Good evening folks and welcome to yet another edition of Friday Football Extra.
It's week number 8 of the regular season and by now almost every single game has district and playoff implications.
We'll check 13 contests in the next half hour, Flashback to 1989 and give away a pair of tickets to tomorrow night's UVa-Florida State game.
Let's get started in Bedford County - where two of the county's three schools hooked in what has become the weekly Seminole district game of the week.
Tonight, the number one team in the Super 7 - unbeaten Liberty hosted once beaten Jefferson Forest.
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The Minutemen were all juiced up for this this one and they would need every bit of that enthusiasm and adrenaline.
On the opening kickoff - Steven Toler will field the kick and go straight up the middle. He finds a seam and takes it 60 yards all the way to the Forest 29 yard line.
A few plays later - O.B. Blake will cap the drive as he hits Ian Childress on a 29 yard scoring pass. The Minutemen take a 7-to-nothing lead and appear to be headed for another rout.
On their next possesion Toler will take it up the middle again. Thistime he picks up 36 yards and moves the ball all the way to the 20 yard line.
A few plays later D.L. Johnson connects on the this field goal.
Liberty starts fast, but has to hang on to beat Forest 13-to-10, blocking a kick on the final play of the game.
The other remaining unbeaten the Seminole heading into tonight - Heritage was on the road playing the other Bedford County school - Staunton River in Moneta.
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Chris Jones the Pioneers were in another close game up 14-to-6 going to the third.
Heritage with ball in the second half will let Mitchell Sandidge take iton the counter play right up the middle. He finds a hole courtesy some good blocking and he will pick up 32 yard on the carry.
Two plays later, Heritage in the Maryland I formation will give it D.K. Ellis - and he will carry it home. It's now 21-to-6 Pioneers.
To start the fourth - Ellis will cap another drive with a five yard carry
right up the middle again. Heritage stays unbeaten on the season with the 28-to-6 win.
The win over Staunton River makes Heritage coach Chris Jones 21-and-0 in in a season and a half at Heritage.
This week he was named the 2003 Coach of the Year by
the National High School Coaches Association.
Tonight we asked the West Virginia native about garnering the prestigious honor.
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[IN Q=WELL, IT'S A GREAT...]
[SUPER=51-Chris Jones/Named National Coach of the Year; :00]
[OUT Q=...for four years."]
Magna Vista appears to be headed with a Piedmont district showdown with Tunstall later this season, but tonight the Warriors had to deal with pesky Fieldale-Collinsville.
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The Warriors and the Cavaliers were dodging some rain showers in Henry County tonight.
Magna Vista jumped on top late in the first quarter when Quentin Preston ripped off this 39 yard run. He takes it to the house and the Warriors are on top 7-to-nothing with two minutes left in the first.
FC would answer with Brandon Dillard keeping to the outside.
He will ramble down the near sideline all the way down to the Warriors 11 yard line, as he picks up good yardage.
Dillard's run set up this 30 yard field goal from Barry Joyce.
He knocks it through.
Magna Vista wins it 35 to 3.
The Martinsville Bulldogs got their act together last week with a one point win over F.C., and tonight the Dogs were on the prowl in Bassett hoping to take down the Bengals.
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To Ed Bassett Stadium we go where the Dogs tried to build on a big halftime lead.
Shaquan Beamer finds Marcus Martin over the middle and he takes it inside the Bengals five yard line.
Two plays later, Steven Henderson crashes in from a couple of yards out and the Dogs led it 42 to 6.
The Bengals got on the board one more time late, but Martinsville
won it big 42 to 18.
When we come back we'll checkout what's happening in the Blue Ridge and River Ridge tonight as we travel to Pulaski, Hidden Valley, Christiansburg and Daleville.
Plus, later tonight our spotlight game of the week features Bath County and its old nemesis Riverheads.
But first let's check out the first block of scores from week 8 and get in step with the Pulaski County Marching band.
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Thanks again for joining us this evening here on Friday Football Extra.
One of the top matchups on paper this week featured the Pulaski County Cougars fresh off an of week playing host to Blacksburg.
Both teams came in 1-and-0 in River Ridge district play.
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Don't adjust your sets folks - it was foggy in Pulaski Tonight.
We pick it up with Pulaski on top 14-to-9, and the Cougars back to punt. But Jared Walters will block that kick. Allen Reynolds will pick it up for the touchdown. The Bruins take a 15-to-14 lead on Pulaski.
The Indians then go for two - and Sam Wheeler will jump up and toss the alley-oop to Seth Engebritson and it's a 17-to-14 Bruin lead.
Blacksburg would add two more score to go on top 30-to-14, before Pulaski rallied back. Brandon Anderson takes the handoff and he will pick up 40 yards and it looks like a TD, but he will drop the ball at the four yard line.
It goes out of bounds, Pulaski retains possession, and Derrick Burks scores to make it a 30-to-22 game in the fourth.
But Blacksburg's offense was too much for the Cougars.
The artist formerly known as the Indians hammers Pulaski 44-to-22.
The Salem Spartans have quietly rolling along this season, especially since William Byrd got the team's attention.
Tonight the Spartans tried to improve to 2-and-0 in River Ridge action in the school's first ever meeting with Hidden Valley.
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Tonight's game marked one of those teacher meets pupil encounters as Willis White took on his former quarterback Stevve Magenbauer.
Salem had a 10-to-nothing lead to start the third, and kept things going on as Matt Shawver hits Andre Hairston rolling to his right. He finds plenty of open space and he will romp 41 yards before he's brought down.
Three plays later Salem asks Austin Casey to take it in over the top. He's in for the score and it's now 17-to-nothing.
Later in third, down 24-to-nothing, Hidden Valley looks to pass, but Brad Oliver's toss out of the shotgun it tipped and it lands in the arms of Salem's Byron Webb. He will make the pick at 33 yard line and head to his left. The field is congested so he zig zags, finds some open air and he will take it all the way back for the TD. It's now 31-to-nothing.
Hidden Valley would seal its fate with another turnover, and Salem
would roll to the 45-to-7 win. Hairston blasts right up the gut and into the house.
The Cave Spring Knights were on the road in the New River Valley for the second straight week.
Ben Foutz's was trying to snap a two game losing skid at Christiansburg.
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With a chill in the air tonight - things were getting warmed up at midfield with the coin toss.
But the action would stay chilly until the openign drive of the second quarter. Backed up deep in their own territory, the Knights Kenny Horan hands off to Jeremiah Overstreet, and he goes off the left side, into the open and he will pick up 38 yards before he's brought down.
A few plays later, Horan will shoot the screen pass out to Overstreet and he will pick up 33 yards on this play moving the ball all the way down to the Blue Demons 5 yard line.
From the two, Matt Curry carries the rock in for the Cave Spring score in tight. The Knights take a seven to nothing lead.
But they can't hold on as Cave Spring falls to Christiansburg 14 to 10.
In the Blue Ridge tonight, Fleming looked to stay perfect in district play as the Colonels traveled down to Daleville to battle the winless Lord Botetourt Cavaliers.
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It was 54 degrees around the Roanoke Valley, but it seemed a lot colder in Botetourt tonight.
Here's the evidence of that. Matt Witt winds up and hits a wide open Austil Tuell deep in Fleming territory, but he can;t make the catch and the Cavs come up empty.
Fleming would have its chance to take the chill off. Dwayne Priest takes the ball and finds a seam up the left hand side. Priest will carry the mail all the way to the LB 16 yard line. But the Colonels would come up with nothing.
Early in the second, Botetourt is forced to punt. Maurice Kitchens flies in and gets a hand on the ball to block the punt.
The Colonels recover deep - but they then turn it over again.
Botetourt would eventually click on the this diving catch by
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Tuell. Fleming gets the 21 to 0 win.
The spotlight game of the week is up next tonight, plus we'll also see what happened in the Thress Rivers as Radford and Floyd looked to stay on a collison course.
Plus, that pair of tickets to the UVa-Florida State game is up for grabs very soon.
But right now let's clear out the scores and check out the Floyd marching band.
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Welcome back one and all as we head north of Interstate 81
take the Greenville exit and hand a left on our way to Riverheads high school - the site of tonight's spotlight game of the week between Bath County and Riverheads.
The two schools are not in the same district, but theie paths have crossed at some rather important times in the past few years.
From 1999-2001 Bath County lost just three games and all 3 were to Riverheads.
But last year the Chargers delivered a little payback with a 21-to-nothing win.
Tonight the two 6-and-0 Group A powers met again in Augusta County.
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[SUPER=51-John Phillips/4 Catches, 160 Yards, 3 TDs; ]
[SUPER=51-Jacob Phillips/Accounted for 6 TDs; ]
[SUPER=51-Robert Casto/Riverheads Head Coach; ]
[SUPER=51-Will Fields/19 & 1 as Bath Co. Head Coach; ]
(( The Chargers looked to extend their mark of perfection as they raced into the hostile enviroment of the Red Pride coliseum.
Riverheads running back John Hocker would give the Gladiators an early lead plowing in from a yard out. 7-to-nothing after 2 minutes of play.
But the Chargers offense would be up to the task as well.
Jacob Phillips decides to pitch at the last second on the option. David Hicks takes it and the play will yield 33 yards down to the Gladiators' 38 yard line.
A few snaps later - Phillips keeps this option - and he will get the nine yard TD and we're tied at 7-all.
In the second quarter - Jacob is doing his thing again. He hooks up with brother John on the pretty 12 yard TD pass. It's 14-to-7 Bath.
That Phillips combination worked so well once why not do it again.
The former player of the week shows off his cannon - firing the 58 yard strike to John and that makes it 21-to-7 Chargers.
Riverheads would later respond with a good drive of its own, but this 29 yard field goal from Adam Knopp was all they had to show for it. 21-to-10 at halftime.
The Chargers would turn it up a notch in the third, starting with this 56 yard TD keeper by Jacob Phillips just 59 seconds into the second half. Bath is suddenly on top 27-to-10. Jacob had 165 yards rushing on the night.
Bath would get the ball back and another quick strike drive woul be the result. Jacob and John hook up one more time and the little brother motors his way - all 225 pounds of him - outrunning the defense for an 80 yard score.
It's 35-to-10 Bath and the rout is on.
John was also a monster on defense. He wraps up quartebrack Dylan Morris and throws him down. Bath's D holds Riverheads to 17 points and wins it 50-to-17.))
In the Three Rivers district tonight, 5-and-1 Radford played host to 4-and-2 Auburn at Bobcat Stadium.
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Another great night for high school football at the house that Lineburg built.
Radford on the move early. Josh Dunbar takes the handoff on the opening drive of the game and he will take it in for the score from the three. It's 6-to-nothing.
On the Bobcats next possession, Terrell Dobbins will take the handoff and he will smoke the Auburn defense for 47 yards. This time they make the kick and Radford takes a 14-to-nothing lead.
Nathan Charleton would then pass to Scott King on the third and goal and they connect for a TD. That makes it 21-to-nothing.
Auburn's D.J. Tibbs would finally get the ball to Scott Bennett,
and he will score on the 43 yard completion.
But Radford improves to 6-and-1 tonight with the 24 to 6 win over Auburn.
Elsewhere in the three river, Floyd County was back home taking on Glenvar tonight. The Highlanders had won two straight coming in, including last week's upset of unbeaten Eastern Montgomery.
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The Buffaloes returned from the break with plenty of lights and noise welcoming them onto the field.
They were up 20-to-6 and they keep it rolling. From their own 41 - Daniel Grim the quarterback goes to the air and he will connect with Alex Wilkins on a down and out. The play picks up 13 yards.
Later in the third, from the Glenvar 19 - Grim keeps and picks up five more yards on the carry.
Two plays later - John Mathis finds a hole and carries the rock 15 yards for the touchdown. Floyd now has a 26-to-6 lead over Glenvar.
Late in the fourth - the Buffs Travis Akers keep on the carry and goes around the right end as Floyd wins it 26-to-6.
Two more sets of highlights are on the way this evening as we check in with the Western Valley district.
But right now a chance to win two more of those smoking UVa tickets.
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As always - I'm looking for the 7th caller to win a pair to the Florida State at UVa game - tomorrow at Scott Stadium.
Just Dial (1-866-WIN-WDBJ)
Again, be the 7th caller and get a pair of tickets to see the Cavs and Seminoles.
We'll have the winner for you later in the show.
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It is time now to check in on the Triple A ranks.
We have just five schools in Group Three A this season, and Franklin County is the only one with a winning record at this point.
But E.C Glass is unbeaten in district play and that's all that mattered tonight as they hosted Halifax - yet another winless program in 2003.
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The Toppers were up 12 and nothing and loving life at halftime.
After an early field goal in the third, Glass will score again as Robert Davis takes it in from 14 yards out. That would make it a 22-to-nothing Glass lead in the second half.
Halifax would have to punt from his endzone later in the third, but the snap sails over his head. The safety makes it a 24-to-nothing contest.
Early in the fourth, Nick Anderson calls his own number and he will race down the right sideline - moving the ball all the way down to the 20 yard line on the carry.
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Anderson would finish it from the three.
The Hilltoppers drop the Comets 32-to-8.
Two teams that have not come close to their preseason expectations met at Victory Stadium tonight.
Patrick Henry hosted Danville's George Washington Eagles in a Western valley district tilt.
The Patriots were 0-and-7
[SUPER=53-Roanoke/G.W. Danville vs. Patrick Henry; :00]
while GW under first year head coach Dan Newell came in at 2-and-4, and 0-and-1 in district play.
GW would turn it over early and PH would try to capitalize. Mike Young hits Armondo Robinson on the streak. The two connect on the pitch and catch. It's good for 40 yards and that makes it 7-to-nothing.
The Eagles turned it over again, and again PH would get busy.
Young will again go to the air. The same route on the opposite side of the field will see him find Chris Martin. He follows his blocks and goes 75 yards to the house for another Patriot point. 14-to-nothing PH.
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GW would finally hold on to the ball, and let Greg Thompson run over the PH line. He bulls his way in for the TD to cut the lead to 14-to-6. GW wins 28-to-17 despite 6 turnovers.
Earlier tonight - Willis White and Steven Magenbauer shook hands after their first meeting as head coaches - 14 years ago their hands were clasped simply hoping for the best.
Tonight's Flashback segment takes us back 14 years to the 1989 season.
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[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[OUT Q=...IN HIS SECOND SEASON."]
(( The Salem Spartans were unbeatable in 1989 posting a 10-and-0 regular season mark. They were led that season by a hot shot sophomore quarterback named Steve Magenbauer. That August he beat out three seniors for the starting signal caller spot and quickly went out and won player of the week honors.
The Spartans opened the playoffs against Dan River and were rolling behind Magenbauer's throwing.
But on the next to last play of the first half - an innocent tackle by Magenbauer from his linebacker position ended his playing career forever.
He suffered partial paralysis caused by a congenital defect in his spine.
The following year he felt better than ever, but the risk of serious paralysis from another hit kept him from playing.
He channeled his injury and his energy into helping coach youth and middle school kids. He went on to graduate from Virginia Tech. And already, in his young career he has been the head coach at both Glenvar and Hidden Valley where he is now in his second season.))
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And tomorrow the football continues here on Your Hometown Station as we bring you and ACC-SEC doubleheader. Wake Forest takes on Duke at Noon followed by Florida and Arkansas.
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Then on Sunday a great NFL matchup for you at one as the unbeaten Panthers take on the Tennessee Titans.
Football this weekend on WDBJ-7.
Friday Football Extra continues in just a moment.
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Let's now check in on the 8th Super 7 poll of the season as the ranks of the unbeaten hold tight.
And as a result the top teams in the poll remain unchanged.
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Liberty survives Jefferson Forest and stays number one.
Gretna beat Buckingham 55-to-6 to stay 2nd.
Heritage beat Staunton River to stay third.
Bath rolls Riverheads and advances to 7-and-0.
Carroll County is still unbeaten and 5th after beating Virginia High.
William Byrd was off and stays 6th.
And Salem wins again to stay 7th.
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And the pollbuster remains the same. Blacksburg doubles up Pulaski and is on the verge of the poll - now 6 and 1.
Our player of the week is a gamer. His coach wishes he was more of a practice player.
But regardless of whether or not Liberty quarterback O.B. Blake and Chris Watts agree on everything, one thing is for sure, the junior has the Minutemen on a collision course with another state championship. Steve Mason has more.
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[SUPER=53-Amherst/Last Friday Night; :00]
[SUPER=51-O.B. Blake/114 Yards Rushing, 3 TD's; :20]
[SUPER=51-Chris Watts/Liberty Head Coach; :38]
[SUPER=49-Steve Mason; 1:25]
[OUT Q=...friday football extra"]
((O.B Blake faced his toughest challenge of the season last Friday. He faced his old coach Scott Abell and an undefeated 6 and OH Amherst team ranked one spot behind Liberty at number 4 in the state. Three touchdowns, 114 yards and 11 tackles later, everyone concluded that he rose to the challenge.
If there is any flaw in Blake's game, its that he is not particularly fond of practice and at times that has gotten him in trouble. A bye week laps in his concentration and his coach suspended him for a game.
The second year starter hopes to lead Liberty to a second straight state championship. Steve Mason Friday Football Extra.))
Thanks so much Steve, next week Liberty squares off against Heritage.
But tomorrow it's UVa and FSU.
and congratulations to our winner of tickets tonight on Friday Football Extra.
Donna Pegram of Roanoke picks up a pair to the Seminoles-Cavaliers 7:45pm kickoff at Scott Stadium.
Next week we're giving away a pair to the Tech-Miami game on November 1st.
Hope to see you then everybody. For all of us at Friday Football Extra - take care folks and have a safe weekend.
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