We get the party started this morning in Southside where the Eagles of George Washington high school hosted Patrick Henry in a Western Valley district game.
PH - came in having cooled off considerably with two straight losses, while GW was playing its second game in a 96 hour span - having disposed of E.C. Glass on Monday.
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This also was GW's final home of the season - and they had to play it without the services of senior quarterback Jon Fulton, who injured his knee on Monday.
After a scoreless and sloppy first quarter - GW comes up with the big turnover as Travis Valentine picks off the pass by PH's Melvin Smith, and he will return the rock inside the Patriots' 35 yard line.
Two plays after the pick - the Eagles' Cameron Martin goes up top for O'Ryan Martin. The completion is good all the way down to the PH 12 to set up the first score of the night. It's 7-to-nothing GW.
In the third quarter, Patrick Henry's offensive woes continue as Smith completes the pass to Reggie Martin - but he coughs up the pigskin and Courtney Williams recovers for the Eagles.
A few plays later,
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Craig Thompson cashes in on the touchdown from a few yards out. GW pitches a shutout - winning it 35-to-nothing.
The two teams who came into tonight with the best records in the Western Valley district were Halifax County and Franklin County.
Both were 5-and-1 overall and 1-and-0 in district play.
The Eagles would dominate the game tonight winning 41-to-6.
Unfortunately, one of our cameras died tonight in Rocky Mount right as we began to videotape out highlights.
We apologize to the good folks in the Mount, coach Billy Miles and his players and congratulate them on another excellent win.
The Cave Springs Knights have had a wickedly tough start to this 2002 season.
Youth, injuries and a lack of offensive productivity put the Knights at 0-and-7 coming into this evening's non-district homecoming contest with Lord Botetourt.
Cave had scored just 49 points in its first 7 games.
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It was homecoming at Dwight Bogle Stadium where Brittany Yarber was named queen and Jonathon Feidler the king.
Botetourt was on top 21-to-3 and threatening to make it a miserable night for the Knights.
With a second and ten - Cave Spring freshman quarterback Kenny Horan heaves one down field to sophomore Bo Austin. He hauls in the pass and the Knights are in business at the Cavs' 24 yard line.
Three plays later, Horan again looks to pass and he will get lost in the crowd. Finally, sophomore running back Alex Lemmer will emerge and take the ball in for the score. The Knights cut the lead to 21-to-10.
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The Cavs would spend most of the second half killing clock with some good yardage from backup quarterback Chris Edmunds. He's normally a receiver but he takes this carry inside the 25.
And the Cavs would seal the deal with some tough pass defense. Senior DB - Joe Park get the interception as the Cavaliers beat Cave Spring 21-to-10.
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The spotlight game of the night is on the way in just moment as we check in on the Bath County-James River contest in Buchanan - that for all intents and purposes was for the Pioneer crown.
Plus, Floyd and Radford look to stay unbeaten.
But first some scores from week 8 and some music with the George Washington high school marching band.
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Welcome back one and all as we get set for the spotlight game of the night.
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Friday Football Extra's number one ranked team, the defending state champs from Bath County, were in Buchanan tonight looking to keep their record unblemished and hoping to Pioneer district action with a win.
But the Chargers did not think this one would be easy. Last year Bath beat the Knights by a mere six points in Hot Springs.
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The Knights stormed onto the field hoping to move into the Pioneer District drivers seat and edge closer to a playoff spot they missed out on last year.
And the Knights go right to work in the first quarter. From his own 19 yard line, James River quarterback Derek Hepler goes long but hits the wrong color jersey as Bath County's Josh Webb kills the drive with the interception and Bath County is in business on the James River 35.
Just three plays later, the Chargers cash in on the turnover. Quarterback Jacob Phillips takes it straight up the middle and makes it look easy on a 24 yard touchdown run. Bath County takes a 7-to-nothing lead just minutes into the game.
The Chargers would score again late in the first quarter. Jacob Phillips keeps it all in the family hitting younger brother John on a 5-yard touchdown pass. The Phillips to Phillips combination helps Bath extend its lead to 14-to-nothing.
Just before halftime, James River regroup and grabs the momentum. Hepler looks and finds an open Michael Sprinkle on a 14 yard touchdown pass and the Knights cut the lead to 14-to-7 at halftime.
Late in the third with the Knights trailing 21-to-7, James River's Jovan Henderson takes the handoff and the former Friday Football Extra player of the week outruns the defense and goes 38 yards down the left sideline for the touchdown. The Knights draw closer at 21-to-13 after the missed extra point.
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But Jacob Phillips was too much for the Knights. Phillips keeps it himself and goes 40 yards for the touchdown to seal the game as Bath County wins its Pioneer district opener and goes to 7-and-0 on the season by beating James River 28-to-13
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Two Region C teams with their eyes on a district prize and possibly the postseason met last night in Floyd.
Winfred Beale's Buffaloes, who had stampeded their first six opponents 271-to-31 hoped to do the same to the Mustangs of Eastern Montgomery.
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The Floyd football boosters went all out as three skydivers from "Adrenaline Airsports" at Smith Mountain Lake dropped in on the game.
On the Mustangs' opening series, Josh Smith drops back to pass and finds a Buffalo instead of a Mustang. Sophomore Chris Hollins picks off the toss and sets up the first score of the game.
Folks this is not an instant replay, as Eastern Montgomery's second series ends just like its first with Collins picking off his second pass of the night. That would set up another Floyd score to make it 14-to-nothing.
The Mustangs were struggling mightily on offense and their punt is also blocked by Brian Carr - who streaks in to create another turnover.
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The Buffs strike again as Josh DeWeese takes the ball around the left side for an easy score.
Floyd has another easy night at the office with the 54 to nothing win.
The Three Rivers' other unbeaten, Radford, was also home last night hosting traditional rival Giles.
The Spartans came in a dangerous 3-and-3 - having won three straight games in impressive fashion.
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The Future Career Community Leaders of America were painting faces instead of painting the town last night.
Early in the third, Radford is up 21-to-6 and with a fourth and four for the Cats - Trey Mitchell will show that he has plenty of leg as he drills a 44 yard field goal to make it a 24-to-6 game.
Giles would start to come back on the Cats, but Scott King will pick off the Spartans' pass and he will take it to the house - going 81 yards the other way for the score. The 14 point swing makes it a 31-to-6 game.
Radford would just keep coming. It's a second and 26, but it just doesn't matter as Todd Woods completes the play with a 27 yard pass to Josh Dunbar. The completion puts Woods over the 1000 yard passing mark for the season.
Late in the fourth, the Cats are still coming and this time Adam Ratcliff - who was second in the state last year in the 100 meter dash - show us why taking it 45 yards to the house for another Bobcat score.
Radford improves to 7-and-0 with the easy 38-to-14 win over a Giles team that falls to 3-and-4 on the year.
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Northside attempts to stay perfect, while Joel Hicks goes for career win number 300.
Plus, Salem and Fleming look to stay in the hunt.
But first some more scores from tonight and the national anthem with the Salem high school's choral group.
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One of the hottest teams in the area is also the team with the most back-loaded schedule of any front runner.
The 6-and-0 Northside Vikings hosted Blacksburg tonight in game two of a nasty home stretch that includes back to back games with Fleming, the Indians, Salem and Pulaski.
Tonight - the challenge was to keep it rolling against Blacksburg.
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The Northside faithful had plenty to cheer about tonight as they enjoyed a 14 to nothing halftime lead.
Late in the fourth, Blacksburg is desperately trying to make something happen from its own 12 - but Byron Hurdle's pass is picked off by Mike Campbell. He will grab it on the 17 yard line and take it in for the score to make it a 21-to-nothing lead in favor of the Vikes.
After a Northside fumble, Blacksburg would put Jason Hungate in at quarterback, but he will suffer the same fate.
His pass is picked off by Shane Anthony.
The Vikings show once again that they
are the real deal tonight shutting out Blacksburg 21-to-nothing.
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William Byrd and Pulaski County met tonight at Kenneth Dobson Stadium.
Both the Terriers and Cougars came in with two district setbacks, and both knew that a loss tonight - and they were basically done as far as the regular season crown goes.
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The young Cougars were hanging out hoping to get some face time with the mascot tonight in Pulaski.
William Byrd also was hoping to get some props tonight - with a fourth and five from the Pulaski 25 Jeff Highfill looks to throw and he will connct with his tightend Kyle Allen. He makes the catch and gets not only the first down but a touchdown as the Terriers takes the early lead.
Byrd is coming back for more later in the first half as Aaron Conner, the sophomore, brekas one off good and proper picking up 45 yards on a second and eight from the Byrd 12 yard line.
That would set up a 19 yard Greg Moses field goal - ot make it a 10-to-nothing game in favor of the Terriers.
The Cougars would finally get something in motion as Brandon Anderson rips off a 27 yard dash as he puts some life into the Pulaski offensive effort.
Later in that same drive, Derrick Burns, who has been on fire of late pounds it in for the TD to cut the Byrd lead to 10-to-7.
The Cougars win it 28 to 16.
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Coach Joel Hicks get career win number 300. He will go for 301 next week
The Fleming Colonels are still very much alive in the hunt for not only a playoff spot, but also the regular season crown.
Tonight, Fleming was in Christiansburg looking to shake off the disappointment of last week's 2 point loss to the Northside.
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The Colonels leading man Keith Smith was leading the cheers tonight.
Fleming was in control from the start tonight as Lorenzo Lewis makes some nice moves on this carry as he takes the ball all the way down to the one yard line. He would score on the next play to make it a 41-to-7 game.
Fleming would keep coming as Brad Merricks hauls in the pass and picks up big yards to keep the clock rolling.
Several plays after that catch, Taurus Boyd hands off to Donnell Blake - who goes right up the gut and into the house to make it a 48-to-7 game in favor of the Colonels.
Christiansburg was just trying to hang on tonight as Reid Arrington looks to pass to Antonio Clabon after surveying the field and the two will hook up on the scoring pass to get the demons back on the board.
But it is only cosmetic as the Colonels beat the Blue Demons easily tonight 55 to 14.
A rather strange homecoming tonight in Salem as the Spartans hosted Alleghany.
Oh, there was plenty to talk about in the parking lot before the game like when is last time you remember a Salem team with a losing record overall and in district play six games into the season?
The Spartans just 2-and-4 and hoping to avoid it's fourth Blue Ridge setback tonight.
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Homecoming queen Laura Stone welcomes you and the Alleghany Mountaineers to Salem Stadium this evening.
A big punt return put Salem in business on the Mounties 27, and sophomore Matt Shawver looks to capitalize quickly with the toss to junior Scott Scharnus. He makes the catch in the corner of the endzone. 7-to-nothing Spartans with 7:26 left in the first quarter.
Less than three minutes later Alleghany is back to punt deep in its own territory, but the snap sails over Randall Allen's head. He chases it down and kicks it. The line drive kick is fielded on the fly by Scharnus who returns it all the way to the four. They score again and its 14-to-nothing.
Alleghany would mount a mini-rally. From the Salem 38, Gavin Haynes drops back and rolls right. He throws all the way back across the field to a wide open Randall Allen.
He scores, but the PAT is no good.
Salem would plenty more tonight. From the Alleghany 15 - Shawver gives it to Austin Casey and he busts up the middle and into the zone.
Salem takes care of business with the 41-to-6 win.
Heritage was looking to avoid hitting speed bump on its seminole schedule tonight.
We'll see how the Pioneers made out, plus Gretna and Appomattox get it on in Pittsylvania County.
But right now let's close out the week 8 scoreboard and get in step with the James River marching band.
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Friday Football is back and ready to check in on the high flying Hawks of Gretna.
The Hawks at 5-and-1 were hoping to make a statement tonight as they entertained Appomattox.
The Hawks were coming off a loss and a bye week, but Remember Gretna had put up some big numbers in its first six games outscoring the opposition 255-to-54.
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A full moon over Pittsylvania County tonight as the Raiders come in hoping to stay unbeaten in Dogwood play.
In the first quarter, Appomattox from its own 38 lets Jonathan Chavis go to the pass. But Gretna is there for the pick. Michael Oakes get the interception and he will return the rock 35 yards on theplay before he is brought down.
But the Hawks could do nothing with it. On their second possession, however, they did get busy.
Vicqual Hall scrambles out and hooks up with Brandon Turner on the button hook. He will cut out to the far sideline and take it all the way - 60 yards for the score. It's 7-to-nothing Gretna on top.
In the second quarter, the Raiders have the ball on their own 20 - and T.J. Kelso will take the handoff to the left sideline, break some tackles, and break some Gretna hearts as he turns on the juice and takes that bad boy 80 yards for the score. We're all tied up at 7.
But those high flying Hawks - Hollar back.
Hall to Turner, again.
This time in the flat Turner will pick up 28 yards all the way down to the 12 yard line.
A few plays later - Marlon Moon punches it in for the TD.
Gretna is able to stop the Raiders tonight 48 to 27.
The Heritage Pioneers took control of the Seminole district last week with by beating Jefferson Forest at City Stadium.
Tonight the Pioneers were in Moneta battling a Staunton River club that had dropped three straight decisions.
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Heritage coach Chris Jones, had knee surgery earlier this week, but he was still on the scene for the game.
On the third play of the game his Heritage players would give him a little medicine to ease the pain as Craig Ford goes to the air down the sideline and he will connect Donald Alexander. The six foot seven inch 195 pounder hauls in the catch and it's a 54 yard gain to the Eagles' 25.
Two plays later, Ford will keep and take it on the right side for the 21 yard touchdown.
The Pioneers take a 7-to-nothing advantage early in the first quarter.
Staunton River would attempt to rally - faced with 3rd and 16 from its own 27 - Mario Moore picks off the Jamar Nicholls pass and he will set up the Pioneers offense again.
The Pioneers Defense would just keep coming as Nicholls is sacked by Antwan Banks.
Heritage beats Staunton River 42 to 0 to improve to 7-and-1, and 4-and-0 in the Seminole.
There is plenty of football tomorrow as VMI is at UT Chattanooga.
Ferrum is at Mehodist.
James Madison is at Richmond.
Liberty hosts Charleston Southern.
And Hampden-Sydney is at Washington & Lee.
The Hokies are back home tomorrow afternoon for homecoming.
Tech is a 42 point favorite. The Hokies are 11-and-4 in homecoming games under Frank Beamer.
The Virginia Cavaliers are home tomorrow afternoon hosting the North Carolina Tarheels.
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The game kicks off at Noon and keep in mind you can watch the Cavs and the Tarheels right here on WDBJ-7 as we bring you football from the ACC to start off your Saturday.
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Right after that game it's on to the SEC for two old friends - Ole Miss and Alabama.
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And Sunday - the NFL on CBS has the Bills taking on the Dolphins. As luck would have it - the Dolphins will start for Rutgers' quarterback Ray Lucas.
Friday Football Extra continues in just a moment right here on WDBJ-7.
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The Super 7 for week number 8 experiences absolutely no change from top to bottom.
All seven teams in the poll hold on to their spots.
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Bath County beats James River, Radford crushes Giles, Northside blanks Blacksburg, William Campbell was off, Floyd puts the smackdown on Eastern Montgomery.
Heritage and Magna Vista also rolled last night.
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As does the pollbuster Franklin County. The Eagles trample Halifax 41-to-7 to improve to 6-and-1.
The Eagles host GW Danville next week.
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Our Player of the Week had a busy night last Friday evening at City Stadium.
Travis Wells crowns Heritage quarterback Craig Ford our player of the week for October 11th, after he veered the Pioneers to a 20 to 13 win over Jefferson Forest.
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((Last Friday night, Craig Ford rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown. He also tossed two touchdown passes in leading the Pioneers over Jefferson Forest. As a team captain Ford has been leading ever since late summer. He just didn't realize it until three games ago.
The General on the field is also a figure of authority off the gridiron. Ford was also named the 2002 homecoming king last week.
Ford might be the new king, but he was no Pioneer of change when Jones arrived in Lynchburg this season. In fact, the quarterback struggled to pick up the coach's veer offense.
At 5-9, 160 pounds Jones says his quarterback is built Ford tough. He's drawn recruiting interest from schools at the 1-AA level including VMI. Travis Wells, Friday Football Extra.))
The soon to be consumed regular season rolls on next Friday with week number nine.
We'll be back with another edition of Friday Football Extra. Until then - thanks for patronage tonight.
Take care everybody.
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