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Good evening everybody and welcome to Friday Football Extra. Happy Holidays to each and every one of you out there as we get set to wrap up another year of Friday Football Extra.

Tonight marks our 17th and final show of the season, and in the next half hour we'll give you an opportunity to meet the winners from our postseason awards banquet held earlier this week.
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We will also talk about tomorrow's Stagg Party at Salem Stadium between Mt. Union and the Bridgewater College Eagles.

[GO TO FULL SCREEN WIN BEALE] But we begin by handing out our top coach of the year honor for this past season. Coaches all over the viewing area picked Floyd County's Winfred Beale as Friday Football Extra's overall coach of the year.
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Speaking of building a tradition, tiny Bath County high school has certainly done just that the past two seasons winning 25 games, [GO TO BATH COUNTY FULL SCREEN] finishing second in the state and this year winning it all. For that reason, the Chargers are an easy selection as Friday Football Extra's team of the year.
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Friday Football Extra's season finale continues in just moment as we talk with the Group A, Group Two A, and Triple A coach of the year selections as voted by field generals from throughout the area. We'll be right back. [GO TO BREAK]

[Jones]


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Welcome back folks to Friday Football Extra's season finale for the year twenty - oh one. Each year we send out ballots to coaches throughout the area and let them select our coach of the year winners. [go to CHRIS JONES PINNACLE] In Group A - Bath County's Chris Jones beat out a "who's who" of coaches in the Three Rivers district alone to take home this honor for the second straight season.
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[Hicks]


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If the Group A competition was intense, then the Group Two A balloting was down right intense. [GO TO HICKS PINNACLE] In the end the coaches reached out and embraced the new Double A boss man from Pulaski County. Joel Hicks wins the honor for making sure his Cougars lived up to their preseason billing in the Blue Ridge.
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[Miles]


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With Hicks and Fleming's Keith Smith dropping down into the Double A ranks, the Triple A coach of the year balloting was between just six schools. [GO TO PINNACLE OF MILES] In this his second year at the helm of the Franklin County Eagles - Billy Miles takes home the honor, and immediately began sharing the wealth.
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We'll sit down and chat with two fine young men right after this commercial break as we visit with our Lineman of the year and our scholar-athlete of the year as Friday Football Extra continues right here on WDBJ-7. [GO TO BREAK]


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Welcome back to our season finale here on Friday Football Extra. Once again this year, we were proud to present the Noel C. Taylor Scholar Athlete Award. The Award carries with it a two-thousand-dollar scholarship award. [Spence Graphic] This year's recipient is Floyd County quarterback Isaac Spence, who along with leading his Buffaloes to the Group A; Division 2 Championship Game is a leader in the classroom as well.
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((Bite: Isaac Spence - 14:54:05)) ((In..."Personally...)) ((Runs...:10)) ((Out...at the same time.")) Spence helped his Buffaloes rebound from a 4-and-6 record in 2000 to a 12-and-2 record and the state championship game this season. He did all of that while posting a 4-point-Oh grade point average. ((Bite: Issac Spence -- 14:53:41)) ((In....It's hard...)) ((Runs...:16)) ((Out...people around you.")) Spence likely won't be getting any offers to play Division one football, but his coach says that he'll be a success at whatever level he plays in the future. ((Bite: Winfred Beale -- 14:52:31)) ((In..."He's a kid...")) ((Runs...:24)) ((Out...athletic field also."))
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Spence is undecided on his college plans, but he says that after Saturday's state championship loss, he's hoping to get a chance to play football somewhere next season.

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In 1998 Pulaski County lineman Lee Cook collapsed and died during a game with Fleming at Victory Stadium. Beginning with that season we began honoring Lee's memory with our annual "Lee Cook Lineman of the Year" award. [GO TO PINNACLE OF JON COPPER] This year's winner is Northside junior Jon Copper. A young man who devours the competition and anything else for that matter - all the while looking up to his parents.
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Those in attendance on Wednesday night were treated to an appearance by former Friday Football Extra star Jarrett Ferguson. The Virginia Tech senior fullback spoke to the players of the week about the importance of hard work and unselfish play.
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((JARRETT FERGUSON:)) ((Ferguson's hard work not only made him a starter for the Hokies, but it also earned the former walk-on from Staunton River a scholarship - something he considers one of the greatest accomplishments in his life to date.)) ((JARRETT FERGUSON:))

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A musical video tribute to the area's state title game participants is coming later, but right after this break we'll examine the Friday Football Extra connection with Bridgewater in tomorrow night's Stagg Bowl. [GO TO BREAK]


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Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra. Throughout the years we have always dedicated a portion of this final show to the Stagg Bowl.
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Tomorrow night at eight, the Cinderella Bridgewater College Eagles meet powerful Mt. Union for the Division Three national championship.
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((Mount Union is from Alliance, Ohio - however, this team plays like its from a another planet. The Purple Raiders have won 81 of their last 82 games and they currently have the nation's longest winning streak at 27 straight. Like Mount Union, Bridgewater is unbeaten this season - but unlike the Purple Raiders the Eagles have almost no tradition of success. ((WAYNE BURROW:)) The Eagles and the Purple Raiders met today at Salem Civic Center to share nourishment during the Friday Football Extra Championship luncheon. The teams shared their admiration and respect for each other. But for Bridgewater it's so much more than that. It's the chance to be on a national stage for something no one on campus even paid attention to ten years ago.))

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A number of Friday Football Extra alums will be on the field tomorrow night for the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. But not all will be wearing pads and a helmet. Bridgewater line coach John Baker - is a former head football coach at Bath County and James River. He retired in the Botetourt County school system and he still lives in Buchanan. Needless to say - he is fired up about this opportunity.
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((JOHN BAKER:)) (( Baker also played football at Bridgewater College during his undergradute days in 1961, 62 and 63. He appreciates what this program has overcome in the past 40 years.)) ((JOHN BAKER:))

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A video tribute to the trio of teams that made it to state title games last weekend is straight ahead right here on Friday Football Extra. [GO TO BREAK]


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Three teams made it all the way to a state championship game last Saturday, and as we leave you tonight, we invite you relive last Saturday's emotions through the eyes and editing skills of Friday Football Extra photographer Greg Moore.

Have a safe and happy holiday season. God Bless.
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