It was the opening night of the playoffs - the regional semi-finals - and the New Kids on the Block are everywhere!
Pulaski Co, Salem, Giles, GW Danville, Grayson County, Rustburg and Martinsville are all at home on the couch last night.
Any many of those perennial powers were keeping an eye on Northside.
The Vikings only regional title came way back in 1980 when Northside was a Triple A school.
Last night the unbeaten Vikes, sporting the top power rating in the state hooked up with Blacksburg in the Region Three - division four semi-finals.
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All that was needed to get the rematch started was a coin toss and a friendly hand shake.
After taking over on downs early in the first, on just their second play Blacksburg's Colin Beal hands off to Shane Bennett and he will go up the middle from hisown 40. It's a foot race and he just makes it across the goal line. The 60 yard dash makes it 7-to-nothing Indians.
The Vikings answer right back. From their own 29 - Matt Spangler off of the option pitches to Mike Campbell. He cuts it around the left side. It's another foot race. Campbell wins it. It's a 71 yard score and it's now 7-all.
Blacksburg went up 14-to-7 and then in the third - The Vikings "Pooh" Saunders punches the ball in from the one yard line. It's 14-to-13 Blacksburg.
The PAT kick from Campbell - just barely clears the cross bar. And we're all tied up at 14 a piece.
Late in the fourth with a just a minute to go, from the Vikings 43 - Blacksburg's Beal will go up top for Cory Price. And the Price is right as he hauls it in at the gola line and gets in. Blacksburg has a 21-to-14 lead with 48 seconds to go.
The Vikings get busy in a hurry and move the ball down to the Indians' 24 yard line.
With 2 tenths of a second left on the clock - Spangler's hail mary into the endzone is batted - but Campbell somehow comes up with the catch. The kick is good and it's 21-all heading to overtime.
Blacksburg gets the first possession in overtime and the Indians settle for Tyler Corvin's 21 yard field goal. It's 24-to-21 Indians.
On the Vikings first chance in OT - Spangler goes for the win - but Price has other ideas as he pulls it in for the interception.
Blacksburg shocks Northside 24-to-21 in overtime - ending Northside's perfect season and dropping Jim Hickam's postseason record to 3-and-11.
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The win wasn't totally painless for Blacksburg - Dave Crist was battling kidney stones all night.
The other regional three, division four matchup tonight in the semi-finals pitted William Fleming against the Seminole district champs - the Heritage Pioneers.
Like Jim Hickam - Heritage coach Chris Jones is a native of McDowell County, West Virginia -with Jones growing up in War and Hickam in nearby Coalwood.
To make it even more interesting - the father of Fleming head coach Keith Smith - is a legend in the Mountaineer state having coaches at Gary high school.
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We pick it up with Heritage on top 14-to-3 in the fourth and looking to hang on as the rain started to fall in the Hill City.
Kevin Payne picks up 11 yards on the carry going straight up the middle as the Pioneers continue to control the game.
Fleming would need to come up with some quick strikes to get back in it - but Taurus Boyd's pass is picked off by the Pioneers' Mitchell Sandidge. He picks off the pass at the 28 yard line and returns it 16 yards to the Colonels' 12.
Fleming would have one more chance - but Shawn Marshall and Michael Gainey sack Boyd to end the game
and the Colonels' season. Heritage rolls on to a home date with Blacksburg winning 14-to-3.
In Region Three - division three - the Brookville Bees and Gretna Hawks squared off in a battle of two 7-and-3 teams.
Both were in the playoffs last year - and each lost to Liberty.
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The Bees cheerleaders were glad to be playing at home tonight.
Gretna would make itself at home on its opening drive into Bees' territory. From the Brookville 42 yard line Visqual Hall runs the quarterback draw and he will turn the second and one into a 42 yard score. Good blocking, better running and it's 6-to-nothing.
Later in the first, Brookville is looking to make something happen and Samir Ghriri sweeps right. This time the big powerful back will pick up 28 yards to the Gretna 27 yard line on the carry.
Three plays later - Ghriri will take it up the middle on the third and two and he will not stop until he's in the house. It's a 21 yard score and it's 7-to-6 Bees.
Gretna would hollar right back and this time Hall will keep - again up the middle - and this time he gets 16 yards on his own.
On the following play from the Brookville 45 - Hall decides to try his luck with the pass and he will throw the homerun ball to Renauldo Oliver. He makes the catch and
the Hawks get the 44 yard touchdown.
Gretna gets the win and advances to next Friday night's region 3, division 3 title tilt.
The other region three, division three game tonight also was in central Virginia.
The Liberty Minutemen hosted Dogwood district champ Nelson County as the Governors and their talented tailback Hayes Page came calling.
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The Liberty cheerleaders didn't have to work too hard to get the crowd involved tonight.
On the first play of the second half - from their own 35 the Minutemen get Chris Spinner break loose off the left side and he will pick up 65 yards on the play. He gets in the endzone on the carry and the Minutemen take a 37-to-6 lead in the third.
Nelson's drive right after that would end up like many Governor opportunities - empty as O.B. Blake gets the interception.
The very next play from the Liberty 38 - Michael Pennix - who has been killing folks all season long - break one off for 62 yards.
He's in the house and the Minutemen are running away with this thing as they beat Nelson County 51-to-19.
Liberty and Gretna will face off in an old fashioned track meet next Friday night.
Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra.
It is with great interest that we head south to Henry County for tonight's Region Four, division four game between Magna Vista and Marion.
Magna Vista has been the model for which all new schools that open are judged.
The Warriors' football teams have made the playoffs 11 of their 15 years in exisitence.
But last year - Marion ended Magna Vista's season on this very night.
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Travis Wells covered the rematch tonight, but Trav I'm not sure that a single thing I just mentioned really mattered this evening.
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Mike, the football game was almost an afterthought tonight.
Magna Vista junior lineman Treavor Cox was killed in an auto accident earlier this week. His teammates laid Cox to rest this morning. Tonight the Warriors turned in a solid, all around performance against Marion that would have made their former teammate proud.
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The Warriors advance to next week's regional finals where they'll face Richlands. Mike.
Coming up in just a moment Division Two teams from the area were in action tonight in Naruna, Floyd and Wytheville. Those highlights are coming right up.
But right now more of the regional semi-final scoreboard and the Magna Vista Warriors marching band.
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The Friday Football Extra regional playoff edition rolls on, and we certainly appreciate each of you giving us a little bit of your weekend.
Floyd County was supposed be getting ready for basketball season about now.
After losing all those key players off of last year's state runner-team - talk at the general store at the weekly Bluegrass jamboree was Floyd football would be way down.
Floyd not only went unbeaten - but in going 10-and-0 the Buffs outscored the opposition 402 to 38.
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The Floyd Fans have been a big part of the success this year!
Unfortunately, they would see four turnovers in a scoreless first quarter!
Early in the second, the Buffs finally hold on to the ball and Josh DeWeese will take off from his own 37 yard line and pick up 12 yards.
On the next play, Jacob Hawkins, the former player of the week, just will not go down. He somehow stays on his feet, breaks tackles, and eventually ends up on the Lebanon eight yard line. Hawkins - looking like Mike Alstott picks up 41 yards.
The Buffaloes would finally score as Daniel Adams connects with Matt Grim in the end zone, and Grim will take a nasty hit but still hold on to the ball. It's 7-to-nothing.
On Floyd's next possession from the Pioneers' 45 - DeWeese takes the handoff and he will motor for 22 yards down to the Lebanon 23 yard line on the carry.
The drive would bog down a bit and with a fourth and 9 from the 29 - Adams finds Hawkins open on the screen pass. Hawkins will get 21 yards all the way down to the Lebanon 8 yard line.
DeWeese would then cap the drive by cutting to the outside and taking it it. The Buffs are now on top 14-to-nothing.
Lebanon would have all kinds of problems tonight as Alex Wilkins gets the interception, and Floyd County gets the win beating the Pioneers 41-to-7.
The other Region C - division two matchup featured two teams that played earlier in the season and two teams that finished the season with 9-and-1 marks - Radford and George Wythe.
The Maroons are coached by Donnie Pruitt and the Bobcats by the legendary Norm Lineburg.
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George Wythe quarterback Grant Throckmorton takes a couple of snaps and limbers up on the sideline for what he hoped would be an old fashioned shootout.
On the Maroons' first drive, they will work it all the way down the field. Inches from the goal line they go for it on fourth down - but Radford comes up with the stop and we're still scoreless.
Radford tried to get some offense walking as Todd Woods gets pounded by the rush. The ball comes loose on the fumble and GW recovers as Theron Williams comes up with the ball.
GW would make Radford pay as Throckmorton hooks up with Jesse Irvin. He will make the catch and rumble 29 yards for the touchdown. The Maroons are on top 7-to-nothing near the end of the first quarter.
Radford would come up short on its next drive and drop back to punt. But Jacob Gardner slides right up the middle to block the punt. Eric Camden falls on the ball to put the homeboys back in business.
The Maroons would then pound the ball down to the three where Robert Barcliff carries it in for the score. It's 14-to-nothing GW in the second quarter.
Radford tried to get something going before the end of the half. Wood launches one deep to Julien Chandler. But GW's Richard Crowgey steps in front for the pick.
George Wythe beats Radford 33 to 7.
In Region B, division two - the Rams of Strasburg high made the lengthy trek down Interstate 81 and then to parts unknown as they somehow rolled into Naruna tonight to battle the high scoring William Campbell Generals.
William Campbell was one of the area's four 10-and-0 teams, but no one scored like the Generals. They posted 540 points in the regular season.
Strasburg plays in the Bull Run district.
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And Brad Bradley knew this bunch would be something of a challenge.
William Campbell will take the opening drive and turn it into a score and Thomas Boyd goes in on the 11 yard draw. And it's 7-to-nothing William Campbell as the Generals make it look easy.
But Strasburg would answer back in a major way with Jason Wilkins takes it in from the one and the score is tied at 7-all.
On the third play - William Campbell's Cedric Peerman does his thing. He appears to be stopped in the backfield and somehow makes something out of nothing to pick up 10 yards and set up another score and make it 14-to-7.
Strasburg again is on the move. Cody Miller, the quarterback, hooks up with Jason Gutierez. He will make a full extension grab and give up body for the catch to set up a field goal. It's now 14-to-10.
William Campbell's offense just keeps cranking as Boyd and Chauncy Davis hook up on a 40 yard pass play down the left sideline as the Generals move deep into Strasburg territory.
Three plays later Peerman scores from the nine. He jumps at the goal line and flips into the zone.
William Campbell keeps cranking as the Generals beat the Rams 28-to-18.
The much anticipated rematch between Galax and Narrows is straight ahead along with highlights from this afternoon's post graduate Hargrave game against the Tech jayvee team.
Stay with us there's more Friday Football Extra to come.
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Two of the most pleasant surprises of this season met tonight in Galax as the Maroons Tide, a team that was at one point this year 1 and 4, and Narrows a team that last year was 1-and-9, met in the semi-finals of the Region C division playoffs.
[SUPER=51-Galax/Narrows vs. Galax; :00]
Galax coach Kim Gillespie was hoping to guide his team back into the Region C Championship Game for a second straight season.
And his Maroon Tide would strike first as former Friday Football Extra player of the week Brandon Brown takes the handoff from the six yard line and dives over the goal line to give the Tide an early 6-to-nothing lead after the missed extra point.
The Maroon Tide would try to stretch that lead later in the first as Quarterback Josh Garrett launches this floater. Receiver Jeraurd Richardson juggles the ball and rips it away from the defender...the circus catch gains 25 to the 10 yard line, but Galax couldn't put any points on the board.
Narrows would have some success via the pass as well. Quarterback Joey Powell airs it out for Joe Kinzer...Kinzer pulls it and shows some nice moves on this 50-yard touchdown reception to put Narrows in front 7-to-6 at the half.
In the third quarter, Powell would strike with his legs as he keeps it himself and outruns a sea of Maroon Jerseys down the right side 37 yards for the touchdown. Narrows takes a 14-to-6 lead.
Later in the quarter, who else but Powell, who drops back, finds no one open and so he takes off again and turns on the speed going 32 yards for another touchdown to make it 21-to-6.
Narrows advances to the Region C Championship game for the first time since 1999 by beating Galax 27-to-6.
The Green Wave are being rewarded for their win tonight with an all-expense paid trip to Bath County next Friday night.
Tonight, the Chargers won their 19th straight game by beating Auburn 36-to-26.
Bath County will play for the Region C division one title next Friday night at home.
For the second straight week we close things out highlight-wise tonight with the post graduate team from Hargrave Military.
This afternoon Robert Prunty's team was in Blacksburg taking on the Virginia Tech jayvee squad.
[SUPER=51-Blacksburg/Hargrave vs. Va. Tech JV; :00]
Frank Beamer got a chance to check out some serious talent and talk to some serious parents like the dad of Ahmad Brooks.
Tech's only points in the game came on two field goals as Nic Schmitt, the freshman from Salem, hit two long kicks - nailing field goals from 46 and 47 yards out.
Late in the third quarter Hargrave would take the lead for good as Oliver Taylor hooked up with Chris Baker on a 25 yard scoring strike. The touchdown made it a 6-to-3 game with 2:16 left in the third quarter.
On the first play of the fourth quarter - Taylor and Baker would work their magic
again as they connect on a 52 yard touchdown play down the sideline.
Hargrave beats the Tech jayvees 12-to-6.
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For many schools tomorrow marks the final day of the regular season in college football.
VMI and the Citadel play in Charlotte, Ferrum is at Christopher Newport, Bridgewater is at Catholic, Guilford visits Emory & Henry, Randy-Mac is at Hampden-Sydney, and W&L travels to Greensboro.
The center of college football in the Commonwealth tomorrow will be at Scott Stadium as the Virginia Cavaliers try to not only break a two game losing streak but also become bowl eligible. The Cavs are sitting on 6 wins as they host
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NC State tomorrow at Noon.
You can catch the game right here on WDBJ-7.
NC State is 9-and-2, but the Wolfpack has lost two in a row.
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The second game of our Saturday doubleheader is from the SEC as Auburn takes on Georgia. The Bulldogs have just one loss, but Auburn is redhot with three straight wins.
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And Sunday the NFL doubledip from the AFC has the Steelers and Titans at one and then the Dolphins and Ravens at four.
Friday Football Extra continues with our Player of the Week segment in just a moment.
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Last week the Northside Vikings wrapped up a perfect regular season at ten and oh, beating Christiansburg 41 to 14.
Coach Jim Hickam got another bear of a performance from running back Dwayne "Pooh" Saunders. Travis Wells has more on our LATEST Player of the Week.
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Before we go tonight we want to update you on a couple of situations.
Rockbridge County must sit and wait until tomorrow afternoon to find out if it has made the the Region two, division three playoffs.
It's very simple - if Handley beats Liberty-Bealeton tomorrow - Rockbridge is out. If Handley loses Rockbridge is in and the Wildcats play at Fort Defiance next week.
As for Franklin County - their first ever playoff appearance was delayed a week by the "serial sniper" in DCTERMS. Northern Virginia and Richmond schools are finishing up their seasons this weekend.
Franklin County will likely have to travel next week. Osbourn Park beat Osbourn 6-to-nothing tonight and it looks like in so doing outpointed the Eagles by a slight margin.
We'll be right back here to crown regional champs next week.
[GO TO BREAK] Take care everybody and have a safe weekend.