Northside and Salem met last night at Salem Stadium.
On paper it was a mismatch - with the unbeaten Vikings looking to cause little trouble for the 3-and-4 Spartans.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Northside vs. Salem; :00]
RAYSAC - the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition - begins its annual Red Ribbon Week this coming Monday. Last night the Roanoke Dazzle helped the organization hand out pledge cards urging folks to help curtail teen alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse.
They also had some big time help from basketball hall of famer Nate "Tiny" Archibald.
Tiny was about the offense - but...
Defense was the name of the game in the first half, as Northside's Dwayne "pooh" Saunders is swarmed under by a host of Spartans as Salem makes an early statement.
Northside would take it's turn and causing some problems as Brandon Holland gets the take down for the Vikings.
Salem would try to also make some early offensive noise as Andre Hairston rips one off to the outside. He runs through a tackler and picks up some tough yardage before he is brought down.
Several plays later Salem's Matt Shawver throws deep down field to try and finally light up the
scoreboard at the end of the first half. But Pooh steps up and picks off the pass on the one yard line.
Northside wins it 14 to 13.
The Pulaski County Cougars have been slowly creeping back into the realm of respectability the past couple of weeks, and thanks to the misfortune of some other division four teams they also have been keeping alive their hopes to somehow sneaking back into the playoffs.
Tonight, they were on the road battling Alleghany.
[SUPER=51-Low Moor/Pulaski Co. vs. Alleghany; :00]
The Cougars stomped through the mud as the entered the "House that Higgins" built in Low Moor itching for a chance to add another win to their total.
Already up by 7, the Cougars are able to keep control of the turf as Britt Shumate hands off to Brandon Anderson. He cuts to the right sideline and picks up some tough yards on the play.
That set up this 33 yard field goal by John Hedge. Give him credit for hitting it in the mud.
The Cougars are up 10-to-nothing.
The Mounties would make tracks of their own as Gavin Haynes runs the option to the left side. He cuts inside and gets into the clear. He will eventually pick up 62 yards before he slips up in Cougars territory.
Haynes would then try to make it happen on this fourth down play - but the ball comes up short
Pulaski County wins its fourth straight to improve to 5-and-4. The Cougars host Northside next Friday.
The William Byrd Terriers still have hopes of squeezing into the postseason party, but the Terriers knew tonight that they could not afford a setback against long-time rival Lord Botetourt - a team trying to claw its way back to the 500 mark before the end of the season.
[SUPER=51-Vinton/Lord Botetourt vs. William Byrd; :00]
Mud was on just about every inch of the player's bodies tonight and even inside their mouthpieces in Vinton.
We pick it up in the third with Byrd holding onto a 13-to-nothing lead - the Cavs Eric Driscoll drops back top pass and he will find a cutting Michael Byrd over the middle. He makes the catch and turns up the field for the quick strike.
The lead is now cut to 13-to-7.
On the very next play - Jeff Highfill will attempt to answer back as he goes down field to Kyle Allen. The two hook up on a 73 yard pass and run for another touchdown and Terriers again have a decent cushion with a 19-to-7 lead after the failed conversion.
The Cavs just would not go away. Driscoll will fake the handoff - roll out to his right and make a strike to a diving Jason Foutz for the touchdown.
Byrd's lead is sliced down to 19-to-13 in the fourth quarter.
With the Cavs within six - Byrd will melt the clock with a mice drive that eventually sees Highfill score from the one.
[SUPER=52-Lord Botetourt/13/William Byrd/25;]
William Byrd beats Lord Botetourt tonight at Bob Patterson Stadium 25 to 13.
Former Blue Ridge member, Rockbridge County, is making itself right at home in the Valley District this season.
Tonight the Wildcats, played host to Fort Defiance in the most critical of district games.
Both came in with just one district setback, trailing front runner Harrisonburg by just a game.
Both must still battle the Blue Streaks - but tonight it was in Lexington.
[SUPER=51-Rockbridge Co./Fort Defiance vs. Rockbridge Co.; ;00]
Fort Defiance has 26 seniors and 17 returning starters, but that probably mattered little on a field resembling a lake.
We pick it up with the Indians on top 7-to-nothing. The Wildcats have the ball with third and long from their own 20 as Scott Branch hits Kevin Burant with the screen pass, he gets some yards, but not enough for the first down.
The Wildcats would get the ball back and keep passing as Branch hits George Tyler to pick up a first down as the Cats attempt to get in scoring position.
Three plays later, Branch and Tyler hook up again - this time on the right sideline - but again the Fort Defiance defense would hold.
Later in the fourth the Wildcats would get one more shot.
[SUPER=52-Fort Defiance/7/Rockbridge Co./0;]
But Branch has his pass picked off by Matt Sorrells. Fort Defiance hangs on for the 7-to-nothing lead to hand Rockbridge just its second setback of the season.
Coming up next tonight, the Star City's annual battle for bragging rights is the spotlight game of the week. Fleming and PH hook up in the Noel C. Taylor Classic.
Plus, Franklin County and George Washington get it on in the Mount.
But first the week nine scoreboard and the __________ marching band.
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They are no longer in the same district - but they are still in the same neighborhood.
Fleming and Patrick Henry used to play each other twice year - but now it's just for once, but as always it's for keeps.
Patrick Henry came into the game trying to snap a three game losing streak while William Fleming entered the contest winners of five of the last six. At halftime, Fleming coach Keith Smith had his team change to their fresh, dry clean gold jerseys. And while the uniforms were different in the second half, the Colonels entire game plan was the same, Donnell Blake.
Steve Mason was in the house.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/William Fleming vs. Patrick Henry; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lorenzo Lewis/Scored on 16 Yard Touchdown Run; :22]
[SUPER=01-Donnell Blake/27 Carries, 207 Yards, 1 TD Tonight; :44]
[SUPER=01-Dujuan Johnson/Scored Patriots only Touchdown; 1:12]
[SUPER=36-William Fleming/12/Patrick Henry/7; 1:22]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Clifford/Patrick Henry Head Coach; 1:39]
[SUPER=01-Keith Smith/William Fleming Head Coach; 1:52]
[OUT Q=.....a little bit sloppy but it is a win]
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The Eagles met the Eagles last night - but unlike past seasons the other Eagles were the ones with the fat record and the ones in the favorites role.
George Washington high school rolled into Rocky Mount tonight to meet a Franklin County team out to prove that it was the real deal.
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount/G.W. Danville vs. Franklin Co.; ;00]
The umbrellas and the fans were out in full-force tonight at Cy Dillon Stadium tonight.
We pick it up in the fourth with Franklin County down 14-to-2.
On a second and nine from their own 41 - Brian Huff - the fullback -will take the rock right up the middle and pickup 14 yards on the carry.
On the next play - from the 27 - Daniel Brooks will complete this pass to Jermaine Richardson. This time they get 10 yards, but they will get much more later.
Later from the 8 - Huff battles in up the middle for the score. The PAT was blocked and it's now a 14-to-8 game in favor of GW.
Field position then played a major role in the outcome. GW's Nigel Holley had to punt out of its own endzone and Richardson will field it and take it back 41 yards on the sloppy track all the way to the house to tie the game at 14-all.
[super=36-G.W. Danville/14/Franklin Co./15;]
Andrew Schenker then made the decisive extra point and Franklin County beats GW 15-to-14 to stay perfect in the Western Valley District.
Halifax County and E.C. Glass are a couple of Western Valley district teams who have had their ups and downs this season. But despite the roller coaster ride, both came into tonight with just one district loss and still mathematically in the hunt.
[SUPER=51-Lynchburg/Halifax Co. vs. E.C. Glass; :00]
It was a better night for sitting under a bumbershoot than for operating the run-and-shoot..
Pick it up late in the first quarter, Halifax on top 3-nothing.. they hand the ball to Alonzo Coleman.. he hits the middle and finds nothing, then cuts left and there's lots of daylight.. Glass finally hauls him down on the 8-yard line.
They switch ends for the second quarter and four plays later Alonzo Coleman again, punching it in from a yard out, 9-zip Comets.
Still second quarter, Halifax controlling the ball with another long drive, and it's Coleman showing some form with the end zone dive.. they convert the two and it's 17-0 Halifax.
E.C. Glass finally moving the ball on offense.. watch big #2, Cedric Jones, comes through line and just lays out t
he linebacker for an 18-yard gain to the 9-yard line.
Two plays later and it's Nick Anderson on the keeper, the 9-yard touchdown run, 'Toppers get on the board 17-6.
The very next offensive play though for Halifax.. guess who.. Alonzo Coleman cuts right and goes 73 yards for the score..
[SUPER=52-Halifax Co./25/E.C. Glass/24;]
Glass mounts a comeback but the Comets hang on for a tough district win.. 25-24 the final.
When we return from commercial break - the Group A ranks are up next as we check on Floyd County, the Maroon Tide of Galax and that big Hogoheegee district battle tonight in Lebanon.
But first more of the week nine scores and the Hidden Valley marching band.
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Time now to check in on the Three Rivers race tonight as
One of the most dominating teams this season, Floyd County, hosted the Auburn Eagles.
Floyd 7-and-0 coming in while Auburn was a stout 5 and 2 - itself.
[SUPER=51-Floyd/Auburn vs. Floyd Co.; :00]
The festivities kicked off on this parent's night in Floyd as the players and parents gathered on the field before the game
And Floyd County would certainly make those parents proud. On their first possession, Runningback Jacob Hawkins puts the Buffaloes on the scoreboard with this 17 yard dash to the end zone. Floyd takes a seven-nothing lead early.
Auburn would be forced to punt and it's Hawkins again as he haul in this Eagle punt on his own 44 yard line. Hawkins follows his blockers down the left sideline, shows a move or two and sprints the rest of the way on a 56-yard punt return for a touchdown to make it 14-to-nothing Buffaloes.
Floyd would put up two more touchdowns before halftime including this 15 yard touchdown run up the middle by Josh Deweese. Floyd County is rolling with a 27-to-nothing halftime lead.
In the third, Floyd was backed up facing third and seventeen from their own 26. Quarterback Daniel Adams finds Jacob Hawkins who runs toward the sideline, hurdles an Eagle defender and amazingly stays in bounds before finally being hauled down at the Auburn 35 yard line.
Two plays later Adams finds a cutting Matt Grim over the middle who scores Floyd's fifth touchdown of the night. The Buffaloes extend their advantage to 34-to-nothing.
[SUPER=52-Auburn/0/Floyd Co./40; :]
Late in the third, Chris Collins takes the pitch and scampers six yards for another Floyd County touchdown. The Buffaloes go to eight and oh by blasting Auburn in the rumble on route eight 40-to-nothing.
The Hogoheegee district title was up for grabs tonight in Lebanon as the Pioneers played host to the Maroons of George Wythe.
Both schools entered the game unbeaten in district play with just one overall blemish overall.
[SUPER=51-Lebanon/George Wythe vs. Lebanon; :00]
It was a soggy night in far southwest Virginia tonight as Wythe headed out. Points came at a premium in this one.
The Maroons led it 7-nothing at the half, and early in the third Kevin Forrester knocked back this 34 yard field goal for a 10 point lead.
A little later, Wythe would come up with the turnover recovering the John McCoy fumble near midfield.
That's when Robert Barcliff did his thing, breaking off a nice run up the gut. He appears to be headed for the zone, but Lebanon's Wesley Crabtree runs him down.
Two penalties forced the Maroons to try another field goal and this time Forrester misses to the left.
Lebanon had one last shot to get something going, but McCoy gets picked off by Shawn King and George Wythe wins it 10 to nothing.
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[SUPER=50-Donnie Pruitt/George Wythe Head Coach; :03]
[SUPER=50-Phillip Henley/Lebanon Head Coach; :10]
[OUT Q=twenty, twenty-five yards."]
In the Mountain Empire tonight - the Maroon Tide of Galax was back home taking on the Bland County Bears in Galax's final home game of the season.
[SUPER=51-Galax/Bland Co. vs. Galax;:00]
This was the first home game for the Maroon Tide since the passing of lineman Brandon Billings back on October 6th. This also was parents' night as Brandon's mom and dad showed a tremendous amount of strength and class to come out on this evening.
Late in the first quarter with the Tide already up 7-to-nothing - Galax converts a 4th and 7 into a touchdown as Jeraurd Richardson hooks up with quarterback Josh Garrett to make it a 14-to-nothing game.
In the second quarter - Galax was back up inside its own ten. Garrett will throw doen field, but Christian Simpkins picks off the pass for the Bears.
Bland would get in scoring position. From the 13 yard line - Brandon Kelly tosses one to the endzone, but the Maroon Tide's Kevin Kyle is there for the interception.
Galax fires up the offense again as Garrett rolls to his right and hits Travis Nelson on the play and he will pick up good yardage for the Maroon Tide.
A few plays later Nelson finishes off the drive with a three yard TD run to make it 20-to-nothing in favor of the home folks.
Galax beats Bland County tonight 26 to 8 to improve to 3-and-0 in the Mountain Empire.
Two more sets of highlights remain tonight.
North Cross looks to stop Massanutten and Magna Vista hopes to take control of the Piedmont in Martinsville.
But first more of the week nine numbers and the Floyd marching band.
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Welcome back one and all to Friday Football Extra as we turn our attention to the Piedmont district and the annual renewal of the Martinsville-Magna Vista rivalry.
The Warriors came in unbeaten in district play - the Dogs came in with an overall mark of 2-and-5.
[SUPER=51-Martinsville/Magna Vista vs. Martinsville; :00]
The Magna Vista Warriors' fans made the trip to Dan Greene stadium tonight to cheer on the visitors!
Magna Vista meant business from the start. From their own 30 - Alexay Hairston hits Quinton Preston and the two will pick up 25 yards down the sideline on the nice pitch and catch.
Still in the first half - from the 11 - Hairston again works up top and this time he hits Tony Johnson on the TD pass.
The Warriors on top 13-to-nothing at that point.
On their next drive - from their own 40 - the Warriors Preston will takes it right up the middle on the run and he will pick 15 yards on the carry .
On the same drive - from the Bulldogs' 5 - Preston takes it off the right side for the score.
[SUPER=52-Magna Vista/42/Martinsville/0 ;]
Magna Vista takes complete control in the Piedmont with a 42-to-nothing drubbing on Martinsville.
The week nine action got started this afternoon in the private school ranks and North Cross Raiders took on Massanutten Military from up in Woodstock.
[SUPER=51-Roanoke Co./Massanutten vs. North Cross; :00]
It was a tough day to be a fan as the week 9 action got underway under an aggravating rain.
North Cross with the ball in the first quarter, and the Raiders keep it on the ground with Jonathan Edwards. He uses his blockers well and he will grinds out another first down.
North Cross would eventually pound it to the three and into the endzone as Edwards finds a nice hole up the middle. He gets the touchdown, they also get the two and it 8-to-nothing Raiders.
In the second quarter - Massanutten - the Colonels decide to get back in the game in the air and Chris
Miller floats one down field and Ryan Daly snatches the pass and he will walk into the endzone.
It's 8-to-6 at that point and North Cross loses it 12 to 10.
On the college front tomorrow - the third ranked Hokies take on Temple.
Tech is favored by 29 points, but no one in Blacksburg will ever forget 1998 - 28-to-24 Owls.
The Virginia Cavaliers are on the road at Georgia Tech. Despite being 6-and-2 the Cavs are 5 point underdogs against the Jackets.
There is plenty of football tomorrow in state as VMI hosts Liberty at one.
Sewanee is at W&L.
And the big game in the ODAC has Emory & Henry at Bridgewater.
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The weekend schedule on WDBJ-7 features Carolina and Wake Forest tomorrow at noon.
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Right after that game it's on to the SEC for Georgia and Kentucky at 3:30pm.
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And Sunday - the NFL on CBS has a doubleheader as the Ravens take on the Steelers and the Patriots hook up with the Broncos.
Friday Football Extra returns in just a moment right here on WDBJ-7.
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Time now to unveil our Super-7 for this week and there's just one small change.
But that change is not at the top.
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Bath County remains number one as the Chargers beat Craig County 32-to-nothing. Radford remains second, followed by N
orthside and William Campbell --- Brad Bradley's Generals beat Altavista 72-to-nothing, they've now scored 458 points i
n eight games that's a staggering average of 57 points a game. Floyd County is fifth...Heritage had the night off and remains sixth and Franklin County by virtue of its 15-to-14 comeback win over George Washington jumps in at number seven.
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The pollbuster is Magna Vista...the Warriors roll over Martinsville 42-to-nothing.
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The Pulaski County Cougars are now 5-and-4 after an horrendous start to the season. A big reason for the Cougars resurgence has been the performance of our Player of the Week,
Derrick Burks. Burks becomes the 19th Cougar in the history off FFE to win the award, joining the likes of Timmy Davis, Shayne Graham, and Craig Hodge. Travis Wells has more on the void that Burks has filled in the Pulaski backfield.
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[SUPER=51-Pulaski Co.; :00]
[SUPER=50-Joel Hicks/Pulaski Co. Head Coach; :13]
[SUPER=51-Last Friday Night/William Byrd vs. Pulaski Co.; :25]
[SUPER=50-Derrick Burks/FFE Player of the Week; :43]
[SUPER=59-Travis Wells; 2:05]
[OUT Q=Friday Football Extra."]
((Losing has never been a way of life at Pulaski County. But when the Cougars dropped four of their first five games to start the season, Derrick Burks didn't hang his head.
Joel:(20:58:00)--"He's a good kid...character."
Last week against William Byrd, Burks' cheerleading talents took a backseat as he put the Cougars on his back, rushing for 132 yards and all four Pulaski County touchdowns. Burks also recorded three tackles on defense and made a game saving interception late in the fourth quarter to seal a 28 to 16 win.
Burks:(21:08:30)....ran the ball."
Burks has 935 rushing yards in eight games this season, including 524 yards and ten touchdowns in the last three contests alone. The 6 foot, 200 pound junior has shouldered quite a load since last season's leading rusher, Jeremy Porter left the team.
The victory over Byrd was special in more ways than one for the Cougars. It got them back to the .500 mark and kept alive their playoff hopes. Plus, it also marked the 300th win for Hicks in a career that spans 34 seasons.
Derrick has contributed to 16 of those 300 wins at Pulaski. He has just 3 more to catch his brother Dewayne, who played in 19 victories for the Cougars between 1997 and 1999. Travis Wells, Friday Football Extra.))
Thanks Trav and thanks mainly to the Friday Football Extra photography staff that braved the elements tonight bring these highlights to you.
Next Friday marks week 10 of the season - we hope to see you right back next week.
[GO TO CLOSE AND CREDITS] Take care everybody and have a safe weekend.