Good evening one and all and welcome to Friday Football Extra.
As you may have heard this is our 20th season for the program and we thrilled to have you along for the ride tonight.
This evening we'll open up the 2003 campaign with highlights from 13 games including the Northside-Pulaski showdown in North Roanoke County.
We will also break out the Super 7 poll, and take a look at a brand new feature for this season - the Friday Football Extra Flashback.
But first we need to get busy with the highlights.
And be begin with the team that won the division four state championship last season - the Heritage Pioneers - who tonight were on the road in Pittsylvania County taking on Tunstall.
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Chris Jones' team came down with a bad case of fumbleitis in the firsthalf as they lost five of them and trailed 10-to-nothing in the third.
But the Pioneers would finally "get a grip" on things four minutes into the third as Brandon Giles follows his blocks and scores from the 2. It's now 10-to-7.
After a Tunstall punt Heritage would try the passing game, but Cory Brooks picks off Wayne Ford's pass off of the deflection to get back the momentum.
Tunstall wouldn't capitalize, but the Pioneers would. Ford will sneak in from the one and Heritage takes the lead for the first time all night - 13-to-10.
Later on Ford has a chance to seal the deal, but coughs up the ball inside the Tunstall five to keep the Trojans alive.
With a minute to go, Tunstall quarteback Brent Weaver looks for a miracle with the heave, but Chris Cook gets the huge pick.
Heritage survives a huge opening night scare with a 13-to-10 win over Tunstall.
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The reigning kings of the Division Three - the Liberty Minutemen are now in division four - and tonight they began the 2003 season at home against Triple A member Dinwiddie out of the Central district.
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The Minutemen are well aware of the high expectations placed on the program this year.
And tonight early in the first quarter from their own 48, the Minutemen's Chris Spinner takes the rock up the middle for 24 yards down to the 14 yard line.
A few plays later - O.B. Blake will plunge in from one yard out. It's six to nothing after the missed extra point.
Dinwiddie would have to punt on its next series. And Blake will field the ball , throw a little shake and bake on the hapless defenders and go 85 yards for for the special teams tally. It's 13-to-nothing Liberty.
Early in the second - Blake will hook up with Ian Childress for a 35 yard scoring strike.
The Minutemen roll in their season opener winning 54 to 14.
William Campbell won the division one crown in the most dominating of fashions last December when the Generals hung 70 points on Appalachia.
The team has been pummeling opponents in the preseason scrimmages, and
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Last night Brad Bradley took his on the road leaving Naruna and venturing into Henry County to play Laurel Park and the Lancers' new head coach Kevin Newman in the school's final year.
William Campbell would draw first blood as Terrence Elam completes the pass to Tony Gilliam on the screen. And Gilliam will go 12 yards untouched to give the Generals a 7 to nothing lead after just two offensive plays.
The defense also came to play. Orion Petre slams down Dashaye Simon for a loss that will force a Lancer punt.
Laurel Park would catch a defensive break of its own as UVa-bound Cedric Peerman has the ball jarred loose, and Jewel Johnson recovers for the Lancers to save what would have been six.
But if at first you don't succeed try, try again.
Peerman will do just that scampering in from 8 yards out to make it 14-to-nothing.
Campbell would add another one as Elam connects with a wide
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open Matt Barber from 10 yards out.
The Generals roll over the Lancers 68 to 0.
The other state champ from last season - the George Wythe Maroons - opened the season tonight with a ___ to __ win over Fort Chiswell.
We'll see them next week when they host Radford.
But first we need to check out the first batch of scores from tonight and check out the William Byrd high school band.
And Friday Football Extra continues right here on Your Hometown Station.
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Welcome back folks to Friday Football Extra.
Much has been made of the off season split of the Blue Ridge district and the formation of the River Ridge.
But whether you split it, crack it or glue it back together when Pulaski comes to play Northside is just doesn't matter...it's a wild one.
It is time now to check in with Steve Mason who
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had the honor of covering tonight's spotlight game of the week - as Vikings hosted the Cougars.
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Mike, Tonight marked the debut of Pulaski County new head coach Jack Turner. For the first time in 24 seasons, Joel Hicks was not pacing the sidelines. Hicks spent time with Turner today and told him to relax. Turner responded, relax..? how can I do that..you never relaxed!. Turner told me he was so close to being sick on the bus ride to Viking stadium and that he almost threw up. But, thanks to an experienced trio of Cougar backs, the 1984 Pulaski County graduate not only kept his dinner down, but went out and beat a legend in the works in Northside's Jim Hickam.
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((53 years. That's how much more head coaching experience the man he replaced and the man he would coach against had tonight. But senior running back Brandon Anderson produced a malox moment on Pulaski's first possession. The speedster takes the rock from Britt Shumate, finds a seem and is gone on a 35 yard touchdown run.
((BRANDON ANDERSON/13 CARRIES, 151 YARDS, 3 TOUCHDOWNS:))
Anderson and his other backfield mates, Derrick Burks and Ernie Hodge would ease Turner's nerves all night. After a Hodge TD, Anderson puts his second TD on the board, competed a six play, 70 yard drive with this 25 yard sprint and with about six minutes left in the half it was 21-nothing Cougars.
Northside's Ty Lawson led a sold drive but a fumble on the Pulaski nine yard line was recovered by the Cougars.
Anderson scores his third and final touchdown o a 36 yard gallop up the left side and a 28-nothing lead would seal the deal for the Cougars. But Turner wanted to get Burks more involved and in the fourth quarter, the 215 pound running back plunges in from five yards out.
((DERRICK BURKS/18 CARRIES, 122 YARDS RUSHING FOR PULASKI:))
Turner celebrates his first win against a great coach and he can thank the three backs who combined for 350 yards, all but 34 of the Cougars total offensive yards.))
((JIM HICKAM/NORTHSIDE HEAD COACH:))
((JACK TURNER/PULASKI HEAD COACH:))
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Now I was fortunate to report on Joel Hicks' state championship win back in 1992 in Richmond. In addition to a state title and 300 plus wins I will always respect coach Hicks for leaving the next Cougars coach with a program not only in excellent shape but with playoff potential.
Another Blue Ridge - River Ridge matchup was in Vinton tonight as William Byrd hosted Hidden Valley. The Titans surprised even themselves last year by picking up 3 wins in the school's first year.
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Byrd senior quarterback Jeff Highfill junior grew up with many of the Hidden Valley players lighting up the rec league fields.
The Terriers led 14-to-10 at the break and Highfill hands off in the third to Billy Ray Welch at the 27, and he goes around the right side and into open air to make it a 27-to-10 game in favor the home team.
But the Titans have some offense, and Brad Oliver caps a drive with a one yard ride and it's now a 27-to-16 game.
The Titans again at the start of the fourth quarter - Oliver keeps around the far end and he will bounce in again, this time from the 14. And Hidden Valley cuts the lead to 27-to-22.
But Byrd would win the offensive show as Welch ground out a ball control drive with
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one run after another. The Terriers hold off the Titans to get the 34-to-29 win.
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The Cave Spring Knights suffered through a very un-Cave Spring-like oh-and-10 season last year.
Tonight head coach Ben Foutz looked to turn the page on that dubious chapter as his team hosted Glenvar.
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Coach Foutz was actually looking to "dry erase" last year against the Highlanders.
The Knights led 16-to-7 at the half and in the third - Brian Thompson field the punt and he will take it 51 yards for the score. Cave Spring is now on top 22-to-7 in the third after the missed kick.
After a Glenvar turnover the Knights are at it again. Jeremiah Overstreet starts up the middle, breaks a few tackles and heads down the left side for a 24 yard touchdown run. The Knights increase their lead to 29-to-7.
With Glenvar trying early in the third, Thompson is at it again as he picks off the Cody Kidd pass and returns it into Highlander territory and the Knights are again in business.
After a 9 play drive - Cave will do it again as Kenny Horan hits Andrew Sellers on the pass.
Cave Spring opens with a bang drubbing Glenvar 36-to-7.
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Four more sets of highlights are straight ahead as we head to Daleville and Victory Stadium, plus we'll check on a couple of the area few remaining Group Three A schools.
But first more score and even more music from the Northside high school marching band.
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It's time now to head to Daleville and continue the week one tour of schools.
Lord Botetourt welcomed the Salem Spartans to town tonight.
Make that the hungry Salem Spartans who last year limped through a 5-and-5 season and missed the playoffs!
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The Botetourt band was in attendance tonight getting ready for what it hopes will be another award winning year.
Salem will make its mark on defense early as Brian Webb picks off this pass on the Cavaliers' 40 yard line.
Salem would later be faced with a fourth and 10 from the 11, and the Spartans would hit the field goal - to make it a 3-to-nothing game.
The Cavs would come roaring back and get in position for a field goal of their own, but Austin Tuell's kick is short and wide to the right.
Salem would come right back and take advantage as Scott Scharnus field the punt and returns it 40 yards for a touchdown as the Spartans' special teams
make their mark and Salem opens the season with a 38 to 0 win.
The Fleming Colonels, who by the way are still in the Blue Ridge, hosted Magna Vista tonight at Victory Stadium, although the Warriors were without head coach Joe Beckleheimer.
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The Colonels were behind at halftime 13-to-6 to the Warriors.
Fleming will try to get back in this thing with a little trickery as the Colonels attempt the flea flicker. But A.J. Watkins picks off the Dere (de-RAY) Hicks and returns it to his own 40.
With about 5 minutes left in the third. Fleming will get right back in the game as Casey Corner takes the pass in for the touchdown. Magna Vista still leads 13-to-12 after the failed 2point try.
Then with about 2 minutes left in the third, Hicks will scamper for a 40 yard touchdown right up the right side. This time the two point try is good and Fleming is on top 20-to-13.
With 5:54 left in the game - Mijuan Curtis will silence the Warriors once and for all with the interception and return for six.
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It's a 50 yard pick for a TD. And Fleming opens with a 34-to-13 win tonight.
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Expectations are sky high in Rocky Mount this season as the Franklin County Eagles try to make it back to the postseason.
Tonight the Amherst County Lancers would provide the team with a tough season opener.
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It was a gorgeous night for "Billy -Ball" at Cy Dillon stadium as a big crowd turned out in the Mount.
On just the third play of the game - Franklin County's Ronnie Edwards will barrel down the right side to put the Eagles on the board early. It's 6-to-nothing after the missed kick and the Eagles are in business.
The Eagles would get the rock right back and here they come again. Shane Cooper busts one down the left side for 34 yards to move the ball to the Amherst 11 yard line, but they would miss a field goal.
Amherst then settled down. Ryan O'Neill breaks right through the heart of the Eagles' defense and O'Neill is taking this thing 81 yards for a score. The Lancers would go for two but miss. We're tied at 6.
The Eagles would keep the track meet rolling by culminating a 46 yard drive with a Andrew Schenker field goal that is good from
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The Eagles beat Amherst County tonight 44 to 29.
The E.C. Glass Hilltoppers also hooked up with a Seminole power tonight as they stepped out of district and hosted Brookville at City Stadium.
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The Hilltopper Mascot was swinging the school colors in the breeze tonight with a 14-to-nothing halftime lead.
Late in the third, Glass will go for more as Nick Anderson calls his own number and he will take it 46 yards for another Hilltopper touchdown. Folks the Toppers have a 21-to-nothing lead on the Bees.
On the ensuing kickoff, Darren McKenzie receives it and he will race up the middle for Brookville. And the Bees finally get on the scoreboard on the lightning quick return. It's now 21-to-6.
Early in the fourth, Glass again, and again it is Anderson doing the damage as he takes it up the middle on a 34 yard run down the Bees six that set up a Topper field goal.
Anderson just domainted the game throughout as he takes off from the 47 and runs about 70 yards back and forth across the field to officially pick up 44.
EC Glass looking like its old self tonight with a 24-to-6 win over Brookville.
We still need to check on that big Giles-Blacksburg game tonight - plus two more sets of highlights from week one.
And we will do just that as soon as we close out this week's scoreboard with the help of the _________- marching band.
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To celebrate this 20th year of Friday Football Extra - you may have heard that we are giving away a pair of tickets to either a Tech or UVA game each Friday night.
Tonight it's a pair to next Saturday's Tech-JMU game.
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We're looking for the 7th caller to win the tickets.
The Number is (1-866-WIN-WDBJ)
Again, be the 7th caller and get a pair of tickets to next weekend's Tech-JMU game.
We'll have the winner for you later in the show.
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Welcome back to Friday Football Extra as we now get ready for
the Giles-Blacksburg game.
Both head coaches Steve Ragsdale and Dave Crist have been at their posts all 20 years of Friday Football Extra.
Who would have ever thought the coach would outlast the mascot as tonight's marks the advent of the Blacksburg Bruins instead of Indians.
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Some lightning problems in Pearisburg in the first quarter forced a one hour and 45 minute delay.
At the end of the first we're tied at 7, and Blackburg's Tyler Corvin will nail a 28 yard field goal and the "Artist formerly known as Indians" takes a 10-to-7 lead.
Then the defense stepped up. C.J. Hamilton will get sacked by the Bruins' Shane Bennett for a loss.
On the next play, Mike Early will try to get Giles in position with the six yard pass
Then watch this fourth and four play. Matthew Clark will be back to punt. The snap sails over his head. He finally catches up with the ball and right before he's tackled he will kick it.
It's picked up by Giles' Michael Earley - who thinks Blacksburg touched it.
He takes it all the way for the score - but it is called back.
Blacksburg would go on to win 31-to-13.
Just a little farther west on 460 the Narrows Green Wave opened the season with new head coach Kelly Lowe against Eastern Montgomery.
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The Narrows team drove across town and stepped off teh bus for the home contest. They should have hopped back on that thing.
Eastern Montgomery's Jordan Stewart will hand off to Josh Smith and he will break through the Green Wave line and pick up 36 yards on this outstsanding carry.
Later on a fourth and goal, Stewart will connect with Smith for six. They miss the kick and it's 6-to-nothing.
On the Mustangs' next possession on the second and six, Zach Richardson flies in for the Green Wave to make the sack.
But the next play, Stewart will connect with Zach Miller this time. The 45 yard touchdown pass will put Eastern Montgomery in
In the second, the Mustangs will get another Stewart to Smith hook up to set up another score. The Mustangs win it going away tonight 26 to 20.
Finally tonight, we close out the highlights from the first week of the season in Moneta where the Staunton River Golden Eagles welcomed Gretna up from Pittsylvania County.
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Staunton River was clanging and bangin at midfield before the game got started as they prepared for this opening night battle.
Late in the first quarter - the Eagles from midfield will let Jamar Nichols cut one off the right side. He gets some nice blocks and 52 yards later - he's in the house with the score. It's 7-to-nothing Golden Eagles.
To open the second quarters, the Hawks take off on a keeper and pick 29 yards on this carry to show some promise for the visitors.
A handful of plays later - from four yards out - Gretna punches it in to tie the game at 7-all.
The Gretna tolls in this one 49 to 7.
The first Super 7 poll of the season and the first edition of our Friday Football Extra flashback are both straight ahead after this quick commercial break.
We'll be right back.
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Usually we begin the season with a preseason Super-7, but because last week we opened up with an hour long primetime show highlighting our history, tonight marks the
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first poll of the season.
And the competition to get in tonight is brutal.
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The four state champs from last season hold down the top four spots.
Pulaski and Salem opened with big time wins tonight.
And the number seven team is EC Glass.
The Toppers also were impressive tonight.
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And the pollbuster tonight is Fleming which had a great win over Magna Vista.
In honor of this being our 20th year in business here at Friday Football Extra - each week this season we will be bringing you a "Friday Football Extra" flashback.
We'll take a look back at either a player, a coach, or a specific game.
Tonight we begin our Flashbacks with a coach for the ages.
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[SUPER=51-Bob Williams/21 Years as Parry McCluer Head Coach; :23]
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[SUPER=54-This Summer; 1:45]
[OUT Q=...WHAT I DID."]
(( He never got the publicity that many of his counterparts received, but former Parry McCluer head coach Bob Williams is without question one of the greatest coaches in the history of this program. In his 21 years at the school he won 5 state title and a combined 24 district and regional titles.
He retired in on November 11 of 1994. Since then the coaches who have followed in footsteps have had trouble producing a winning record, much less a playoff experience. Not surprisingly he credits all of that success to what was one of the most stable coaching staffs in the area.
Williams is home grown and a former valedictoriam and three sports star at the school. On November 9th of 2001 - the field at the new Parry McCluer high school was named in his honor. He almost didn't get to see a game played on it, however. Williams is a diabetic and his health was failing fast around the time of the dedication. He had gone on dialysis, but needed a kidney transplant.
He got that new kidney from his sister-in-law last year at the UVa medical center and at the same time a new lease on life.))
Bob Williams is a winner in many ways.
Speaking of winners, congratulations to Susan Landis from Lynchburg, the winner of the tonight's JMU-Virginia Tech tickets.
Next Friday night we'll give away a pair to the Hokies game with Texas A & M.
Until then thanks for watching and we hope to see you right back here next Friday night at 11:35.
Have a safe weekend.
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