Good evening everybody and welcome to another postseason edition of Friday Football Extra. Tonight we have a mix of both regional championship games and regional semi-finals.
Seven games in all are coming your way including our
opener all the way from Manassas.
For the second straight year, the Franklin County Eagles earned a spot in the playoffs, but also earned a road trip to Northern Virginia.
The Eagles took on Osbourn Park - the alma mater of former NBA great David Robinson tonight.
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The Franklin County faithful jumped on the bus and made the trek north tonight and few forgot to bring their shirts. The Eagles fans filled their entire side of the stadium.
They would see Osbourn Park drive down to the field on the opening drive and score on Davin Thompson's five yard TD run. It's 7 to nothing after less than six minutes into the game.
Back come the Eagles. From their own 30, the old cross buck left to Ronnie Edwards will produce quality yardage as he scoots outside, past the first down marker for 13 yards on the carry.
This time Daniel Brooks will drop back and look for more. He connects Patrick Preston on the quick out and he will drag the defender for 16 yards on the play.
That drive would also feature a fourth and four for the Eagles from the Osbourn 24. Brooks will drop back, get pressured and fire a quick pass to Wynn Sigmon. He doesn't make the first, but a roughing the passer would set the table at the 10.
Two plays later - Edwards goes off tackle with blockers and he will score from the 10 yard line to tie the game at 7-all. And franklin County is looking good.
But the home boys would answer the call in a major way.
Osbourn Park takes off from its own 30 with Thompson again doing the damage. He turns the dive into a 70- yard score as he squirts into the clear. It's now 14-to-7.
That score would ignite a big second quarter as the home team scored two more time before halftime.
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Osbourn Park leads 28-to-7 at the half and hangs on to beat the Eagles 35-to-20.
Victory Stadium played host to a regional champioship tonight as the William Fleming Colonels took on the Liberty Minutemen.
This was the game that was in jeopardy for a time yesterday as the Virginia High School League ruled as to whether an ineligible player could put the Colonels on the sideline.
Fortunately, for Fleming they were OK to play. Tonight, the Colonels got defensive for the second straight week as Travis Wells explains.
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(( A long line kept fans from getting into the Grand Old lady until late in the second quarter as not enough ticket booths were open to accomodate the crowd.
This one was expected to be a defensive game, and it was just that.
Early on Fleming's Dere Hicks tries to hit Darrell Gresham, but O-B Blake supplies the big hit to jar the ball loose.
But Fleming can bring the pain too. Blake drops back to pass and his throw intended for Ian Childers is picked by Esteban Barrett. The Minutemen had just 2 first downs in the first half.
On the Colonels first possession of the second quarter, Hicks slips as he throws, but he hooks up with Barrett who also slips, but regains his footing and sprints down the left sideline for a 7-nothing Fleming lead.
Liberty tried to get something going in the third quarter. Maryland committment Chris Spinner bulls his way for good yardage taking several Colonels with him, but the big fella was kept in check most of the night. Chris Watts' team would fumble on the very next play.
Fleming took advantage. Hicks hands off to Donnell Blake who takes off around the right side. He airs it out to Steve Robertson who is all alone for the score and it was 13-nothing on the 47 yard pass play.
The Colonels sealed things up on a late interception by Dwayne Priest. Fleming advances with a 13-zip shutout. Keith Smith and company celebrate after a tough two day stretch. ))
All right we're just getting warmed up tonight on Friday Football Extra.
When we come back we will check in with Steve Mason and tonight's Spotlight game of the week George Wythe at Radford.
Plus, William Campbell looks to advance in the Region B division one playoffs.
But first the statewide scoreboard and the Gretna Hawks Marching Band.
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Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra - it is time now to head to Radford to check on our spotlight game of the week.
Earlier this season Radford went into Wytheville and put the wood on George Wyhte - handing the Maroons their first loss of the season.
Since then the defending division two state champs have been waiting on a chance to get their hands on the Bobcats.
Tonight, they got their chance, and Steve Mason is here to tell us why you better watch what you wish for.
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Mike, Radford raised the price of admissions by a dollar for this game and fans got their money's worth and more in the Region C championship at Radford. For the second straight week Norm Lineburg's Bobcats waited until their was less than a minute left in the game to win and send the legendary coach to the state semi finals for the first time since 1997.
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Radford will meet the winner of the Haysi/ Gate City tomorrow in the the state semifinals in two weeks. Radford is 11 and 1 and has won an amazing 11 straight. MIke.
In Region B, division one, the William Campbell Generals were hoping to make quick work of Buffalo Gap out of the Skyline district in Augusta County tonight down in Naruna.
The Generals were all hyped up for this one to start things off in Naruna, but maybe they were a little too pumped.
Early in the first, the Generals are on the move as Terrence Waller calls his own number and races 15 yards down the right sideline to the Buffalo Gap 42, but they would come up empty on the drive.
Early in the second, the Generals will go for it on a fourth down and Cedric Perrman will take care of business on this one as he motors 35 yards for the TD and it's 6-to-nothing Generals.
Buffalo Gap would come right back on its next possession as Travis Griffin takes the rock right up the middle and he will rumble 43 yards all the way down into Campbell territory to the 28 yard line.
A few pays later, Joseph Hagadone hooks up with Griffin on a five yard TD pass and the Bison take a 7-to-6 lead after the kick.
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But the Generals would reel off 19 unanswered after the break to win it 25-to-7 and advance to the Region B, divison one final.
Next up we'll check on tonight's Region Three, division three
action at both Gretna and Rustburg.
Plus, later tonight we'll have the highlights of tonight's Magna Vista-Carroll County region four , division four title game.
But right now - it's time to give away from tickets.
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Welcome back everybody to the regional championship edition of Friday Football Extra - that also includes some regional openers.
That was the case in Region Three, division Three where the number one team in the final Friday Football Extra Super 7 poll of the season opened up the postseason tonight.
The Gretna Hawks hosted Prince Edward.
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The unbeaten Hawks made their way to midfield to meet up with Prince Edward for this Pittsylvania County showdown.
In the first quarter it was all Gretna.
From their own 30, Vic Hall will go to the air and hook up with Jason Myers on the far side. He will haul it in and pick up 42 yards on the play for the High Flying Hawks.
Prince Edward would stop that drive and start marching. Darrel Goode fires the pass over the middle. It is tipped and Gretna's Myron Haskins pulls in the pick. He will return it 26 yards before he's collared.
Hall will fire one over the middle to Brandon Turner.The great over the shoulder catch will come just before he takes it into the house for the score. The Hawks are now on top 14-to-nothing in the 2nd.
Prince Edward would later get a safety, and then look for some more. Late in the second quarter - Goode airs one out over the middle to Chris Jenkins. He will make the grab and take it for the score. It's 14-to-8.
Gretna takes over with just four ticks in the half. Hall will air one out from midfield showing his arm strength. Turner will haul in the pass again with an outstanding pass and score with no time on the clock. That make it 21-to-8 at halftime.
Gretna would open up the second half by taking the kickoff and taking it back 90 yards for the score. Rico Reynolds takes it right up the middle and into the clear on the near sideline. Reynolds just makes it in and it's 27-to-8.
The Hawks would just keep rolling. From the five, Reynolds gets in off the left side and into the endzone.
Gretna takes a 34-to-8 lead in the third.
That unfortunately, is where this game ended. The contest had to be called in the third quarter after two people were shot outside of the stadium.
Head coach Robert Senseney told us tonight he believes the game will be called official at the time it was stopped, and that the remaining quarter will NOT be played.
The Hawks will now play for the Region Three, division three title next Friday night at home against the winner of tonight's other game - Christiansburg at Rustburg.
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This was scoreless at the half, but Mike Scharnus imparted a little encouragement to his Red Devils to start the third.
On the opening possession of the second half - Brandon Payne takes the handoff, gets plugged up in the middle, but finally gets loose and races down the left sideline all the way to the one yard line.
On the very next play - Jerome Johnson goes in from the one and the Red Devils take a 6-to-nothing lead on the Blue Demons.
Christiansburg would try to make something happen in the fourth with a fourth down from the Devils 28. Andrew Hoffer drops back to pass, but he is chased down and sacked by Adam Peak and Devils stop the Demons.
On their next possession, Payne will take the handoff, head down the left sideline and this time he will gobble up 58 yards moving the ball all the way to the 27 yard line.
A few plays later the Devils put this one away as Rodney Easley gets the handoff and sweeps in the for the score.
And Rustburg beats Christiansburg tonight 12 to nothing to earn the right to play Gretna.
We'll check out tonight's Region Four, division four game in Ridgeway where Magna Vista played host to Carroll County.
Plus, later tonight we'll meet our latest Player of the Week.
But first the rest of the scores - statewide and the William Fleming marching band.
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Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra as our regional run through the area continues.
It's time now to check in on the Region Four, division four title game tonight in Ridgeway that pitted Magna Vista against Carroll County.
The Cavs ended up the season the better record, but most folks figured the Warriors would roll tonight.
You just never know?
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(( Tom Hale's Cavalier squad was fired up and ready to play the role of the spolier - but all the while knowing points might be at a premium.
Not many balls were put in the air tonight, but this pass from Matt Duffy to Marcus Penn in the first picks up 30 yards for the Warriors and moves the ball deep into Carroll Territory.
But that drive would soon be squashed as Travis Mabe puts the heat on Duffy and gets the drive ending sack.
The Warriors would again put a drive together late in the first half - as Quentin Preston finds some open field and he will rumble 23 yards to the Carroll 26 yard line.
But the Cavalier defense was again up to the task. Duffy eludes several defenders, but cannot avoid the sack. The Teams hit halftime tied at zero.
In the second half, Magan Vista would get a little more aggressive as A.J. Watkins makes the nice catch for a first down and an 11 yard pickup.
That would eventually lead to Kyle Zehr's field goal attempt from 25 yards out. The little kick turned out to be big as Magna Vista scores the first points of the game on the second play of the 4th quarter.
Carroll would attempt to answer with less than two minutes to go in the game. The Cavs are on the move when on a fourth and five - Chad Murphy makes the huge catch in the clutch to move the chains and keep the drive alive at the Warriors' 36.
But a few plays later, the fourth down magic would run out as D.J. Preston gets the interpception and Magna Vista gets the win and the Region Four, division Four title - 3-to-nothing over Carroll County.))
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And don't forget about the football here on Your Hometown Station tomrorow.
UVa hosts Georgia Tech at Noon.
Right after that one we'll have LSU and Ole Miss for the SEC West title.
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Sunday's NFL action including the Falcons and Titans late and the Colts and Bills early.
It's a doubleheader weekend right here on WDBJ-7.
Friday Football Extra continues in just a moment.
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Welcome everybody to Friday Football Extra.
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Our Player of the Week led George Wythe to a 26-22 win over Giles in last week's regional semifinals.
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Robert Barcliff bounced off Spartan defenders on his way to huge night, but as Travis Wells explains, the Maroons senior running back has been bounced around in life, until recently.
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[SUPER=51-Betty Irvin/Barcliff's Mom; 1:37]
[SUPER=51-Jesse Irvin/Barcliff's Brother; 1:59]
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((Robert Barcliff rushed for 298 yards and four touchdowns, including three of at least 70 yards against Giles. The 5-10, 190 pound senior also was a menace to the Spartans on defense, breaking up several passes and recording a sack late in the contest to preserve the four point win. The impressive performance came as Barcliff was recovering from a bruised knee and sore ribs.
Barcliff's new siblings, Ben and Jesse also play football at George Wythe. The three are typical brothers on and off the gridiron.
Barcliff is already the school's all time leading rusher. His 20 TD's and over 2 thousand yards rushing a year ago led the Maroons to their first ever state title. He's got a stable home life and a sanctuary in the game he loves. But each day is far from picture perfect. Earlier this season, he was suspended for a game, charged with misdemeanor possession of alcohol. The judge took the case under advisement for a year. Barcliff says he's learned from his mistakes, and is focused on walking the straight and narrow.
Barcliff hopes his journey culminates with a college scholarship. He made the honor roll for the year's first grading period and is being recruited by the likes of Virginia, Wake Forest, Richmond, and Delaware. In Wytheville, Travis Wells, Friday Football Extra.))
Thanks so much Trav.
Ever since the preseason show way back on August 22nd, we have been giving away football tickets to either Virginia Tech or Virginia.
And now it's time to see who won the final pair of the year.
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Congratulations to Tommy Lytton from Pulaski, the winner of a pair to see the Hokies on Hoos on November 29th - the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Now, we want to remind you that Friday Football Extra will NOT be on the air next Friday night - the day after Thanksgiving. We will take that Friday off and allow the remainder of the state to catch up.
We will then return from our annual state semi-final and state championship preview shows on December 5th and December 12th.
Folks, have a safe weekend. For everybody here at Friday Football Extra - thanks for watching.
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