Good evening folks and welcome to the playoff edition of Friday Football Extra.
In the next half hour we will take you on a tour of Virginia like no-other.
For the first time in as long as I can remember - the playoffs opened tonight without a single game in the greater Roanoke Valley.
However, we are on the road big-time for you stretching out from Galax to Hot Springs to Dumphries to Danville with the highlights of 11 regional semi-final games.
Also, if you've been watching Your Hometown Station this week you know that sometime during tonight's show you will have an opportunity to call in and win 8 tickets and a tailgate party for tomorrow's 83rd meeting between Virginia Tech and Virginia. "It's a throwdown for the showdown" and you can only get it all right here on WDBJ-7.
But right now it's time to begin the playoff platter with the area's only Division Six playoff participant, George Washington.
Tonight, in Danville in the Northwest regionals, the Eagles played host to Gar-Field out of Dale City.
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The champions of the Western Valley district roared on their home turf beaming with confidence tonight, but both teams were a little jittery early/
With Gar-Field driving on its first possession - George Washington's defense will make a statement by forcing the fumble on stopping the drive on the Eagles' 16 yard line.
However, GW would give the ball right back to the Indians as Greg Williams picks off the pass by Jon Fulton on the Eagles' 31 yard line.
Mistakes will kill you in the playoffs.
Gar-Field goes to work with Tyree Carr hauls in a ten yard pass to move the ball down to the George Washington ten yard line.
Rasheed Claude finishes up the drive with run from the ten. The TD dash puts Gar-Field on top.
It takes FOUR overtimes, BUT George Washington finally pulls it out, beating Gar-field 42 to 35.
The only other Group Three A team from the area to make the playoffs - the Cave Spring Knights had to hit the road and travel to Dumphries tonight to battle Potomac up in Prince William County north of Richmond.
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A good number of Cave Spring fans made the trip up from Roanoke County tonight and they were making plenty of noise.
We pick up the action in the second with Cave Spring on top 7-to-nothing.
From the Panthers' 26 yard line, Jeremy White drops back and hits Tom Hagan on a slant pattern and the two will pick up 11 yards down to the Panthers 14 yard line.
On the very next play, Desmond Jalloh will take the ball off tackle on the left side and he will pick his way down to the five yard line to pick up a first and goal for the Knights.
Then on a third and four, Jalloh follows the blocking of Ben Dull and Jason Horn to roll in untouched for the score. Cave Spring leads it 14-to-nothing in the second.
The Cave Spring defense would then make its mark as Gary Price keeps for a nice 15 yard gain, but Daniel Payne knocks the ball out of his hands and Wes Hall hauls it in for the Knights.
Last week, the Knights kicking game killed them.
But tonight - Hagan blasts this 52 yard field goal right through the uprights with some to spare.
But the Panthers roar back in the second half to end Cave's season with the 28 to 24 win.
When we come back we'll continue to check the regional semi-final action as travel through the divisions in descending order.
The Division Four teams are next.
But first let's check out tonight's first batch of scores and take a listen to the Liberty high school marching band.
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[SUPER=64-William Byrd/9/Pulaski Co./28;]
[SUPER=64-Brooke Point/0/C.D. Hylton/49;]
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Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra's regional semi-final show.
Your chance to win the Tech-UVa is coming up in a minute so just hang tight.
Being patient is a tough thing to do. Especially after you end the season with a disappointing setback.
Pulaski County has had to exercise some patience. Losing to Northside to end the regular season, the Cougars had a week off before beginning their postseason run tonight at home against William Byrd.
[SUPER=51-Pulaski Co./William Byrd vs. Pulaski Co.; :00]
Allan Wheeling the Cougars' quarterback who sprained his ankle against Northside in that regular season final was ready to go, but so were the Terriers.
Byrd would make it happen on its first possession as quarterback Jeff Highfill Junior completes the pass to Marcus English for an eleven yard pickup to the Cougars' 13 yard line.
Four plays later, Josh Baumgartner comes on to kick the 30 yard field goal. The Terriers take a 3-to-nothing with 7:59 left in the first quarter.
The Cougars would try and come right back on the ensuing kickoff. Jeremy Porter fields the ball and runs it back all the way to the Byrd 45 yard line. But surprisingly Pulaski went four and out.
Byrd would come right back at Pulaski. Highfill completes another pass to English as the two speak the same language on the 20 yard gain until he coughs it up on the hit at the Pulaski 8. The Cougars recover.
Byrd would hold again and once again move the ball. On fourth and 25 from the Cougars' 29 yard line, Highfill hits Jerome Mann. He makes the catch, breaks a tackle and dives over for the touchdown to make it 10-to-nothing.
But a whistle and a flag for an illegal receiver downfield wiped out the score.
[SUPER=52-William Byrd/9/Pulaski Co./28;]
The Terriers defense was strong throughout as it was almost halftime before the Cougars finally picked up a first down.
Pulaski wins it 28 to 9.
The other Region 3, division 4 semi-final tonight was at Bill Brown Stadium in Blacksburg where the Indians had the unenviable chance to playing Salem in the opening round.
Oh yeah. Everyone wants a piece of Salem early in the year - but for the past three years the Spartans have been perfect in the playoff play in the months of November and December(
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The Indians limped into the regional semi final and early in the first quarter Jermaine Rogers re-injured a sprained ankle and was through for the night.
Salem led 14 to 7 then Roger Waddell takes the handoff and moves the ball 11 yards to the Blacksburg 6 yard line setting up a field goal.
The Spartans Nic Schmitt comes in and boots the 25 yard field goal and Salem led 17 to 7 with 8-minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Blacksburg had enough time to mount a comeback and with 4 minutes left int he game they came up with a big stop but would give the ball back on downs.
The Spartans moved the ball into Indian territory when Rico Jordan rambles up the middle for a 31 yard gain all the way to the Blacksburg 10 yard line but the Spartans opted to run out the clock.
Blacksburg got the ball back and had to put it in the air the pass is completed at mid field for a big gain but the Spartans hold on to win it 17 to 7.
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[SUPER=50-Dave Crist/Blacksburg Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=50-Willis White/Salem Head Coach; :19]
[OUT Q=.......football is all about."]
The Region Four - Division Four game in the immediate area tonight would be a rematch of a key piedmont district contest from just a couple of weeks.
Martinsville beat Magna Vista in the regular season - tonight the two got together again knowing the loser would be turning in equipment tomorrow morning.
[SUPER=51-Martinsville/Magna Vista vs. Martinsville; :00]
After a week of bad economic news in the Henry County area - a huge crowd turned out tonight to release a few frustrations tonight.
The Dogs were up 3-to-nothing at halftime before Magna Vista got rolling in the third. The Warriors get this 42 yard run by quarterback Alexi Hairston. The sprint will set the Warriors up on the Martinsville five yard line.
Four plays later, Brandon Vie punches it in from the one. The Warriors are up 7-to-3.
Martinsville will try to mount a comeback drive as quarterback Rache Waller passes out of his own end zone to Ronte Gamble. The pass gets the Dogs out to the 25 yard line.
And here come the Bulldogs.
But on the opening play of the fourth, Bucky Mann puts a stop to all of that with an interception and a return for a Warrior touchdown to give Magna Vista a commanding 14-to-3 lead in the fourth.
But Martinsville was not quite ready to give it up. Watch Waller do his best Michael Vick impression as he scrambles, jukes and jumps his way to a 43 yard touchdown to make it 14-to-11 after the successful two point conversion.
But Magna Vista is able to hold on a advance to regional finals next week against Marion a
18-to-13 winner over Richlands tonight.
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[SUPER=50-Taylor Edward/Martinsville Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=50-Joe Beckleheimer/Magna Vista Head Coach; :16]
[OUT Q=...HECK OF A JOB TONIGHT."]
Next up tonight, the division three and division two schools take their turn in the regional semi-final spotlight.
But now as promised it is time to give away the "Throwdown for the Showdown."
Tomorrow's Tech-UVa game is sold out.
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But right now you can win 8 tickets and atailgate courtesy of WDBJ-7 and Friday Football Extra.
Call this toll free number right now and then press 8.
The seventh caller wins.
Good Luck. We'll have the winner at the end of tonight's show.
But first here are some more scores from this regional semi-final week and the sounds of the Galax Maroon Tide marching band.
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We're now at the halfway point of tonight's highlights and divisions,
We've covered the action in four through six.
That puts the division Three, Region Three participants in the spotlight.
Liberty, the Minutemen grabbed a share of the Seminole district title and the number seed in the region last week when Brookville stubbed its toe against rival Jefferson Forest.
Tonight - the Bees looked to regain their swagger in Bedford.
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This ladies and gentlemen is what we like to call the Liberty Minute Monkee - but the folks behind him were the real Minutemen.
Steven Brawley sneaks in the first score after a 69 yard Fletcher Miller run set the table for him.
It's 7-to-nothing Liberty.
It would become 20-to-nothing before Brookville could catch its breath. The Bees let Samir Ghirir. He will head to his left, break a tackle and spin to the sideline. The 80 yard score gets the Bees back in it momentarily.
But it was Miller Time for Liberty as Fletcher Miller takes off again. This time he's taking it to the house to make it a 27-to-7 game in favor of the home boys at halftime.
On the third play of the third quarter Ghirir will again take the handoff to his left. This time he reverses his field. He again turns it up and checks back to make sure no one is after him. He will motor in for the 66 yard TD.
But Drew Harrison will blast a 34 yard field goal to add to the Bees misery. Liberty moves on with the impressive 44 to 20 win.
The top seed in Region 3, division three is Gretna.
The high flying Hawks ended the regular season as Friday Football Extra's only undefeated team.
They would be rewarded in strange way for that accomplishment by having to face the defending division three state champs from Rustburg in the opening round of the playoffs.
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The Hawks storming the field looking to add to their undefeated season.
And they would start things off with Freshman Quarterback Vicqual Hall throwing the fade to Cory Logan as he makes the great catch in double coverage for 6...with a two point conversion the Hawks go up 8-0.
The Red-Devils would even the score later in the second quarter as Quarterback Brandon Mills plunges through the line of scrimmage for the one yard score.
But Rustburg's dreams of continuing their season would end there...Hall again goes to the air, and this time its the long ball as he hits Casey Hall in stride for the 61 yard strike. Gretna goes up 15-8.
Then in the fourth quarter the Hawks would put it away. Fullback Marlon Moon gets the call and he crosses the goaline as Gretna keeps its undefeated season intact and its hope for a state title alive winning 22-8.
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[SUPER=50-Vicqual Hall/Gretna Quarteback; :00]
[SUPER=50-Robert Prunty/Gretna Head Coach; :08]
[OUT Q=...A GREAT FOOTBALL TEAM."]
Let's now turn our attention to the Group A ranks.
Last night's Division Two , Region C semi-final was yet another rematch from the regular season.
Although, there's nothing regular anytime Floyd County and Giles get together.
[SUPER=03-Pearisburg/Floyd Co. vs. Giles;:00]
Giles cruised onto its home turf with home field advantage with plenty of support as fans pulled out all the bells and whistles.
But the Buffaloes would waste absolutely no time getting started as Isaac Spence hands off to Derek Mannon. He goes through the middle, into the clear and into the endzone. It's 6-to-nothing Floyd.
Floyd would get it back again as Spence again dishes it to Mannon. He brings it around the left side, cuts back and this time he will score from 33 yards out. And the Buffaloes are on top 12-to-nothing still in the first quarter.
Late in the second the Buffs will continue their dominance as Spence tosses the pass to Brandon Thompson. He brings in the high lob as he crosses the goal line. The Buffaloes are now on top of Giles 18-to-nothing at the half.
The Spartans would come back rejuvenated after the break. Michael Farley picks off Spence's pass and he gets the Giles offense back on the field.
Carson Ward will cap a lengthy drive with a three yard score.
It's now 18-to-6.
But Winfred Beale's team rolls over Giles in impressive fashion last night 25-to-12.
The other Region C, division two games tonight was down in Chilhowie where first year head coach Larry Russell welcome Bill Strong and his perennial playoff participating team - Grayson County to town for a little do or die postseason action.
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Reid Sturgill and Dustin Creasy from Miss. Kilby's first grade class at Chilhowie Elementary showed off their banner that was made by the class today to support the Warriors.
We pick it up in the second, Chilhowie's C.J. Kestner gets the handoff and he will take it 29 yards down the field into Grayson County territory.
A few plays later the Warriors are trying to convert a fourth and six. Jarad Ward, the Warriors' quarterback will get that and more as he carries 22 yards all the way down to the six yard line.
That would set up a third and goal with Ward rolling out and hitting Andy Blevins, who makes the great catch to put Chilhowie on top 6-to-nothing.
The Warriors go for two and Ward sneaks right up the middle to make it 8-to-nothing.
On the following drive the Blue Devils would try to make a move as Jonathan Osborne goes for it all.
But Ward steps up with the interception at the one yard line.
The Warriors roll tonight with the 28 to 15 win.
Division One games in Galax and Hot Springs are still on the highlights reel ready to roll.
We'll check them out after this break.
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It is now time to focus on the Division One action in region C.
And to do that we need to head to the top of the mountain in Hot Springs where earlier night the defending D-1, Region C champs of Bath County hosted Dean Rhea and his Rural Retreat Indians.
[SUPER=03-Hot Springs/Rural Retreat vs. Bath Co.; :00]
Bath County coach Chris Jones gets a pregame greeting from his two year old son.
The Chargers then gave the Indians a rather rude welcome.
On its first possession Bath running back Alex Shaver heads off the left side and he's going all the way for the 31 yard TD run. The Chargers lead by 7 with 857 to go in the first.
Rural Retreat answered that score as Josh Hackler takes the ball off the right side. He gets past the Bath line and he's off to the races. The 32 yard score makes it a 7-to-6 game after the blocked kick.
The Chargers then ran off 32 unanswered points in the first half. Michael Bush takes the rock on the option and Bush will streak 69 yards down the sideline to the endzone for the score. The Chargers are now on top 23 to 6 early in second.
It took Bath just one play to score on its next possession. Jacob Phillips finds a wide open Justin Fry across the middle of the field. Fry will do the rest to turn the pitch and catch into a 64 yard touchdown. The Chargers are now on top 31-to-6.
The Chargers would another one before intermission. Phillips again with the pass and this time Bush makes a circus catch while falling down in the endzone.
[SUPER=36-Rural Retreat/18/Bath Co./53;]
Bath County rolls in the playoff opener to beat Rural Retreat 53 to 18.
It's the third straight time Bath has scored at least 50 against the Indians.
Our final stop on the regional semi-final road to the state championship takes us to Galax.
The Maroon Tide, which reeled off an 8-and-2 season, hosted Eastern Montgomery.
The Mustangs exited the regionals in the first round a year ago and tonight they were looking for a different result on the road against the Maroon Tide in the other Region C division one game.
[SUPER=51-Galax/Eastern Mont. vs. Galax; :00]
The Maroon Tide were excited to be back in the postseason after a two year absence.
Eastern Montgomery was also anxious to make something happen. The Mustangs Dave Showalter will pass to his right to Jamie Harris for a 19 yard pickup.
Three plays later on a third and five from the Galax 21, Showalter runs the option to his right and pitches to Harris - who squeezes in the endzone to make it 7-to-nothing.
Galax would come back with Derek Turner carrying the load up the middle as he takes the ball 25 yards deep into Eastern Montgomery territory on the blast.
A couple of plays later, Turner will score on the short touchdown as Galax gets back in the game, but misses the kick.
The Mustangs would keep rolling with another Harris score, but Galax wins it 29-to-28.
Friday Football Extra is back in just a second this Friday's Player of the week story
Plus, we'll tell you who won the "Tech-UVa tickets and tailgate party."
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Our player of the week from the final week of the regular season is one of the top receivers in the Blue Ridge District.
But he earns this honor for cathing passes on the other side of the ball.
Last week against Lord Botetourt, Salem's Sean Hefner had a defensive back's dream game.
Roy Stanley takes us inside the Spartans' huddle with this senior.
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[SUPER=59-Roy Stanley; 1:43]
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((At six foot 2 and around 170 pounds, Heafner may not have the physique of a football player.
But that all changes when he puts on the pads on Friday nights.))
((WILLIS WHITE/SALEM HEAD COACH:))
((While Heafner may not be the biggest kid on the Spartan roster he is big when it comes to making plays.
Heafner is the Spartans leading reciever and last week agaisnt Botetourt he caught a pass for 45 yards and he had 130 yards of return yardage in the game.))
((SEAN HEFNER/PLAYER OF THE WEEK:))
((His defensive effort is probably one of the best in Salem history. Heafner, a back up D-B entered the game and intercepted 4 Botetourt passes and he had a chance at a fifth but dropped it in the end zone.))
((Hefner is getting attention from some colleges and he hopes to continue playing football at the college level.
Roy Stanley Friday Football Extra.))
As promised it is now time to unveil the winner of tonight big prize package for tomorrow's Tech-UVa game.
Earlier in the show we gave you the chance to call in and win 8 tickets and a tailgate party.
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And the lucky 7th caller to get through tonight and claim the prize is Burl Whitfield of Danville. You are heading to Scott Stadium along with 7 of your friends courtesy of Your Hometown Station and Friday Football Extra.
Folks as always thanks for giving us part of your weekend.
We'll be right back here next Friday night at 11:35 to crown regional champions.
Have a safe weekend.
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