We are back and ready to continue our examination of the unbeatens.
Only one of tonight's Friday Football Extra contests featured undefeated teams on both sides of the field.
Bassett hosted Floyd County tonight in our Dr. Pepper Spotlight game of the week.
Travis Wells and photographer Scott Ayres spent the night in Henry County for this one, and Trav the first question I have for you ..."Is this the same Bassett?"
[GO TO TRAVIS ON WX SET]
Mike, I have to answer that with an emphatic "no." Head Coach Jay Gilbert has changed the culture and brought in a winning attitude down in Henry County. The Bengals are a team that finished last season with a record of just 2 and 8, but has been on a mission so far this season. Bassett had outscored its opponents 95 to 18 in three wins to open the year. But tonight's contest with 4 and oh Floyd County would be the Bengals stiffest test thus far.
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[SUPER=53-Bassett/Floyd Co. vs. Bassett; :00]
[SUPER=51-Winfred Beale/Floyd County Head Coach; :17]
[SUPER=51-Chris Collins/142 Yards Rushing, 1 TD; :51 QUICK!]
[SUPER=51-Daniel Grim/Floyd Co. Quarterback; :56]
[SUPER=50-Floyd Co./14/Bassett/6 ; 1:33]
[SUPER=51-Jay Gilbert/Bassett Head Coach; 1:49]
[OUT Q=....they'll bounce back."]
[TRAVIS on WX Set]
It wasn't an aesthetically pleasing contest, but it was plenty competitive with lots of defense. Mike, next week, the Buffaloes are off while Bassett has a showdown with Magna Vista for Piedmont District bragging rights.
Good evening everybody and welcome to another edition of Friday Football Extra in this our 21st season.
As always we appreciate each of you giving us a small part of your weekend.
In exchange for your time, we'll give you the highlights of 13 games in the next 30 plus minutes.
One of your focus points tonight will be to highlight the remaining undefeated teams in the area - including the surprise unbeatens.
One of the biggest turnarounds has taken place in Buena Vista where the once mighty Parry McCluer Fighting Blues have risen from the ashes to reel off three straight wins to open the season.
Tonight, the team hosted the Aubuen Eagles looking to move to 4-and-0 under coach Brad Patterson.
[SUPER=53-Buena Vista/Auburn vs. Parry McCluer; :00]
It was homecoming in BuenaVista tonight and a happy one for Deny (DEANY) Chang and Chris Reid - the 2004 king and queen.
The Blues had a 26-to-nothing halftime lead, but Auburn's Anthony Barnes gets the Eagles on the board with this one yard TD in the third. It's 26-to-7.
Parry McCluer comes right back as Chase Coffey calls his own number, right up the gut, and no white jerseys can bring the guy down as he goes all the way for the 64 yard score and extend his team's lead to 33-to-7 on the last play of the third quarter.
Not much went Auburn's way tonight. Kenny Dove mishandles the punt and Keaton Coburn is their to jump on the rock.
The Blues ease past Auburn 33-to-7 and are now 4-and-0 for the first time since 1992.
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[IN Q=IT FEELS GREAT...]
[SUPER=51-Chase Coffey/Two Touchdowns vs. Auburn; :00]
[SUPER=51-Brad Patterson/Parry McCluer Head Coach; :07]
[OUT Q=...WHAT THEY GOT."]
[vo nat con't]
One injury note from this game.
Parry McCluer senior defensive lineman, Jonathan Patterson, had to be carried off the field on a stretcher after a helmet to helmet hit in the third.
He was taken by ambulance to Stonewall Jackson Hospital after lying on the field for nearly 15 minutes.
Patterson is the coach's nephew, and the coach told us after the game that the young man has a possible head injury, but was conscious while being removed from the field. We wish him and all the Blues' family the best tonight.
On the other end of Route 60 - the Rockbridge County Wildcats have also been working on a little perfection this season.
Billy Mills team has found a way to win the close games this year, and as a result, the Wildcats entered tonight's Valley district game with Spotswood 4-and-0.
[SUPER=53-Lexington/Spotswood vs. Rockbridge Co.; :00]
The Wildcats charged onto their home field looking to make things rough for their visitors from the other end of the Shenandoah Valley.
Rockbridge would begin that project early. Jason Campbell takes the handoff and busts around the left side for a 24 yard pickoff on the Wildcats first offensive play.
Cardell Rosser would then finish the job with the five yard TD run up the middle. The two pointer is good and it's 8-to-nothing Cats.
Still in the first recent player of the week Chase Prasnicki hits Patrick Crear on the screen and the man has his brigade of blockers in front of him and set of fast wheels under him. This play gets the Cats all the way to the 16 yard line picking up 34 yards.
Prasnicki then extends his team's lead selling the play fake and finding William Ware for the 10 yard TD. It's 14-to-nothing after the failed conversion.
Spotswood would then try to get back in it as Chet Landes goes for it all.
But Crear is there for the pick.
The Wildcats move to 5-and-0 with the 35-to-nothing win.
Back in the Roanoke Valley - perfection hasn't just been limited to Salem high school in the first month of the season.
Cave Spring, a team that just two seasons ago was 0-and-10 and last year 5-and-5.
[SUPER=53-Roanoke Co./Alleghany vs. Cave Spring; :00]
Homecoming at Cave Spring would see senior Alex Lemmer, already a Knight and a team captain complete the triple crown when he is dubbed prince of the homecoming court.
What good would a kingdom be without a great defense. With Alleghany backed, Lonnie Allen is sacked by the Knights' Danny Aiken to force a punt.
Cave Spring turn around and put some points on the board as Chaffin Scott nails a 29 yard field goal to make it a 10-to-nothing Cave Spring lead in the third.
Cave got the ball back on a turnover and senior Brian Thompson would slam up the middle, get caught, and then break free. He will keep getting it for 55 yards before he's brought down on the seven yard line.
Two plays later, you get the royal flush as the prince - Alex Lemmer runs to his left for the TD. The Knights take a rather regal 17-to-nothing lead.
Alleghany would bounce back on the ensuing drive as Allen keeps the ball to cap a seven play 50 yard drive to make it 17-to-6 after the missed kick.
Cave Spring would get two more scores with its defense and a field goal to put it away.
The Knights improve to 4-and-0 with the 33-to-6 win over Alleghany.
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[IN Q=I'M REALLY....]
[SUPER=51-Ben Foutz/Cave Spring Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...PROUD OF THEM."]
And this win is the best medicine Foutz could get.
The head coach has been fighting kidney stones and nothing beats unbeaten ultrasound.
The Christiansburg Blue Demons may be the most surprising Group Two A unbeaten on this end of the state.
But last night the Blue Demons would have beat William Byrd in a place that is tough snatch away road wins - Bob Patterson Stadium.
[SUPER=53-Vinton/Christiansburg vs. William Byrd; :00]
The young and old alike had a lot to cheer about with a capacity crowd on hand in Vinton with the game tied at 21 heading down the stretch.
The Terriers will get the action going as Billy Ray Welch fields the punt, dodges tacklers on his way as he carries the return through traffic for a 69 yard return. Byrd takes the 27-to-21 lead after the missed kick.
The Blue Demons on thier next possession will come right back as Andrew Hoffer keeps on the bootleg and moves the ball to the one. They score on the next play to make it 28-to-27 Christiansburg.
Byrd would go in front 33-to-28, and then what looked to be the game winner as Welch opens up the fourth quarter with a 7 yard score, pounding it in off the right side. Byrd has a 40-to-28 lead.
But the Blue Demons just wouldn't go away. Hoffer lays up the pass to the far side of the endzone to Jacques LeBoone, who hauls it in one handed. It's now 40-to-34 late in the fourth.
Then with just 1:05 left in the game, Hoffer again lays one up to LeBoon, who makes the catch at the corner.
The Blue Demons come from a dozen down in the fourth to stay unbeaten with the 41-to-40 win over Byrd.
And don't forget that the Fleming-Salem game will be played in Byrd's Stadium tonight with the kickoff set for 7:30.
Our tour of the unbeatens continues in just a moment as we see how Pulaski and Liberty fared.
Plus, we'll check out the battle of unbeatens as Bassett hosts Floyd in our Dr. Pepper spotlight game of the week.
But first some of tonight's scores and Bassett high school marching man.
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Undefeated Liberty - the Mighty Minutemen - played their second Group Three team of the year tonight as Chris Watts and his talented team took on a Frankin County squad looking to bounce back from last Saturday's loss to Pulaski.
[SUPER=53-Bedford/Franklin Co. vs. Liberty; :00]
The bleachers in Bedford were packed tonight for the Eagles visit.
We pick it up in the third quarter with Liberty on the move, Damian Dobyns sweeps around the left side and makes it look easy with the five yard TD run to make it a 22-to-7 Liberty lead.
Franklin County's big man, Ronnie Edwards, would do his best to get the Eagles right back in striking distance by taking it the distance. It's a 38 yard scoring run and the Eagles cut the Liberty lead to 22-to-14.
The offensive pendulum would then swing back in Liberty's favor as Stephen Toler takes the handoff this time and he will take it down the far side going 62 yards for the touchdown. The Minutemen are now back on top
29-to-14 still in the third.
Liberty outguns Frankiln County tonight 29 to 20 stay unbeaten on the season.
The Pulaski County Cougars were again out of district tonight taking on their third straight Triple A foe.
Unlike last year, when the non-district games killed the Cougars, this year they've been ones slaying opponents.
Tonight, Pulaski was in Lynchburg taking on E.C. Glass.
[SUPER=53-Lynchburg/Pulaski Co. vs. E.C. Glass; :00]
The Glass fans created a tunnel for the Toppers to travel through as they stepped on the City Stadium turf.
But Pulaski would do some high stepping, as well. Chad Thompson will take the handoff and pushes in for the first score of the game. The visiting Cougars take a 7-to-nothing lead on Glass.
The Cougars would come back in a hurry with another score and Kevin Crouse bangs in for another TD. Pulaski now pushes its lead to 14-to-nothing in the first quarter.
Glass would finally catch its breath and its composure as Ian Holmes connects with Cordelero Mosley. The pass play picks up 30 yards and moves the ball to the Pulaski 10 yard line.
[SUPER=50-Pulaski Co./21/E.C. Glass/20;]
From their Cordero McDaniel scores to cut into the Pulaski lead, but the Cougars prevail tonight with the 21 to 20 win over E.C. Glass to improve to 5-and-0. Pulaski is off next week.
More highlights are on the way from Northside, Botetourt and Glenvar in the next segment, and later we'll head to Giles County and check on Catholic's homecoming.
But first, music from the William Byrd marching band and some more week five scores.
[GO TO BAND B AND MORE SCORES]
[SUPER=48-Bland Co./13/Craig Co./30;]
[SUPER=48-Pulaski Co./21/E.C. Glass/20;]
[SUPER=48-Page Co./0/Buffalo Gap/21;]
[SUPER=48-William Campbell/69/Prince Edward/20;]
[SUPER=48-Rural Retreat/47/John Battle/26;]
Time now to head to Northside.
Less than two full seasons removed from its 10-and-0 season, wins have been tough to find for the Vikings in the past 14 games.
Last night, the Vikes would host Hidden Valley for homecoming.
[SUPER=53-Roanoke Co./Hidden Valley vs. Northside; ;00]
The homecoming hoopla would see Ariel (R-E-L) Rinehart be crowned queen.
Jim Hickam , the longtime king, in his 30th year as the head Viking was looking to make it Happy Homecoming.
Hidden Valley's first possession would see the Titans take off from the Vikings' 39. Tyler Coyer rolls right and finds a wide open Jud Carte. He catches it on the fly and skips down the sideline for a 39 yard score. The Titans score early and make it a 7-to-nothing game.
The Titans would get the ball back and this time they are backed up deep in their own territory.
Coyer will scramble to his left this time, and he will keep the ball and eventually pick up 21 yards on the play for a big Hidden Valley first down.
Five plays later, from the Vikings' 34, Jimmy King will take the handoff, break two tackles, and rips one off the left side. He takes it 34 yards to the house and the Titans take a 14-to-nothing lead on Northside on the first play of the second quarter.
Hidden Valley would continue to make life rough on the Vikings. This four play drive is capped off by Coyer's scramble and bullet pass to King in the end zone.
The Titans improve to 3-and-1 on the season with the 21 to 0 win over the Vikings.
Like Northside, the Lord Botetourt Cavaliers have been in search of those elusive wins this season.
Last night, they welcomed Blacksburg to town.
NO one has played a nuttier schedule that Blacksburg. The Indians had two OFF weeks and two Saturday night games in the first five weeks of the season.
[SUPER=53-Daleville/Blacksburg vs. Lord Botetourt; :00]
The Botetourt Youth Rec league players, the future Cavs were honored at halftime.
They would see their Cavs take a 14-to-nothing lead into the third. But the Bruins are coming back with Josh Sales, who takes the hand-off on his 18, and goes 82 yards untouched the other way outrunning everyone for the score. It's now 14-to-7.
The ensuing kickoff would see Botetourt's Ben Griese get a grip and get a good return as he takes it 58 yards into Bruins territory - sliding through coverage - and Botetourt is back in business looking to put some points on the scoreboard.
Later in that drive - Matt Witt will keep the ball and find enough daylight to find the endzone. He slides in for the TD and Botetourt takes a 21-to-7 lead on the Bruins.
But later in the fourth the Artist formerly known as the Indians comeback in a big way. Daniel Smith finds Tim Piemmons on third and goal for the 9 yard score. It's now a 21-to-14 game.
Botetourt would try to seal the deal with under two minutes to play, but Albert Brogan's field goal is blocked by a wall of Bruins giving theball back to Blacksburg.
With under 50 seconds to go, from the Cavs 21, Sales scores to cut the lead to one at 21-to-20. The Indians decided to go for two and the win instead of play for OT.
But they fumble the snap and Botetourt gets its first win of the season 21-to-20.
The Glenvar Highlanders once again returned to their old Pioneer district roots tonight to play James River in a non-district game in Highlander Heaven.
[SUPER=53-Roanoke Co./James River vs. Glenvar; :00]
It was homecoming Glenvar as they welcomed back the class of 1984 - the very first year of Friday Football Extra.
On the third play of the game, Carter Brown will take the handoff and pick up 11 yards for the Highlanders to kick start the offense.
Later in the drive, Glenvar decides to go for it on the 13 yard line on a 4th and 12. But the Devin Chapell pass that is headed to the endzone on the slant is picked off Josh Harris and he will give the Knights back the ball.
But James River would fail to capitalize, and when he got the ball back, Chapell decided to play it safe, and he will keep and carry 13 yards deep into Knights' territory.
After the gain of 13, the drive continue and this time Chapell follows his blockers and hurdles his way into the endzone to make it 7-to-nothing.
James River would then get a taste of the Glenvar defense as the Highlanders trap the ball carrier on both sides and eventually stop the play for a loss. Glenvar wins it 20 to 7.
Stay with us. There's more Friday Football Extra to come.
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We still have three more sets of highlights to check on tonight, including two from Giles County.
And we begin on this end of the County where Giles, fresh off its win of Narrows, stepped out of district again for a rare meeting with the Martinsville Bulldogs.
[SUPER=53-Pearisburg/Martinsville vs. Giles; :00]
Future Spartan stars from the local elementary schools were lined up on the sideline at halftime.
We pick it up in the third with Giles clinging to a one point lead. Ricky Cook will take the ball up the middle for 19 yards and touchdown to make it 28-to-21 Spartans over the Ville.
Giles would kick it into high gear in the fourth. On a second and five from the 25, Cook hands off to Micael Early who carries it 25 yards for the touchdown. Giles now stretches its lead 34-to-21 after the missed conversion.
Later in the fourth, Giles is doing it again. This time Cook keeps the rock and he runs it in from 21 yards out. Now the score is at 40-to-21 Giles and the rout is on.
To give you an idea of how bad the night was Martinsville - the quarterback runs into the referee, then gets hit and fumbles.
Giles rolls over Martinsville with the 40 to 21 win tonight in Pearisburg.
A Mountain Empire district meeting was the order of the night in Narrows as the Green Wave took on Grayson County.
[SUPER=53-Narrows/Grayson Co. vs. Narrows; :00]
It was alumni night in Narrows as the team captains from the 1960s and 1970s lined up to greet the present day players and wish them luck as they rolled into Ragsdale Stadium.
And they would need that luck because Grayson came to play. From the Narrows 39 yard line, Justin Funk hands off to Deron Brown, who will take it up the far sideline and all the way in for the score. It's 7-to-nothing Blue Devils on top.
On Narrows very first play from scrimmage, Wesley Underwood hands off to Brandon Vaught, And he will break through first line of tacklers, later he will strong arm another and he will take it 60 yards for the TD. It's now 7-all.
Narrows would keep the momentum going. On a fourth and four from the Grayson 36, Underwood passes to James Nothingham, who will not only get the first down, but also get the 30 yards on the play. That led to another score to make it 14-to-7.
Early in the second, Grayson would be on the move again from the Narrows 30. Funk will find Jamie Butler with this pass. He will take it into the endzone, tripping in for the final two yards.
Narrows falls to Grayson County tonight 34 to 27.
It was homecoming tonight for the Roanoke Catholic Celtics.
Tomorrow night the Celts will have their annual homecoming dance, but tonight it was all VIC football as Fishburne Military traveled down to the valley from Waynesboro.
[SUPER=53-Roanoke Co./Fishburne vs. Roanoke Catholic; :00]
Homecoming festivities for the Celtics tonight at Vinyard Field as the court stepped into the stadium area.
The visitors would also do some stepping from the Catholic 25 as Michael Woodard passes down the left side to Tyler Cline. He turns it upfield and moves the ball to the two yard line.
Two plays later, Woodard calls his own number and scores to make it a 7-to-nothing game.
Fishburne would again find the endzone as Woodard hooks up with Alston Hall on the 39 yard scoring play and it simply looked like the Caissons would just have too many weapons.
But give Catholic credit. The Celtics made some nice adjustments and on the ensuing kickoff - Angelo Fuller will pick it up on the 15 and take it through traffic to the outside - 85 yards in all for the TD.
Catholic scores 17 unanswered for a happy homecoming winning it 17-to-14.
There's more Friday Football Extra to come. WE'll look at our Super 7 and Player of the week after this quick break.
[GO TO BREAK]
It's time for our Super 7.
Still one postponement this week, but no change in the poll.
[go to super 7]
The Gretna Hawks shutout Nelson and stays number one.
Amherst's continues to win the close ones to stay second.
Salem plays Fleming tonight.
Pulaski Co. nipped Glass by a point.
Liberty beat Franklin County by 9.
Rockbridge is 6th.
And George Wythe stays 7th.
[GO TO POLLBUSTER]
And the pollbuster is Floyd County.
The Buffs are 5 and 0.
Our Fifth player of the week made drastic changes in the off season and opponents are now feeling the wrath of those adjustments.
Steve Mason weighs in on a now on the much bigger and stronger Casey Hancock, the Craig County junior speedster who helped his Rockets muscle their way to a 24-15 win over Auburn last Friday night.
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[SUPER=53-New Castle/September 24th; :00]
[SUPER=51-Casey Hancock/FFE Player of the Week; :24]
[SUPER=51-Mark McPherson/Craig Co. Head Coach; :35]
[SUPER=49-Steve Mason; 1:27]
[OUT Q=...friday football extra"]
And thanks to each of you for once again checking out Friday Football Extra.
We'll be back next Friday night at 11:35 for week number six of the season.
[GO TO BREAK] Take care everybody and have a safe weekend.