bath got it back after a fumble and here comes the Chargers' Alex Shaver. He muscles it in from two yards out.
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Bath warms up for next week's showdown with Covington with the 60 to 13 victory over the Blues who are now 0-and-9.
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William Campbell is a division one single-A school playing in that hybrid Dogwood district this season.
The Generals of Brad Bradley came into tonight's home game with a 7-and-1 overall record against Prince Edward.
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The General cheer squad was shaking things up tonight.
On the field, the Generals wouldn't waste any time getting on the board. First play from scrimmage goes to #10 Cedric
Peerman and the Prince Edward defense doesn't even get close. Peerman sprints for a 90 yard touchdown. William Campbell makes an early statement to set the tone for the night.
More offense from the Generals. This time Quarterback Thomas Boyd keeps it himself and he finds the hole for the pick up to the 20.
That would set up this one yarder by Vernon Vassal to put William Campbell up 12-0.
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The Generals offense wouldnt stop there. Boyd looking deep, pump fakes, and finds reciever Chauncey Davis wide open as he goes out at the one yard line. ....William Campbell rolls 39 TO 14.
Next up tonight Franklin County looks to keep its slim postseason hopes alive against a Cave Spring team that's also looking forward to playing in the playoffs.
Plus, it's a good thing gas is now less than a dollar a gallon - we're heading from Marion to Martinsville in just a second.
First, the Floyd County Buffaloes marching band.
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The week 10 action continues here on Friday Football Extra as we now check in on the Western Valley District.
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The Cave Spring Knights had last week off to get ready for tonight's battle with Franklin County.
The challenge was for the Knights to stay focused and not look ahead to next week's battle of playoff bound teams in Danville against George Washington.
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We pick it up in the second half with the Knights on top 20-to-6.
The Eagles try to get back in it immediately on its first drive. LeBryan Patterson takes the toss to his right and he will pick up 28 yards to get the drive started.
From the Cave 45, Daniel Bowles will keep and pick up 12 yards and a first down.
But later in the drive the Knights' defense would stand tall as Bowles' pass is tipped and picked off by Ben Dull who gets the ball back in the hands of his offense.
The turnover would end up leading to a Cave Spring TD. Desmond Jalloh runs left and gets in for the 8 yard touchdown.
It's now 26-to-6 Knights.
Another turnover would lead to another score. Michael Brammer hauls in the pass from
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Jeremy White. Cave Spring tunes up for GW with the 41-to-6 win. The Knights are now 8-and-1.
The Martinsville Bulldogs came into tonight's game with rival Laurel Park with the highest points rating in division four, region 3.
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The Bulldogs looked to move to 8-and-1 tonight and they were tough early in the first quarter.
On their first drive of the game the Bulldogs Sean Wade takes the toss sweep to the right side and goes 43 yards down the sideline to the nine yard line to set up the game's first touchdown.
Two plays later Doug Dunbar would score up the gut from five yards out, the point after is blocked and it's 6-nothing Dogs.
The teams traded possessions and the Martinsville goes on a marathon 23 play drive. From their 34 , Bulldogs quarterback Rashe Waller keeps on the option to extend the drive.
A few plays, later, 4th down and 3 from the Laurel Park 47, Dunbar picks up the first down.
Then, on third and goal from the one, Dunbar caps off the drive with the TD plunge and Martinsville goes on to win it 28 to 6.
Marion will get Abingdon next Friday night as they try and settle the Highlands district.
One of those two schools likely will play Martinsville in the first round of the regionals.
But tonight, Marion hosted Virginia High.
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Scoring was the theme of the night for Marion as the Hurricanes from the three yard line let Britt Johnson bang in for the score. The Hurricane lead this one 40-to-nothing on the outmatched visitors.
Virginia High and Marion both cleared the bench late, and Virginia High would have a bright spot for the future as freshman quarterback Daviel Brooks connects with fellow freshman Tim Wine. He makes a great catch in double coverage.
Later on in the drive, Virginia High is slammed down by the Marion defense as Billy Stickley picks off the pass.
Marion improves to 7-and-2 and now gets ready to hook up with Abingdon.
We could be accused of poor travel plans - but we're rolling from Chilhowie to Rockbridge to Rustburg to close out the week 11 highlights.
But first the completion of tonight's scoreboard and the Rockbridge County band.
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Time now to head down and examine the Hogoheegee district.
8 and 1 Chilhowie hosted 7-and-2 Rural Retreat with Chilhowie looking to claim the district's crown outright.
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The Indians and Warriors squared off on what is literally sacred ground in Chilhowie.
Late in the first half, Rural Retreat is clinging to a 6-to-nothing lead and on this fourth down Chilhowie's Jared Ward dishes the ball to Bradley Widener - who picks up 10 yards for an apparent first down.
But they come up short and Larry Russell is a basket case.
That would bring up halftime and the senior band members were honored during intermission.
Chilhowie would then honor the fans to open the second half as Ward keeps on the option, hits the hole, breaks into the clear and then takes it 54 yards to the house to tie the game at six-all in the third.
The Extra Point by J-J Thomas was good to give Chilhowie the lead. The Warriors win it 22 to 20 to claim the Hogoheegee title.
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The Valley district up in Augusta and Rockingham County is tight at the top with Harrisonburg looking to stay in the hunt for the title tonight against a Rockbridge County teams that just two or three weeks ago had similar aspirations.
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Rockbridge played once again tonight without Quarterback Johnathan Wilson...still nursing an injured ankle...but he likely would not have made any difference against a Harrisonburg team that graduated 25 seniors last year and is still closing in the chase for a Valley District title.
Pick it up in the third quarter...Blue Streaks are up big in the third quarter and add to the lead as kicker Joe Kluesner hits this 24 yard field goal...the Blue Streaks now have a commanding lead at 38-to-nothing.
Rockbridge managed to avoid the shutout in this one...facing a fourth and one Wildcats reserve quarterback Scott Branch will do it himself...this run off the right side keeps the drive alive for the Wildcats.
And with three minutes to go...Branch drops back and this one is coming right into your living room...it's a 38 yard touchdown pass to Issac Flint...the Wildcats are on the board...but Harrisonburg still wins big tonight 38-to-7.
Finally tonight, we head to Rustburg where the Red Devils - the defending division three state champs who took care of one of those valley district members, Turner Ashby, in last year's title game - closed out their season tonight with a win to get to 6-and-4 and likely back in the playoffs.
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Rustburg Head Coach Mike Scharnus barking out instructions to the troops.
Already up 7-0 the Red Devils looking to add more. Aaron Lassiter gets the handoff and scores from 3 yards out.
Later, in the 2nd quarter Quarterback Brandon Mills finds Tight End Todd Baier lobbing it just over the Pioneer secondary.
That would lead to another Mills/ Baier connection...this time for a touchdown...and the Red Devils go up 21-0.
Rustburg wasnt content with that. This time Lassiter breaks free on the carry and watch him go.
He takes it 60 yards before he is finally dragged down from behind at the Heritage 15 yard line.
The Red Devils win it 31-to-7.
Many of the players you've seen in action over the years here on Friday Football Extra actually got their start on the sandlot recreational fields.
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Tomorrow, the grand old lady, Victory Stadium, will open up for business again to host this year's Sandlot Super Bowl games.
Six champions in the Pee Wee and Little League divisions will be crowned tomorrow with games beginning at ten am and continuing until after dark.
The junior division finalists will battle for their championship belts on Sunday afternoon.
Tickets are just two dollars for the entire two day event.
If you get a chance, head out tomorrow and support these kids at Victory Stadium.
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Our Player of the week gives new meaning to the word versatility.
Gretna running back and safety Rico Haynes torched Nelson County 40-to-0 for three touchdowns on offense and 13 tackles on defense. Steve Mason has more on one of the best talents to come out of Gretna since Virginia Tech's Lamar Cobb.
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[SUPER=50-Rico Haynes/FFE Player of the Week; :20]
[SUPER=50-Robert Prunty/Gretna Head Coach; :31]
[SUPER=59-Steve Mason; 1:18]
[OUT Q=....Friday Football EXtra]
((If Last Friday night was an election night, then Rico Haynes would have won in a landslide. He got all the votes against the governors is racking up 220 yards rushing on 18 carries and three scores. Even more amazing is the fact that Haynes is the true dark horse, entering the race as a running back just before the season began.
Haynes is also a quick study on the defensive side of the ball where he is in his second year as a starting safety. He was second on the team in tackles with 72 stops through eight games.
Richmond, James Madison, Elon and Marshall have all been recruiting Haynes, who says he hopes to continue playing foo
tball in college. Steve Mason Friday Football Extra.))[SUPER-7]
With just one week remaining in the regular season and in the Super 7 for this season we have a bit of a shake up this week.
Pulaski County the rock solid number one for most of the season has been dethroned.
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The new number one is Gretna!
The Hawks under head coach Robert Prunty are the only remaining unbeaten team in the Friday Football Extra coverage area. Today is coach Prunty's wife's birthday. Happy Birthday Kim!
Pulaski falls a spot, while Brookville moves up, George Washington and Cave Spring meet next Friday night. Chilhowie wins the Hogoheegee tonight and Bath clinches at least a tie for the Pioneer crown.
The poll buster this week...is William Campbell. Brad Bradley's team is 8-and-1 getting ready to battle the new number one Gretna next Friday.
[MIKE ADLIB GOODBYE]