Good evening one and all and welcome to week nine of Friday Football Extra here on Your Hometown Station.
In the next half hour we'll run through a dozen highlights from Hillsville to Danville.
And remember - later tonight we'll give away a pair of tickets to the Tech-Miami game.
We begin tonight with the River Ridge district race as Salem looked to stay perfect in league play this evening as it played host to the Cave Spring Knights - a team trying to stop a three game skid.
[SUPER=53-Salem/Cave Spring vs. Salem; :00]
The Spartans had a chance to ring the touchdown bell early and often tonight on top 24-to-nothing at halftime.
Cave Spring would come out in the third trying to put something on the board, but the Knights' pass is picked off by Billy Cameron on the Salem 19 yard line.
Salem would turn the turnover into a TD as Andre Hairston slams in from the one. It's now a 31-to-nothing Spartans on top.
The Knights opened up the fourth with a 15 yard run by Matt Currie, but Cave would not be able to sustain the drive.
The Spartans would close the deal with 19 seconds left in the game.
Cameron Chaney picks off the pass and takes it to the house.
Salem gets the 38-to-nothing win and tunes up for next week's showdown at Bill Brown Stadium against Blacksburg.
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[IN Q=BLACKSBURG AND US...]
[SUPER=51-Willis White/Salem Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...IT WILL BE A BARN BURNER."]
The artist formerly known as the Indians was simply trying to stay on course tonight.
After doubling up Pulaski last week, Blacksburg didn't want to stumble a week before hosting Salem.
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It was homecoming at Hidden Valley tonight as the Titans, who will graduate their first senior class later this year enjoyed a day out of school and night at Bogle Field.
Blacksburg would make its mark in the first quarter as Sam Wheeler faces a second and 14 from the Titans 25, and he will not only get the first down by the touchdown. Wheeler takes it 25 yards to the house for the score. It's 7-to-nothing with just four minutes gone in the game.
The Titans fell behind 14-to-nothing after a turnover.
But Nick Viar will try to bring them back as quarterback Brad Oliver brings the Titans back into it with the 10 yard TD.
It's 14-to-7 Bruins.
Blacksburg would rally back and be faced with a 4-and-3 from the Titans' 21, and David Houff will keep the ball and take it right up the middle for 9 yards.
Several plays later that would lead to a one yard sneak by Houff for the score.
Blacksburg jumps on top 21-to-7, and the Bruins win it 48 to 28.
The Pulaski County Cougars and Christiansburg Blue Demons hooked up tonight at Kenneth Dobson Stadium.
Pulaski had to win just to keep its minimal playoff hopes alive, while Christiansburg was also trying to set itself up for the postseason in division three.
[SUPER=53-Pulaski Co./Christiansburg vs. Pulaski Co.; :00]
The Cougars rolled down the hill hungry for another win.
It was 28-13 Pulaski at halftime and Robert Clark picks up the second half kickoff at the ten yard line and takes it all the way out to the 48 before getting dropped.
That setup a short drive for the Cougars. Brit Shumate hands to Derek Burks who busts off a 24 yard run down to the six yard line.
Four plays later, Brian Anderson goes in for the score to make it 35-13.
The Blue Demons Andrew Hoffer then went to the air on offense. Ryan Dean picks it off though and takes it 51 yards to the endzone. Pulaski led 41 to 13 and went on to win 47 to 19.
When we come back tonight we'll check in with Steve Mason and get the details of tonight's Spotlight Game of the Week from Lynchburg where defending state champs Heritage and Liberty squared off.
But right now we want to check out the first batch of scores from week 8 and get in step with the Pride of Salem Marching band.
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[SUPER=48-Dan River/0/Magna Vista/58;]
[SUPER=48-Franklin Co./21/George Washington/13;]
[SUPER=48-Hargrave Military/33/Roanoke Catholic/14;]
[SUPER=48-Halifax Co./13/Patrick Henry/14;]
[SUPER=48-E. Montgomery/22/Floyd Co./16;]
[SUPER=48-E.C. Glass/20/Culpeper Co./7;]
[SUPER=48-Fort Chiswell/10/Grayson Co./39;]
[SUPER=48-Lebanon/39/P.H. Glade Spring/7;]
[SUPER=48-Gate City/27/Powell Valley/12;]
[SUPER=48-Craig Co./18/Parry McCluer/6;]
Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra as we get ready to examine the most talked about game in out part of the state.
Liberty met Heritage tonight in an historic matchup. Never in the 20 years of Friday Football Extra have two defending state champs squared off the following season unbeaten this late in the year.
Often these kinds of games don't live up their advanced billing or the hype, but that certainly wasn't the case tonight.
Steve Mason tells us how Heritage came back from the grave to stun the Minutemen 28 to 27.
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[SUPER=53-Lynchburg/Liberty vs. Heritage; :00]
[SUPER=51-Stephen Toler/Scored First Liberty TD; :]
[SUPER=51-Pierre Penn/Two TD Catches for Heritage; :]
[SUPER=51-Donnie Foster/Two TD's Passing, Two TD's Rushing; :]
[SUPER=51-Chris Watts/Liberty Head Coach; :]
[SUPER=51-Chris Jones/Heritage Head Coach; :]
[SUPER=49-Steve Mason/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=...Friday Football Extra."]
The Western Valley district hasn't been anything to write home about this season, but tonight GW Danville and Franklin County began the stretch run trying to win and keep pace with EC Glass tonight.
[SUPER=53-Danville/Franklin Co. vs. G.W. Danville; :00]
Nothing idle about those G-W Eagles tonight as they clatter into battle..
First quarter action, Danville with a 3rd and 14 from their own 31, Cameron Martin lofts one up.. when it comes back to earth, Delonte Wilson grabs it away from three defenders for the 46-yard gain..
A few plays later Martin calls his own number, finds a hole and number 13 takes it in from 13 yards out, 7-nothing G-W Danville.
Franklin County trying to answer, quarterback Daniel Brooks on the keeper and he's off to the races.. but a good coach always say "never give up on the play".. Martin strips him from behind and G-W recovers the fumble at their own 5, Eagles blow a scoring opportunity.
Second quarter now, this time Brooks goes to the air, he hits Patrick Preston in stride with the perfect spiral, Preston takes it 69 yards to tie things up at 7 apiece.
Danville would answer, Cameron Martin tosses it right into your living room, Marion Walton is there for the 10-yard score..
[SUPER=50-Franklin Co./21/George Washington/13;]
Franklin County wins the battle of Eagles 21-to-13 in southside.
The Patrick Henry Patriots played their final home of the season tonight at Victory Stadium as they hosted the Halifax Comets.
PH came in to the game with an 0-and-8 record, while the Comets were 0-and-7.
[SUPER=53-Roanoke/Halifax Co. vs. Patrick Henry;:00]
It also was senior night as the PH faithful recognized this year's 12th graders.
Halifax would do its best to utilize its speed and make something happen in the first quarter as the Comets often do on special teams with this return.
But PH would pump up the volume and stall that drive.
[super=50-Halifax Co./13/Patrick Henry/14;]
And piece together one of it own. The quarterback J.C. Simmons sneaks in and PH gets win number one over Halifax County 14 to 13.
With Fleming off this week, the other William at the top of the Blue Ridge heap - William Byrd tried to stay unbeaten in district play as it hosted the Northside Vikings.
Some of the Byrd fans brought their own sofa to the game -
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[VO NAT CON'T]
[SUPER=53-Vinton/Northside vs. William Byrd; :00]
Thanks for the greeting!
The Terriers would let the ground game make its mark first as Billy Ray Welch takes off and end up 43 yards down the field as he gets the Terriers in position for their third score of the first half.
Two plays later, Jeff Highfill, Junior takes it in for the TD. It's 22 to nothing after the two point conversion.
Northside would come back a bit as Ben Creasy takes off on the option to his right. No one picks him up and he will break into the clear and roll 63 yards for the score. The Terriers' lead is cut to 22-to-6.
William Byrd would then some in the air. Highfill to Josh Baumgartner on a 22 yard hook-up and this would again set up a Terrier score.
Welsh will slam in from the six for the fourth TD of the half.
Byrd improves to 7-and-1 overall and 2-and-0 in the Blue Ridge with the 42 to 6 win.
The Three Rivers district shakedown continues when we come back as we check on all six of the teams in that league.
Plus, we're going to give away those Tech-Miami tickets in just a few minutes.
But right now let's wrapup the scoreboard and get in step with the Carroll County marching band from Hillsville.
[GO TO SCORES AND BAND B]
[SUPER=48-Craig Co./18/Parry McCluer/6;]
It's time now to turn our attention to the Group A ranks where the Three Rivers was all about district play tonight.
The Floyd County Buffaloes who were 2-and-0 in the district and 6-and-0 overall hosted 5-and-2 Eastern Montgomery.
[SUPER=53-Floyd/Eastern Mont. vs. Floyd Co.; :00]
The Buffalo was roaming the sideline getting the Floyd crowd back into this thing as the Mustangs led 16-to-nothing in the third.
Floyd would follow the crowd's lead lidway through the third as Buffalo quarterback Daniel Grim hands off to Ethan Mannon. He goes right up the middle, cuts it outside and gets 14 yards.
Later the same two work the screen pass down the right sideline and in for the 14 yard touchdown. The score it now 16-to-8 after the two point conversion.
Late in the fourth - the Buffs again with the ball - and this time from the 40 Grim fires the pass to Elliott Patton on the right flat. He picks up 15 yards on the pitch and catch.
Several plays later - on a second and goal from the two Chris Collins takes the rock and rolls off the left side for 6 more. It's now 16-to-14 Buffs on the comeback.
They then go for two, and Patton will take the handoff, go around the left end and tie the game at 16-all. The game would head to overtime just like that.
The Buffs would fail to convert, but the Mustangs would not. Jordan
[SUPER=50-Eastern Montgomery/22/Floyd Co./16;]
Stewart hands off to Josh Smith - and Mister Smith carries it in for the biggest win in the school's short history!
Eastern Mont - beats Floyd 22-to-16 in overtime.
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[SUPER=51-Josh Smith/Scored Game Winnign TD; :00]
[SUPER=51-Brett McPherson/Eastern Montgomery Head Coach; ;12]
[OUT Q=...ABOUT TO DIE!!]
Radford and Floyd County will hook up on the final week of the regular season but tonight - not knowing Eastern Mont had pulled off the upset - Radford was out to simply stay step for step with the Buffs at Bobcat Stadium against Glenvar.
[SUPER=53-Radford/Glenvar vs. Radford; :00]
The Bobcat drum line was jazzing things up tonight.
In the first, Radford is at the 34 yard line and Nathan Charleton will throw the thing to Terrell Dobbins, but look out Brandon Anderson picks off the pass to put the ball in the hands of the visitors. He cuts back through a line of defenders and sets up the Highlanders with the sweet return.
But not for long. One the very next play - Daniel Ayers has his pass intercepted by Scott King - it's his 8th pick of the season. The Bobcats are back in business.
From the Glenvar 22, Charleton hands off to David Oliver who takes it in for the score to make it 14-to-nothing Cats.
Radford takes over first place in the Three Rivers with a 34-to-nothing win.
Giles is hoping to work its way back into the regular season race should the Cats or Buffs stumble, but tonight Steve Ragsdale's team was on the road in Riner taking on 4-and-3 Auburn.
[SUPER=53-Riner/Giles vs. Auburn; :00]
The hot chocolate and the hot dogs were on the menu for Sharon and Jacoby Wilson as their Eagles hosted the Spartans.
Playing out of the single wing and keeping it on the ground, Giles will march down the field with Thomas Olinger taking it around the left side for 25 yards.
Two plays later, Ricky Cook will take the snap and walk in for the one yard score. 7-to-nothing Spartans.
Auburn's D.J. Tibbs will try to ignite something for the Eagles, but his pass over the middle is picked off by Olinger, who will pick up 7 yards on the return for Giles.
The Eagles would keep coming though, but this time the snap sails over Tibbs head into the endzone where he is sacked for a safety to make it a 9-to-nothing game.
In the second, Auburn's Tibbs would fire the screen pass to
Scott Bennett, but he's stopped in the endzone for another safety.
Giles plays it safe tonight and wins it 25 to 0 over Auburn.
Two more sets of highlights are on the way this evening as we check out the privates school encounter between Roanoke Catholic and Hargrave.
Plus, Carroll County tries to stay perfect on the on season ata home against Grundy.
But right now a chance to win two tickets to see if Miami can stay perfect.
[GO TO CONTEST BOARD]
As always - I'm looking for the 7th caller to win a pair to the Virginia Tech-Miami game next Saturday at 7:30.
Just Dial (1-866-WIN-WDBJ)
Again, be the 7th caller and get a pair of tickets to see the Canes and the Hokies.
We'll have the winner for you later on Friday Football Extra.
[go to break]
Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra as we get set to check in on tonight's big game in the Southwest district.
The Carroll County Cavaliers, who have opened the season at 7-and-0 got a test tonight for a Grundy team that came into the action with a 5-and-2 mark.
[SUPER=53-Hillsville/Grundy vs. Carroll Co.; :00]
The Golden Wave looked to pull off the upset at Tommy Thompson field, but they would have to stop a bunch of Cavaliers who were trying to avenge last year's lost to Grundy.
Cavs' running back Sam Beasley is a main reason Carroll is unbeaten.
He gets his team off on the right foot with this 14 yard TD run. It's 7-to-nothing in favor of the home boys early.
Beasley would get another one in the second quarter. This one from two yards out as the Cavs make it a 14-to-nothing game.
A little later in the second quarter - the snap is airmailed over the head of Carroll's punter Brett Bobbitt, and after a little improvising the result is a safety for Grundy. It's now 14-to-2.
It was 21-to-2 later in the third, when the other half of the Carroll rushing attack took over. Jose Wenguerd takes the rock 42 yards for the touchdown. Their thunder and lightning attack has the Cavs on top 28-to-2.
Then it was all about Jose on the defensive side. He will pick off the Theo Justice pass, and no one will catch the speedster. 68 yards later - he has another TD. Carroll is now on top 35-to-2 still in the third.
The Cavs weren't finished. Willis Yates gets the 10 yard TD run.
Carroll lets a variety of folks carry the mail and they rip Grundy
42 to 2 to move to 8-and-0.
From Carroll to Catholic.
The Roanoke Catholic Celtics were back on their home turf at Vineyard Park playing host to Hargrave.
[SUPER=53-Roanoke Co.; :00]
Coach Richard Motley's team made the trek up for Chatham with playoff plans still up the air.
Hargrave would get the ball first and on that first drive Scott Flanagan will wind up and go deep. He hooks up with Marcus Wright - it looks like a touchdown. But a personal foul penalty wiped it out.
Later in the quarter - the Tigers would try to eliminate the mistakes and not the points - Reggie Whitaker takes the handoff up the gut and he will bang his way for 15 yards.
Three plays later they bring in the beast - 298 pound Rasman Walker pushes his way in, crashing over for the score and 7-to-nothing lead.
Catholic would show some defensive muscle though.
Scott Lamb puts the wood on Flanagan and forces a Hargrave punt.
But Hargrave was too much tonight as the Tigers beat the Celtics 33 to 14.
Catholic assistant coach Brandon Semones, who later went on to earn all Big East honors at Virginia Tech is part of tonight's Flashback Segment.
Semones was a two-time Friday Football Extra player of the week winner and he starred in an experiment we conducted back in 1992.
On November 14th of that year - we asked Parry McCluer and Glenvar if they would move their Pioneer district title game from a Friday night to a Saturday afternoon if we would televise the game live for them.
They said yes, and we showed up.
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[SUPER=53-Roanoke Co./November 14, 1992; :00]
[SUPER=52-Jim Shaver/Former WDBJ Vice-President/1993; :21]
[OUT Q=...game of the week."]
The 9th super 7 poll of the season features a new number one.
The top 7 actually stay unchanged, but their order is now mixed.
[GO TO SUPER 7 CHYRON BOARD]
Gretna is the new Number one. The Hawks are 9-and-0 after their 48-to-7 win over Prince Edward.
Heritage with that stunning comeback over Liberty slides up to number two.
Bath hammers Covington and is now 3rd.
Carroll County is 8-and-0 and 4th.
Liberty falls from first to fifth.
William Byrd stays 6th.
And Salem wins again to stay 7th.
[go to pollbuster]
And the pollbuster last night is Lynchburg Christian Academy.
The Bulldogs came from behind to beat North Cross last week and last night hammered Fishburne 76-to-0 to improve to 8-0-and-1 on the season.
LCA clinches its second straight VIC title with the beatdown.
Our Player of the week is quickly becoming one of the most sought after recruits in the state.
But Bath County's John Phillips is not about hype, publicity or stats. He simply goes about his job quietly. However, his talents are breaking any kind of silence. Steve Mason has more on his coming out party against Riverheads.
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[SUPER=51-John Phillips/FFE Player of the Week; :11]
[SUPER=51-Will Fields/Bath Co. Head Coach; :48]
[SUPER=49-Steve Mason; 1:03]
[OUT Q=....Friday Football Extra"]
((You could say that John Phillips plays football, like he rides his four wheeler.
((JOHN PHILLIPS/PLAYER OF THE WEEK:))
In a position move from lineman to tight end, his incredible talent has definitely emerged from the woods and he is hurting opposing teams. However, John is learning there are time to be cautious... not on the football field, but on his four wheeeling escapades.
Johns' three touchdown, 163 yards receiving on five catches in a 50-17 trouncing of Riverheads, makes Phillips four wheeling easier to live with for coach who also watched John record 12 tackles and a sack against the Gladiators. Phillips growing skill can be traced to a summer filled with hard core training on his own and at Tech's Nike Clinic.
What makes the FFE award more special is the fact he will attend the banquet with his brother Jacob, a three time winner. This might be their last year playing together at Bath, but they hope to have four more years in the same uniform.))
Thanks so much Mase. In winning this honor in the same season the Phillips brothers become the first siblings to do so since Ronde and Tiki Barber turned the trick in 1991.
Speaking of winners...
[GO TO TICKETS WINNERS]
Tonight's winner of two tickets to the Tech-Miami game next Saturday is Gary Goff from Vinton.
Next Friday night we'll have a pair to the Tech-Boston College game.
Next week also is Halloween - so break out your costumes get ready to trick or treat with Friday Football Extra next Friday.
Take care everybody. Thanks for watching and have a safe weekend.
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