Welcome everybody to Friday Football Extra -- it's the first night of LIVE
action in this our 13th year on the air.
Highlights of 15 games are coming your way in the next 30 minutes so let's
We begin tonight down in Danville where George Washington opened outside the
district against anything but a patsy.
Woodbridge's C.D. Hylton a state runner-up from last year came down from
Woodbridge to help GW kick things off in 96.
SUPER=51-Danville/C.D. Hylton vs. G. Washington; :00
The G.W. Band was back on the scene tonight opening its season as well.
We pick it up in the second quarter as GW on the move, as quarterback
Chanseton Rogers keeps and runs and scores on the 35 yard touchdown, and
Nathan Poole's replacement is looking good as Danville takes a 28-to-nothing
In the third, Hylton quarterback Andy Brown would connect on this 29 yard
pass to SoSo Dee Dee. The play set up a score, but we thought we'de show it
because we like his name - SoSo Dee Dee.
SUPER=52-C.D. Hylton/6/G.W. Danville/42;
But So So couldn't deal with Danville tonight as Rogers hands off to Shawn
Wesley who kicks it into high gear and scores from 25 yards out and the Eagles,
our preseason number one team, rolls to the 42 to 6 win over C.D. Hylton.
The Pulaski County Cougars traditionally ring in the new season with a
non-district opponent from the DC area, and while Anacostia didn't make it down
this year, Maryland's Good Council high school did.
SUPER=51-Pulaski Co./Good Council vs. Pulaski Co.; :00
Down at the Cougar Den in Pulaski they were doing the Macarena in the stands,
but the Cougars were doing their own dance on the Falcons on the field.
Leading 14-to-nothing midway through the second, Brian Myers steps in Shayne
Graham's shoes and nails a 24 yard field goal to make it 17-to-zip.
Pulaski would put another touchdown on the board on the their next
possession, and then the Cougar D took over as it blocks this punt out of the
endzone for a safety and a 26-to nothing halftime lead.
Good Council would finally score in the second half - but later in the
fourth Pulaski pounces on Doug Bost at the half yard line to stifle another
SUPER=52-Good Council, MD/7/Pulaski Co./33;
Ronald Branch cleaned up that mess with a second effort TD and the Cougars
tune up for Amherst with a 33-to-7 win.
The most intriguing game of the night on paper was down in Amherst where the
Lancers welcomed William Fleming to town.
This would be the 1995 state champs first game back in the Triple-A ranks,
and Roy Stanley was on hand as the Colonels arrived in town.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=51-Amherst Co./Fleming vs. Amherst Co.; :00
SUPER=52-William Fleming/12/Amherst Co./22; 1:18
SUPER=50-George "Killer" Miller/Fleming Head Coach; 1:28
SUPER=50-Mickey Crouch/Amherst Co. Head Coach; 1:33
SUPER=59-Roy Stanley; 1:42
OUT Q=...friday football extra."
One of Friday Football Extra's most entertaining rivalries over the years was
back on center stage in the Hill City tonight as Heritage met cross town rival
SUPER=51-Lynchburg/Heritage vs. E.C. Glass; :00
Heritage and head coach Pem Apperson came in tonight wearing the colors of
the Seminole district, and we pick it up in the third quarter with Glass
Garnett McDaniel takes the snap and moves his way all the way down to the
Pioneers six yard line.
Two plays later McDaniel calls his own number - pushes his way through the
line and in the zone to make it 7-to-nothing Glass.
Glass would score again on the final play of the third quarter when as Raydan
Vereen picks up the fumble and scores from 40 yards out to make it
Glass scored one more time on this 39 yard strike from McDaniel to sophomore
Jerebee Higginbothan. Glass comes alive in the second half and wins it
IN Q="I tell you...
((BO HENSON/E.C. GLASS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=50-Bo Henson/E.C. Glass Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...ALL NIGHT LONG."
We've only scratched the surface here on opening night.
Immediate trips to Victory stadium, Viking field, Rocky Mount and Stuart are
on tap but first some of tonight's scores and the Amherst County marching band.
go to scoreboard and band.
SUPER=64-Laurel Park/9/Franklin Co./36;
SUPER=64-Jefferson Forest/34/Patrick Henry/36;
SUPER=64-Good Council/7/Pulaski Co./33;
Welcome back to Friday Football Extra and our second set of highlights from
week number one.
Down at Victory stadium, Patrick Henry welcomed Group Two-A seminole district
power Jefferson Forest to t0own for opening night.
SUPER=51-Roanoke/Jefferson Forest vs. P.H.; :00
Ed Scott was doing his best to get his Patriots revved up before the start
of this one.
But the visiting Cavs made a statement early as Jerton Evans hands off to
Frank Wade, who rolls down the right sideline and picks up 36 yards before
being hauled down on the 14.
Wade would then go off the left side and score from 12 yards out to give the
Cavs a 6-to-nothing lead with 5 minutes to play in the first.
PH would respond to the wakeup call with a reverse handoff. Thomas comes
back down the left side and takes the ball 46 yards all the way down to the
SUPER=52-Jefferson Forest/34/Patrick Henry/36;
Shawn Akers would slam in to give PH the 8-to-6 lead after the 2 point
conversion and that 2 is big as the Pats win a wild one 36-to-34.
RVD member Cave Spring opened the season tonight on the road across county
at VIking stadium against rival Northside.
SUPER=51-Roanoke Co./Cave Spring vs. Northside; :00
Fans at this game would get to see the youngest Viking cheerleader in action
- 5 month old Michaella LaBray.
Northside quarterback Xavier Lee gave her something to cheer about as he
rolls right and escapes one, two, three, four, five tackles in route to a 25
yard gain and a Viking first down.
With less than a minute in the first half - Lee again fakes it and keeps it
and runs it in for the 10 yard TD and it 20-to-7 Vikes at the half.
Early in the fourth Cave Spring running back Josh Dowdy walks the ball in
from a yard out to close the gap to 20-to-14.
But the Vikes will move the ball down the field for another score as John
Doss takes the ball from Lee and dives in for the TD. The Vikings win it
IN Q="They set the...
((JIM HICKAM/NORTHSIDE HEAD COACH:THEY SET THE TONE. I WAS REALLY PROUD OF
THEM. WE DID SOMETHING DIFFERENT. WE NEVER WENT IN THE HUDDLE, AND THAT WAS A
LOT OF PRESSURE ON THEM, AND THEY PLAYED ABOVE MY EXPECTATIONS.))
SUPER=50-Jim Hickam/Northside Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...MY EXPECTATIONS."
Down in Rocky Mount, another triple- A/double-A battle was fought between
Franklin County and Laurel Park of the Piedmont.
SUPER=51-Rocky Mount/Lancers vs. Eagles;
The Eagles soared into Cy Dillon Stadium and grabbed a 17 to 3 halftime
lead on Eddie Crabtree's Lancers.
The 2nd half proved to be the Henry Eggleston show. Eggleston takes the
handoff and scoots in from 7 yards out, capping a 7 minute drive and making it
a 23 to 7 game.
Oh, Henry!!!! Eggleston strikes again, less than a minute later, this time
from 30 yards out. The PAT failed, but Franklin County led 29 to 3.
Laurel Park comes right back, though. Steve Robertson scrambles and hooks
up with Josh Crabtree who hauls in the 10 yard strike to cut the lead to 29 to
But Eggleston and the Eagles SUPER=52-Franklin County/36/Laurel Park/9;
ruise. A 90 yard interception return sets up this 8 yard TD stroll and Franklin
County wins it 36 to 9.(/////SOT/////)
IN Q="It wasn't...
((HORACE GREEN/FRANKLIN CO. HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=50-Horace Green/Franklin Co. Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...yards they did."
While Laurel Park was working out in the Triple-A ranks, fellow Piedmont
member Patrick County was back home in Stuart hosting Liberty.
SUPER=51-Stuart/Liberty vs. Patrick Co.; :00
They were rockn' & rolln' in Stuart tonight as first year coach Jim Hall
and the Cougars kicked off the '96 campaign.
It was the Minutemen, living up to their name early. Gerry Staples caps
the Liberty march down the field with this 9 yard run off the left side. The 2
point conversion made it 8-zip with 8:36 left in the first.
Patrick County took advantage of a Liberty turnover early in the second.
Barry Collins takes the handoff, breaks several tackles and finds daylight down
the left sideline for a 61 yard TD jaunt trimming the Liberty lead to 2.
But the Minutemen are too much in this one. On 4th and 3, Staples gets a
1st down at the 1. Liberty punches it in on the next play to lead 14-6, and
the Minutemen win 27 to 6.
More big matchups coming your way tonight as we jump in the truck and head to
Rustburg, Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Ringgold.
But first we need to view some more scores and listen up to the Northside
go to scores and Band B
SUPER=64-Hargrave Military/15/Dan River/28;
SUPER=64-Ft. Chiswell/20/George Wythe/12;
We are back and ready to continue on tonight's opening week trail as we head
Tonight The Red Devils welcomed old friend Martinsville to town. Long fans
will remember the classic game they staged at Dan Greene stadium in the
playoffs when Tommy Garner was the team's head coach.
This evening the Red Devils were fired up looking JUST LOOKING to improve on
last year's 4-and-6 record.
WE pick up the action midway through the first quarter with Rustburg punting
from its own 26, and Martinsville's Leander Preston takes the return and he
will go 54 yards for the score as he bows by the defense 7-to-nothing.
Rustburg's Daniel Gibson would respond on the very next play as he takes the
ensuing kickoff on his own 4 yard line and he will make the Dogs pay as he
motors 96 yards for the touchdown SUPER=52-Martinsville/27/Rustburg/6;
to the cut the lead to 7-to-6 after the first quarter.
But Martinsville wins it
27 to 6.
Martinsville's Piedmont running mates from Fieldale Collinsville were also
on the road tonight in Christiansburg.
SUPER=51-Christiansburg/F. Collinsville vs. Christiansburg;:00
The Cavs and Blue Demons got the season started with a cordial handshake at
On Christiansburg's first possesion the Demons got within striking distance,
but Joe Favaro dashed their hopes as he tips the ball away from John Hindle.
Hindle would come back on the team's second possesion as the right side
opens a broad path for this 20 yard gain down to the 3 yard line.
On the first play of the second quarter Chris Epperley takes it in on his
own from the three, but he pays the price.
A shoulder injury would knock him out of the game and send him to the
hospital. Christiansburg beats Fieldale-Collinsville 16 to 13.
Dan River, is also in a new district this year, the brand new Dogwood.
But tonight Ken Meador's club opened its season against a neighboring
SUPER=51-Ringgold/Hargrave vs. Dan River; :00
To Ringgold we go where Hargrave Military made the trek down from Chatham for
And the Visitors would open things up early as Robert Lindsey, the all
Virginia Independent conference quarterback pulls off the fake field goal and
hits Ricky Carter for the score to make it 7-to-nothing in the first.
Dan River would regroup and pull off its own fourth down magic as Landrum
Sydnor passes to Joe Saunders for the seven yard scoring strike to cut the lead
SUPER=52-Hargrave Military/15/Dan River/28;
The Wildcats open the season at home with a 28 to 15 win over Hargrave.
Neither Blacksburg nor Giles is a part of the now defunct New River, but
their rivalry is as keen as ever.
SUPER=51-Blacksburg/Giles vs. Blacksburg; :00
The Indians hoped this would serve as a good tuneup for their baptism in the
Blue Ridge this year, it turned out to be a learning experience.
With 2:17 left in the first half, CHris Ratcliffe takes the snaps, cuts
right and weaves his way 34 yards into the end zone for the fourth score and
Giles is on top 23-to-6 at halftime.
The Spartans would keep winging it in the third quarter, as Matt Whitehead
seemingly melts through the line and gets 23 yards down to the 23 yard line.
Giles would then break the wing with a pass from Ratcliffe to Phillip Hilton
good for 17 yards to the Indians 24 yard line.
The clock eating drive would finally culminate with more single wing magic in
the air as Shawn Vaught gives it to CHris HUtchinson, who fires it to Hilton
for the scores.
Giles crushes Blacksburg 44-to-6.
Three more to go before we finish up the 15 game buffet. Single A orders are
coming up from Radford, Wytheville and Rural Retreat after we get in step with
the Pulaski County marching band and close out tonight's scoreboard.
go to board and band-c
SUPER=64-Pocahontas Co. WV/16/Bath Co./24;
SUPER=64-Floyd Co./28/James River/26;
SUPER=64-Brunswick Academy/2pm/Roanoke Catholic/Sat.;
Time to peruse the Group-A ranks as we head down into the New River Valley
Radford opened out of district tonight against Parry McCluer as Charlie
Wheeler began his second season as the Blues head coach
SUPER=51-Radford/Parry McCluer vs. Radford; :00
and Norm Lineburg continued his third decade as the leader of the Bobcats, as
the entire team stepped out for the coin toss tonight.
On the Bobcats first possession they would mount a drive highlighted by this
27 yard sweep around the right side of the line by Bud Redden.
Then on the very next play, Marlin Wesley would gain 25 more yard son a delay
up the middle - but the drive would stall.
And Benji Fry comes on to hit a 27 yard field goal to cap the 75 yard drive
and make it 3-to-nothing Radford.
The Cats add 16 points of insurance and get the 19-to-nothing shutout.
Besides the Glass-Heritage and Giles-Blacksburg games, the biggest rivalry
tonight was the one staged down at Pendleton field in Wytheville where the
Maroons hosted Fort Chiswell.
SUPER=51-Wytheville/Fort Chiswell vs. George Wythe; :00
Damian Taylor, the George Wythe star back got hurt in the first half tonight
and had to spectate the final two quarters with his team down 7-To-nothing.
And Fort Chiswell would add to that lead early in the third with Kevin Viars
taking off on a 71 yard dash.
The Pioneers take a 14-to-nothing after one series in the second half.
The Maroons got back in it with a bomb from Phillip Russell to Justin
Metzger. The play covers 69 yards and gets the Maroons on the board. It was
14-to-6 after the missed 2 point try.
SUPER=52-Fort Chiswell/20/George Wythe/12;
The Maroons had another shot to tie late in the game, but this fourth down
pass is incomplete from the 12 yard line, and Ft Chiswell hangs on to win it 20
About 20 minutes from Wytheville the reservation was open tonight at Rural
retreat as the Indians welcomed Abingdon to town.
SUPER=51-Rural Retreat/Abingdon vs. Rural Retreat; :00
The Indians stormed onto the field tonight looking to open the 96 campaign
on a winning note for the home folks.
And on their first drive the Indians looked like they were headed to the
endzone as Wayne Terry passes to Lance Goff for a 13 yard gain and a first
down, but the drive would stall.
Abingdon would take over after a botched punt and immediately score on this
29 yard scoring strike from Joey Wolfe to Joe Fuqua. That would make it
7-to-nothing in the first.
On the Falcons next possession the ground game would take over as Chris
Spurlock barrels down the right side and into the zone of the 33 yard jaunt
Abingdon comes up from the Highlands district and opens the season with a
19 to nothing win over the Indians.
A we'll close out tonight's edition of Friday Football Extra right after
this quick break with a look at the Super 7, and an inside look at the Friday
Football Extra helmet Cam.
Stay with us.
go to break
All of the teams that made it in the preseason Super 7 that were in action
tonight all came away with wins.
SUPER=65-1. G.W. Danville/1-0/2. Salem/0-0/3. E.C. Glass/1-0/4. Pulaski
Co./1-0/5. Amherst Co./1-0/6. Bath Co./1-0/7. Giles/1-0;
George Washington hammered Hylton, Salem opens next week against Brookville,
Glass came on in the second half to shutout Heritage, Pulaski whipped Good
Council, while Amherst took care of Fleming, Bath beat Pocahontas and Giles
And the pollbuster tonight is Northside as the Vikings get their offense in
gear and beat Cave Spring
In our thirteen years of producing Friday Football Extra each season, we've
tried to add a number of creative touches to make watching the show more
pleasurable for you the viewer.
This year we decided to go a little high Tech with our show open and give you
something really different.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=51-Hot Springs; :00
SUPER=50-Greg Moore/Friday Football Extra Photographer; :45
SUPER=50-Joel Sink/WDBJ Graphic Artist; :45
SUPER=50-Steve Isaacs/Bath Co. Head Coach; 2;23
OUT Q=...WE GONNA DO IT
(( A week before the season started defending state champ Bath County got all
dressed up for a night under the microscope.
Besides performing for the normal camera shots, the Chargers also GOT
stretched out with some wide angle lens, and chased around the field with our
new helmet cam.
((GREG MOORE/FRIDAY FOOTBALL EXTRA:))
Bobby Wilmoth of Circle System Group the equipment restorers, provided us
with a helmet, in which the miniature camera was mounted. But then the trick
making the movements look realistic.
Once all the video was shot in the field up at Hot Springs that night, the
project was turned over to WDBJ graphic artist Joel Sink, who's talent,
imagination and high powered Macintosh computer system went to work
incorporating animation with the video.
((JOEL SINK/WDBJ GRAPHIC ARTIST:))
The project was in the works for several weeks and, It took 12 hours for the
computer JUST to render the complicated 60 second open.
It also required quite a time committment on the part of the Bath County
((STEVE ISAACS/BATH COUNTY HEAD COACH:))
Our thanks as well to News 7 photographer Tim Wright putting his creative
touches on that story, as well.
And thank you for watching out show for week one.
close and credits coming
Until next week, have a safe Holiday weekend everybody.