Welcome everybody to Friday Football Extra!
Tonight we close out the final week of what has been anything but a regular season.
A couple of old family members won't be able to make it into this year's playoff picture - Pulaski County, Giles and Salem will be chilling at home this year - but Northside Vikings will definitely be in the house.
The Vikes clinched the Blue Ridge title and playoff berth last week.
They came into tonight's regular season finale with Christiansburg with the highest point rating of any Group Two A school in the state.
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It was senior night for Northside as leaders of this year's squad and their parents were honored prior to kickoff.
Northside would score on its first possession. Dwayne "Pooh" Saunders will take the ball on the reverse. He will break a few tackles and motor all the way down to the Blue Demons one yard line before being brought down.
On the next play - Mike Campbell will take the handoff and roll in for the score. It's 6-to-nothing Northside after the blocked kick.
Here come the Vikes again - Saunders will again do his thing. From the Blue Demons' 17 - he breaks several tackles and then breaks into the clear for the score. It's now 14-to-nothing after the conversion.
Early in the second quarter - the Blue Demons get a little tricky. Zach Boyd connects with his tight end on the fake punt. It's good for 24 yards and a first down.
It also would led to a touchdown. Reid Arrington connects with Aaron Boyd for the touchdown.
It's a 19 yard scoring play. It's now 14-to-7.
But Northside was just too much. From the Christiansburg 11. Phillip Watkins scores. and the Vikings complete a perfect regular season going 10-and-0 as they beat Christiansburg tonight 41 to 14.
The William Fleming Colonels were one of the few teams tonight that controlled its own destiny.
Fleming needed only to take care of business as beat Alleghany - to assure itself of a spot in the playoffs.
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Fleming Coach Keith Smith looked intense as the Colonels tried to work their way back into the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
After an Alleghany fumble deep in their own territory, Fleming would find the end zone. On their first offensive play of the game, Donnell Blake takes the pitch and goes untouched on a six yard touchdown giving Fleming a 7-to-nothing lead.
It would take Alleghany all of one offensive play to tie it up. Quaterback Gavin Haynes rolls out and hooks up with his wide receiver Doug Smothers who shows some speed down the sidelines on a 63-yard touchdown reception and just like that its 7-to-7.
In the second quarter, Alleghany again has possession and Haynes tries to run the option, but has the ball jarred loose by defensive end Dennis Hardy and Fleming's Cory Robinson pounces on the ball at the 13 yard line.
Just moments later, Fleming's Blake on the carry turns the corner and gives Fleming the lead on this 13-yard touchdown run. The Colonels ease into the Region III; Division 4 playoffs with a 35-to-7 win over the Mountaineers.
Fellow Blue Ridge members Blacksburg and Byrd met tonight at Bill Brown Stadium knowing that the winner of this game would have a good shot at making the playoffs - while the loser had no chance at all.
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Las tnight's contest with Byrd is bitter sweet as the Indians hold their last home game under the longtime Indian Mascot banner. Next year, the become the Bruins.
Pick it up late in the first quarter, Byrd has the ball on their own 24 yard line, Quarterback Jeff Highfill zips a pass outside only to find the wrong color jersey as the Indians Charles James picks it off giving Blacksburg possession.
Several plays later, Indian quarterback Byron Hurdle fires a pass down the left side...Cory Price pulls it in in the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown giving Blacksburg a lead they wouldn't relinquish at 7-to-nothing.
Now in the second quarter, the Indians begin a drive near mid-field. This time, Hurdle hands it to Charles James who cuts off the left side, then back toward the middle...finds the open field and sprints 47 yards for the touchdown to give the Indians a 14-to-nothing lead.
Blacksburg wasn't finished in the first half, from the eight yard line, Hurdle calls his own number off the far side, cuts up the middle, stretches the ball out for an eight yard touchdown. The Indians take a 20-to-nothing lead.
And, Blacksburg puts itself in position for the playoffs with a 27-to-14 win over William Byrd.
Jefferson Forest came into tonight's action knowing it needed a win and some help from its friends to slide into the postseason party in Region Three - division four.
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A couple of Killer Bees were ready for tonight's tilt in Campbell County.
After a long drive - Jefferson Forest will open the scoring as Tony McNevin will hit the 30 yard field goal to give the Cavaliers a 3-to-nothing lead.
Brookville would come back with a drive of it's own. On a third and 6 - Samir Ghriri will hit the strong side and throw a stiff arm. He will pick up 23 yards on the play moving the ball to the four yard line.
Ghriri will finish what he starts as he blasts in up the middle it's now 7-to-3 as Brookville jumps in front.
The Cavs then find the going tough as Brookville's defense steps up big - Stephen Keinholz gets the sack for the Bees.
Jefferson Forest loses 20 to 13.
Northside has already completed a perfect 10-and-0 season - when we come back we'll see if Bath County was able to to the same - plus the battle of unbeatens between Floyd and Radford is the spotlight game of the night.
But first here is the initial grouping of scores from week 11 and the Salem high school marching band.
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Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra.
For weeks folks have been pointing toward the Floyd County - Radford Three Rivers district brawl for it all.
Tonight the wait ended as the two 9-and-0 teams met up on the mountain. Steve Mason was there and he has the details of tonight's spotlight game.
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The number one team in the Super 7 for this entire season - defending state champ Bath County - also was trying to put the wraps up a perfect 10-and-0 season as it traveled to Covington tonight.
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Covington Head Coach Brad Morton would hope for better luck in the second half as his Cougars trailed 28-to-6 entering the third quarter.
But, Bath County would dig Morton's hole deeper. On their first possession of the second half, Quarterback Jacob Phillips rolls to his right and finds a wide open Michael Colaw in the end zone on a 10-yard touchdown pass and the Bath lead is now 35-to-6.
Later in the quarter, Jamie Roberts gets into the act running in from 11 yards out and the Chargers now stretch their lead to 41-to-6 after the missed extra point.
Covington would reach into its bag of tricks in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Robbie Critzer fires across the field to Travis Cottrell and he then throws the long bomb to David Harris. The double pass works for 51 yards to the Bath County five yard line.
Critzer would finish what he started sneaking it in from one yard out. The two-point conversion is good
But Bath County completes a perfect 10-and-0 regular season and heads into the playoffs as the top seed in Region C; Division 1 with a 41-to-20 win over the Cougars.
The Auburn Eagles traveled from Riner to Elliston tonight to take on the Eastern Montgomery Mustangs.
Auburn was hoping to use this game as a turn up for the Region C - division one playoffs.
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The Mustangs were clinging to a two point halftime advantage on their home turf.
Auburn looks to get back on top in the third - Corey Spradlin lays one up way down field and Anthony Barnes runs under it and hauls it in. The nice over the shoulder catch picks up 43 yards for the Eagles.
From the 10 - Josh Smith hands off to Billy Simmons and he will go right through the line and in to make it 14-to-8.
In the fourth - the Mustangs are again threatening from the Auburn 30 - Smith takes the snap and goes to the air. He will find Zack Milton who makes the catch and crosses the goal line. They also get the two pointer to retake the lead at 16-to-14.
With less than 30 seconds left in the game the Mustangs are on the one and Smith punches it in and ices
Auburn with the 24-to-14 win.
The Mustangs get the win and finish 4-and-6, Auburn drops to 5-and-5 and earns a first round playoff date with unbeaten Bath County.
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Franklin County faced a huge game tonight as did Heritage and Liberty.
Plus, when was the last time Salem played on the final week of the regular hoping to get to the 500 mark.
Those highlights and more are coming up right after we check out the Floyd County marching band.
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Time now to check in on the Western Valley district - as
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the Franklin County Eagles looked to put the wraps up a 9-and-1 season and stay hot heading into the Northwest regional playoffs.
The Eagles clinched at least a tie for the title last week, but tonight Billy Miles team needed to top the Toppers to claim it outright.
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City Stadium was rocking as the Glass seniors took the field for the last time..
First quarter action, Eagles with the ball, the handoff goes to LeBryan Patterson.. he busts up the middle then cuts left and goes 30 yards for the score 7-nothing Franklin County.
If you ever wondered what the definition of a late hit was, don't bother checking your dictionary.. this is one right here, Terry Spinner riding Patterson out of bounds and into the kicker's net..
Glass making a game of it, Nick Anderson squirts through from 12 yards out, it's 7-all.
The Eagles would take a 14-7 lead into the half thanks to this 2-yard run from Patterson..
But in the third quarter, the Hilltoppers eventhings up, Anderson fakes the handoff and goes in untouched and we've got us a ballgame at 14-14.
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Franklin County has the answer in the fourth quarter though, Daniel Bowles on the keeper, drives it in from 18 yards out, the diving score is the difference as the Eagles top the Toppers, 21-14.
The Seminole district crown was on the line tonight as the Heritage Pioneers rolled into Bedford a little banged up for their showdown with Liberty.
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Both teams already were assured of playoff spots, but Heritage wanted to win the district title outright.
The Pioneers were in control up 20-to-7 at the half.
Liberty is on the comeback trail in the third and O.B. Blake gets in on a nice run up the middle to make it a 20-to-13 game after the blocked point after kick.
Now in the fourth quarter - Liberty tries to turn a turnover into another score and Blake runs the option to Michael Pennix - who picks up 22 yards on this carry - but the Minutemen would bog down and fail to tie it.
Heritage would seal it with Michael Gainey taking off right up the middle. He will pick up 63 big yards in the fourth quarter before he's hauled down by the Minutemen.
The Pioneers would then get the clincher on this Justin Meeks TD run.
Heritage goes from being 3-and-7 last year to 9-and-1 outright district champs with the 26 to 13 win.
Salem and Lord Botetourt were playing for pride and a 500 season tonight as the two Blue Ridge rivals hooked up in Salem.
Both came in with 4-and-5 marks - both out of the playoff picture.
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No you're not seeing double as seven year old twins - Haley and Heather Moore take in the game from the sideline.
Salem was on top 14-to-nothing at the half and late in the third Salem would put together solid drive in the third quarter.
Matt Shawver hits Scott Scharnus on a 20 yard pick up that moves the ball into Lord Botetourt territory.
Scharnus is a junior and Shawver is just a sophomore.
Salem was later faced with a long fourth down situation - and again the two would connect for 11 yards. It would eventually lead to another TD and a 21-to-nothing Salem advantage.
Salem's defense also comes through as junior Austin Casey puts the wood on Chris Edmonds.
Salem salvages a 500 season with a 21-to-0 win.
This marks the first time - Salem has missed the playoffs since 1985 when the Spartans were members of the Roanoke Valley district and there was no divisional playoff system.
Before this season - Salem had made the playoffs 17 straight years.
Two unique sets of highlights are in store for you in just a moment.
We'll check in on a special night in Independence, plus we'll head to Chatham for a look at this afternoon's post-graduate showdown between Hargrave and Fork Union.
But first the rest of the scores and the Grayson County Blue Devils marching band.
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Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra.
The Bland County - Grayson County game tonight had no meaning as far the district or playoff action is concerned - but it did have special meaning for the folks in Independence.
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The Grayson County stadium was named in honor of longtime head coach Bill Strong tonight.
Strong has been at Grayson County 25 years, and during that time he has racked up 154 wins for the Blue Devils. His teams have won 13 Mountain Empire district championships.
Grayson would get a turnover in the first quarter to help get the new stadium name broken in - in style.
Faced with a fourth and six from the Bland 30 yard line - Brandon Haga finds Brian Williams on the pass. The two pick up the first down and much, much more as they carry the rock down to the two yard line.
On the next play - Williams will get the score and then the two point conversion to make it a 14-to-nothing game.
The Bland County Bears would then come alive as Dwayne Flack breaks one off around the left side as he goes 69 yards on the sweep. The Bears are right back in this thing, cutting the lead to 14-to-6.
Bland County would go for two - Brandon Kelly rolls right and connects with Brandon Morris and it's now 14-to-8.
Bland would look for more right before the half. Kelly goes for it all, but Jared Padgett picks off the
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pass to end the threat.
Grayson County beats Bland County on a special night in Independence 27 to 16.
Tomorrow after the Hargrave Military academy's high school team will play on the road at Fork Union in the first round of the Virginia Independent division three playoffs.
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(( But today it was time for the Hargrave and Fork Union post graduate programs to strut their stuff in Chatham. First year head coach Robert Prunty has a team stacked with talented players like linebacker Ahmad Brooks - who committed to UVa and six foot seven inch tight end Leonard Pope - who is headed to Georgia.
And Hargrave was all over Fork Union from the start - the fake field goal results in a TD catch from former Friday Football extra star Matt Roan out of Pulaski County. 7-to-nothing Hargrave.
Fork Union would come right back a drive down to the two, but on the way in the ball pops loose and strong safety Gary Ham scoops up the rock and goes 98 yards in the other direction to make it 14-to-nothing.
Fork Union made it a 14-to-7 game - but just wasn't that close as Brondon Jenkins - who is headed to Ole Miss flies in a gets the sack to force a punt.
And the Tigers work it right up the middle and block the punt with ease. The ball lands in the arms of Patrick Slay. It's a touchdown and the Hargrave lead is now 21-to-7.
Darrien Copeland would later scamper in from 20 yards out to push the advantage to 28-to-7 in the second half.
Fork Union would score once more - but mainly the visitors got an eyeful of Brooks - who swoops in for the sack.
Hargrave wins it 28-to-14))
My man Roy Stanley used to always look forward to the end of the regular season, and at this time I'd like to remind you high school students that the application deadline for the two Roy Stanley Memorial scholarships is next Friday - the 15th of November.
You can more information at WDBJ7 dot com, or by calling the station during normal business hours on Monday.
More Friday Football Extra in just a moment.
Time now for our final Super-7 of the season
And, since there are four unbeaten teams, we've decided to do something unique
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Bath County, Northside, Floyd County and William Campbell finish in a tie for first in the Super-7, all with Perfect 10-and-0 records.
Heritage finishes Fifth at 9-and-1 and wins the Seminole District Title. In three years as a head football coach, Heritage coach Chris Jones has gone 9-and-1 in all three regular seasons, won three district titles, and a state championship.
Franklin County heads to the playoffs for the first time in school history with a 9-and-1 record. And, Magna Vista is the top seed in the Region IV; Division 4 playoffs with a 9-and-1 record
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The pollbuster is George Wythe. The Maroons are the Hogoheegee District Champion and the number two seed in Region C; Division 2.
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Galax High School has had just one player of the week in the nineteen year history of Friday Football Extra.
Brandon Brown becomes the second member of the Maroon Tide to take home the honor for his efforts in a 47-36 win over Narrows. As Travis Wells explains, the season has been a long, winding road for Brown and his Galax teammates.
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((Last Friday night, the Maroon Tide gave the Green Wave of Narrows a steady dose of Brown, as in Brandon Brown. The senior running back rushed for 179 yards and four touchdowns and took a pass 59 yards to the house for another score.
He now has over 4,733 rushing yards for his career, which includes over a thousand in just 5 games this season. Brown is simply thankful for the opportunity to be on the field. He was forced to miss the first four weeks of the season after chipping a bone in his ankle during a preseason scrimmage.
Brown's sore ankle was just a minor setback compared to what was to come. Five weeks ago, Galax lineman Brandon Billings was found shot to death in his pickup truck just outside the small community. His memory lives on in the Galax locker room.
The Maroon Tide has preservered behind Brown who is continuing a family tradition. His cousin Mark Brown was Player of the Week back in 1985.
During his spare time, Brandon volunteers with the Galax sandlot football program, and he hopes to play in college at Marshall, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, or Virginia. Travis Wells, Friday Football Extra.))
Next week we start the playoff party with the regional semi-finals.
Hope you can join us right here next Friday night at 11:35.
Take care everybody and have a safe weekend.
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