Good evening folks and welcome to Friday Football Extra's regular season finale!
11 weeks ago we began this 2001 campaign. Tomorrow many teams will turn in their equipment while a handful of fortunate others will begin preparing for the playoffs.
Seven different districts are in the spotlight tonight from Bastian to Ringgold.
We're also in Buena Vista tonight, but not for any postseason party.
The Fighting Blues came into tonight's season finale with a very un-Parry McCluer like 0-and-9 record.
But the futility exhibited on the field couldn't match the thoughtfulness expressed throughout this tight knit community tonight, as the school board officially named Parry McCluer's brand new football field in honor of the school's greatest football coach Bob Williams.
Steve Mason has more on tonight's ceremony in Buena Vista.
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[SUPER=51-Buena Vista; :00]
[SUPER=53-Friday Football Extra File; :40]
[SUPER=50-Bob Williams/198 Wins at Parry McCluer; :52]
[SUPER=50-James Bradford/Buena Vista School Superintendent; 1:42]
[SUPER=50-Earl Downs/Parry McCluer Principal; 2:04]
[SUPER=50-Eric Wheeler/Former Fighting Blues Receiver; 2:27]
[SUPER=59-Steve Mason; 3:09]
[OUT Q=...FRIDAY FOOTBALL EXTRA."]
[SUPER=51-Buena Vista/Rockets vs. Fighting Blues;]
It was only fitting on this special night that Parry McCluer would score on it's first possession against Craig County. The Fighting Blues go on to beat the Rockets 29 to 19 for their first win of the season.
If Friday Football Extra had a hall of fame, Bob Williams would be a charter member. He's always been a supporter of the show, and each of us consider him a friend. We all wish him the best in current health challenges.
One of Bob Williams' dear friends, Norm Lineburg, was home tonight at Bobcat Stadium hosting longtime rival Floyd County.
Both teams came into tonight's contest with 8-and-1 marks.
And both teams knew that their was a real possibility that the loser would not make the playoffs.
[SUPER=51-Radford/Floyd Co. vs. Radford; :00]
Shirts and shoes were optional tonight in Radford as fans did their best to bring home a victory.
Early in the third Radford is down 14-and-7 and you can't get back in it when you can't hold on to the ball. Josh Dunbar drops the rock and Adam Turner recovers to give Floyd excellent field position.
A few plays after the turnover, Derek Mannon will take the ball 24 yards on the carry moving it all the way down to the 2 yard line.
Mannon would then finish up the drive with the two yard score. It's now 21-to-7 Buffaloes on top.
Late in the fourth, Radford is still down by two scores with under two minutes to go.
Todd Woods will attempt to convert the fourth down play, but he is tripped up on his back pedal.
That would seal the deal for the Buffs who earn a spot in the playoffs and win for the first time ever at Bobcat stadium. 21-to-7 the final.
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[SUPER=50-Winfred Beale/Floyd Co. Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=50-Norm Lineburg/Radford Head Coach; :08]
[OUT Q=...FINE FOOTBALL TEAM."]
While Radford and Floyd were slugging it out, Giles was here in the Roanoke Valley looking to clinch the Three Rivers district championship outright as it took on the Glenvar Highlanders.
[SUPER=51-Roanoke Co./Giles vs. Glenvar; :00]
It was seniors' night for the Highlanders band as the color guard shows off its true colors.
Giles exploded tonight early and often. The Spartans finish off the half with Carson Ward taking the direct snap and running off the right side. Giles is on top 42-to-12 at halftime !
In the third quarter the Spartans would stay hot as Steve Ragsdale's squad gets another Ward TD.
It's now 49-to-12 Giles.
The Highlanders would get Adam Hill back on the field and he gets it to Nate Parks who cuts up the field and picks up 20 yards on the play.
But Giles would completely dominate this one as Ben Sharp takes the snap, gets around the end and high steps his way to the end zone for a 65 yard touchdown. A personal foul penalty would wipe out the score, but when you're hot you're hot.
Giles scores any way from the 5. Michael Shaver goes to the outside and scores at the cone.
The Spartans win the Three Rivers 62-to-12.
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[SUPER=50-Carson Ward/Giles Fullback; :00]
[SUPER=50-Ben Sharp/Giles Tailback; :06]
[SUPER=50-Steve Ragsdale/Giles Head Coach; 15]
[OUT Q=...WE'VE BEEN IN IT."]
Giles., Floyd and Radford are all division two schools.
Eastern Montgomery, meanwhile, is a division one member. And the Mustangs needed a win tonight against to make sure they were in the playoffs.
[SUPER=51-Riner/Eastern Mont. vs. Auburn; :00]
Auburn's number one fan Martha Howard was in position for tonight's game.
Her son, Jonathan is a lineman for the Eagles and she hasn't missed a second of anything this season.
Early in the first, her Eagles would show her something worthwhile, as well.
Josh Smith gets the handoff, but Jesse Thomas gets in the backfield and causes a fumble. Michael Mills will pick it up and goes 46 yards for the touchdown. The Eagles are on top 6-to-nothing.
The Mustangs would come back with Jamie Harris picking up yards and a score. He will turn the handoff into a 58 yard touchdown as Eastern Montgomery ties it at 6-all.
Harris will hit the extra point and the Mustangs takes the lead at 7-to-6 in the first quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff - Christian Miller will fumble the squib kick. Matt Harless recovers the ball to give it right back to the Mustangs offense.
But the Eagles defense would tighten
up. Eastern Montgomery is able to win it and make the playoffs 35-to-12.
When we return in just a moment we'll head to Danville and check on tonight's Western Valley district battle between George Washington and Cave Spring.
Plus, Brookville looks to clinch the Seminole district outright.
But first let's check out tonight's first batch of scores and check out the Glenvar marching band.
[GO TO BAND A AND SCORES]
Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra 18th season of high school football as we now shift our attention
to southside where the George Washington high school Eagles played host to Cave Spring in the Western Valley district title game.
GW came in unbeaten in district play while Cave had one blemish on its record - a loss to Halifax County back on October 12th.
There also was plenty of emotion tonight in Danville as the schools dedicated three Autumn flowering cherry trees up on the hill overlooking Christopher Stadium.
The three were planted in honor of GW's three late coaching kings - Alger Pugh, Sonny Wall and Ed Martin.
All three families were on hand tonight for the dedication ceremonies.
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[IN Q="G.W. Meant...]
[SUPER=50-Sid Martin/Ed Martin's Son; :00]
[SUPER=50-Louis Wall/Sonny Wall's Son; :13 ]
[OUT Q=...community, as well."]
[SUPER=53-Cave Spring vs. George Washington; :00]
We pick up the action in the second quarter with the game tied at 7-all.
Cave Spring's Desmond Jalloh goes right up the middle for a 14 yard touchdown run as the Knights take over the the lead going up 13-to-7 after the missed kick.
GW would answer late in the first half of play as Jon Fulton rolls out to his left and keeps the ball. That's a good call as he picks up 17 yards for a GW first down.
Eight plays later, Fulton drops back again and this time he hits Antonio Fitzgerald who grabs it at the one and steps in for the score. George Washington leads 14-to-13 at halftime.
The Knights came back out in the second half looking to again get the upper hand. Jalloh again goes right up the middle. This time he picks up 18 yards down to the Danville 37 yard line.
Cave Spring was forced to go for a 50 yard field goal and Tom Hagan will nail it 49 of those 50 yards as the ball bounces right off of the cross bar.
But, a roughing the kicker penalty would give Hagan another shot at 3.
This one from 45 yards is blocked.
[SUPER=52-Cave Spring/13/George Washington/14;]
George Washington hangs on to beat Cave Spring 14 to 13.
The Brookville Bees clinched at least a share of the Seminole district title last week, but tonight the Bees wanted to get the whole thing and head into the region three, division three playoffs flying high. This evening they faced Jefferson Forest.
[SUPER=51-Forest/Brookville vs. Jeff. Forest; :00]
When its cold out, the crazys come out, and it was no exception tonight in Forest...No shirts...No Brains!!
The guys on the field would warm things up...Jefferson Forest running back Josh Hartzong busts free and takes all 210 pounds of himself down to the Brookville 13.
A few plays later Rashad Jennings gets the call and he plows ahead for the score...J.F. goes up 7-3.
The Bees would bounce back. The ever dangerous Samir Ghiriri gets the handoff and he goes to work. He spins free of a would be tackler and gets pushed out at the 2...the Bees would score 2 plays later.
Jefferson Forest would go to Jennings again. This time its for big yardage and a score as he somehow stays on his feet long enough to get in the endzone to go up 14-10.
The Bees would sting right back...Steven Foster gets the ball in his hands and its off to the races...He turns on the jets and blows by everybody en route to a 55 yard touchdown....
The Bees would sting right back...Steven Foster gets the ball in his hands and its off to the races...He turns on the jets and blows by everybody en route to a 55 yard touchdown. Forest stuns Brookville 34-to-17.
Liberty came into tonight knowing that it was already in the region Three, division three playoffs, likely as a three seed.
But Scott Abell's Minutemen wanted to close out the regular season in style against Heritage.
[SUPER=51-Lynchburg/Liberty vs. Heritage;:00]
FFE in the huddle for this one as the YHeritage coaches diagram the strategy.
Liberty must have been in the huddle too. Big Chris Burnett with the ball as he comes right at ya, and nobodys going to stop him from getting to paydirt...Liberty up 15-0.
Not able to find any offense all night, Heritage goes to work with the special teams...Andre Hamlet returns the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for the score...Pioneers now down only 7 after the electirfying kick return.
Late in the fourth quarter...it looks like a rugby scrum, Minuteman Q.B. Stephen Brawley looking for extra yards, when he's robbed of the ball by Antroine Banks...Banks breaks free and he's trucking all the way inside the Liberty 20 before anybody stops him.
A possesion later, with only seconds on the clock, and looking for a miracle, Pioneer Q.B. Craig Ford gets sacked by Chris Luck...and that would end it for Heritage, Liberty gets the win and a share of Seminole title.
Next up tonight, Salem, Blacksburg and Byrd jockey for playoff positions.
While Dan River and Martinsville try to lay claim to the Piedmont district title tonight in Ringgold.
Bit first here are some more scores from this final week of the regular season and the Bland County marching band.
[GO TO BAND B AND SCORES]
The Friday Football Extra regular season roundup continues as we now jump in the Blue Ridge. Pulaski County wrapped up its regular season last week with a loss, but also with the district title.
Tonight, Salem - the 3 time defending state champ - was trying to sew up a 7-and-3 season and gain some momentum for the region three division four playoffs that open next week.
[SUPER=51-Daleville/Salem vs. Lord Botetourt;:00]
Botetourt head coach Tony Hart was on the field for the final time tonight. He is stepping down at the end of the season.
And Salem tried to hurry along his exit. Billy Cameron will hit Sean Hefner on a 45 yard touchdown pass to open the third quarter. And Salem takes a 14-to-3 lead on the Cavaliers after the kick.
Cameron would stay red hot as he hits A.J. Dowell on the right sideline. The pitch and catch will eventually cover 80 yards as Salem starts to pull away expanding its lead to 21-to-3 still in the third quarter.
Austin Casey then got the Salem running game going in the fourth quarter as he bolts 28 yards for another touchdown. The Score is now 28-to-3 in favor of Salem.
Nic Schmitt would shut the door on the Cavs with an interception early in the fourth.
Salem finishes strong, as expected with a 35 to 3 win.
The Blue Ridge will have all four of the region three division four playoff teams but that Salem game and this matchup between Byrd and Blacksburg would determine which teams would have to face Pulaski in the opening round.
[SUPER=51-Vinton/Blacksburg vs. William Byrd; :00]
The Terriers took their home turf in front of a sellout homecoming crowd in Vinton this evening.
Byrd would maintain control of the ball for most of the first quarter on the ground as Marcus English cuts through the line and into the open. He will pick up 34 yards before he's brought down by the Indians.
A couple of plays later from the 17, English takes the handoff up the middle and this time he will pick up 13 yards to the Indians' four.
With a third and goal from the three, English takes a direct snap and he slams in off the left side to make it 7-to-nothing Terriers.
The Terriers would make it 14 to nothing before Blacksburg came alive.
The Indians' Brett Smith calls his own number and goes off the right side. He picks up 25 yards into the red zone.
Later in the drive he sneaks in from the one.
Blacksburg beats to William Byrd 29 to 22.
We now turn to the Piedmont district where three teams were gunning for the regular season title tonight.
Magna Vista beat Fieldale-Collinsville 45-TO-28 to get a share of it, while in Pittsylvania County Martinsville and Dan River battled for the other half of it.
[SUPER=51-Ringgold/Martinsville vs. Dan River; :00]
The Wildcats were ready to knock heads with their southside neighbors, while the Bulldogs came to Ringgold looking for a district title.
On Dan River's first possession - quarterback Keith Harris hits Dre Long over the middle on a 16 yard pass play.
But that drive would stall and Harris would have to punt it away and Martinsville's Sean Wade takes the rock at his own 35, and he goes straight down the field for the 65 yard touchdown. Not a single defender touched him and it's 7-to-nothing after the first quarter.
Two plays into the second quarter, Martinsville's Maurice Hamilton will the toss to his right and he will take it 13 yards for another Bulldogs' score. Taylor Edwards boys are rolling with a 13-to-nothing lead.
The Dogs got it back again and needed just five plays to score. Douglas Dunbar goes seven yards for the score. The Martinsville Bulldogs
tune up for the Region Four, division four playoffs with a 34 to 7 win.
We still need to settle two more district titles tonight as the Mountain Empire crown is up for grabs in Bastian and Gretna and William Campbell duke it out in the Dogwood.
But first the Grayson County marching band.
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Friday Football Extra is now ready to check in on this evening's Mountain Empire District championship game in Bastian.
The Bland County and Grayson County found themselves in a unique spots tonight. Both were unbeaten in district play - yet only the winner of tonight's game would advance to the playoffs.
[SUPER=51-Bastian/Grayson Co. vs. Bland Co.; :00]
How cold was it Bland County tonight? Check out the frost on the yard marker.
Bland will strike first as the Bears come to the line. Number 7 , Brandon Kelley drops back and tosses the rock to Casey Elliott - he takes off up the left side and outruns the coverage for the touchdown.
It's 6-to-nothing Bears.
Back comes Grayson County. Nick Richardson picks up the first down on this carry to keep up the comeback drive.
Jonathan Osborne will then mix things up with the pass as he connects with Brian Williams.
We're now all tied up at 6 a piece.
Late in the third quarter, Grayson has a third and one from the six, and this time Osborne will fake the hand-off, keep it himself, run left of his center and dive in for the TD. It's now 12-to-6 Grayson.
[SUPER=52-Grayson Co./33/Bland Co./12;]
The Blue Devils beat Bland County to capture the MED title - and in the process knock Radford out of the playoffs.
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Finally, tonight we check in on the Dogwood district showdown in Gretna between the unbeaten Gretna Hawks of head coach Robert Prunty and the once beaten William Campbell Generals under Brad Bradley.
[SUPER=51-Gretna/William Campbell vs. Gretna; :00]
And enthusiastic crowd was on hand for this huge battle, and the fans would get a little extra entertainment for its money. Gretna calls its defense the "Dog Soldiers" but tonight the real thing got loose on the field and was in no hurry to exit the stadium.
After a defensive first quarter Gretna got on the board first. William Campbell quarterback Shea Boyd, rolls out and his pass is picked off by the real
That would lead to this 25 yard field goal by Jake Taylor. The Hawks are now in front 3-to-nothing in the second quarter.
Then on William Campbell's very next offensive play - Gretna's Kevin Moon will pick off another pass. This interception comes on the Generals' 17 yard line and before the Generals can catch their breath.
The Hawks Cory Logan brings in the floater from quarterback Vicqual Hall and just like that the Hawks take a commanding 10-to-nothing lead in the third quarter.
The Hawks finish out the 2001 campaign as Friday Football Extra's only unbeaten team winning tonight 17 to 0.
Friday Football Extra is back in just a moment with the Super 7 and this Friday's Player of the week winner and the final Super 7 of the season.
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On the outside, our player of the week is incredibly imposing.
But there is more than meets the eye when it comes to Northside linebacker Justin London. Steve Mason has more on how the senior led the Vikings to the upset of the year.
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[SUPER=51-Roanoke Co./Last Friday Night; :00]
[SUPER=50-Reverend Tommy London/Justin's Father; :16]
[SUPER=50-Jim Hickam/Northside Head Football Coach; :46]
[SUPER=59-Steve Mason; 1:00]
[SUPER=50-Justin London/FFE Player of the Week; 1:21]
[OUT Q=...Friday Football Extra"]
((The setting was perfect for Justin London
Standing in front of him, just the opponent needed to bring this emotionally charged player to his greatest intensity level.
David would slay the giant. London, who according to his coach, had all of 30 yards rushing on the season before last Friday night, rushed four times for 104 yards and two crucial touchdowns to lead the Vikings over Pulaski County 34-24.
To find what makes Justin successful, one must go much deeper than the six foot one, 225 pound body that runs a 4.6 40, benches over 320 and squats 450 pounds.
One can also look to the person Justin calls his other father, Tommy London, the reverend at First Baptists Church Cloverdale. Tommy stared at N.C. State as a defensive back and went on to play for the Cleveland Browns. A shoulder injury cut his NFL career short, and in a day and age where parents live through their kids athletic careers, London's unselfishness with his son is as powerful as his preaching.
Justin has already fielded scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, N.C. State and UCLA. Tennessee has told London that if he decides tom play for the Volunteers, they will give him the number one jersey. But everyone already knows who is first in this promising young man's life. Steve Mason Friday Football Extra.))
Time now to unveil the final Super 7 poll of the season.
And I can tell you that we have had only one team go wire to wire unbeaten.
[SUPER=65-Gretna/10-0/Pulaski Co./9-1/G.W. Danville/9-1/Chilhowie/9-1/Bath Co./9-1/Giles/9-1/Martinsville/9-1;]
Gretna closes out the Super 7 in the top spot for the first time ever!
The rest of the Super 7 is made up of once beaten teams - Pulaski, George Washington, Chilhowie, Bath County, Giles and Martinsville.
The poll buster this week...is Floyd County. The Buffs got a must win last night to make the playoffs.
[MIKE ADLIB GOODBYE]