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Good evening everybody and welcome to the show known as Friday Football Extra. Tonight we kick off season number 19 with our annual preseason special. We think we have some interesting things for you to digest in the next half hour, so get comfortable and strap yourself in for a trip to Hot Springs to begin things tonight. You know - of all the great football played in the area last year - only Bath County with its 175 students was able to bring home a state title. But as you're about to see a lot can happen in a year's time.
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(( Not long after the celebration ended on the turf at JMU in the division one title game - the Chargers found themselves searching for a head coach. Chris Jones who won a Friday Football Extra best 25 games and a state title in the two years since the turn of the century left to coach at Heritage. Will Fields, an assistant at Alleghany eventually moved up the mountain, and inherited a seasoned group of winners. ((WILL FIELDS:)) Fields thought he might be a candidate for one of those nails when he began evaluating his overall program. He has just five returning starters and only four seniors of the 33 players on varsity. But the real shortfall is on his coaching staff - with only three schools in the entire county and only so many teaching jobs - Fields had to look deep into the community to fill his staff. ((WILL FIELDS:)) ((JACOB PHILLIPS:)) Phillips, who is a junior will again be one of the top players in the area, and his 15 year old brother John is now up to six feet five inches tall. Both hope to play in college and both spent this past summer at Tech's summer football camp.)) ((JACOB PHILLIPS:))

[Jones]


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The coach who helped develop Phillips his freshman and sophomore years is now trying to work his magic in Lynchburg. Chris Jones has set up shop in the Seminole district to see if he can "Veer" the Pioneers back to the top.
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((CHRIS JONES:)) ((Jones knows the Seminole district will be a tough beast to tame with its balance from top to bottom, but he's no stranger to challenges. When he arrived at Bath, the previous year's team had won just one game. He lost just three in two years. And now he has more athletes with which to work.)) ((CHRIS JONES:))

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Jones and Fields are just two of an exhausting list of new coaches this season. It is by far the most change in the coaching ranks in the history of Friday Football Extra. Here's a look at what in many instances are some old faces in some new places.
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[HOOKER]


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Welcome back everybody. As we have already seen tonight new coaches with new challenges cover the Friday Football Extra landscape this year. But if you look closely at that list something heavenly starts to appear. Here's Steve Mason with more on that.
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((BRIAN HOOKER:)) ((LEE JOHNSON:)) ((STEVE MAGENBAUER:)) ((KEITH ROBINSON:)) (( All three of the coaches have carried on a "fun-time" Hooker tradition. Before each season the players and coaches have a unity night where among other things they battle each other in a video game shootout. )) ((KEITH ROBINSON:))

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While the coaching ranks are certainly getting younger, and it's likely that you will see fewer Norm Lineburg or Joel Hicks types in the future - it doesn't mean that these cagey veteran field bosses are ready for the rocking chair.

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(( Norm Lineburg has been coaching for more than 40 seasons. Joel Hicks is just a handful of wins away from his 300th career victory. Willis White is starting his 20th season at Salem, and Jim Hickam is firing up season number 29th at Northside. Although all have considered retirement - not one is ready just yet. But one had to wonder when White and Hickam, who are 60 and 61 respectively were featured on the cover of a retirement magazine here in the Roanoke Valley.)) ((WILLIS WHITE:)) ((JIM HICKAM:))


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Coming up in just a moment a couple of inspirational stories this preseason as we check in with two players who are certainly candidates for the comeback of the year award. Their inspirational journeys and more as Friday Football Extra's preseason special continues right here on Your Hometown Station. [go to break]

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Time now to continue our preseason Friday Footbal Extra special with a trip to the brand new HiddenValley High School. But this is not a story about Xs and Os or the frurstrations that accompany starting a program from the ground up. This is a story of coincidence, perseverence and dealing with adversity.
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(( Stephen Hughes and his coach Steven Magenbauer share the same first name and the same challenge of making the Titans a respectable team in the school's inaugural season. ((NAT SOUND:)) But the two share much more than those obvious items. Last August, Hughes was lifting weights when eh suffered what he thought was a routine headache. ((STEVEN HUGHES:))
The MRI led to more tests and a trip to the Duke University medical center where he was diagnosed of an inoperable brain tumor. But the tumor is unique and treatable with daily medication, and doctors say it is fine for him to play. ((STEVEN HUGHES:)) Steven's parents Bill and Nancy Hughes have ridden this emotional roller coaster right alongside their oldest son. Five days before the start of practice this month they collectively made one more trip to Duke to get final clearance for this season. ((STEVEN HUGHES:)) Hughes not only will play this year, but he has been named one of Hidden Valley's team captains. And whether through fate or luck - he has been placed with the perfect coach. Not only does Steve Magenbauer know his football, but he knows what it's like to lose the game you love. In 1989 as a sophmore he beat out three seniors to become Salem's starting quarterback. He also was a nasty linebacker. But on this routine hit in the playoffs against Dan River just before halftime he suffered temporary paralysis and never played football again.)) ((STEVE MAGENBAUER:))
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To add one more element to this story - the Salem team doctor back in 1989 was Dr. Bertram Spetzler. He just happens to be one of Hidden Valley's team doctors this season.

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In Pulaski County, Coach Joel Hicks must replace eleven defensive starters lost to graduation. But he'll also gain one in linebacker Andrew Hodges. Hodges was forced to sit out his entire junior season after sustaining an ankle injury in a car wreck. Travis Wells has more on this Cougar comeback.
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((Last year at this time, Andrew Hodges was sweating out two a day practices with his Pulaski County teammates. But one night after practice, something happened.
Andrew:
After that operation on his right ankle, Hodges saw his social life take a hit as he spent everyday for several months rehabbing.
Andrew: Joel:
His junior season can never be replaced, and while sitting out was tough, it may have been a blessing in disguise.
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But the most valuable lesson he learned was...
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Maybe not, but Hodges is vitally important to his team. He'll double at fullback for the Cougars who open the season next Friday against Tazewell. Travis Wells, Friday Football Extra.))

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A diverse collection of stories is straight ahead as we see how the area's referees have been gearing up for the season, plus Steve Mason checks in with the program at Hargrave and Travis Wells checks the pulse of the programs in economically ravaged Henry County. Stay with us - Friday Football Extra will be back in just a moment. [GO TO BREAK]

[Henry]


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Tough economic times in Martinsville and Henry County have meant declining enrollment for just about all the high schools in that area. At Laurel Park and Fieldale-Collinsville, the football players are just happy to be on the field now that their respective schools will be open for business this fall. Travis Wells has more.
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((Back in January, the Henry County School Board wanted to convert Laurel Park and Fieldale-Collinsville from high schools to middle schools. But after much debate, the County reversed its field, keeping the two schools open for at least one more year.
Elly: Brad:
With jobs leaving the area at an alarming rate, enrollments have steadily dropped. Both F-C and Laurel Park are among the smallest Group AA schools in the state, which makes it tough to compete athletically, even at the district level.
Brad: Travis: Taylor:
Sooner or later, one or both of the two schools may still be closed. But the players and coaches have chosen not to think about that, instead focusing on the precious present. Travis Wells, Friday Football Extra.))

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There is no off season for the few select high school football players who are invited to the top post graduate football programs around the country. One such institution is Hargrave Military Academy. Steve Mason takes a look at Hargrave Military Academy.
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((nat sound:)) ((hey are weighed, poked, prodded and timed. Each and everyone of their reps with 225 pounds is documented. And the competition is out of this world. ((:))
Hargrave holds a combine in Ferbruary, March, April and May. 250 kids come for each combine on an invite only ticket.
((:)) They are put through the 40 yard dash, shuttle run vertical and broad jump. Then they head outside for 7 on 7 drills along with individual agility work. ((:))
Danville product Chris McDuffie, recruited by UVa, Georgia Tech and Penn State, got sick during our interview after his workout. ((:)) Graham offensive guard Britt Williams made the cut as did salem reciever Mat Collins. ((:)) ((:))
Hargrave has two players already committed to Florida State and 15 total who have secured Division 1 scholarships, steve mason friday footabll extra.))
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Coach Prunty's team got a whole lot better recently when Parade All-American and USA defensive player of the year Ahmad Brooks switched from Fork Union to Hargrave.

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We will wrap up tonight's preseason special after this quick break. The preseason Super 7 and a unique tribute to our pal Roy Stanley are both straight ahead on Friday Football Extra. [GO TO BREAK]

[Super-7]


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The Preseason Super 7 as always has a nice mix of Single A, Double A and Triple A schools in ti this year. So without further ado let's check out the preseason poll.
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Everett Woods top ranked George Washington team will be playing with a heavy heart this season. On Wednesday night of this week one of their projected starters, David Fitzgerald a 16 year old sophomore drown while swimming with friends at rock quarry in Ringgold. The players plan to wear stickers on their helmets with Fitzgerald's number 43 on them. David Fitzgerald's funeral will be held this Sunday.

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Before we say goodnight, I want to take just a moment to say thanks to each and everyone of you fans, players, coaches, referees and administrators who have expressed your heartfelt sympathy concernign the loss of our comrade Roy Stanley. This will be the first season of Friday Football Extra without Roy here in the studio and on the sidelines.
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((There's no doubt Roy will be missed throughout the area, but if you're in Salem this year you'll be able to feel his presence. Scott Sampson, the Salem Stadium manager for the past ten years has made sure of of that by reserving the best parking spot in the stadium in Roy's memory.)) ((SCOTT SAMPSON:))
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Quite a tribute from Scott Sampson. Folks that is it for our preaseason special. The party starts for real next Friday night at 11:35. Have a safe weekend and thanks so much for joiing us tonight. [GO TO CLOSE AND CREDITS]