Welcome everybody to Friday Football Extra.
Tonight's show marks the 17th and final edition of FFE for this season.
In the next 30 minutes we'll give you a front row seat for the 13th annual
Friday Football Extra awards banquet at the Airport Marriott's Grand ballroom.
Plus, we'll do our best to get to you set for tomorrow's Stagg Bowl at Salem
NCAA director of championships Wayne Burrow will join us, along with
Meteorologist Robin Reed,who will have our game day forecast.
TEAM OF THE YEAR FULL SCREEN
But first we begin with our team of the year award that was presented to
Salem High School, the only team from Friday football Extra's vast coverage
area to bring home a state championship.
The Spartans beat Sherando 20-to-12 last Saturday at Victory stadium.
SUPER=51-Roanoke/Division 4 Championship; :00
SUPER=50-Willis White/Salem Head Coach; :16
SUPER=50-Sandy Hadaway/Salem Athletic Director; :48
SUPER=50-John Hall/Salem Principal; 1:00
SUPER=50-R.J. Beckwith/Salem Quarterback; 1:12
OUT Q=...GAVE US FITS."
((WILLIS WHITE/SALEM HEAD COACH:))
This season that philosophy was never more evident as the Spartans won 12
games and the division four crown without a single superstar on the roster.
((SANDY HADAWAY/SALEM ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
((JOHN HALL/SALEM HIGH PRINCIPAL:))
((R.J. BECKWITH/SALEM QUARTERBACK:))
The players ran the Salem stadium steps on the their own in the summer to get
in extra good shape for the title run, and the coaches knew they had something
special when summer practice began back in August.))
Salem may have been a shoe-in to win Friday Football Extra's team of the year
award, but when it came time for the coaches to pick the best field boss, there
was no clear cut favorite.
Willis White, Mark Lineburg, Don Bateman, Ed Martin, Steve Ragsdale, Dean
Rhea and Jeff Highfill each received votes from their peers.
full screen Bob Gray
But in the end, the coaches picked Staunton River's Bob Gray.
All he did was take a former doormat and clean up in the Seminole district.
The Eagles won a share of the district championship, made the playoffs for
the first time in school history and won ten games.
A level of success Gray never expected when he took over the program three
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SUPER=50-Bob Gray/FFE Overall Coach of the Year; :00
SUPER=51-Moneta/Regional Semi-Finals; :23
SUPER=50-Kevin Martin/FFE Player of the Week from SR; 1:02
OUT Q=...ALL LOOK UP TO."
Now up next we'll meet this year's coaches of the year in their respective
Plus, we'll hear from the hottest college prospect in this half of the state,
George Washington's Tyrone Robertson.
Stay with us.
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Welcome back folks to Friday Football Extra's season ender.
You know, besides the two big awards, we also pass out three prestigious
coach of the honors.
Prestigious because the coaches themselves are responsible for picking these.
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In the Group A ranks the coaches' message was loud and clear as Giles boss
Steve Ragsdale easily won this classification's top honor.
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SUPER=51-Pearisburg/Region C Championship; :04
SUPER=50-Steve Ragsdale/FFE Group A Coach of the Year; :24
OUT Q=...super special year."
(( Ragsdale took a team that was expected to be mediocre in the preseason, and
watched it win 13 straight games, before losing in the Division Two state
championship game on the final weekend of the season.
But despite that loss, 1996 was a rewarding season for both the Spartans and
((STEVE RAGSDALE/FFE GROUP A COACH OF THE YEAR:))
Willis White of Salem won the Group Two-A coach of the year award,
full screen Willis White pinnacle
and he also provided those in attendance at this year's banquet with the most
entertaining remarks of the night.
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SUPER=50-Willis White/FFE Group AA Coach of the Year; :30
OUT Q=...God bless you."
(( Willis followed Steve Ragsdale at the podium. The Giles head coach had just
finished delivering a well constructed acceptance speech in which he thanked
everyone from his wife to the Giles fans.
Despite his sincerity - Ragsdale came across like a true politician -
something that wasn't lost on White's ears.))
((WILLIS WHITE/FFE GROUP AA COACH OF THE YEAR:))
Now the Group Three-a coach of the year winner normally follows the Double-a
winner to the stage, but this year's recipient
George Washington high school's Ed Martin was unable to make it to Roanoke on
Assistant coach Bruce Hylton, and Martin's star player Tyrone Robertson
accepted on his behalf.
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((BRUCE HYLTON/G.W. DANVILLE ASST. COACH:))
((TYRONE ROBERTSON/G.W. DANVILLE DEFENSIVE END:))
SUPER=50-Bruce Hylton/G.W. Danville Assistant Coach; :00
SUPER=50-Tyrone Robertson/G.W. Danville Defensive End; :24
OUT Q=...HIGHLIGHT POINT."
Robertson was one of our 15 players of the week to be honored at the banquet.
And for obvious reasons he attracted a lot of attention.
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SUPER=51-Danville/1996 Season; :00
SUPER=50-Tyrone Robertson/FFE Player of the Week; :36
OUT Q=...THE NEXT LEVEL TOO."
(( At six feet five inches tall and 275 pounds, Tyrone is hard to miss
When it comes to football he can't miss!
The Western district and Northwest region player of the year appears to be
planning on staying in state or at least close by to play his college football.
Wednesday night he said he's close to eliminating Southeast conference
members Tennessee, Florida and Georgia from his final list, leaving North
Carolina, UVa and Va. Tech has his three remaining suitors.))
((TYRONE ROBERTSON/FFE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:))
And we'd like to thank Videographer Tim Wright for all of his help at the
Now, we'll switch just a bit after a short commercial break as we turn our
attention to Saturday afternoon's Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.
We'll check in on today's activities and let you know if any tickets are
still available for the Division Three National title game.
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It is no time to move on and dedicate the rest of tonight's show to
tomorrow's Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.
For four years the folks in Salem have been serving up the Division 3
finalists the best in hospitality and facilities.
This year Rowan and Mt. Union are Salem's guest, and as usual they have been
treated like kings during their stay.
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SUPER=51-Salem/Thursday Afternoon; :00
SUPER=51-This Afternoon; :12
SUPER=50-Scott Sampson/Salem Stadium Manager; :24
SUPER=50-Carey Harveycutter/Stagg Bowl Director; :58
SUPER=50-Dr. Jerry Punch/ESPN Announcer; 2:05
SUPER=50-Dan Boggan/NCAA Chief Operating Officer; 2:58
OUT Q=...THAT THEY ARE."
(( The Profs and Purple Raiders have been in the Roanoke Valley since Wednesday
night, and quite frankly all the posing and preparation is over for not only
these two teams but also the City.
Salem Stadium manager Scott Sampson, who has endured too many sleepless
nights to count in the last three years has prepared the driest and fastest
track in Stagg Bowl history for these teams.
((SCOTT SAMPSON/SALEM STADIUM MANAGER:))
5000 tickets have been sold for the game and that means about 2000 more will
go on sale tomorrow morning. And that's the only way you can see the game
locally. Because it is not a sellout,ESPN is blacking it in 45 mile radius of
((CAREY HARVEYCUTTER/STAGG BOWL DIRECTOR:))
Harveycutter and the folks in Salem also honored ESPN's request to put up the
lights in the stadium. The late 2pm kickoff, all but insures that the game
will end in darkness so, the City added four new poles of lights.
Those Spartans should get a little nationwide attention tomorrow when folks
watching on TV get glimpse of this banner that will be mounted under the
In fact, it is a shame that the event is being blacked out in this area,
because those watching will be treated to the most educated play by play -
color commentary duos in the history of broadcasting - led by none other than
former N.C. State quarterback Jerry Punch.
((JERRY PUNCH/ESPN ANNOUNCER:))
This afternoon the players were treated to a championship luncheon at the
Salem Civic Center that was hosted by WDBJ and sponsored by Friday Football
The players got a chance to devour more than good meal as the NCAA's chief
operating officer encouraged them to enjoy the moment on the stage Salem has
prepared for them.))
((DAN BOGGAN/NCAA CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER:))
Now in just moment we'll talks with NCAA assistant director for
championships, WayneBurrow about the state of the Stagg in Salem, and find out
why this year's game has the potential to be the best ever at the stadium.
Stay with us everybody, I'll be right back.
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Welcome back as our Stagg Bowl portion of the program continues.
Earlier today I talked with NCAA assistant director for championship, Wayne
Burrow, about this year's game and a number of other topics.
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SUPER=50-Wayne Burrow/NCAA Director of Championships; :00
Still to come tonight, we'll take a look back at that 1993 Stagg Bowl game,
that many believe is one of the greatest games ever played in Division Three.
Plus, meteorologist Robin Reed will check in and let us know what kind of
weather we can expect.
All that right after this quick break.
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Welcome back as we get set to wrap up the final edition of Friday Football
Extra for this season.
And let's do so by flashing back to 1993 when Rowan and Mount Union locked
horns in the first Stagg Bowl to be held at Salem Stadium.
In case you've forgotten it was a game that literally had something for
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SUPER=51-Salem/1993 Stagg Bowl; :00
SUPER=50-K.C. Keeler/Rowan Head Coach; :46
SUPER=50-Larry Kehres/Mt. Union Head Coach; 1:00
OUT Q=...HOTEL ROOM."
(( Despite a 30 mile an hour wind and below freezing temperatures, fans flocked
to Salem to watch the Profs and Purple Raiders put on a show IN 93.
Jarvis Perry swept in with the snow in the first quarter to put Rowan in
But Mt. Union quarterback Jim Ballard put something other than flakes in the
air as his TD pass to Rob Atwood gave Mt. Union a 14-to-10 halftime lead.
His Rowan counterpart, Ed Hesson led the Profs back in the third as Rowan
was 15 minutes away from a championship on top 24-to-21 leading to the 4th.
But Ballard took over in the final period and the Purple Raiders emerged
with a 34-to-24 win and the Stagg Bowl title.
((K.C. KEELER/ROWAN HEAD COACH:))
((LARRY KEHRES/MT. UNION HEAD COACH:))
The weather should be quite a bit different than it was 3 years ago, but
Keeler won't believe it until he sees it.))
Well, what about it Robin?
Is there any chance K.C. Is going to need that parka tomorrow???
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SUPER=59-Robin Reed; :00
OUT Q=...WEATHER WISE, MIKE."
OK Robin, we can't wait to finally have perfect conditions for a championship
That does it for not only our show tonight, but the 1996 season of Friday
Thanks for making us a part of your Friday nights in the Fall, and have a
safe and happy Holiday season.
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So long everybody.