Hello once again folks and welcome to the program known as Friday Football Extra.
Already week number five of the season - and for many schools that means they are halfway home.
For the most part we dodged the storm tonight, so let's get right to the highlights.
We begin tonight with one of the area's top scoring offenses in the first most of the season.
The Gretna Hawks lost their head coach in the off-season, but they haven't forgotten how to get into the endzone.
Coming into tonight the Hawks had outscored their opponents 192-to-21 in the first four contests of the season.
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The football faithful in this corner of Pittsylvania County were treated to different sets of colors tonight - courtesy of Mother Nature and the Hawks ROTC.
Gretna would waste no time tonight.
On their first possession - Vicqual Hall will find a sprinting Marcus Hall. He's covered but he still hauls it in and turns and scores from 34 yards away to make it a 7-to-nothing game just a couple of minutes into the game.
Gretna - on its next possesion would keep cranked as Hall rolls to his right on the option - tuck in the ball, finds the far sideline and an open lane. He will take it 47 yards virtually untouched for another Gretna score. It's 14-to-nothing.
Late in the second - from their own 36 - Hall will call his own number again. This time he finds his away around the right end. He will bring it right at you for a 13 yard gain.
On the very next play Hall goes to the other side. This time he smokes the Altavista defense like a country ham taking it 51 yards for the score.
The Gretna Hawks under first year head coach Robert Senseney are now 5-and-0 after taking it 49 to 0.
The only team in the area more prolific at lighting up lighting up the scoreboard on Friday night just so happens to come from that same "hybrid" Dogwood district.
William Campbell had won its first four games by a gaudy 206 to 26 margin.
Tonight, the Generals would attempt to add to that tally against Appomattox.
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The skies were not exactly inviting in Appomattox tonight as the conditions foreshadowed how the home team would perform.
Midway through the first with a seven to nothing lead, William Campbell will spike the scoreboard again as Cedric Peerman runs in from the five and it's now 14-to-nothing.
The Generals would force a punt and Vernon Vassal will field the ball and in turn race 46 yards on the return all the way to the Appomattox 11 yard line, taking advantage of some great blocks along the way.
Early in the second - Brad Bradley's troops are ready to light up the board again as Thomas Boyd
takes it himself and he will carry the mail all the way down to the one yard line.
On the next play, Peerman will score to make it a 21-to-nothing game in favor of the Generals.
William Campbell improves to 5-and-0 with the 62 to 19 win.
Tonight's Jefferson Forest - Franklin County was supposed to be the battle of unbeatens, but last week in Bedford - Liberty knocked the Eagles off their perch.
Tonight, Billy Miles team was back home in Cy Dillon Stadium where it has perfect all year.
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Things were hot in Franklin County - I mean really hot!!!
As the Eagles returned from the break with a 6-to-3 lead on the Cavs.
The Eagles take command of the game early in the third as Daniel Brooks for his own 23 - comes with the play action. He will hold on to the ball tuck it in and take it all the way on the 77 yard scoring play. Now, that's how you're supposed to perform in your first start of the season. It's now 12-to-3.
The Cavs would rely on their ground game to get back in it - Quincy Freeman takes the handoff and cuts around the right end to pick up nine yards but it would amount to nothing.
The Eagles and Brooks get the ball back and begin marching again. On the fake reverse, Brooks will see daylight, keep it and take it in for the score to make it a 19-to-3 game in favor of the home boys from Franklin County.
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The Cavs came back but they didn't come far enough as Patrick Preston picks off the pass. He will cut back across the line and he will go all the way back to the house. It's a dazzling 94 yard run against the grain as the Eagles win a big one tonight 26-to-3 over Jefferson Forest
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The Craig County Rockets haven't been flirting with an unbeaten season or averaging close to 50 points a game this season - but there has been plenty to cheer about in New Castle this season.
The Rockets came into last night's home contest with Bland County having scored 99 points in route to a 2 and 2 record.
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On homecoming in New Castle - Natalie Plunkett was crowned queen with Timothy Miller taking the honor of king.
The royal court would have a grand ceremony with a nearly 15 minute fireworks session in the background.
Down 8-to-nothing to start the third, Craig County would create some fireworks of its own - Casey Hancock comes surging out of the backfield and he will take it 63 yards to get the Rockets on the scoreboard. The two pointer is good - we're tied at 8.
Later in the third, quarterback Mikey Beaudwin finds a gap and he will find the endzone on a 27 yard quarterback keeper.
Craig County takes the lead with a 14-to-8 advantage.
Just moments later the Rockets' "D" would ignite. Richard Jones intercepts the Brandon Kelly pass, and this one will go for six as Craig County caps a sensational 20 point third quarter.
And they weren't finished.
Beaudwin would throw for a touchdown, as well. He hooks up with the night's homecoming king - Timothy Miller. A cro\wn and TD not a bad night. It's now a 26-to-6 game.
Bland would keep churning as Kelly breaks this run around the end and he just breaks the plane of the goal line to make it 26-to-16
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But Craig County has a happy homecoming as the Rockets get the win and improve to 3-and-2 on the season.
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This week's spotlight game is up next as we check in on the Glenvar-James River contest.
Plus, Cave Spring and Hidden Valley each look for their first win of the season.
But first we need to take a look at a few of tonight's scores and check in with the Glenvar Highlanders marching band.
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Time now for the spotlight game of the week as we venture into Highlander Heaven.
Travis Wells and veteran photographer Scott Ayers were on hand there tonight for the James River Glenvar track meet.
Mike, tonight's contest was more like a horse race and in the end the Knights had a little more kick down the stretch.
A few years ago when Glenvar left the Pioneer District for the Three Rivers, James River principal Larry Journell wanted to find a way to keep the rivalry between the two schools alive. So why not play for a rocking chair. The two have done so ever since. Glenvar had possession of the chair thanks to last season's come from behind win. But tonight James River improved to 4 and 1, and you can bet the Knights were rockin' all the way back to Buchanan.
[ROLL CUE: back to Buchanan."]
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Coach Peer will have a place to sit on Monday when he gets to school. And he can thank several people including Jovan Henderson for his efforts tonight. In addition to the TD reception, Henderson rushed for 151 yards for his second straight big game. Mike, I understand you'll have much more on that young man a little later.
For years the boys at Patrick Henry and Cave Spring have been stealing each other's girlfriends and vandalizing each other's property.
The Truth hurts - but sometimes you gotta hear it!
Most of it has been harmless teenage fun - just like their entertaining rivalry on the gridiron.
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The Patriots rolled into Victory Stadium charged up for this one tonight with a perfect 4-and-0 record.
PH is back in punt formation and the Patriots go for the fake. Tyrone Harrington will attempt to take it outside for the first down, but the Knights are waiting and he comes up short.
The Knights, who are playing a lot of young kids due to injuries had trouble getting their offense moving in the opening half and could not take advantage of the opportunity.
Patrick Henry would finally get some offense going, but Adam Peters' 43 yard field goal comes up short.
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Patrick Henry beats Cave Spring tonight 26 to 0.
When the Hidden Valley Titans set out to secure a schedule for their inaugural season of football - they faced a difficult task. Most schools already were locked into two year contracts.
That is why the Titans are playing Greenbrier East twice this season.
Two weeks ago, on September 13th the Titans were in Lewisburg, West Virginia.
Last night the two squared off at Dwight Bogle Stadium.
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Stephen Magenbauer was looking for his first win as the Titans' boss as his team had a 14-to-nothing halftime lead.
On the opening kickoff of the second half Korey Gannon will field the kick and weave his way through traffic. He will get some good blocking along the way, and Gannon will take it all the way in the other direction for the touchdown. Hidden Valley is suddenly on top 21-to-nothing early in the third.
Greenbrier would come back with Jason Hoke. He will rumble through the Titans' line, turn on the jets and race 50 yards for the score and the visitors are starting to smell a comeback. It's 21-to-7.
In the fourth quarter the visitors would get a turnover to have a shot at getting back in the game even more as Joey Hodge recovers the ball on the Titans' 17 yard line.
But Hidden Valley grew up last night and instead of allowing the comeback the defense makes a statement.
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Number 66 Matt Stump - gets the quarterback sack. And after giving up 164 points in its first four games - the Titans surrender just 7 winning their first game ever 21-to-7.
Welcome back to Friday Football Extra as we make a move out to Bob Patterson Stadium in Vinton.
That's where the William Byrd Terriers took on Christiansburg.
The Blue Demons have been floundering of late and tonight was their chance to avoid falling to 0-and-3 in district play.
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It was 14-to-3 Byrd at halftime and this future Terrier was loving life.
Christiansburg opens the third looking to do something special. Reid Arrington looks over the middle, but his pass is picked off by Chris Lucas and he will put the ball back in the hands of his offense.
Byrd will march the length of the field and Jeff Highfill keeps on the sneak for the score. Byrd now leads it 21-to-3 in the third.
Byrd with the ball one more time. Highfill will connect with tight end Kyle Allen on a 24 yard pickup.
Byrd again - this time Highfill keeps, and takes off up the right side. He will take the ball 20 yards on the carry right at you.
Five plays later, Byrd from the 20 will let Highfill and Allen hook up for the score.
And Byrd tonight downs Christiansburg 28-to-3 to move to 3-and-1 on the season.
The Brookville Bees, who have been humming right along this season, opened Seminole play tonight on the road at Staunton River.
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The Golden Eagles trotted onto their home turf tonight looking to get back on track after a couple of setbacks.
On Brookville first possession - the Bees will face first and ten from Eagles' 28 yard line.
Samir Ghriri brushed up the left side and he will not stop until he scores. The Bees draw first blood and take a 7-to-nothing lead on Staunton River.
Back come the Eagles - as Wiley Foxx takes off the run to his left - he will fumble and Ghriri will pick up the loose ball and he will take it to the Staunton River 14 yard line before he is brought down.
Three plays later on a third and four from the 8, Alex Staton will drop back to throw, but he will keep it instead and that's a good move as he scores from 8 yard line to make it a 14-to-nothing lead after the kick.
The Bees' defense was also up to the task tonight as Brookvile improves to 4-and-1 with the 41 to 20 win.
Heritage and Amherst County also opened district play tonight as they faced each other at City Stadium.
Heritage had been unbeaten before last week's non district setback at Magna Vista.
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The Pioneers had a 22-to-nothign halftime lead on the Lancers.
In the middle of the third, Chris Jones' team is after more and Michael Gainey takes it right up the middle for a 21 yard gain and the Pioneers eat up some yards and some clock , but do not score.
Early in the fourth the Lancers would make a move as Pierre Tinsley hooks up with Emanuel Turner for the 33 yard pass play all the way down to the Heritage one yard line.
On second and goal the Lancers' think they are headed in but instead the Pioneers' Aaron Grant sacks the quarterback for a seven yard loss.
Two plays later the Lancers would finally get a field goal.
But Heritage gets the win tonight - the final Pioneers 30, and Amherst 3.
A trip to Narrows is up next as the Green Wave tries its best to improve to 4 and 0 on the season.
Highlights from that homecoming, plus another rough day at the office for North Cross.
But first the final batch of scores from week five and the Narrows marching band.
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One of the pleasant surprises so far this season has been the Green Wave of Narrows.
Don Lowe's team was three and oh entering last night's Mountain Empire district opener against Grayson County - a team that was a very uncharacteristic 0-and-4.
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Brad and Justin Smith faced off with their Green Wave face paint last night as they showed their pride in the home team.
On Grayson's opening drive - the Blue Devils will go for it on a fourth and three and Brian Williams will not only get the first, but a whole lot more as he takes it 54 yards for the score. That would make it 7-to-nothing Grayson.
In the second quarter, the Blue Devils are looking for more, but this time they get less as the fumble is recovered by Josh Fisher and Narrows takes over on the 11 yard line.
Two plays later - Brandon Spicer runs through some Blue Devils into the endzone and we're all tied up at 7 apiece in the second.
In the third quarter faced with a third and two, Narrows' Joey Powell hands off to Ben Woodyard and he will take the rock to the house on the 33 yard carry.
Narrows takes a 13-to-7 lead. And the Green Wave improves to 4-and-0 with the 19 to 7 win over Grayson.
The North Cross Raiders continue to struggle this season against more experienced competition.
This afternoon, the Hargrave Military Tigers rolled into town from Chatham and rolled out with a huge win.
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The home folks were hoping a few breaks would go their way this afternoon, but instead it was all Hargrave.
Roderick Edwards takes off to the outside from the six yard line. He will score to make it a 14-to-nothing game in favor of the Tigers.
North Cross back on offense - still in the first quarter - James Revercomb will throw one into traffic and the ball is stripped out by the Tigers' Chase Kirtley from Blue Ridge. He will set the table for another early Hargrave score before he's tackled by Jack Hamlin.
Edwards will again take the ball and take off. This time he goes 47 yards for the score.
Hargrave takes a 21-to-nothing lead on the Raiders.
Still in the first half - Hargrave will score through the air - Chris Brunson hooks up with Chris Jenkins on the pretty toss.
Hargrave rolls past North Cross 38 to 16.
On the college front this weekend - number five Virginia Tech is in Kalamazoo battling Western Michigan tomorrow at Noon.
Virginia is on the road tomorrow night in Winston-Salem taking on Wake Forest in a 6:30 kickoff.
Elsewhere - Ferrum is home hosting Shenandoah, VMI is back home entertaining Furman, Emory & Henry is at Davidson, W&L is at Centre and the Bridgewater College Eagles, ranked second in D-3 host Christopher Newport tomorrow at one.
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And if you can't make it to any of those - you can catch the Florida Gators battle the Kentucky Wildcats right here on WDBJ-7 - with coverage from CBS Sports beginning at three.
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And Sunday we have an excellent doubleheader as the Browns hook up with the Steelers and the battle of unbeatens come your way at four with the Chargers and the Patriots.
Friday Football Extra continues on Your Hometown Station in just a moment.
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The Friday Football Extra Super 7 experienced just one small change last night.
Jefferson Forest falls from the ranks of the unbeaten and falls out this week.
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Bath County plays at Clarke County later today. The Chargers stay on top.
Radford, Northside and William Campbell and Floyd County and PH all won last night and hang on to their spots.
The newcomers this week is Gretna. The Hawks are a smoking 5-and-0.
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And the Pollbuster is Narrows.
The Green Wave is 4-and-0 and in first place in the Mountain Empire.
Our player of the week led James River to a 39-33 win over Auburn last Friday night.
But Steve Mason is here to tell us that Jovan Henderson's victories in life are some of the most inspiring triumphs this season on Friday Football Extra.
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((It's a scene that Jovan has liked getting used to. Sitting at the dinner table, talking about the day gone by with Andy and Paula Bell, his new foster care parents. How Henderson ended up here can be traced to one very important question Andy asked Jovan two years ago.
Jovon has lived with the Bells ever since. Henderson, who enrolled at James River two years ago, is a three year starter o the football team. Head coach Toby Peer watched Javon rack up 211 rushing yards on 28 carries in a 4 touchdown perfomance against previously unbeaten Auburn in his best performance to date.
But whether Jovon breaks the rushing record or not, his story will be a trememdous success. He has a stable home life that involves a 12:30 curfew, household chores and a weekly allowance.
The state gives Jovon 430 dollars a month for food, clothes and savings. For the last two years, the Bells have been putting 100 bucks of that money away in a savings account for Jovon who now has 1700 dollars in the bank. He says, when he graduates in May, he plan s to say thank you to the Bells in a very special way. ffe))
Friday Football Extra is finished for this week, but in reality the season is just heating up.
We'll be back next week for week 6 of the season.
[GO TO BREAK] For Steve Mason, Travis Wells and the tremendous WDBJ-7 production crew - have a safe weekend everybody.