Good evening everybody and welcome to a wicked, windy night of Friday Football Extra.
This is one of those nights where I encourage you get get warm and settle in for the next 30 minutes or so, as we get you up to date on what has transpired in the regional playoffs tonight.
The highlights of 8 games are on the way - as perennial playoff powers look to advance along with "the new kid on the block."
Earlier tonight, Franklin County high school, which posted a 9-and-1 regular season record, made its first ever appearance in the regional playoffs.
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This morning, teachers had the option to bring their classes outside to wish the team well before it traveled to Manassas for the matchup with Osbourn Park.
The school let out two hours early today, and the Eagles' principal and former head coach says the football team has created excitement way beyond Friday Nights.
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((BENNY GIBSON/FRANKLIN CO. HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL; THIS FOOTBALL TEAM HAS KIND OF SET THE TEMPO FOR THE YEAR FOR OUR KIDS. AND OUR KIDS ARE FEEDING OFF THE POSITIVES, THE EXCITEMENT, AND IT'S CARRYING OVER INTO THE CLASSROOMS AND TO OTHER ACTIVITIES. JUST A REAL POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE RIGHT NOW.))
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The school's cheerleaders, band members, as well as students and parents filled 8 buses and traveled to the game in Manassas.
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The Eagles had last week off to prepare for this game and rest up after the regular season.
Tonight they were hoping to soak in the sensation of playing in the playoffs and come up with a win over Osbourn Park - the alma mater of San Antonio Spurs' great - David Robinson.
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Those Bus Loads that left Rocky Mount made it safely to Manassas to cheer on the Eagles in this first round game.
And It looked like an Eagle home game as the Franklin County fans outnumbered the Yellow Jackets fans at the game.
Pick it up in the first quarter Osbourn with the ball and a fourth and eight on the Eagles 41, Quarerback Doug Suliga
(Si-Luga) dumps off a screen pass to David Beechy who hauls it and goes 31 yards for the touchdown. The Extra point is
good and Osbourn Park leads 7-to-nothing in the first quarter.
But Franklin County answers in a big way. Quarterback Daniel Bowles drops back and fires it out to Patrick Preston who snags it out of the air and picks up 10 yards and a first down for the Eagles.
Franklin County then moved the ball to the two and then punches it in. LeBryan Patterson powers it off the right side for a two yard touchdown run. The Eagles miss the extra point and trail it 7-to-6 in the second quarter.
Later in the second quarter, the Eagles turn it over deep in their own territory. This time Patterson has the ball stripped by Osbourn Park's Brandon Zarney. The Yellow Jackets jump on it at the Eagle 14 yard line.
On the very next play, Rolond Hillard sweeps off the right side and sails 14 yards for the touchdown. Osbourn Park takes a 14-to-6 lead.
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The Yellow Jackets advance into the Northwest Region; Division 6 final with a 21-to-15 win. Franklin County ends the season with a 9-and-2 record.
While the Eagles with their 16 hundred and 50 students made the playoffs for the first time ever - Bath County - with its 178 students set out to win its 19th straight game, and take yet another step toward back to back state titles.
But the Division One juggernaut was not at full strength last night.
Quarterback Jacob Phillips, who broke a finger and punctured a lung last Friday night was obviously unable to play this week against Narrows.
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Phillips switched from player to assistant coach after spending four days at the University of Virginia Medical Center nursing his injuries this week.
But his younger brother John Phillips was still in the starting lineup and he stepped up his game last night. Phillips brings down runningback Ben Woodyard for a loss on the play...highlighting what would be a defensive first quarter.
The Bath County offense was in the hands of another quarterback for the first time in 39 games as back up quarterback Joey Krause got the start in Phillips absence.
Krause and the Chargers offense would get in gear in the second, as his pitches to Nathan Anderson who stays in bounds and the man who does the field goal kicking for the Chargers scores on a 36 yard touchdown run then kicks the extra point making it 7-to-nothing Chargers.
Just a few minutes later, Powell drops back and tries to hit his receiver Joe Kinzer, but the pass flies right out of his hands and is caught by Bath County defensive back David Hicks who returns the interception to the Narrows 26 yard line.
From there, Bath's Jamie Roberts does the rest, taking the handoff and shooting straight up the middle of the field on a 18 yard touchdown run. The Extra point is blocked but the Chargers lead 13-to-nothing.
Turnovers would be Narrows undoing in the first half. On this play, Powell finds Brandon Spicer but he loses the handle and Josh Britt makes the recovery inside the Narrows 35 yard line.
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Once again, the Chargers capitalize on the Narrows turnover. Krause looks to pass, and completes the only pass he attempted last night to Michael Colaw in the end zone on a 35 yard touchdown strike. Bath adds a two point conversion and leads 21-to-nothing at the half. The Chargers advance to the state semi-finals and win their third straight Region C; Division 1 title 28-to-6. The Chargers play the Rye Cove/Applachia winner in two weeks.
The rest of the way tonight we are crowning Regional Champs.
And we'll begin that process in Lynchburg and Henry County right after we check out the first batch of scores on tonight's regional playoff scoreboard from around the Commonwealth and take a listen to the Liberty high school marching band.
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Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra.
As we get ready for the Spotlight game of the night.
The Region Three - division Four title game tonight
Blacksburg travels to Lynchburg tonight to take on the Heritage Pioneers - coached by Chris Jones. All Jones has done in his three years as a high school head coach is win - basically the same thing Dave Crist has been doing for 28 seasons.
Steve Mason now joins us with the details of tonight's Seminole-Blue Ridge battle from the Hill City.
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The Region Four - Division Four championship game was played tonight in Henry County as Magna Vista looked to improve on its playoff record at the expense of Richlands.
The Warriors have never had trouble making the playoffs - but heading into tonight - the school's all-time postseason mark was 6 and 10, and just 1 and 3 in the regional finals.
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Virginia High School League veteran referee Randy Likens gets it started tonight with the coin toss at midfield.
The Warriors would receive the opening kickoff and on their second play from scrimmage Alexay Hairston hands off to Quentin Preston and he will scoot around the far end, follow big block and 71 yards later he's in the endzone to make it 7-to-zip.
After taking over on a fumble - the Warriors will do it again - Hairston hands off to B.J. Jumper and he "Beasts" his way around the corner and into the house on a 46 yard score. It's now 14-to-nothing.
On the ensuing kickoff - Richlands' Josh Shortridge will return the kick from the goal line and take it back 44 yard on the best effort of the night for the Blue Tornadoes.
Now in the second quarter - Hairston scrambles and finds Jumper with the pass. Jumper will pick up 30 yards on the play to set up another score.
A handful of plays later - Preston goes in on a four yard score and the rout is on as Magna Vista leads it 21-to-nothing.
Magna Vista would then let the special teams take over. Timmy Brown's punt is blocked by Derrick Thomas.
Justin Hite recovers it and carries it in for the touchdown. The Warriors lead this thing 27--to-nothing.
The Warriors then fake the extra point and run it in for two. Kerrington Dillin passes to Michael Penn and it's 29-to-nothing Warriors.
Midway through the fourth the Warriors would close this thing out as Hairston throws the ball deep and he will hook up with Penn.
It a 34 yard score. Magna Vista tunes up for a regular season rematch with Heritage in the state semi-finals in two weeks with the 49-to-nothing win.
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Two of tonight's Division Three playoff games from Region Three and Region Two are on the way when we return.
We'll head to Fort Defiance and Bedford right after this short commercial break.
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The Rockbridge County Wildcats last trip to the postseason was back in 1994 under Jamie Talbott when the team lost in the first round.
Last night, the Wildcats hoped to avoid a similar fate in the Region 2 - division 3 semi-finals against fellow Valley district member Fort Defiance.
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This little Indian girl had the best seat in the house watching her favorite team file out onto the field.
After a tough first quarter, in which neither team scored, the first play in the second quarter would result in some points as quarterback Drew Spitzer - comes with the play action fake - and he will find a wide open Kenneth King in the corner of the endzone. He makes the catch and Fort Defiance is on top 7-to-nothing.
On the ensuing kickoff - the Indians will squib it and and Kevin Burant picks it up, finds a lane and he will make it all the way down to the Fort Defiance 12 yard line as the Wildcats are in great field position.
Rockbridge would then look to tie it. Scott Brance finds Steven Burant open. He makes the catch, but pays the price.
The ball come loose on the hit and Matt Sorrells grabs it out of midair and stops the threat.
But Spitzer and the Indians would get a little greedy and the pass down the middle of the field is picked off by Brandon Zollman, and Rockbridge is again in Ft. Defiance territory.
The Wildcats would have to settle for a 37 yard field goal. Mike Norvack boots it through the uprights for the 3 pointer. Rockbridge trails 7-to-3.
Rockbridge would have plenty of chances tonight, but they just couldn't take advantage of them.
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Here they force the Indians' fumble. But that lone field goal was it as Rockbridge County loses to Fort Defiance last night 16-to-3.
Tonight's Region Three, Division Three championship game tonight was a rematch of last year's title game that Liberty dominated with ease.
The big difference tonight was that both teams made it back with new head coaches.
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The Minutemen under Chris Watts were primed to advance to the state final four again but this one would be tight.
In the second quarter - Liberty is on top 14-to-7 - and Gretna will be facing a third 20 - Visqual Hall throws the deep ball to Dewayne Hubbard - who makes the catch at the Liberty 21 yard line for the first down.
Five plays later on a fourth and 12 - Hall will get the ball to Michael Oakes - and he will break tackles on an all or nothing play and score. We're all tied up at 14-all still in the second quarter.
Liberty would come back. Michael Pennix - the Minutemen's mainman - sweeps around the end and he will pick up 15 yards on the carry.
Four plays later, Pennix goes up the middle and into the house. He breaks tackles and a few Hawk hearts along the way as he scores from 35 yards away. The Minutemen are back on top 21-to-14.
Gretna tries to make it even again and, who else but Hall will do the damage with his arm as he slings one to Oakes and the pitch and catch carries the ball all the way down to the 16 yard line on the 42 yard pick up.
Three plays later - Hall goes to the endzone to Hubbard and the two connect for the score. It was 21-all at the half.
But for the second straight year Liberty advances with the 41-to-34 win.
They'll host Grundy in two weeks.
The division two playoff action is up next.
We will check in on tonight's Region C game between Floyd and George Wythe, plus high scoring William Campbell hosted Manassas Park tonight in Naruna.
But first let's finish up tonight's playoff scoreboard and take a listen to the Heritage High school marching band.
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Floyd County where the Buffaloes - a team that has scored at will - yet been even more impressive defensively this season, hosted the Maroons of George Wythe.
Floyd had won two of the last three regional titles while GW hadn't taken home the trophy since 1983 when Paul Wheeler was its head coach.
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The Hawk was soaring last night in Floyd as the wind chill brought out the heavy artillery clothing, but as you know teenagers barely wear coats so they were juiced for the game.
Floyd County - feeding off the noise of the home crowd - lets Josh Deweese break free through the line. He will carry the mail 22 yards into the house for a score and it's 7-to-nothing Floyd County on top early.
The Buffs would come back again. This time on a first and ten - Deweese will this time break three tackles and rumble for 36 yards into George Wythe territory as the Buffs are poised to strike again.
That would set up a 32 yard field goal by Jacob Hawkins. And the versatile one will nail it as Floyd pushes its lead to 10-to-nothing still in the first.
In the second quarter - Floyd would just keep cranking. Deweese rips off another one. This time it's a 55 yard scoring dash as Floyd County takes a 16-to-nothing on George Wythe after the missed extra point.
Floyd was a few yards away from another score - when Hawkins fumbled inside the five. Josh Yates recovers for the Maroons and from that point on it was all George Wythe.
With the wind at their backs on a third and 15 - the Maroons' Grant Throckmorton airs one out to Yates.
The two two hook up for 30 yards and a touchdown, and instead of a 23-to-nothing game it's now 16-to-6.
Wythe then went for two, and Throckmorton rolls right. The pass is intended for Kevin Forrester, but the ball slips through his hands and right into the hands of teammate Yates - who saves the day. It's now 16-to-8.
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George Wythe scores 20 unanswered points to beat Floyd County 20-to-16.
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The Region B - division Two final tonight pitted the William Campbell Generals against Manassas Park.
The Generals have never won a regional football title as single A school, and the last time it got one as a double A member was back in 1995 - when the team lost to Graham in the state semi-finals.
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The Generals ripped onto their home field tonight looking to make quick work of the Cougars.
On the first play of the game - Thomas Boyd will rip off 14 yards down the sideline and carry the rock down to the one yard line.
On the next play - Cedric Peerman plunges in from the one yard line and it's 7-to-nothing William Campbell.
The Generals would get the ball back and go right back to work as Thomas Boyd fires one to Tony Gilliam for a five yard score. It's now 14-to-nothing William Campbell - still in the first.
Manassas Park would finally come to its senses - Zach Terrell somehow gets loose after being stopped in the backfield as he scrambles for 39 yards on a fourth and one to keep the Cougars' hopes alive.
A couple of plays later Manassas Park's scoring attempt comes up empty as Maurice Hogue picks off the pass in the endzone. The Generals led 14-to-nothing at halftime.
On the second play of the second half - Boyd will hook up with Chauncey Davis on a 68 yard scoring play. The extra point was no good and William Campbell was comfortably on top 20-to-nothing.
William Campbell would just keep cranking as Peerman run up the gut from 30 yards out.
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The Generals roll to the 41-to-nothing win and will play in the state semi-finals on December 7th.
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Later today on Your Hometown Station you can check out Carolina and Duke from the ACC. The Heels have beaten the Blue Devils 12 straight times.
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Right after that game - Auburn and Alabama hooks in the SEC at 3:30.
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And tomorrow afternoon - the AFC plays on Your Hometown Station as the Dolphins host the Chargers at one.
Friday Football Extra will be right back in just a moment.
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Our player of the week redefined what it means to step up and come up big for your team when it counts most.
Last Friday, Narrows quarterback Joey Powell, held off Galax and Green Wave head Coach Don Lowe's pending retirement with an upset win over the Maroon Tide 27-6 in the Region C Division One semifinals. Steve Mason has the story.
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((Joey Powell is a hunter and Friday, whether on offense or defense, he hunted down the Maroon Tide and made the kill in racking up 274 total yards against Galax.
Powell is not your typical quarterback. He is five feet nine inches tall and only 150 pounds, but he plays much bigger. His main weapon is his versatility. Against Galax, he scored four touchdowns, and all were spectacular. He tossed a 46 yard TD pass to Joe Joe Kinzer in the second quarter that tied the game at six.
He also ran for two more, a 37 yard gallop and a 32 yard sprint.
Five games ago, Narrows needed help at defensive back. Finally Coach Lowe gave in to Powell's constant requests to help his team both quarterback and defensive back. Powell practiced hard at DB and it paid off against Galax as he broke up three passes and returned an interception 77 yards for his fourth TD.
Powell is always motivated, but knowing this could have been his coaches final game served as extra incentive.))
((STEVE MASON:JOEY POWELL HAS BECOME A HERO IN NARROWS. HIS COACH BROUGHT OUT TEAM JERSEYS TO SELL AT A GAME EARLY IN THE SEASON. ALL NINE OF JOEY'S NUMBER 10 JERSEYS SOLD RIGHT AWAY. HE IS ALSO THE POINT GUARD ON THE BASKETBALL TEAM AND AFTER A GAME, A YOUNG BOY TOOK A COKE CAN JOEY HAD USED AND TOOK IT HOME AND PUT IT IN HIS ROOM. THE CAN IS STILL THERE AND THAT WAS A YEAR AGO. POWELL IS BEING RECRUITED BY EMORY AND HENRY AS A QUARTERBACK. STEVE MASO N FRIDAY FOOTBALL EXTRA.))
Next week almost every team in the area is off - giving thanks and preparing for the State Semi-Finals on Saturday - December 7th.
But Friday Football Extra will be right back here next Friday night with a special Thanksgiving edition for the program.
Take care everybody, stay warm and have a safe weekend.
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