Good evening everybody and welcome to the 14th season of Friday Football
After showcasing more than 1800 games in the past 13 years we are back an
eager to top the 2000 mark this year.
Tonight we have 14 games for you plus,
a story you will not want to miss on former player of the week Tyrone
Steve Mason visited with the 18 year old man-child last night and you'l
definitely want to hear what Tyrone has to say.
But first let's get to the action, as we begin with a southwest Roanoke
County rumble at Knight's stadium as Cave Spring welcomed Northside over from
Peters Creek road.
SUPER=51-Roanoke Co./Northside vs. Cave Spring; :00
The game had trouble living up the pregame tailgate party that was catered by
Outback steak house and Heartland bread.
Let's pick it up in the second half where the Men in Black owned this one.
Josh Holmes blocks the Viking punt in the third quarter...the Knights recover
on the the Northside 10.
A Viking penalty moves Cave Spring closer to the goal...Michael Hamlar slips
in-- Cave leads 14 to 6.
The guy with the most mileage of the game, the Knights Brad Nichols digs
deep and crosses the line for the score...21 to 6, Cave Spring.
In the final ticks of the third--quarterback Corey Paxton hands it to
Nichols again-- he twists and turns down the field for 32-yards...setting up a
The Knights defense was also sharp-- in the 4th quarter, Viking quarterback
Xavier Lee is dragged down and shoved back by Darnell Glover.
Cave Spring stays tough and wins its home opener 24 to 6.
IN Q="Just a break...
((BRAD NICHOLS/CAVE SPRING RUNNING BACK:))
((STEVE SPANGLER/CAVE SPRING HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Brad Nichols/Cave Spring Running Back; :00
SUPER=01-Steve Spangler/Cave Spring Head Coach; :06
OUT Q=...pressure on them."
Two new head coaches were in the hot seat tonight in Bedford County as the
Jefferson Forest Cavaliers opened their season against Triple-A member Patrick
The Men and Black looked a little like the Men in Mourning after falling
behind 18-to-13 at halftime.
The Cavs would come out in the third looking to regain the lead to do just
that as Jerton Evans hits Kenneth Hancock for the score and Forest is in front
But the Pats got serious in a hurry scoring two unanswered TDs. Boo Battle,
the big rangy Patriot quarterback keeps from three yards out and gives the
Patriots a 32-to-19 lead
The Cavs still showed signs of life as Frank Wade cruises in from the ten
yard line to cut the PH lead to 32-to-27.
SUPER=52-Patrick Henry/46/Jeff. Forest/33;
But the Pats would get back on the good foot with the speedy James
Hickinbotham who does his thing from 9 yards away.
PH opens with a 46-to-33 win.
IN Q="first audio...
((JEFF JOHNSON/PATRICK HENRY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Johnson/Patrick Henry Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...well for us."
The Star City's other Roanoke Valley member the Fleming Colonels, were
playing under the light of the star tonight as they opened their season of high
hopes against tough Amherst County.
Roy Stanley has the story of this encounter from Victory stadium.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=50-J.R. Word/Fleming Fullback; :49
SUPER=50-Lee Suggs/Scored 3 Touchdowns; :55
SUPER=50-Mickey Crouch/Amherst Head Coach; 1:11
SUPER=52-William Fleming/22/Amherst/0/; 1:37
SUPER=50-George "Kila" Miller/Fleming Head Coach; 1:41
SUPER=58-Roy Stanley; 1:56
OUT Q=...FRIDAY FOOTBALL EXTRA."
((The Colonels ranked number 2 in the Super 7 Poll stepping out tonight for the
season opener against the Lancers of Amherst.
Fleming's backfield of J.R. Word and Lee Suggs dominated the first half Word
gains 39 yards on his first carry of the game to the Amherst 41 yard line.
5-plays later Suggs blows up the middle to score from 19 yards out the
extra point was good and the Colonels took a 7 to nothing lead with 6 minutes
left in the first.
Word would come up with another big play in the second quarter this time
he breaks tackles on his way to a 38 yard gain setting up a Suggs touchdown.
This time quarterback Sherman Lea pitches to Suggs who scoots in from the
five year line the extra point was missed but the Colonels led 13 to nothing
with 7 minutes left in the half.))
((J.R. WORD/COLONEL FULLBACK: ))
((LEE SUGGS SCORED 3 TOUCHDOWNS: ))
((The Colonels closed the half scoring 9 more points Suggs getting six when he
scored his third touchdown on this 6 yard run and Fleming led 22 to nothing at
((MICKEY CROUCH/AMHERST HEAD COACH: ))
((The Lancers came out the second half showing signs of getting back in the
game running the ball twice getting inside the Colonel 20 yard line.
But twice the Colonel defense turned the Lancers away with the interception
this one in the end zone stopped a drive in the second half and Fleming beats
Amherst 22 to nothing.))
((GEORGE "KILA" MILLER/FLEMING HEAD COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
The fun has just begun!
When we come back we'll hit four venues in Henry County plus, drift over to
Bedford as we check in on five non-district Group Two-A encounters from
But first let's take a listen to the William Fleming Marching Colonels, and
take look at the first group of tonight's scores.
go to BAND A and scores
SUPER=64-Franklin Co./30/Laurel Park/18;
SUPER=64-Grayson Co./29/Alleghany NC/28;
SUPER=64-Floyd Co./52/James River/6;
SUPER=64-Amherst Co./0/William Fleming/22;
SUPER=64-James Monroe WV/37/Narrows/8;
SUPER=64-Patrick Henry/46/Jefferson Forest/33;
Time down for the 220 south portion of the show as we
SS=LAUREL PARK/FRANKLIN CO.
head south to Laurel Park high school, where the Lancers had house guests in
the form of the Franklin County Eagles tonight.
SUPER=51-Henry Co./Franklin Co. vs. Laurel Park; :00
We pick up the action in the third quarter with Franklin County to top and
the Eagles' special teams making sure they would stay their as David Altice
picks up the blocked punt and sets up a TD.
The Eagles Bobby Basham takes care of business with a 10 yard run to put
Franklin County in control at 20-to-6.
Laurel Park would rally back with Aaron Moore handing off to Chad Wilson, and
he breaks it off 85 yards for the score to make it a 20-to-12 game.
SUPER=52-Franklin Co./30/Laurel Park/18;
But the Eagles would close it out with Basham scoring in the fourth.
Franklin County opens the season with a 30-to-18 victory over Laurel Park.
At Dan Greene stadium this evening, the Martinsville Bulldogs welcomed new
Rustburg coach Mike Scharnus and his Red Devils to Henry County for a
The Bulldogs and Red Devils were intently watching the coin toss as Rustburg
won and elected to kick.
But it was Martinsville that was kicking early. Danny Wade passes to Kevin
Isley, to set up a second quarter touchdown for the Dogs.
In the second, Wade hands off to Marcus Hairston for the seven yard touchdown
run to give the Bulldogs a 6-to-nothing lead.
Taylor Edwards got another score but still wasn't totally at ease.
And for good reason. Matt Sales lets one sail to Daniel Gibson for the nice
8 yard touchdown completion to cut the Ville's lead to 12-to-6.
And the Bulldogs win it 25 to 13.
From Dan Greene Stadium to Ed Bassett Stadium as we now take a look at one of
the most potentially explosive matchups of the night between Bassett and
SUPER=51-Bassett/Staunton River vs. Bassett; :00
The Macarena is far from dead in Henry County as the home fans were living it
up in the stands.
Staunton River's punt team was out early in the first as Bassett's Lamont
Stokes takes the return and uses some fancy footwork down the sideline for a
nice 25 yard return.
But the Eagles would soar into the zone first as quarterback Willie Johnson
gives the ball to Vincent Brown, who finds a huge hole at the 32 and motors 68
yards for the TD. It's 6-to-nothing the River.
On the very next play from scrimmage, Bassett's T.K. Johnson fakes the pass
and keeps up the gut for a 66 yard answer. As the Bengals say get some of
Bassett would do it again as Stokes scores from the 32 yard line on an
impressive power run. The Bengals ground the Golden Eagles 21 to 6 on opening
The Fieldale-Collinsville Cavaliers and their new coach were also in the
Henry County spotlight tonight as they took on Christiansburg.
SUPER=51-Fieldale/Blue Demons vs. Cavaliers; :00
First year Fieldale head coach Mark Markevich worked the sideline tonight
trying to get his Cavs ready for the Demons.
We pick it up with Christiansburg on top 13-to-6 and the Cavs with the ball.
From their own 44, Phillip Hairston finds Donnell Stockton open crossing the
middle for the 66 yard score. The kick is good and we're all tied at 13 - just
Midway through the third, the Demons Lance Reynolds shows some great
scrambling ability as he takes the ball in from 11 yards out to put the Burg
back in front 20-to-13.
Then with just two minute to go Hairston tries to keep the Cavs drive alive
for the tie. But his run for first down yardage comes up short
and Christiansburg opens the season out of district with a 20 to 13 win.
Let's now motivate back to Bedford County where Patrick County's Cougars had
to travel tonight to play Liberty.
SUPER=51-Bedford/Patrick Co. vs. Liberty; :00
New Liberty head coach Scott Abell took charge of the Minutemen tonight, as
he battled new but also former head coach Addison Kendrick.
Liberty's Shawn Jones would make the first impact play of the night as he
recovers this Patrick County fumble.
That set up this two run score by the Steve Wright and the entire Liberty
line that surges in for a 7-to-nothing lead.
Good defense and a recovered blocked punt set up Liberty again. And again
Steve had all the "Wright" stuff as he SUPER=52-Patrick Co./0/Liberty/28;
scores from 7 yards away to make it 13-to-zip.
And Liberty opens with a bang crushing Patrick County 28 to 0.
A check of the Single A ranks is just on the horizon.
We'll set up shop in Buena Vista, Buchanan, and western Roanoke County.
But first we need to close out the week one scoreboard, and get in step with
the Ft. Chiswell marching band.
go to BAND-B
SUPER=64-Pocahontas Co. WV/20/Bath Co./29;
SUPER=64-GW Danville/36/C.D. Hylton/33;
SUPER=64-Chilhowie/7/PH Glade Spring/42;
SUPER=64-Covington/6/Mount Hope WV/29;
SUPER=64-Pulaski Co./14/Davie War NC/31;
Howdy once again everybody as we continue our week one travels
with a junket to Buena Vista and Camden Field where the Fighting Blues and
Radford Bobcats kicked off their respective 97 campaigns.
SUPER=51-Buena Vista/Radford vs. Parry McCluer;:00
The Blues came into tonight's game hoping to reverse an undesirable losing
streak against the Bobcats.
And this one would be a defensive struggle for both teams.
On Radford's first possession, Adam Artrip pitches out to Mike Dunbar for the
halfback option pass, but it is intercepted by Brian Langhorne and he returns
it to the Radford 39.
The Blues finally got their offense going. Eric Catlett hands off to Brian
Langhorne who carries the ball 18 yards to the Radford 18.
Just a few plays later, the Bobcats would stall the Blues offense again
stopping Parry McCluer inside their ten with this Tony Hash interception in the
Radford beats Parry McCluer 21 to 14.
From Buena Vista to Buchanan where two of last season's top non-playoff
programs - Floyd County and James River got together.
SUPER=51-Buchanan/Floyd Co. vs. James River; :00
Winfred Beale's Buffaloes came into town creating quite a stampede!
Early in the third quarter Floyd County had a 31 point lead and an appetite
for more. Adam Gardner pitches out to Nick Wohn, who streaks down the field
for a 56 yard Touchdown as Floyd is in control and in front 38-to-nothing.
Floyd would add two more TDs in the game including this Josh Spence rumble
down the right sideline on a 51 yard SUPER=52-Floyd Co./52/James River/6;
score. The Buffs cam do no wrong as they open the season with a 52-to-6 win
over the Knights.
IN Q="I thought...
((WIN BEALE/FLOYD COUNTY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=50-Winfred Beale/Floyd Co. Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...get better."
Another cross-district encounter at Glenvar tonight as the Three Rivers met
the Pioneer with Craig County playing Glenvar.
SUPER=51-Roanoke Co./Craig Co. vs. Glenvar; :00
The Rockets would find the flying difficult at best tonight in Highlander
On the opening kickoff John Cassenbaum takes the ball 56 yards to set up the
opening tally of the game.
Two plays later Jeremy Hyman runs it in from 21 yards out and its
The Highlanders would light up the board again as quarterback Seth Noonkester
takes care of business with a 14 yard keeper. It's 13-to-nothing.
Still in the first Glenvar does it one more time with Chris Carrol bullying
his way in for yet another TD.
Glenvar beats Craig County 48-to-22.
Three more games are yet to come on this first Friday night of LIVE action.
We'll take the road to the New River Valley and beyond with visits to
Pearisburg, Narrows and Max Meadows.
But later in the show,
Steve Mason takes us to Fork Union MILITARY Academy where former Friday
Football Extra player of the week Tyrone Robertson is attempting to get his
life back on track.
GO TO BREAK
Time now to check in with the single wingers in
Pearisburg as the Division Two state runnersup from Giles opened their season
against old New River rival Blacksburg.
SUPER=51-Pearisburg/Blacksburg vs. Giles; :00
We pick it up in the second half with Giles on top 6-to-nothing, and head
coach Steve Ragsdale looking for more.
Giles would get things going in the third quarter as Shawn Vaught blasts his
way down the right sideline, picking up 55 yards.
Two plays later, the Spartans punch it in with Micah Steele, the younger
brother of former Friday Football Extra scholar athlete winner Brandon, getting
Giles would keep winging it with B-J Smith breaking through the Indians' line
this time on a 30 yard jaunt into Blacksburg territory.
Vaught finishes what he starts with a 2 yard run and Giles win it
((STEVE RAGSDALE/GILES HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=50-Steve Ragsdale/Giles Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...out here tonight."
On the other end of Giles County, Narrows more than had its hands full with
visiting James Monroe tonight.
SUPER=51-Narrows/James Monroe vs. Narrows; :00
Don Lowe and his Narrows Green Wave were looking to pick up a win in their
home opener in Ragsdale Field.
But the James Monroe Mavericks crossed the state line with other plans as
Jason Dowdy takes the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to give the
Mavericks a 7-to-nothing lead. Narrows would try to get its offense running,
but the Wave had problems holding onto the ball as this fumble is recovered by
The Mavs would turn that into a touchdown as Chris Page goes 15 yards up the
middle to make it a 14-to-nothing game.
SUPER=52-James Monroe. WVa/37/Narrows/8;
James Monroe would strike again in the second as SCott Martin goes 10 yards
to the zone. And the Mavericks ride the Wave to a 37 to 8 win.
A finally tonight we close out the highlights with two third of the war in
Wythe County as Ft. Chiswell butted heads with George Wythe.
SUPER=51-Max Meadows/George Wythe vs. Ft. Chiswell; :00
It may not have been a fire on the mountain tonight but Ft. Chiswell was
anxious to prove the Mountain Empire was still king in this rivalry.
But the Maroons would make the first move when Bryant Jones levels Jeff Viars
and recovers the fumble on the Pioneer 23.
Several plays later the Maroons Jeff Coeburn passes to Bubba Collins, who is
nailed on the one foot line by J.T, Thomas.
But on the next play Coeburn pushes it in for the TD and GW leads
Ft. Chiswell would lose the ball again as Phillip Russell can't hang on and
the Maroons recover on the 28 yard line.
Three plays later, Coeburn finds CHris Richardson with the pass, and he makes
it all the way to the one on the play.
SUPER=52-George Wythe/33/Ft. Chiswell/15;
Coeburn would do it again on the sneak and George Wythe beats Ft. Chiswell 33
The Super 7, and Tyrone Robertson's intriguing story are coming up right
after this quick break as Friday Football Extra continues here on Your Hometown
go to break
Time now to move forward from the highlights and check out the Super-7 for
There is no change at the top because preseason number one Salem was off
The Spartans open the season next week at Brookville.
Fleming proves it's worthy of the number two spot after shutting out
Amherst, GW beats CD Hylton 36-to-33 on the road and stays 3rd.
Giles looks wicked in shutting out Blacksburg.
Brookville opens with a win over Western Albemarle, P.H. replaces Covington
in the Super 7 after beating a very good Jefferson Forest team and Floyd beats
James River 52 to 6 to crack the poll.
And the pollbuster tonight is George Wythe the Maroons beating Fort Chiswell
33 to 15.
And finally tonight, few players of the week in the past 13 years have had
as much promise as G.W. Danville's Tyrone Robertson.
But The former high school All-American didn't finish high school.
What went wrong?
Steve Mason and photographer Greg Moore provide us with some answers in this
exclusive interview with our player of the week from December 6th of last year.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=51-Signing Day/February 5, 1997; :00
SUPER=50-Tyrone Robertson/Fork Union Defensive End; :11
SUPER=51-Danville/1996 Season; :29
SUPER=50-Travis Brooks/Former Teammate & VMI Linebacker; :44
SUPER=51-Fork Union; 1:13
SUPER=50-John Shuman/Fork Union Head Football Coach; 1:32
SUPER=59-Steve Mason; 2:43
OUT Q=...Friday Football Extra"
Wow, what a change of heart and change of direction that would be for Tyrone
and college football fans across the state.
That's takes care of Week one of Friday Football Extra.
We'll be back laboring next week, but until then enjoy the Labor Weekend, and
go to close and credits
as always thanks so much for watching.