Good evening one and all and welcome to yet another night of Friday Football Extra as our 19th season of bringing you the best in high school football rolls on. Tonight is week number 7 of the regular season and let's get right to the highlights.
We begin with the state runners-up from a season ago in division two - the Floyd County Buffaloes.
Floyd lost a ton of skilled players off of that team, but the Buffs have simple reloaded and opened the season unbeaten.
The Buffs entered this evening's game with Glenvar sporting a 5-and-0 record - having allowed just 31 points all year.
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The Highlander high school band was joined by the Glenvar Middle school band as they tried to breathe some life into a scoreboard that just wouldn't cooperate tonight.
Glenvar's problems weren't only on the scoreboard. From the opening second half kickoff, Floyd's Jacob Hawkins fields the bobbled kickoff opportunity. He picks it up, cuts his way out to the sideline and he will eventually take it 90 yards for the score. The Buffaloes have a commanding 30-to-nothing lead at that point.
Again,the Buffs would get good position at the 25 of Glenvar. Daniel Adams passes to Lawrence Nichols and he will make a nice catch and pick up 20 yards on the play down to the five yard line.
On the very next play, Josh DeWeese will take the handoff, cut out around the right end and score from the five. It's now a 36-to-nothing game.
The Buffs would take over on down late in the fourth at their own 4.
Adams hands off to Hawkins. He gets through the line and scores on a 96 yard dash.
The play was eventually called back by a penalty, but it mattered little as Floyd County moves to 6-and-0 with the 36-to-nothing win.
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[SUPER=50-Winfred Beale/Floyd County Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=50-Jacob Hawkins/Floyd County Fullback; :11]
[OUT Q=...JUST RAN."]
Most believe the Three Rivers will again come down to Floyd and Radford, but tonight the Bobcats had to take care of business against the 3-and-2 Eastern Montgomery Mustangs.
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The Mustangs stormed into a sultry stadium tonight greeted by little Emily - celebrating her third birthday - complete with balloons.
Early in the first quarter - the Bobcats would put a damper on the festivities. From midfield Todd Woods lays up a nice pass and Julian Chandler will haul it in on the deep crossing pattern.
It's a 47 yard pass and run and it gives Radford a 7-to-nothing lead.
The Mustangs found themselves backed up on their own 2 yard line. Jordan Stewart would then get hit on the play. He fumbles in the endzone and Radford's Elliott Ragouzis for another Radford score.
The Mustangs would have to punt it away later in the quarter and Radford will block the kick.
Chris Olinger picks up the ball and he will carry the mail down to the six yard line.
A couple of plays later, Josh Dunbar runs in around the left side.
And Radford crushes Eastern Montgomery 41-to-6 to move to 6-and-0.
The Auburn Eagles had posted an impressive 4-and-1 non-district mark.
But tonight the young men from Riner headed to Giles to find out if they were ready to challenge for the top in the tough Three Rivers.
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The Giles Symphonic Choir was worked the concession stand in Pearisburg looking to satisfy fans and make a little money in the process.
Steve Ragsdale was anxious to start devouring his 201st career win.
On Giles opening drive, Michael Shaver will break through the Auburn defense and pick up a huge 20 yard chunk of yardage on the play.
A few plays later from the 13 - Michael Farley gets the rock in the Single Wing and he will score to make it a 6-to-nothing game in favor of the Spartans.
Giles would go for two and Shaver will pound it inside for the conversion to make it 8-to-nothing.
After an Auburn turnover, Giles would be back in business on the Eagles' 21 yard line.
Shaver will drop back and hit Jason Hypes in stride on the nice fourth and five play.
Giles score on the 21 yard play and the Spartans, who started the year with three straight losses, have now won three in a row. The final Giles 29 to 8.
The highest flying Single A team in the Friday Football Extra coverage area was on the road tonight.
William Campbell had not only opened the season with a 6-and-0 mark, but in the process - the Generals had outscored their opponents 323 to 65.
Tonight they looked to put the wood on the Chatham Cavaliers.
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The wet weather that pulled out of the Roanoke Valley early this afternoon was still very evident in Chatham tonight.
William Campbell is up seven to nothing with Vernon Vassal races 52 yards down the sideline for the second score of the game. It's 13-to-nothing Generals after the missed Extra point.
The Generals would get the ball right back and this time Thomas Boyd hooks up with Orion Petrie on a 19 yard pass play that moves the ball out to midfield.
The Chatham defense would then stiffen as Daniel Rogers intercepts this Boyd pass at the 37 yard line to give the Cavs the ball.
But William Campbell was too much tonight. Boyd finds a wide open Josh Moon in the endzone.
The Generals add to their gaudy scoring figures with a 63 to nothing win.
Four more games are on the agenda after a quick commercial break.
The Blue Ridge district will have a chance to shine with the Fleming-Northside game in tonight's spotlight.
And later we'll check on Heritage-Forest and see how Hidden Valley's first ever homecoming worked out.
But right now it's time for the first look at the week 7 Friday Football Extra scoreboard and the sounds of the Blacksburg Marching band.
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Time now for the game that many folks in the Roanoke Valley have been pointing to since early last week.
William Fleming took on Northside tonight at Vikings' Stadium with sole possession of first place in the Blue Ridge on the line. Steve Mason and photographer Scott Ayres were on hand for this week's Friday Football Extra spotlight game.
Mike, this was a pressure cooker tonight for Northside. Not only was the top spot in the district at stake but it was homecoming. Jim Hickam told his Vikings this week that they were facing the most talented team of the season so far, but he refused to let his team get caught up in the hype, simply calling this Fleming/Northside contest "step six". But the battle turned into a game of surprises.
[ROLL Q="....INTO A GAME OF SUPRISES...."]
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[SUPER=50-Jon Copper/Northside Senior Linebacker; :21]
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[SUPER=50-Jim Hickam/Northside Head Football Coach; 1:46]
[SUPER=50-Keith Smith/William Fleming Head Football Coach; 1:54]
[OUT Q=.....SO THEY BEAT US"]
((Jon Copper did not score the winning touchdown or even score for that matter, but the senior linebacker made perhaps the biggest play of the game when he tackled Fleming quarterback Taurus Boyd to prevent a Colonels two point conversion that would have tied the game at 21 all with 26 seconds left in the game.
While Copper's play was no surprise, the Northside offense was. a fourth down 31 yard touchdown pass from Matt Spangler to Mike Campbell in the first quarter set the stage for an unusual night.
Fleming quickly forgot about that big play and evened the score at a touchdown a piece when Lorenzo Lewis scored from five yards out.
Midway through the second quarter, Northside abandoned a running attack and went to the air. Spangler finds Campbell again, this time on a five yard strike and both teams went into the half with the score 14-7 Vikings.
Nancy Fuhrman was crowned Northside homecoming queen butt he king of the second half was Spangler. He hooks up with receiver Tyler White on a 33 yard touchdown connection for the eventual game winner. 21-7 Northside heading into the fourth quarter.
Fleming comes alive, taking advantage of a couple of Northside fumbles. Donnell Blake makes it a 21-13 game on this run.
Boyd finds Anthony Claytor to on this four yard TD catch with 26 seconds left in the game but that is where the comeback would stop, Northside escapes with the 21-19 win.))
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Now we have to give some serious props to the Fleming defense. Northside's running attack entered the game averaging over 300 yards rushing a game. Tonight, the Vikings ground game was held to just 72 yards.
[TOSS BACK TO MIKE]
But The Vikings improve to 6 and OH overall and 4 and OH in the Blue Ridge. Mike
Salem and William Byrd didn't expect to hit their week seven matchup already sporting two district setbacks - but that was indeed the case tonight as the Terriers and Spartans renewed their entertaining rivalry at Bob Patterson Stadium in Vinton.
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Jeff Highfill was getting his Terriers primed for another run at the Spartans as they trailed by a point to start the third.
Salem has the ball with a third and goal at the Byrd one, and Andre Hairston will take it to the right side, but he fumbles the ball on the way in and Ben Lott will pick it up for the Terriers and he will take it 99 yards in the other direction. It's a 14 point swing and Byrd is now on top 12-to-7 in the third.
The Terriers would go for two, and Jeff Highfill will find Aaron Connor on the play. The Terriers are now on top 14-to-7 in the third.
Byrd would get the ball back again, and this time from his own 36, Highfill will throw the interception to Bryan Webb.
The Spartan will return it to the Terriers' 19 yard line.
On the very next play - Hairston will redeem himself in a big way as breaks tackles, and just keeps getting it as he powers his way in on a tremendous 19 yard scoring run. Salem cuts the deficit to 14-to-13.
The Spartans then lined up for the tie, but the PAT is wide right and Byrd stays in front 14-to-13.
Matt Shawver, would have one last chance with a hail mary, but it's not close even though the game is.
Byrd gets the best of Salem- again beating the Spartans 14-to-13. Salem falls to 2-and-4, and just 1 and 3 in the Blue Ridge.
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[SUPER=50-Willis White/Salem Head Coach; :21]
[OUT Q=...I was the ring leader."]
The Pulaski County Cougars improved to 2-and-4 last week with a win over Salem.
The win over Salem part sounds believable, but that 2-and-4 part is still hard to swallow.
Tonight the Cougars were hoping to keep clawing their way back to the 500 mark as they traveled to Lord Botetourt.
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The Cavs were hoping to keep the Cougars from picking up win number three tonight.
Botetourt trailed 7-nothing, when Eric Driscoll calls his own number and takes off down the left sideline for a 15 yard gain.
That setup this toss from Driscoll to Michael Byrd for the 8 yard touchdown and the game was tied at 7 and the Cavs who played Blacksburg tough last week were looking good.
The Cougars answer though when Britt Shumate fires this pass to Ernie Hodge good for 30 yards moving the ball into scoring position.
But then on third and goal on the one, Shumate gets sacked by the Cavs' big defensive gem Josh Demaury, and the Cougars
[SUPER=52-Pulaski Co./24/Lord Botetourt/7;]
would have to settle for a 21 yard field goal from James Steger. Pulaski led 10-7 and the Cougars go on to win it 24 to 7.
The Blacksburg Indians, which just one district loss, haven't given up hope of winning the Blue Ridge.
Tonight, the had the opportunity to host Alleghany - a team hoping to improve to 4-and-2 tonight.
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It was homecoming tonight in Blacksburg where the theme was the last pow wow as the Indians are supposed to somehow become the Bruins next season.
In the second quarter - on a third and 18 - Byron Hurdle fires the pass downfield to Corey Price for a 22 yard scoring play and the Indians are in control on top 17 nothing at half as this score comes in the final minute of play.
At intermission, Paul Alcorn and Sarah Chew were crowned king and queen -the last ones ever to do so as Indians.
In the second half, Hurdle and Price would get busy again. This time it's a 34 yard play and the Indians are now on top 24 to nothing in the third quarter.
Alleghany would later be forced to punt out of its own endzone and Robert Frederick will storm in to get the block. The ball rolls out of bounds for the safety. It's now 26-to-nothing Indians.
Early in the fourth on a fourth and ten, big Sam Wheeler will take the handoff and shred tacklers as he fights his way into the endzone.
Blacksburg rolls past Alleghany tonight 33 to 7.
The Seminole and the Western Valley districts each had major marquee games tonight.
In just a moment, highlights and postgame from Heritage-Forest and the Western Valley's Patrick Henry - Franklin County game.
But first more scores and more music - courtesy of the Northside Vikings marchhing band.
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Time now for the Friday Football Focus to shift to the Seminole district where
Heritage and Jefferson Forest squared off in what in the eyes of many was the most pivotal game on the schedule - especially the Pioneers.
No one picked Heritage to win the Seminole, but a win tonight and the Pioneers would be in business.
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It was truly a special night in Lynchburg for a number of reasons - starting with the homecoming celebration. Tabitha Draluck was crowned queen with none other than quarterback Craig Ford honored as king.
The king would lead the Pioneers to a touchdown on their first drive as he keeps the ball and watch him turn on the jets as Heritage draws first blood on the 25 yard run to make it 7-to-nothing.
The Cavalier offense would also come out clicking in the first half. Ben Parlaize will take the option pitch and he will get the score himself from five yards out to make it a 7-to-6 game after the missed kick.
Heritage would go to its passing attack. In the second quarter Ford takes the snap from the Cavs' 15 and looks for Pierre Penn.
Penn will make the circus catch in the back of the endzone and the Pioneers have a 14-to-6 lead at the half.
Heritage would extend that lead early in the third as Ford drops back and throws the bomb. And who else, but Pierre will haul it in. Penn makes another sensational grab and he takes it to the house. Chris Jones' bunch now leads this thing 20-to-6 after the amazing 60 yard scoring play.
The pesky Cavs would not go away. Stevie Ray Lloyd takes the pitch and he will find the endzone from seven yards out to cut the lead in half at 20-to-13.
Later in the fourth Jefferson Forest would get back close enough to tie it.
On third and 12 from their own 36 - Parlaize goes deep for Aaron Gunter, but he can't quite hang on.
The Pioneers stay unbeaten at 3-and-0 in the district with the 20-to-13 win over Forest.
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[SUPER=50-Pierre Penn/Two Touchdown Catches; :00]
[SUPER=50-Chris Jones/Heritage Head Coach; :07]
[OUT Q=...PROUD OF THEM."]
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Jones received congratulations for the big win, from several of his former Bath County players, who drive down to Lynchburg on this off week to support their old coach.
The Western valley district teams have to play any one they can schedule for in their five non-league games and the geography of the district being what it is - that it no easy task.
That's why the start of the district schedule was welcome news for both Patrick Henry and Franklin County as the two 4-and-1 teams played their first Western Valley district game tonight.
[SUPER=51-Roanoke/Franklin Co. vs. Patrick Henry; :00]
It was homecoming tonight for the Patriots as Dujuan Johnson and Suzanne Althouse were crowned the king and queen for 2002.
Franklin County led 3-to-nothing heading to the third quarter and on PH's first possession, Seth Chapman would get it started by returning the punt all the way back to the Franklin County 30 yard line.
Two plays later, Melvin Smith hooks up with the King - Johnson on the 30 yard scoring play and it's 6-to-3 PH after the failed two point conversion.
Franklin County would not flinch as Daniel Brooks hooks up Patrick Preston and their pass play will move the ball all the way down to the PH 26 yard line.
Later from the 22, Brooks and Preston will connect again. This time it's a 22 yard touchdown as Franklin County is on top 10-to-6 late in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth, more Eagles - as Brooks hooks up with tight end Bryan Holland and breaks a couple of tackles and somehow finds his way to the endzone. The 49 yard scoring play makes it a 17-to-6 game in favor of Franklin County.
[SUPER=52-Franklin Co./17/Patrick Henry/9;]
The Eagles win the key Western Valley district battle and spoil PH's homecoming 17-to-9.
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[SUPER=50-Bryan Holland/Franklin Co. Tight End; :00]
[SUPER=50-Billy Miles/Franklin Co. Head Coach; :06]
[OUT Q=...BUNCH TO BE AROUND."]
More highlights to come tonight as we check on Hidden Valley's first ever homecoming and Brookville's visit to Rustburg.
But first we need to put the wraps on the week 7 scoreboard and check in on the Heritage Pioneers marching band.
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Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra.
The Titans of Hidden Valley were back home tonight at Dwight Bogle Stadium taking on the Eagles of Staunton River.
The Titans came into the game having won two in a row, while the Eagles had dropped two straight.
[SUPER=51-Roanoke Co./Staunton River vs. Hidden Valley; :00]
Before tonight's game the Hidden Valley student body, which in this first year does not have a senior class, blocked off part of route 221 to have the school's first ever homecoming parade to the stadium.
Hidden Valley has a parade, a game, a homecoming queen and a homecoming dance - although technically there is no one to come home.
Late in the first - HiddenValley is driving at the River's 45 when Jamar Nichols picks off Brad Oliver's pass to put the ball back in the hands of the Eagles.
That would lead to a 28 yard field goal by Nicholls as he puts it through the uprights to make it a 3-to-nothing game.
Oliver would attempt to get the Titans back in business as he keeps up the middle. And the junior will pick up 27 yards on the nice carry into Staunton River territory.
The Titans would have a shot on a fourth down inside the Golden Eagles 20 - they can't connect. But the Titans do get 10 unanswered
[SUPER=52-Staunton River/3/Hidden Valley/10;]
points in the second half to win their third straight game
As Oliver leads Hidden valley to the 10-to-3 win over Staunton River.
The Brookville Bees were anxious to get back on the field after last week's setback against Heritage.
Tonight, the Bees were in Rustburg taking on a Red Devils' team that came in winless in district play.
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The game took a serious back seat tonight to this halftime sidebar as Chris Callahan popped the question to Roxann Franklin and you know my girl is saying yes on Friday Football Extra!!!
We pick up the other action with Brookville on top 14-to-nothing and Samir Ghriri looking to do some more damage as he just refuses to go down. He will finally stop churning 52 yards later as he makes it 21-to-nothing game in favor of the Bees.
The Bees would get it right back, and this time quarterback Alex Staton has his pass picked off by Daniel Myers and he will return it all the way back to the 33 yard line on the 14 yard return.
Rustburg returns the favor as Steven Tweedy throws the interception to Brookville's Chip Bruffy. Chip will bring it back to midfield and set the table for the Brookville offense.
A couple of plays later, Samir gets the call again and this time he will take it up the middle to the 12.
Brookville shuts out Rustburg 28-to-nothing to improve to 5-and-2 on the season.
The Maroon Tide of Galax was off tonight - and perhaps the schedule makers knew something the rest of us did not.
Galax lineman Brandon Billings was found shot to death in his pickup truck Sunday afternoon on Rockhouse Lane just outside of town.
Some of his teammates contacted me this week and along with their coach Kim Gillespie they asked that we convey this message to the Friday Football Extra family.
Brandon Billings was the epitome of what ever coach would want in his players.
Brandon was very humble, honest, and kind to everyone that knew him.
Brandon was coachable and would do whatever you ask of him on the football field.
Brandon was an asset to our team, our student body, and community.
Brandon's memory will live on in each of us and will bind us together with a greater love for each other and for life.
Brandon will be greatly missed.
As a team, school division, and as a community we would like to take it upon ourselves to express our deepest appreciation for all the flowers, e-mails, contributions, and phone calls from other teams in our state. Thank you for your love and support during this time of need. Sincerely, Coaching Staff and players, Galax High School.
The Maroon Tide plays at Ft. Chiswell next Friday night.
There is plenty of football tomorrow as VMI entertains Wofford.
Ferrum is home hosting Guilford.
James Madison is at Delaware.
And Liberty is at Akron.
Washington & Lee is at Catholic and Emory & Henry is at Hampden-Sydney.
The Virginia Cavaliers are home tomorrow afternoon hosting the Clemson Tigers.
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The game kicks off at Noon and keep in mind you can watch the Cavs and the Tigers right here on WDBJ-7 as we bring you football from the ACC.
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Right after that game Georgia and Tennessee kick things off in the SEC at 3:30 on the Big 7.
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And Sunday - the NFL on CBS has a doubleheader for you with the Browns and Bucs at one followed up with the Chargers and Chiefs at four.
Friday Football Extra continues in just a moment right here on WDBJ-7.
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Time now to check on the Super 7 for week number 7 and
the number one team in the area had no chance of dropping tonight because it was off.
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Bath County had the evening off to rest and tune up for next week - when the Chargers will play James River for the Pioneer title.
Radford, Northside, William Campbell and Floyd all win to stay perfect on the season.
Heritage moves up a spot and improves to 6-and-1.
While Magna Vista moves back in the poll. The Warriors are 5-and-1
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And the pollbuster is George Wythe - the Maroons are one a collision course with Lebanon in the Hogoheegee.
The Maroons are 5-and-1.
Tonight's Player of the Week is a repeat performer from a season ago.
Jacob Phillips led Bath County to a state championship last season, but last week he led his teammates to another promised land - an elusive win over a talented team that had been become a real thorn in the Chargers sides.
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[SUPER=51-Lynchburg/2000 Division One Title Game; :11]
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[SUPER=50-Will Fields/Bath County Head Coach; 1:14]
[OUT Q=...PLAY DEFENSE FOR US."]
(( Phillips began playing varsity football as a freshman - since that 2000 season he had known nothing but winning, well almost nothing.
Since he stepped on the field at Bath County - Jacob has been on teams that have won 30 games and lost just three. But all three were to the Riverheads Gladiators - including the 2000 division one state title.
And coach will tell you that a team makes its breaks and Phillips did just that for the Chargers.
For starters he rushed for 62 yards - picking up 10 of those and a touchdown on this option keeper that opened the scoring in the first quarter.
That turned out to be all the points Bath would need - but Phillips was just getting started. His agenda against Riverheads was to not only get a win but get rid of three games worth of frustrations.
He completed six out of 8 passes for just under 100 yards and in the process threw two touchdown passes
Phillips accounted for all of the points in Bath's 21-to-nothing win, but he also had a huge hand in pitching the shutout. From his safety spot - he recorded 9 unusually animated tackles.))
((WILL FIELDS 12935TC:))
That's it for Friday Football Extra tonight.
We appreciate all of you for giving us part of your weekend.
We'll see you next week for week 8.
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