Welcome folks to Friday Football Extra. It is a honor to have you join us tonight as we showcase the best from week number four of what has been anything but a "regular" season.
When tonight began - traditional heavyweights GW Danville, EC Glass, Martinsville, Covington, Parry McCluer, Giles, Grayson County, Cave Spring and Glenvar were all winless!
While Fieldale-Collinsville, Franklin County, Narrows and Auburn were all unbeaten.
So with that in mind we begin tonight in Narrows - where we hoped to find out if the universe was still in balance as the Green Wave played host to it neighbor Giles high school.
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Jim Johnston, a 40 year alumus of Narrows back in the day, was right in the middle of an electrified Green Wave of Narrows' supporters at Ragsdale Field.
The Giles County Super Bowl would first see the Green Wave and Joey Powell pitch the ball to Brandon Spicer. He sets up and lays out the pass to a wide open Jarrett Lane. He will turn the pitch and catch into a huge gain inside the five.
Two plays later, Powell hands off to Ben Woodyard and he pounds it in from the one. It's 6-to-nohting Narrows after botched kick.
Giles would get the momentum back in its favor. From the Single wing, Michael Farley takes the snap and takes off. He breaks out to the far side and he will motor in for the 65 yard score. The Spartans go on top 7-to-6.
The Spartans would keep it flowing their way as Farley takes off around the end from deep in his own territory. He will pick up 25 yards on the carry.
From midfield - Farley pitches to Michael Shaver. He gets around the end and this time the wing is good for a dozen yards.
From the Narrows' 16 - Shaver takes the snap and he passes to Jason Hypes on a crossing pattern.
Giles scores. Narrows wins it 28 to 21.
The folks in Buena Vista have a brand new high school, a new field, new uniforms and a new coach.
What they truly need is a few old players named Wheeler and Carter.
Tonight the once mighty Blues hosted Alleghany.
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Earlier this week, head coach Ron Loy was replaced by Billy Thomas. The Blues had opened this season with three embarrassing setbacks - as they were outscored 132-to-7.
It wouldn't take long for the visitors to make themselves at home at Bob Williams Field - by the way they could use Bob Williams too. On their second offensive play the Mounties Randall Allen takes off and he will break into the clear, cut up the far side and make his way all the way to the Blues' 19 yards line.
It's a 42 yard gain.
Three plays later - Allen powers his way in for the one yard TD. It's 7-to-nothing Alleghany.
Parry McCluer would attempt to counter, but Chase Coffey has his pass picked off by G.W. Hoke.
And "Hoke is no Joke." No one will catch him as he takes it 29 yards to the house. It's 14-to-nothing.
With just under 7 minutes left in the first, Allen will get on his high horse and break a few more tackles. This time he sprints the distance.
The Mounties come over from Low Moor and put the wood on the Blues 45 to 6.
Two more of the surprising successes of the early part of this season hooked up tonight in Buchanan with unbeaten Auburn hooking up with once beaten James River.
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The Knights stormed out of the lockeroom trailing 27-to-21 to start the half.
And James River would waste little time getting back on the board. Michael Sprinkel calls his own number and outruns the "D" for the 12 yard TD. And we're all tied up at 27 -all after the failed conversion.
Later in the third, Jovan Henderson takes his turn on the run, as he strides in for the easy score. The Knights are suddenly in front 33-to-27 over the Eagles.
But back comes Auburn. Justin Arnold gets the ball and he will go straight up the gut and race all the way to the James River 4 yard line before he touches the turf. It's a 47 yard pick-up for the Eagles.
On the very next play - Michael Mills scampers outside and finds paydirt to tie the game
James River beats Auburn 39 to 33.
One unbeaten that is not a surprise is Radford.
The Bobcats entered tonight 3-and-0 having already thrown down 105 points on the opposition.
Tonight they would host winless Bassett on homecoming 2002.
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The VFW post 776 donated a new American Flag to Bobcat Stadium and it was in the wind for the first time tonight!
To the action - Radford on its second drive and Todd Woods will complete the pass to Julian Chandler. The two not only get a first down but 18 yards on the pick-up.
A few plays later on a second and goal - Josh Dunbar sweeps left and into the endzone. It's 7-to-nothing Radford on top.
Bassett would try to come back, but on the third down pass - Adam Gonzalez would get the pick, Radford would turn that into a field goal and a 10-to-nothing lead.
Late in the first half Trey Mitchell would get another field goal and Radford stays perfect with the
35 to nothing win.
In one other note - James Gibson - "the King of Pop" was honored tonight for his iron man streak of serving popcorn for 35 straight years without missing a game
Let's now head down into Wythe County where two old rivals renewed their battle for bragging rights.
The George Wythe Maroons have been rolling this season while Rural Retreat has been a little slow out of the blocks.
Things like that usually mean little when they get together, however.
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Before this bitter rivalry got underway Rural Retreat Dean Rhea and GW's Donnie Pruitt had a friendly meeting at midfield.
We pick up the action in the first. George Wythe's Robert Barcliff fumbles the ball and Dustin Manuel picks it up on the turnover, but the drive would come up empty.
It was scoreless after a quarter, but the Maroons would score in the second as Grant Throckmorton hands off to Tyrus Gardner. He shoots up the right sideline on his way to a 67 yard touchdown run. The Maroons make the first waves and take a 7-to-nothing lead with 9:06 left in the half.
On their very next possession George Wythe scores again.
This time Barcliff breaks one open finding a seam up the middle and he is going 66 yards for the score. It's now 14-to-nothing.
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The Maroons beat Rural Retreat for a third straight year 44 to 12.
Last night in Rural Retreat, the Wythe County sports hall of fame recognized it's three new members. Of course one of them was our very own Roy Stanley. Steve Mason was there as the county gave some props for Petey Miller.
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Thursday night, Roy's wife Katie accepted the honor for Roy and she remembered Roy always saying over and over, how proud he was to be from Wytheville and that he simply loved his hometown.
The one really surprising unbeaten that has turned a ton of heads in this first part of the season is Franklin County.
Tonight, the Eagles took on their fourth straight Double A opponent in the Liberty Minutemen.
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The Liberty fans were turning up the volume tonight in Bedford County.
At halftime, the Eagles were on top 7-to-6.
On a second and four - Liberty's Chris Spinner rushes hard top his left up the sideline. He will take off on the 64 yard jaunt and the Minutemen are on top 12-to-7. Liberty went for two but was unsuccessful.
With 4:48 left in the third - Franklin County with the ball from its own 44, LeBryan Patterson will takes off and rips off a long touchdown. The Eagles also decide to go for two and they two would come up empty. It's 13-to-12 Franklin County.
On Liberty's next possession from its own 45, Michael Pennix gets the handoff and he will pick up 36 yards moving the ball into scoring position. It's first and 10 Liberty on the Eagles 19.
The Minutemen get a late field goal and upset Franklin County 15-to-13.
We're back and ready to roll on Friday Football Extra with the trifecta of key Blue Ridge games on tonight's schedule.
Blacksburg opens it season with a murderer's row of Giles, Graham, Salem and and Pulaski.
Tonight Dave Crist was in Salem taking on Willis White's team.
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Coach White would come out of the lockeroom to start to third quarter with 7-to-nothing lead.
Blacksburg looking to get things even would let quarterback Colin Beal drop back and pass to Cory Critz. The play will move the ball into field range.
Tyler Corbin would come on and attempt a 37 yard field goal. It's good. And the Salem lead is now 7-to-3 in the third.
Blacksburg would try to go for the lead with Beal throwing one up for grabs. But no one is home and that drive would come up empty.
In the fourth quarter Salem would add an insurance TD late to seal the deal as Austin Casey rumbles up the middle for the score.
Salem improves to 500 on the season with the 14-to-3 win.
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The Pulaski County Cougars who like Salem entered tonight with a losing record - needed to get better in a big hurry tonight as big William Fleming came calling at Kenneth Dobson Stadium.
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The Cougar cheerleaders were doing their part tonight to propel the team.
Early in the third with a 20-to-14 lead, Fleming will let Donnell Blake take the handoff and break one off good and proper as he picks up 47 yards on the carry to move to ball into Cougars' territory.
A few plays later it is Blake again as he score from the 18 yard line. It's now 26-to-14 Colonels heading to the fourth quarter.
But in the fourth, the Cougars mount a comeback as they throw right at Blake. Britt Shumate tosses it 28 yards to Brandon Anderson who just wants it more on this play. The score it now 26-to-20 after the missed conversion.
With under three minutes to go - faced with a third and 19 the Cougars need to make something happen.
Shumate will toss the ball downfield. But Mijuan Carter picks off the pass to preserve the win.
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The Colonels beat Pulaski County 26-to-20 to stay unbeaten in the Blue Ridge. Pulaski is now 1-and-3.
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Two major unbeatens from the Blue Ridge met last night at Viking Stadium as the Northside Vikings - one of the most impressive teams so far this year - entertained 2-and-0 William Byrd.
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Jim Hickam in his 29th season as "Thor" was prowling the sideline with a 28-to-nothing halftime lead.
Northside would keep it cranking in the third, as "Pooh" Saunders takes the screen pass from Matt Spangler and Dwayne will make a highlight reel run on his way to a 50 yard touchdown. It's now 35-to-nothing Northside.
The Vikings were far from finished as Saunders does it again. This time he takes right up the middle - just abusing would be tacklers on the way to a 46 yard gain moving the ball to the Terriers' five yard line.
Two plays later Saunders will get his third score of the game. This time he bangs in from the five. It is now 42-to-nothing and we're still in the third quarter!
Early in the fourth, Northside brings in the second team and Ty Lawson runs the option and breaks through the defense on a 51 yard score. The Vikings are just trying to run some clock, but no one will tackle them so they might as well take it to the house. It's now 49-to-nothing.
Byrd would avoid the skunk as Mark Mayhew gets in from the six, but that is only cosmetic.
Northside spanks Byrd 49-to-7.
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Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra.
Tonight marked another first for the brand new Hidden Valley High School.
The school played its first home football game as it hosted Patrick Henry.
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The folks at Hidden Valley may not have many players with experience in this inaugural season, but that has done little to dampen enthusiasm of the Titans' boosters.
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Hidden Valley quarterback Brad Oliver - the junior will drop back and fire a bullet to Ben Anderson. The ball bounces out - but then bounces to Nick Ziar, who snatches it out of midair and he will take it 50 yards the other way for the score. The Patriots take a 14-to-nothing lead in the first quarter.
PH would just keep coming as Tyrone Harrington finds a seam on the outside, and he will take the rock 37 yards down the sideline to set up another first half Patriots' score.
Harrington would finish what he started as he high steps it into the endzone to make the score Patrick Henry 21-and the Titans nothing.
PH just had too many horses for the Titans tonight.
Melvin Smith dumps off the pass to Dujuan Johnson. He will do the rest scoring from 24 yards out on the pitch and catch.
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The Patriots stay perfect on the season with the 63 to 0 win over Hidden Valley.
This is the first time PH has been unbeaten at 4-and-0 since 1985 - the second year of FFE.
Larry Carter was the head coach - Jerome Stevens, Amp Stevens, Barry Dickerson, Steven Waskey and the like were the stars.
The other occupant of Dwight Bogle Stadium - Cave - Spring - was on the road tonight looking for its first win of the season.
Ben Foutz crew was out of district - but possibly in hot water against talented and unbeaten Jefferson Forest.
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Sabre Stadium was full of Hogs tonight as this parade of Harley's carried in the flags before tonight's kickoff.
Jefferson Forest then rode a number of Cave Spring miscues to the victory. Knights' quarterback Kent Savoie passes to Jonathon Boyer. He makes the catch, but fumbles and Michael Martin will recover for the Cavs.
That would lead to a Cavalier field goal to get the scoring started as Tony McNevin boots it through.
The Cavs would end up scoring 33 points tonight and it could have been worse.
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As evidenced by this drop in the endzone. Forest stays undefeated with the 33-to-6 win.
Another of Bedford County's teams was in action tonight as Staunton River was also home taking on out of district opponent Fieldale-Collinsville - another of the pleasant early season surprises.
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The two teams met at midfield before the visitors took off.
Fieldale Collinsville's Brandon Dillard fields this punt on his own 25 - hits the sideline and moves the ball all the way to the Staunton River 40 yard line to set the table for the FC offense.
Two plays later Deion Yellock - will connect on the pass to Dillard and the Cavaliers are on top 7-to-nothing in the first quarter of play.
On FC's next series of plays - on a third and long from their own 35 - the play action pass by Yellock will see his throw over the middle to Bobby Eggleston. The big guy makes the catch and picks up 18 yards to set up a Barry Joyce field goal.
Staunton River's Scott Bowers would get injured in the game in the first quarter.
He was taken to Bedford Memorial for precautionary reasons to make sure his back was OK.
The North Cross Raiders have been struggling early in this 2002 campaign - largely because the team is as young as any Jim Muscaro has had in his 20 plus years at the school.
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And when you have a young team you get in as much practice as you can - even right before kickoff.
This afternoon North Cross welcomed Virginia Episcopal to town and number 52 Josh Fleisher was the official greeter.
In the second quarter - more North Cross defense as Clayton Timmons takes the handoff and gets hit at the line. The ball comes loose and Sean Cardwell drops on it.
As is often the case the TO would lead to a TD.
The freshman quarterback James Revercomb drops back and finds number 82 Jozef Brozyna (BRO-ZIN-YUH) on a 55 yard touchdown pass.
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The Raiders jumped on top 6-to-nothing at the half but they can't hold on. They lose 28 to 12.
Lots of college football tomorrow, but almost all of the teams in the area are on the road.
Ferrum, however, is home tomorrow at one o'clock hosting Chowan.
Bridgewater, ranked number two in division three this week, is home hosting Maryville.
And at four tomorrow afternoon at the Virginia Education Classic takes place at Victory Stadium with Livingstone taking on Virginia Union.
The Hokies are one and half point favorites at Texas A&M tomorrow for the battle of Top 25 schools. A&M hasn;t lost at home to a non-conferecne opponent in 29 games.
While UVa is home for homecoming against the Akron Zips. Kickoff at three o'clock.
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And at three tomorrow right here on WDBJ-7 - Florida takes on Tennessee in Knoxville.
Catch it all right here on WDBJ-7.
We'll be right back with the Super 7 and our player of the week segment in just a moment.
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The Friday Football Extra Super 7 has again seen a little bit of shake-up this week.
The latest edition has only two changes as the result of two unbeatens gong down tonight.
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Bath County rolled Catholic tonight to stay perfect and number one.
Radford, Northside and William Campbell and Floyd County all move up while Franklin County and Heritage fall out of the poll tonight.
The newcomers in week four are Patrick Henry and Jefferson Forest. All are unbeaten.
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And the Pollbuster tonight is Gretna.
The Hawks are unbeaten at 4-to-0. Tonight they hammered Dan River 48-to-nothing.
Tonight's Player of the Week segment takes us to the tradition rich turf at Radford high school.
Todd Woods becomes the 11th Bobcat player in Friday Football Extra history to win the Player of the Week honor joining the likes of Robert Lineburg, Chester Black, Tommy Edwards and the Dunbar Brothers.
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(( At six -three and 195 pounds Todd Woods has the size to command the respect of his teammates and the opposition.
That is itself is a good thing since he's not the type to lead the cheers on Friday nights.
Against Grayson County he did just that picking his spots and picking apart the Blue Devils defense.
He completed 15 of 21 passes on the night for 229 yards and four touchdowns in the Bobcats 38-to-6 win.
Because Radford has been blowing teams out in this first half of the season - Woods has rarely had a chance to showcase what might be his best skill on the football field.
Woods older brother Josh also played football for Radford. He's not only following in his footsteps but building his own reputation.
Radford high school's head coach Norm Lineburg is in his 41st season, and he has always had an eclectic coaching staff.
Frye is in his 23rd year as as Radford coach - but his fulltime job is as a captain with the Carilion police department.
As for Coach Kramer, the kicking coach. Well, he's the rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Radford. He also was a walk-on kicker at Duke when Steve Spurrier was there as the coach.))
Thanks folks for your support of Friday Football Extra.
We'll be back next Friday with what for many teams will be the halfway point of the season.
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Take care everybody.