Welcome everybody to Friday Football Extra - and our special Halloween edition.
We have seen some sights tonight as week number 10 of the regular season unfolded across southwest and central and Virginia and in the next 30 or so minutes we'll unwrap the highlights of 13 games, devour and few postgame comments and se if their are mostly tricks and treats in the next to last Super 7 poll of the season.
And we begin tonight in Rustburg where the unbeaten Heritage Pioneers - the number on team in Region Three division four coming into tonight took on Rustburg.
The Red Devils are a good bet to make the playoffs - but a win tonight would virtually lock up a spot.
[SUPER=53-Rustburg/Heritage vs. Rustburg; :00]
The Red Devils were well aware of what was on the line tonight and they were juiced.
Heritage has the ball in the second with the Pioneers on the move, but Chris Cook will cough it up and the Red Devils recover bear midfield.
A few plays later, Steven Tweedy drops back to pass, but he is pressured into a bad throw. Andrew Horsely will pick off the pass and he will take it 45 yards for the touchdown and Heritage is on top 7-to-nothing.
Later in the third, the Red Devils Brandon Payne takes the handoff, goes up the middle, and right over a defender as he plows his way all the way down to the five yard line on a bruising 45 yard run.
But on the next play, Tweedy rolls right throws in the endzone, but again has his pass picked off.
Chris Cook gets the interception and Heritage gets the win staying perfect on the season with the defensive 13-to-7 win.
Chris Jones' former team - Bath County - looked to sew up the Pioneer district title tonight on the road in New Castle against a Craig County team that has been enjoying some success of its own this season.
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[SUPER=53-New Castle/Bath Co. vs. Craig Co.; :00]
[SUPER=50-Bath Co./50/Craig Co./8; ]
[SUPER=51-Will Fields/Bath County Head Coach;]
[SUPER=51-Casey Hancock/Craig County Rushing Leader;]
[SUPER=01-Rod Tenney/Craig Co. Head Coach;]
[SUPER=51-Bertie Hancock/Casey's Mom; ]
(( The Ghouls and Goblins of New Castle were in attendance hoping to intimidate their upbeaten guests from Bath.
However, Bath would provide a scare of its own, and I'm not talking about this pumpkin.
We're talking about Bath's lethal offense which is anchored by Jacob Phillips.
The former player of the week finds the wide open Austin Schwened on the 52 yard scoring strike. It's 15-to-nothing Chargers.
In the second the lead would grow larger as Joey Krause runs right through a huge hole up the middle. It's a 14 yard TD and it's now 22-to-nothing Chargers.
The balanced Bath offense would strike again just before the break as Phillips hits Nathan Anderson from 22 yards out to make it 36-to-0 at halftime.
In the third it was more of the same story. The Chargers score 50 seconds into the second half on the 22 yard TD run by Houston Kincaid. Bath gets a team effort in the Pioneer district clinching 50-to-8 win.
One bright spot for the Rockets tonight was running back Casey Hancock, who is the new single season rushing king at Craig County.
His 169 yards tonight gives up 13 hundred and 6 on the season.
And for Hancock's Mom Bertie, who has been on the sideline every game - it has been a joyful season.))
Casey proved his Mom right scoring Craig's only TD with under a minute to go.[Fleming]
The William Fleming Colonels returned to action tonight after a week off.
The Colonels were at the Stadium with one thing in mind - don't slip up against Alleghany.
Next week Fleming meets Byrd for the Blue Ridge championship belts, and a loss tonight would ruin that much anticipated matchup.
[SUPER=53-Roanoke/Alleghany vs. William Fleming; :00]
The Colonels looked like the Monsters of the Victory Stadium Midway in the pregame.
And they played that was in the game - Dere Hicks will drop back, but find Alleghany's monster man in Alex Malone who drops him for an 11 yard loss.
But the rest of the night was much easier for the Colonels. Midway through the first, Mijuan Curtis takes off straight up the middle of the field and he will flatten the crown taking it 70 yards. It's 13-to-nothing Colonels on top.
Alleghany would try to get back in the game through the air as Gavin Haynes hits Michael Carroll on the pitch and catch for 15 yards, but Fleming would get the ball back.
But the Colonels would dominate the rest of the way - rolling
to the 49-to-6 win. The Colonels get Byrd next Friday.
With William Fleming winning last night, William Byrd also needed to hold up its end of the deal against rival Lord Botetourt - a team that picked up win number one on the season last week by hammering Alleghany.
This also was a big night for the Botetourt fans and their booster club. The Lord Botetourt boosters bought a Kia Rio from Hart Motors and then sold tickets in a fundraiser for chances to win it.
Last night at halftime they gave away the car -as Pam Kessler of Troutville won the brand new Kia Rio and the booster club made over $5000 in the process.
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[OUT Q=...THAT'S WHAT MADE IT WORK."]
[SUPER=54-William Byrd vs. Lord Botetourt;]
And the halftime was nothing compared to the finish as the game was tied at 20 late in the third.
The Cavs from 23 yards out will watch Matt Witt hook up with Chaz Edmonds to score the go ahead TD. It's now 27-to-20 in favor of the home boys.
But on Byrd's first possession of the fourth - Jeff Highfill will keep right off his center hip and punch in the short TD. We're all tied up at 27 heading to overtime.
In the first extra period neither team scored - but in the second - the Cavs draw first blood as Witt goes to the air and he connects with Austin Tuell in the left side of the endzone. It's 34-to-27 Botetourt.
Byrd will then take its turn and Highfill will take the rock off of the right end and knot things up one more time at 24-all.
In the third overtime - the Terriers fumbled and opened the door for Botetourt. From five yards out - Matt Witt keeps off the right side and takes it into the endzone for the upset!
[SUPER=50-William Byrd/34/Lord Botetourt/40/Triple Overtime;]
Botetourt stuns Byrd 40-to-34 in triple overtime - knocking the Terriers out of first place in the district.
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[SUPER=51-Keith Robinson/Lord Botetourt Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=51-Jeff Highfill/William Byrd Head Coach; :08]
[SUPER=51-Matt Witt/Lord Botetourt Quarterback; :16]
[OUT Q=...I FOLLOWED EVERYBODY."]
Later tonight on this Halloween edition of Friday Football Extra we'll give away something, as well - two tickets to the Hokies final game in the Big East against Boston College.
But right now - you know the drill - some scores and some music from the Hidden Valley Titans marching band.
[GO TO SCORES AND BAND A]
[SUPER=48-Magna Vista/49/Patrick Co./6;]
[SUPER=48-Roanoke Catholic/10/North Cross/9;]
[SUPER=48-Parry McCluer/6/James River/28;]
[SUPER=48-Bland /14/Fort Chiswell/34;]
[SUPER=48-Bath Co./50/Craig Co./8;]
[SUPER=48-Patrick Henry/27/E.C. Glass/60;]
Thanks again for making Friday Football Extra a part of the your Halloween festivites.
It's time now to check in on the spotlight game of the night as Blacksburg played host Salem - in what was likely an elimination game.
The winner would be in the driver's seat to win the River Ridge while the loser would be in jeopardy of even making the playoffs.
Travis Wells and photographer Lynn Eller had a front row seat for tonight's game at Bill Brown Stadium.
[TAKE TRAVIS FULL]
Mike, the Stadium was a house of horrors tonight for Salem in a game that was for the most part defensive.
The Spartans came in giving up just over 7 points per game, while the Bruins were giving up about 14 per contest. But in the end, Blacksburg's offense simply made one more play.
[Roll Cue: one more play."]
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[SUPER=53-Blacksburg/Salem vs. Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=51-Willis White/Salem Head Coach; :33]
[SUPER=51-Tyler Corvin/Kicked Game Winning Field Goal; 1:23]
[SUPER=51-Shane Bennett/Blacksburg Running Back; 1:30]
[SUPER=51-Shane Owen/Had TD Catch in Win; 1:40]
[SUPER=51-Dave Crist/Blacksburg Head Coach; 1:47]
[OUT Q=as did ours."]
One other note about the kicker Corvin. Tonight was his first full game back after suffering a groin injury earlier this season.
While Salem's Region 3, Division Four postseason hopes are now all but shot, the Bruins could wrap up the inaugural River Ridge crown with a win over Christiansburg next week.
Pulaski will get a crack at Salem next Friday night - but this evening the Cougars just had to stay focused on the task at hand - the Cave Spring Knights - a team that had dropped four straight after opening the season with four wins a row.
[SUPER=53-Pulaski Co./Cave Spring vs. Pulaski Co.; :00]
The Cougars mascot was proudly showing off some artwork before the game got started!
With less than half of the first quarter gone - the Cougars decided it was time to make it a night to remember. Steve Cobbs hauls in Britt Shumate's pass and 41 yards later the Cougars are on top 7-to-nothing.
The Knights tried a bunch of tricks hoping they would turn into treats, but Beau Austin's handoff with Jeremiah Overstreet is Cave's second fumble of the first half deep in Pulaski territory.
Right at the end of the first quarter the Cougars Shumate hands off to Derrick Burks - he rambles 19 yards, shredding tacklers along the way.
[SUPER=50-Cave Spring/0/Pulaski Co./42;]
He gets in to make it a 14-to-nothing Pulaski Game.
Pulaski wins it 42 to 0.
Cave Spring and Hidden Valley meet for the first time next Friday night, but this evening the Titans figured they would have their hands full with a much-improved Christiansburg team that was starting to get a whiff of the Region Three, division three playoffs.
[SUPER=53-Roanoke Co./Christiansburg vs. Hidden Valley; :00]
The Titans' fans were stoked on this Halloween night - hoping that a tie at halftime would lead to points in the second half.
But Christiansburg would come out in the third quarter. Zach Boyd hits this field goal with 6:25 left in the third period to make it a 3-to-nothing game.
Hidden Valley had numerous opportunities to erase that defecit. Tyler Coyer will drops back and find B.J. Mehalso down the left side for 11 yards and a first down.
The Titans would try to get it in position for either the tie or the win.
But late in the third quarter - from the Christiansburg 19 - Coyer's pass is
picked off at the one yard line by Antonio Claybon. The Blue Demons hang on for the 3-to-nothing win.
Coming up next, Steve Mason will check in with the star city's private school showdown between North Cross and Catholic.
But right now let's wrap-up the week ten scoreboard and get in step with the Blacksburg marching band.
[GO TO SCORES AND BAND B]
[SUPER=48-R.E. Lee/7/Rockbridge Co./30;]
[SUPER=48-R.E. Lee/7/Rockbridge Co./30;]
[SUPER=48-Jefferson Forest/14/Amherst Co./30;]
[SUPER=48-Cave Spring/0/Pulaski Co./42;]
[SUPER=48-Franklin Co./49/Halifax Co./3;]
[SUPER=48-William Byrd/34/Lord Botetourt/40;]
Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra.
Let's now turn our attention to the private school ranks.
Lynchburg Christian wrapped up the conference title last week, but this afternoon the Roanoke Valley title was on the line - as North Cross played host to Roanoke Catholic.
Steve Mason has more from southwest Roanoke County.
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[SUPER=53-Roanoke Co./Celtics vs. Raiders; :00]
[SUPER=51-Patrick Zinni/Kicked Game Winning Field Goal; :20]
[SUPER=51-Bob Price/Roanoke Catholic Head Coach; :29]
[SUPER=51-James Revercomb/North Cross Quarterback; :58]
[SUPER=51-Jay Schlehr/Roanoke Catholic Quarterback; 1:29]
[SUPER=50-Roanoke Catholic/10/North Cross/9; 1:35]
[SUPER=51-Jim Muscaro/North Cross Head Coach; 1:45]
[SUPER=49-Steve Mason; 1:57]
[OUT Q=....Friday Football Extra"]
In the Group A ranks - Eastern Montgomery's overtime upset of Floyd County last Friday night put the Radford Bobcats in the Three Rivers district driver's seat.
Tonight's the Bobcats tried to avoid getting thrown from that car as they took on those same Mustangs in Shawsville.
[SUPER=53-Montgomery Co./Radford vs. Eastern Montgomery; :00]
And the home team suffered a big blow as star running back Josh Smith hurt his ankle in the first half as was lost for the game.
At the half Radford was up 3-to-zip, but with Smith out it quickly became a 30-to-nothing game before the Mustangs Jordan Stewart hooks up with Zack Milton for an incredible 83 yard pitch and catch. He will take it all the way to the house and the Mustangs cut the lead to 30-to-6.
Radford would add another one late - as Bryan Holbrook pitches to Drew Rigney.
He gets the score and Radford gets the 37-to-6 win - scoring 34 points in the second half.
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[SUPER=51-Norm Lineburg/Radford Head Coach;:00]
[SUPER=51-Brett McPherson/Eastern Mont. Head Coach; :12]
[OUT Q=...TURNOVERS KILL YOU."]
The top two teams in the Hogoheegee district hooked up this evening in Wytheville as the George Wythe took on Lebanon.
The Maroons came in unbeaten in district play - while the Pioneers had one district setback.
[SUPER=53-Wytheville/Lebanon vs. George Wythe; :00]
The Maroon's youngest fan was on hand tonight - Olivia Grace Bandrimer was celebrating 4 weeks of life tonight at the game.
But Lebanon put her to sleep - as Zach Miller carries the ball in for the touchdown on this run and the Pioneers are now on top 17-to-6 to start the third.
George Wythe would later be faced with the challenge of rallying - Colin Wisman will handoff to Robert Barcliff, but he will fumble it and Lebanon pounces on the turnover.
They would turn that gift into this Will Bodmer field goal from 28 yards out. Lebanon now leads 20-to-6.
George Wythe again tries to rally, but Wisman's pass is picked off by Chris McCracken and the Pioneers are again back in business.
From the 12 - Miller gives it to Bodmer and Bodmer scores from the 12. The Pioneers take care of the Maroons 26-to-6.
Three more sets of highlights are coming up tonight, but right now you have a a chance to win two tickets to Tech's final game in the Big East.
[GO TO CONTEST BOARD]
As always - I'm looking for the 7th caller to win a pair to the Tech-Boston College 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 Eagles and Hokies.
We'll have the winner for you later on Friday Football Extra.
[go to break]
Let's now get set to wrap up the week 13 highlights with three single A battles from tonight.
In Naruna this evening, Brad Bradley's William Campbell Generals welcomed the nearby Chatham Cavaliers to town for a little Dogwood action.
[SUPER=53-Naruna/Chatham vs. William Campbell; :00]
The Campbell cheerleading squad was all jacked up for this one.
On the Generals' first series Cedric Peerman will cap the drive with the 15 yard dash around the left side. It 8-to-nothing after the two point conversion.
Chatham would later put the ball in the hands of Jeffrey Redd. He goes straight up the middle, but losses the handle, and William Campbell recovers on the Cavs' 29 yardline.
Two plays later - Peerman does it again going right up the middle for the 29 yard touchdown run. It's 15-to-nothing Generals in top in the first.
Peerman would then show his talent on defense as he just flat out puts the wood on Redd.
William Campbell crushes Chatham tonight 55 to 0.
Rural Retreat entered tonight's game knowing a win over Northwood would brighten Indians chance of making the Region C, division one playoff picture for good.
[SUPER=53-Rural Retreat/Northwood vs. Rural Retreat; :00]
Tonight marked the final home game for Rural Retreat coaching legend and all around good guy Dean Rhea.
He has never has a losing record in nearly 2 decades.
Northwood's Cody Blake snaps the ball to Preston Frye and he will simply take off around the side and he is gone. Frye hoofs is 75 yards for the first score of the night to make it 7-to-nothing Northwood.
Rural Retreat would answer that with Rusty Rhea - takes off on the keeper and the quarterback sneak will result in a 1 yard touchdown to tie the game up at 7-all.
Here come the Indians again - as Rhea hands off to Cory Whaler - who will blow right past the camera down the sideline and pick up 21 yards on the dash.
The Indians would then let Rhea keep it, scamble and finally find a seam. He will eventually take that thing 39 yards to the house for another TD.
Rural Retreat takes control in the second quarter but Northwood comes on strong to win it 33-to-13.
[GRAPHIC=parry mccluer/james river]
The James River Knights were looking to lock up another winning season tonight as they hosted the Parry McCluer Fighting Blues down in Buchanan.
[SUPER=53-Buchanan/Parry McCluer vs. James River; :00]
The seniors were honored along with their parents at midfield as the Knights got ready to joust with the Blues.
Parry McCluer's troubles started early as the Blues' punter is swarmed under on their first possession.
The Knights' could not capitalize on their early opportunities until Michael Sprinkle handed off to Josh Harris.
He cuts up the middle of the field and then burns it to the outside for 13 yards.
That combination would work over and over tonight - this time Sprinkle to Harris down the left sideline and off the races.
[SUPER=50-Parry McCluer/6/James River/28;]
Harris gets the touchdown and James River gets the 28 to 6 win over the Blues.
The next to last super 7 poll of the season features some changes at the bottom.
The top 7 took a hit tonight on the next to last week of the regular season.
[GO TO SUPER 7 CHYRON BOARD]
Gretna was off and is still Number one. The Hawks are 9-and-0.
Heritage survives again to stay second.
Bath still third and still unbeaten.
Carroll County is 9-and-0 and 4th.
Liberty stays fifth.
Blacksburg moves in at the 6 spot.
And Radford at 8-and-1 hops in at number 7.
[go to pollbuster]
And the pollbuster is Amherst The Lancers close out the season against Hertiage next Friday.
Our Friday Football Extra player of the week lived out every back up quarterbacks dream last Friday.
Heritage's Donnie Foster, who took over for injured starter Wayne Ford after the Jefferson Forest game September 26th, accounted for 300 yards of offense and four touchdowns in under 20 minutes to lead his Pioneers back from a 2-nothing halftime hole to win 28-27. Steve Mason has more on this senior surprise.
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[SUPER=53-Lynchburg/Last Friday Night; :00]
[SUPER=51-Donnie Foster/FFE Player of the Week; :35]
[SUPER=51-Chris Jones/Heritage Head Football Coach; :51]
[SUPER=49-Steve Mason; 1:04]
[OUT Q=....Friday Football EXtra"]
Thanks Mase. Donnie Foster was the big winner last week and now it's time to see who won the tickets tonight.
[go to contest winner board]
Congratulations to Donna Knoebel from Salem, the winner of a pair of tickets to the Tech-Boston College game - the Hokies final Big East battle on November 22nd.
Next week, we'll give away a pair to the UVa-Georgia Tech game.
That's it for Friday Football Extra tonight.
Hope you had a great Halloween and a safe weekend.
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