Welcome folks to the first Friday night of the season with a "Big Chill".
The temperatures dropped a bit tonight but the quality of matchups did not.
Let's begin the week Friday Football Extra fun down in Campbell County where
one of last year's state champs and state runners-up butted heads with
Brookville hosting Salem.
SUPER=51-Campbell Co./Salem vs. Brookville; :00
After a scoreless first half at Stinger Stadium, Salem would draw first blood
as Matt Anderson bulls in from the four to make it 7-to-nothing Spartans.
Brookville benefitted from 7 Salem turnovers. Chris NIcholas follows the
Bees offensive line in for the score and with an earlier field goal Brookville
takes a 10-to-7 lead with four minute to go.
Salem got down to the Bees nine yard line, but Andy Mullins in sacked by
Peyton Townes for a 6 yard loss.
On the next play Mullins hits John Hancock for the apparent go-ahead score,
but Hancock is ruled out of bounds.
Salem decides to go for the tie, but the Bret Gresham field goal is wide and
the Bees hang on for a 10-to-7 win.
IN Q="They are just...
((MARK LINEBURG/BROOKVILLE HEAD COACH:))
((WILLIS WHITE/SALEM HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=50-Mark Lineburg/Brookville Head Coach; :00
SUPER=50-Willis White/Salem Head Coach; :08
OUT Q=...THAN WE DID."
GRAPHIC=ROBERT E. LEE/ROCKBRIDGE
Fellow Blue Ridge member Rockbridge County also opened its season tonight at
home against the Fighting Leemen of Robert E. Lee, and a former coaching figure
from this area.
SUPER=51-Rockbridge Co./Robert E. Lee vs. Rockbridge Co.; :00
Dave Tibbs the former Patrick County, Roanoke Rush and Northside coach had
his hands full tonight with the Wildcats.
Early in the third, the Leemen would bobble this punt and Rockbridge's Sidney
Lott recovers on Rockbridge 26 yard line, but Lee's defense would keep them
from turning the turnover into points.
On Lee's next possesion, quarterback Jason Wright sees his pass fall into the
hands of Scott Sorrells, who returns the ball down the sideline for a 37 yard
touchdown and a 20 point Wildcat lead.
SUPER=52-Robert E. Lee/6/Rockbridge Co./20;
But Lee would avoid the shutout as Wright hands off to Purcell Salisbury, who
gets the eight yard TD. But Rockbridge gets the 20-to-6 win.
IN Q="I'm glad...
((JAMIE TALBOTT/ROCKBRIDGE CO. HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=50-Jamie Talbott/Rockbridge Co. Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...START THE SEASON."
GRAPHIC=wm.byrd vs. Staunton river
From the team that hails from Staunton to the team named Staunton River - we
now head out to Moneta where the Golden Eagles lured William Byrd down Route 24
for a little Roanoke-Bedford County bash.
SUPER=51-Moneta/William Byrd vs. Staunton River; :00
The Eagles would be short-handed tonight as Vincent Brown spent the night on
crutches on the sideline.
We pick it up with Byrd leading 10-to-nothing in the second half. O.J.
Thomason takes the handoff from Josh Wheeler and slips through the line for a
22 yard gain.
Two plays later he punches it in from the three and Byrd leads 17-to-nothing
with 4:34 left in the third.
Staunton River appeared to be getting back in the game with Willie Johnson
hurdling defenders for a 12 yard gain.
He should have stuck with the ground attack, because Byrd took the air out of
his air game with Wheeler, the Byrd quarterback treating his fellow signal
SUPER=52-William Byrd/24/Staunton River/0:
caller rather rudely with the interception.
10 plays later Thomason gets in from the one and Byrd wins it 24-to-nothing.
IN Q="Fairly pleased...
((JEFF HIGHFILL/WILLIAM BYRD HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=50-Jeff Highfill/William Byrd Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...AFTER THEM WELL."
In Roanoke County The Northside Vikings played host to Heritage.
Both teams were trying to put one in the win column after losing their
openers last week.
SUPER=51-Roanoke Co./Heritage vs. Northside; :00
The Vikings lined up to meet the Pioneers head-on.
But Heritage used some deception to set up the first score of the game.
At 4th and 8 on the Viking 43 Pioneer Jonathan Meeks takes the fake punt up
the sideline for 24 yards and the first down.
Several plays later Heritage lines up for a 35 yard field goal and a 3 to
But the Vikings hadn't given up the fight and on the first play of the next
series Daryl Holmes finds his way through a big hole and to the sideline for a
whopping 44 yard gain.
That was Northside's play of the game, because on 3rd and 5 at the Pioneer
19 the Vikings drop the ball, Jermajei Harris is waiting. He travels 81 yards
and dances into the endzone for the Heritage score.
The Pioneers go on to beat Northside 17 to 7.
Another interesting non-district encounter tonight was staged up in
Blacksburg at Bill Brown stadium as the G-Men of Graham took on Blacksburg in a
battle of teams that dropped their season openers last week.
SUPER=51-Blacksburg/Graham vs. Blacksburg; :00
Veteran head coach Glynn Carlock and his G-Men were still smarting after
losing to Bluefield.
But their pain was eased easily tonight. After taking a 27-to-7 halftime
lead, the G-men would go up 35-to-7 as Jeremy Gibson hits Chad Lawson to cap a
TD with a 2 point toss.
Graham's defense was also powerful tonight as the G-men drop Richie Austin
for a loss on this play.
The G-Men would get on the board again in the fourth, as Mike Henry goes 33
yards for the touchdown making it 42-to-7.
Blacksburg would get a measure of respect with this Scott Long TD dive, but
the G-men arrest the Indians 42-to-23.
IN Q="up front...
((GLYNN CARLOCK/GRAHAM HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=50-Glynn Carlock/Graham Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...job for us."
Five down and 10 more to go as our tour of southwest and central Virginia
continues on Friday Football Extra.
Immediately after this break, Steve Mason checks in with the story of
tonight's Floyd-Giles showdown.
But right now let's get in step with the Floyd County marching band and view
the first batch of scores from week two.
go to first group of scores
SUPER=#555; clears Max!
SUPER=x5019; sets Max! for boards
SUPER=64-Va. Episcopal/14/North Cross/22;
SUPER=64-Amherst Co./12/Jefferson Forest/6;
SUPER=64-Parry McCluer/17/Rockbridge Co./14;
SUPER=64-Franklin Co./12/Lord Botetourt/24;
SUPER=64-Anacostia DC/12/Pulaski Co./19;
SUPER=X5021; resets Max!
SUPER=64-R.E. Lee/6/Rockbridge Co./20;
SUPER=64-Dan River/7/Patrick Co./32;
SUPER=64-Wm. Byrd/24/Staunton River/0;
SUPER=64-Amherst Co./0/Pulaski Co./35;
Giles came into tonight's Three Rivers tilt with Floyd County undefeated
in it's third year in the district.
But a stampede of young Buffaloes would change that. Steve Mason and
photographer Scott Ayers have more on 2 and OH Floyd's domination of the
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=51-Floyd Co/Spartans vs. Buffaloes; :00
SUPER=50-Adam Gardner/6-11, 2 TD Passes; :
SUPER=52-Floyd Co./28/Giles/6; :
SUPER=50-Nick Wohn/Floyd Senior Tailback; :
SUPER=50-Winfred Beale/Floyd Head Coach; :
SUPER=50-Steve Ragsdale/Giles Head Coach; :
SUPER=59-Steve Mason; :
OUT Q=...Friday Football Extra"
From Floyd County to Alleghany County, and the community of Low Moor where
the Mounties and Parry McCluer got it on tonight at Mountaineer Field.
SUPER=51-Low Moor/Parry McCluer vs. Alleghany; :00
The Mounties Max Lowe was hoping to improve on last year's 1-and-9 season and
at the same time avenge last year's loss to the Blues.
On the very first play of the game, third year starter Shannon Johnson
scrambles and hits Robert Nicely with this pass that ends up being a 66 yard
touchdown. Alleghany leads 8-to-nothing.
Alleghany would score again later in the first quarter. Johnson pitches it
to Terrell Givens for the 12 yard TD run as the Mounties make it a
Alleghany would go to the air attack again in the second quarter as Johnson
fires the pill to Jamie Vail for the nine yard score and the Mounties win it
34 to 7.
The Glenvar Highlanders had an easy night at the office last week against
Craig County, but tonight the challenge was much tougher as Lord Botetourt came
into Highlanders Heaven for its season opener.
SUPER=51-Roanoke Co./Lord Botetourt vs. Glenvar; :00
And at the half Botetourt was on its way with a 14-to-nothing lead.
But the Highlanders had high expectations and early in the third period,
first and goal on the two, Chris Carroll takes the handoff to the promised-land
and Glenvar is on the board, down by just a touchdown.
But the Cavaliers couldn't be reined.
Quarterback Josh Aliveto drops back, looks and looks and finds the eye of
the needle and Sean Osborne makes the grab for 26 yards and first and goal.
Aliveto caps off the drive with a two yard touchdown run and the Cavaliers
take a 21-to-7 lead.
But Seth Noonkester breathed new life into the Highlanders. On defense this
time, Noonkester confiscates this fumble.
The 6-5 defensive back lumbers 77 yards for the score but it wasn't enough
as Botetourt wins it 21-to-14.
IN Q=This team
SUPER=50-Tony Hart/Lord Botetourt Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=every where they go
The Triple-A ranks will be in the spotlight in the next segment of Friday
But there are many more scores to check on this second week of the season.
And to help us to just that is the 1997 edition of the Alleghany Mountaineers
go to score and second band
SUPER=64-R.E. Lee/6/Rockbridge Co./20;
SUPER=64-Dan River/7/Patrick Co./32;
SUPER=64-Wm. Byrd/24/Staunton River/0;
SUPER=64-Amherst Co./0/Pulaski Co./35;
SUPER=64-Franklin Co./21/Magna Vista/27;
SUPER=64-Twin Springs/0/George Wythe/42;
SUPER=64-Mt. Tabor/34/G.W. Danville/27;
Time now to board the Friday football Extra tour bus and take a trip through
And we begin this portion of the program at Knights' stadium in southwest
SUPER=51-Roanoke Co./J. Forest vs. Cave Spring; :00
There was plenty of spirit on the field tonight all the cheerleaders from the
Cave Spring Rec league helped pump up the home crowd tonight.
But Jefferson Forest would would pop the pep by scoring on its first
possesion. Jerton Evans tucks it in and finds a huge hole on the right side
and he gallops 72 yards for the TD.
Cave Spring's Corey Paxton would help the Knights shake that off as he
scrambles and connects with Joey Mullins for 9 yards.
That drive would end with a Paxton handoff to Michael Hamlar. He scoots
around the left end and dives in for the touchdown.
Then midway through the second, Paxton would ignite another score with a
scramble, adlib, 46 yard TD pass to Darnell Glover. He takes it in to put the
Knights on top 14-TO-7
SUPER=52-Jefferson Forest/32/Cave Spring/31/Overtime ;
But Forest wins it 32-to-31 in an overtime thriller.
The team Fleming beat last week, Amherst was back in action against another
Group Three-A power - Pulaski County tonight.
SUPER=51-Pulaski Co./Amherst Co. vs. Pulaski Co.; :00
The Cougars came into Kenneth Dobson stadium looking to make amends for last
week's loss to Davie War down in North Carolina.
Midway through the first quarter, Pulaski quarterback Dorian Hendricks hooks
up with Craig Hodge for 11 yards an a nice first down.
Four plays after that Kwasi Scott takes it in the zone from 8 yards out to
give the Cougars a 7-to-nothing lead.
Amherst looked to answer that in the second as Kerry McPherson drives down
the right sideline and picks up 46 yards. But that drive stalls.
SUPER=52-Amherst Co./0/Pulaski Co./35;
Pulaski came right back int he second. Hendrick and Hodge hook up again for
40 yards on the pass play.
A penalty wipes this one out, but the Cougars get plenty more as they win it
35 to nothing.
The William Fleming Colonels were back in Victory Stadium tonight looking to
move to 2-and-0 on the season.
Tonight the obstacle was Petersburg.
SUPER=51-Roanoke/Petersburg vs. William Fleming; :00
The Colonel drum corp was keeping the beat and turning up the heat on a cool
night on the home side.
We pick up the third quarter action with Petersburg on top 18-to-12.
Fleming will come back as Lee Suggs goes through the right side of the line
and in for the four yard score. The Colonels are on top 19-to-18.
The Colonels would take it again with Suggs doing the honors this time from 2
yards away and it's 26-to-18 Fleming.
The Colonels defense would get into in the fourth by picking up a Golden Wave
fumble on the five yard line as Josh Berry scoops it up and scores.
With just three minutes to go, Ryan Hubbard hands off to Charles Corner and
he cuts to the right and pours on the speed for the 57 yard score.
The Colonels move to 2-and-0 with the 39 to 24 win.
((GEORGE "KILA" MILLER/WILLIAM FLEMING HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=50-George "Kila" Miller/William Fleming Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...ADVANTAGE OF IT."
GRAPHIC=MAGNA VISTA/FRANKLIN CO.
PH was off tonight, so the only other Roanoke Valley team in action was
The Eagles, fresh off their opening night win at Laurel Park were back in
Henry County looking for more against Magna Vista.
SUPER=51-Henry Co./Franklin Co. vs. Magna Vista; :00
The Warriors roared into their home opener tonight with high expectation for
And in the first they would not disappoint as Alex Seals intercepts Bobby
Basham's pass and takes it 60 yards into the house for the opening score of the
night. 8-to-nothing Warriors.
In the second quarter Seals would catch one from his own side as he hauls in
Billy Shelton's pass for a 25 yard gain.
SUPER=52-Franklin Co./21/Magna Vista/27;
Travis Preston would then finish the drive with the two yard touchdown run to
make it 15-to-nothing.
Magna Vista rolls in its opener
27 to 21.
There are three more games to check on before we wrap up tonight's 15 game
schedule of highlights.
And we will do just that right after we close out tonight's scoreboard and
check out the sounds of the Northside Vikings marching band.
go to final scores and band -c
SUPER=64-Wilson Memorial/21/James River/24;
SUPER=64-Wm. Campbell/28/Randolph Henry/6;
SUPER=64-Jefferson Forest/32/Cave Spring/31;
Welcome back everybody as we now drop into Bedford County
for a check on tonight's Martinsville-Liberty game. Both schools opened with
non-district victories last week.
SUPER=51-Bedford/Martinsville vs. Liberty; :00
It was a beautiful night for football in Bedford on this Fall like Friday.
Martinsville quarterback Danny Wade wastes no time getting the ball into that
evening sky with this 35 yard pass to Marcus Hairston. A nice effort that led
On Liberty's first possession, quarterback Robert Carson hands off to Steve
Wright for this 17 yard blast right up the middle of the Dog "D". But the
Minutemen would also come up empty.
Early in the second, we catch Martinsville's Brian Niblett speeding up the
left side for this 12 yard gain.
Three plays later, Hairston scampers left and sheds some would be tacklers on
his way to a 28 yard touchdown as Martinsville beats Liberty 21 to 12.
The George Washington Eagles were in action against their second straight
tough non-district opponent this evening.
Last week they survived Hylton on the road and tonight they welcomed the
sixth ranked group four-a team in the state of North Carolina, Mt, Tabor.
SUPER=51-Danville/Mt. Tabor vs. G.W. Danville; :00
The Eagles knew they were in for a war tonight and in the third Chanceton
Rogers hands off to John Dickerson who fights his way for the three yard
touchdown to give the Eagles a 27-to-13 lead.
But Mt.Tabor wasn't ready to head south. Travis Scott passes to Will Ernst
for the touchdown and just like that the GW lead is cut to 27-to-20.
And Ed Martin's Maalox moment was just beginning.
In the fourth, Mt. Tabor fields the GW punt with Walt Howser using some
decent blocking and some incredible moves to elude the GW defenders.
SUPER=52-Mt. Tabor/34/G.W. Danville/27;
He goes 50 yards for the score and Mt. Tabor comes from behind to shock
Danville with 21 unanswered point to win it 34-to-27.
Maryland's Bishop McNamara got a rare chance to play at night this evening
against E.C. Glass.
All of Bishop's other games in Maryland are played in the daytime.
SUPER=51-McNamara vs. E.C. Glass; :00
After a lackluster win over cross-town rival Heritage last week, the Toppers
were looking to partake in a little Mustang under glass.
The visitors from Maryland traveled quite a way for this one, only to see
Brian Horsley take the opening kickoff quite a way - as in 85 yards for the TD
to make it 8-to-nothing.
The Glass defense also was getting into action by corralling the Mustangs.
Chris Ward sacks Waine Bacon for the loss.
The Toppers offense took over again, and this time it's a little trickery as
Antwan Cunningham flips the ball to Ward, who in turn fires one deep to Jay
Higginbotham. The play finally comes to a half on the McNamara 8.
SUPER=52-Bishop McNamara/0/E.C. Glass/27;
Glass had to settle for this Kyle Sellers field goal making it 11-to-nothing.
Glass wins it 27 to 0.
The highlights are over but the fun is just beginning.
When we come back, the super-7 is awaiting us as is
the player of the week segment, that tonight features a Patrick Henry Patriot
who is running for RESPECT this season.
But first, one team's defense earned plenty of respect last week with an
impressive opening night shutout.
GO TO STOPPER ENG#
IN Q=AUDIO FULL
OUT Q=...team of the week."
((Last Friday night in Bedford, excitement was in the air as Liberty's Scott
Abell made his head coaching debut.
But would his team be able to handle Patrick County on opening night?
Oh yeah. A fired up Liberty defense immediately set the tone by forcing four
In all, the Minutemen posted a 28-to-nothing shutout by limiting Patrick
County to just 5 first downs and only 100 yards of total offense.
Liberty, this week's defensive team of the week.
go to break
Time now to move forward from the highlights and check out the Super-7 for
week number two.
And there is a whole lot of change tonight.
SUPER=65-Wm. Fleming/2-0/Brookville/2-0/Patrick Henry/1-0/Floyd Co./2-0/E.C.
Glass/2-0/Rural Retreat/2-0/Magna Vista/1-0;
William Fleming beats Petersburg to move into number one Brookville checks
in at number 2 after a win over Salem Patrick Henry is third, Floyd County beat
Giles to move into the fourth spot, E.C. Glass is fifth, Rural Retreat checks
in at number six and Magna Vista opens with a win to claim the number 7 spot.
And the pollbuster tonight is William Byrd which shutout Staunton River
GRAPHIC=PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Our first player of the week for the 1997 season is a repeat performer and
winner from last season.
Patrick Henry senior James Hickenbotham got our attention last season when he
blistered Halifax County for 290 yards on just 9 carries.
This year he earns the honor for posting some more gaudy numbers against some
even tougher competition.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=51-Forest/August 29th; :00
SUPER=50-James Hickenbotham/FFE Player of the Week; :19
SUPER=50-Jeff Johnson/Patrick Henry Head Coach; :29
SUPER=51-Roanoke/August 15th; :43
OUT Q=...WHO I AM."
(( During the preseason coaches all over the area were talking about Jefferson
Forest's size and talent. So it was quite a shock when Hickenbotham ran
through the Cavs for 250 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries.
((JAMES HICKENBOTHAM/FFE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:))
((JEFF JOHNSON/PATRICK HENRY HEAD COACH:))
The foundation for James' season opening explosion was actually laid during a
scrimmage with William Fleming back on August 15th. Hickenbotham took a
beating in the scrimmage both physically and mentally. But the frustration of
that day led him to a very important realization.
Despite having a lofty reputation in the region, James is a relative unknown
in the state, and for that reason he is a man on a mission this season.))
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Hope you can join us again next Friday Night at 11:35.
go to close and credits.
Have a safe weekend.