Good Evening everybody and welcome to what was supposed to be the biggest
night of the year for high school.
14 big district showdowns and traditional rivalries are coming up, but first
a reality check to let us all know why no matter how much we love this game -
it is just that a game.
One of the stars of this show, a player - a mere teenager died after a
routine play in the Fleming -Pulaski county game tonight.
Danny Lee Cook, known to his friends as Lee went down during this play with
6:06 left in the second quarter of tonight's game.
The Pulaski County junior was then taken away in an ambulance, and pronounced
dead at Roanoke Memorial hospital.
Danny Lee Cook was just 16 years old.
((I THINK THAT... have our prayers. ))
SUPER=01-George Miller/Fleming Head
OUT Q=have our prayers"
A Roanoke Memorial spokesperson tells News 7 the cause of death has not been
An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.
As we said it is homecoming weekend for Fleming.
An Assistant Principal there says Fleming's homecoming dance for tomorrow
night has been postponed until next week in respect for Cook and the Pulaski
Tonight its was J.R. Word and Lee Suggs taking the place of Ramirez and
Grogan, but could the result be the same? Could the Colonels beat the Cougars
in their own house for the first time in a decade?
Roy Stanley and photographer Lynn Eller have the answer.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=51-Roanoke/Colonels vs Cougars; :
SUPER=50-J.R. Word/Fleming Fullback; :
SUPER=52-William Fleming/8/Pulaski Co./6/; :
SUPER=50-Demare Gill/Scored Winning 2 Point Conversion; :
SUPER=50-George Miller/William Fleming Head Coach; :
SUPER=58-Roy Standup; :
OUT Q=...FRIDAY FOOTBALL EXTRA."
Ten years ago - Ronny Grogan and the William Fleming Colonels hosted Pulaski
County down at Victory stadium.
The Colonels won that game 28-to-14 thanks to Grogan and a wicked comeback.
SUPER=51-Roanoke/October 9, 1987; :00
OUT Q=...10 years ago."
(( Quarterback Anthony Akers and the Cougars jumped out to a 14-to-nothing lead
on Fleming back on October 9th of 87.
But the shifty, speedy Calvin Ramirez and the lanky, powerful Grogan led an
inspired second half effort as the Colonels scored 21 points in the final two
quarters to pull off the 28-to-14 win over Pulaski 10 years ago.))
Grogan earned player of the week honors in that game as he ran for 139 yards
on 12 carries and scored 3 times.
If Fleming-Pulaski was huge, then tonight's Patrick Henry and Cave Spring
game was at least big.
The Patriots were elevated to the ranks of the unbeaten this week thanks to
GW Danville's forfeit, and the Knights were celebrating homecoming after a week
SUPER=51-Roanoke Co./Patrick Henry vs. Cave Spring; :00
Last year's queen Christen Dalten crowns the new queen Allison Fox and her
king Aaron Williams at halftime. But the real excitement was yet to come.
With the game tied at 13-all, Boo Battle pitches it to James HIckenbotham
for the six yard dash. PH is on top 19-to-13 after the missed kick.
PH would hand the game to the Knights in the fourth as the Patriot punter
can't hold the snap, and the Knights recover on the PH ten.
Two plays later, Brad Nichols sweeps in for the score and the Knights tie
SUPER=52-Patrick Henry/19/Cave Spring/22;
the game at 19-all after the missed point after.
But with under two minutes to go, the Knights would end the suspense as
kicker David Crisafi hits the 19 yard field goal. Cave beats PH 22-to-19.
IN Q="This is...
((STEVE SPANGLER/CAVE SPRING HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=50-Steve Spangler/Cave Spring Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...proud of them."
After having to forfeit three games this week after suing an ineligible
player, 2 and 5 GW Danville traveled to Lynchburg to meet 1 and 6 E.C. Glass, a
team that earlier this season had to forfeit four of its wins, as well.
SUPER=51-Lynchburg/G.W. Danville vs. E.C. Glass; :00
The loser of this game knew going in it could forget about the playoffs!!
And to make matters worse each had to slog through the mud.
The Eagles Chanceton Rogers passes to John Dickerson for the 54 yard gain.
But the drive would stall and GW came up empty.
The Toppers then took their turn above ground. Antoine Carrington hooks up
with a wide open Tony Hamlett, who gets it all the way down to the Eagles' 15
SUPER=52-G.W. Danville/6/E.C. Glass/13;
That would set up Brian Horsley's five yard touchdown jaunt and the Toppers
led 7-to-nothing at the half. Glass wins it 13-to-6. Danville's playoff hopes
There was some mystery tonight in Rocky Mount as fans wondered which Eagles
team would show up against Halifax - the one that gave up 51 points to Cave
Spring or the one that nearly upset Pulaski County.
SUPER=51-Rocky Mount/Halifax Co. vs. Franklin Co.;
Franklin County would crown Stephanie Powell its homecoming queen tonight as
the Eagles took on the Comets.
The Eagles would dominate this one from start to finish. Matt Maxey hits
this third quarter 27 field goal to give the Eagles a 20-to-nothing lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Eagles would move on the ground with Bobby Basham
dishing one off to Todd Hudson for the nice run down the left hand side.
SUPER=52-Halifax Co./0/Franklin Co./23;
Maxey would gets his kicks again - this time from 43 yards out! The Eagles
soar tonight to the 23-to-nothing win over the Comets.
There are also a number of huge games tonight in the Double-A ranks.
We'll make our rounds in the Blue Ridge district right after we check out one
of the top bands in that district, the Pride of Salem band.
GO TO BAND A
SUPER=64-Massanutten/Sat./Roanoke Catholic/2:00 p.m.;
SUPER=64-North Cross/Sat./LCA/1:30 p.m.
SUPER=64-Parry McCluer/34/James River/6;
The big games just keep coming tonight as we slip into Vinton
where the William Byrd Terriers tried to play the spoilers role for the
second straight week.
Last Friday the Terriers knocked off Salem, tonight they hosted unbeaten
SUPER=51-Vinton/Alleghany vs. William Byrd; :00
Jeff Highfill and his Terriers were on top at the half with a 14-to-6 lead.
And it looked like Byrd would pad it's lead in the third. From the 15 - Josh
Wheeler hands the ball to O.J. Thomason. But he is separated from the ball -
Ron Bennett recovers on the two yard line for the Mounties.
But the Terriers would bite back early in the fourth with another strong
drive as Thomason finds the handle and 13 yards on this carry down to the 28.
And just a couple of plays later, Chris Dowdy boots this 32 yard field goal
as Byrd goes on to win the game 17-to-6 and hand the Mounties their first loss
of the year.
((JEFF HIGHFILL/WILLIAM BYRD HEAD COACH:))
((MAX LOWE/ALLEGHANY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=50-Jeff Highfill/William Byrd Head Coach; :00
SUPER=50-Max Lowe/Alleghany Head Coach; :08
OUT Q=...some people."
Close followers of this year's version of the 1997 Salem football team say
the talent is there, but the on the field leadership amongst the players has
After riding the rollercoaster all year long, the Spartans looked to keep
their district and playoff hopes alive again surging Northside.
Denise Allen and photographer Scott Ayres have our story.
IN Q=Salem Fans
SUPER=51-Salem/Spartans vs Vikings; :05
SUPER=50-Dennis Haley/Salem Runningback 3 TDs;
SUPER=50-Willis White/Salem Head Coach;
SUPER=50-Jim Hickam/Northside Head Coach;
OUT Q=...friday football extra."
Salem fans capitalized on mother nature's onslaught of rain and even made a
buck or three.
But the wet weather made handling the ball a little tricky for both teams in
the first half.
As the rain slowed Northside's offense slipped into gear.
Xavier Lee drops back to pass and finds Vernon Jackson at the goal line.
Jackson makes the leap, beating the defender for the first points of the
But the Spartans learned how to work the wet gridiron and on first and 10 at
the Viking 16 Dennis Haley takes the hand off hits the defensive wall, but
finds a crack and whittles his way into the endzone for the first of his three
The second half started with the score even at 7.
But an early Viking turnover changed the tide of the game.
A bobbled punt return gives Salem the ball inside the Northside 10 yard
Three plays later Dennis Haley drills in his and Salem's second score of the
night from the three yards out.
14 to 7 And that would be all that Salem needs.
But that's not all the Spartans took...
Quarterback Andy Mullins gets his passing game to work, circling back
looking and finally finding Chris Stuart.
The ball was like a wet bar of soap but Stuart mad the grab setting up
another Salem score.
Salem running back Dennis Haley capped off the victory with one more score
this one from the 2 yard line and the Spartans get back on the winning track
with a 28 to 7 win over Northside.
Denise Allen Friday Football Extra.
The Christiansburg Blue Demons have been on a roll during the last few weeks.
Tonight Mike Cole's bunch looked for its third straight win with Lord
Botetourt in town.
SUPER=51-Christiansburg/Lord Botetourt vs. Christiansburg; :00
Cole was anxious to fire up his players for this one and get some points on
the board in the second half after the two were scoreless in the first two
And the Demons came out on a third and 10 with Lance Reynolds throwing to
his right to Tommy Maynor in the back of the end zone making it 7-to-nothing
Early in the fourth quarter Botetourt was threatening on fourth and one as
Josh Aliveto throws the shuffle pass to Ryan Watson - but he can't hang on and
the Demons take over.
Christiansburg's offense would score again as Eric Beasley goes up the
middle and carries two tacklers into the zone. The Blue Demons win tonight's
game 14-to-10 - their third in a row.
IN Q="You gotta give..
((MIKE COLE/CHRISTIANSBURG HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=50-Mike Cole/Christiansburg Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...14-TO-NOTHING WIN.
The Seminole and Piedmont districts also featured some make or break games
Among other things, we will check on the Martinsville-Magna Vista gathering
and the Brookville-Jefferson Forest reunion.
But right now let's get in step with the Marvelous Ma-Va-Hi marching band.
go to score and band-b
SUPER=64-Patrick Henry/19/Cave Spring/22;
SUPER=64-Pulaski Co./6/Wm. Fleming/8;
SUPER=64-Halifax Co./0/Franklin Co./23;
Welcome back everybody. It is time now to check on another unbeaten that was
tonight. Brookville was in the hive trying to protect its own territory at
Stinger stadium and put away dangerous Jefferson Forest.
SUPER=51-Campbell Co./Jefferson Forest vs. Brookville; :00
This young man had one of the most difficult tasks of the night - keeping
the ball somewhat dry!
With Forest leading 14-to-3 in the third, Cavs fullback Frank Wade feels
like Busting Loose, and he does taking the rock down to the Bees 15.
Two plays later, the Cavs offensive line creates a hole for Jerton Evans,
who takes it straight up the middle for a nine yard score to make it 22-to-3
But the Bees were determined not to be kept out of the endzone. Jason Brown
hits Peyton Townes for the 17 yard TD.
But Forest rolls to the 22-to-10 win - claiming the Haywood A. Stubble
IN Q="It's a great...
((ED LANDIS/JEFFERSON FOREST HEAD COACH:))
((MARK LINEBURG/BROOKVILLE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=50-Ed Landis/Jefferson Forest Head Coach; :00
SUPER=50-Mark Lineburg/Brookville Head Coach; :07
OUT Q=the playoffs
The Seminole's only other unbeaten team coming in tonight, Heritage, was in
Moneta looking to slip and slide against the Golden Eagles.
SUPER=51-Moneta/Heritage vs. Staunton River; :00
The Eagles homecoming court was not about to let the bad weather spoil the
parade before tonight's big game.
But the Pioneers made the conditions miserable. On the River's first punt,
Heritage's Micah James catches the ball and returns it 70 yards down the near
sideline to give the Pioneers a 7-to-nothing lead.
The Pioneers would do it again in the second quarter as Alex Lucy hands off
to Christopher Booker. He scampers to glory from 15 yards and the Pioneers are
on top 19-to-nothing.
With a little over 8 minutes left in the first half, the Pioneers went up top
with Lucy firing one to Brandon SUPER=52-Heritage/40/Staunton River/0;
Hamlett. He takes it in the house from 60 yards away and Heritage stays
unbeaten with the 40 to 0 win.
It was showtime at Dan Greene stadium in Martinsville this evening as the
Bulldogs tried to move a step closer to the Piedmont title, something the
"Ville" has had trouble owning since the Warriors were born a decade ago.
SUPER=51-Martinsville/Magna Vista vs. Martinsville; :00
The Bulldogs would charge into the Dog House tonight looking to take care of
Late in the second something finally gives as the Warriors Billy Shelton
dishes it to Travis Preston. He gets on it around the left end for 13 yards
and a first down.
A couple of plays later, Shelton has his pass over the middle tipped BUT
right into the hands of his own man Vershaun Craig, who hauls it and dashes
into the endzone to make it 6-to-nothing.
Preston then walks in for the conversion and Magna Vista wins the game
14 to 0.
Time now to close out the week 8 scores and get ready for a check on four
more games from the Three Rivers and Dogwood districts.
But right now more music from another band with lots of instruments -
go to band c and scores
SUPER=64-Carroll Co./40/Ft. Chiswell/0;
SUPER=64-Patrick Henry GS/35/Rural Retreat/21;
SUPER=64-Patrick Co./33/Laurel Park/27;
Welcome back to this RAW night of Friday Football Extra.
Let's now slip down into Pittsylvania County where the Tunstall Trojans
hosted William Campbell in Dogwood district play.
SUPER=51-Dry Fork/Wm. Campbell vs. Tunstall; :00
It was anything but dry tonight in Dry Fork as the Trojans looked to
continue their winning ways.
Ron Martin takes the handoff and scramble six yards for the first down to
get the Trojans marching.
The Tunstall offense would then try to throw it through the heavy rain as
Lashon Atkins gets the completion to Neil Herndon for another first down.
Atkins would then fumble the wet pigskin, he recovers but is eventually
slammed by the William Campbell defenders.
And the Generals win it 14-to-6.
More Dogwood district action tonight in Ringgold where the Dan River Wildcats
tried to claw their way past Altavista.
SUPER=51-Ringgold/Altavista vs. Dan River; :00
The rain sure kept the crowd down tonight but not the scoring.
Altavista wasn't paying much attention to the fans anyway as Jay Clark
passes to Allen Smith for the 25 yard touchdown as the Colonels retake the lead
Wildcats' boss Ken Meador tried to get his team back on top.
And in the fourth Jerry Meadows passes to Anthony Witcher who scrambles for
the 55 yard touchdown on some elusive running. Dan River is back on top
But Altavista would have the final word as Clark gives it to Eric Pannell,
one of the top unknown players in the region. He scores from 18 yards with the
game winner. Altavista wins it 26-to-22.
IN Q="We missed...
((STEVE JENKINS/ALTAVISTA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=50-Steve Jenkins/Altavista Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...need one."
After last week's dominating performance against Giles, Radford was faced
with the challenge of staying focused tonight as its hosted Shawsville in Three
SUPER=51-Radford/Shawsville vs. Radford; :00
Umbrellas were the rage tonight as many fans made them the top accessory
item with their wardrobes.
Following a blocked punt in the first, Radford's Mike Dunbar takes the
handoff and goes 27 yards across the goal line for the score to make it
Radford would score on its second possesion of the game, as well.
Adam Artrip connects with Dunbar on this 11 yard scoring toss and it's
This pattern would continue as Radford's Dunbar does it one more time.
It's 21-to-nothing Radford. The Bobcats improve to 6-and-1 with a
48 to nothing win.
The Glenvar Highlanders and Auburn Eagles went at each other tonight in
Highlander Heaven with both team looking to stay within shouting distance of
SUPER=51-Roanoke Co./Auburn vs. Glenvar; :00
The captains could have used an umbrella for the coin toss as this also began
under less than ideal conditions.
On Glenvar's first drive, Seth Noonkester completes this pass to Brian
Ferguson for 11 yards as the Highlanders look to light up the scoreboard.
But the Eagles would stop that drive and their quarterback Mike Bibb passes
to Josh Black on the sideline for a significant 26 yard gain.
Bibb would keep working hard to find the zone as he sneaks up the gut for 34
yards deep into Highlanders' territory. Glenvar is able to win it 28-to-6.
The Super-7 was guarding against a shakeup tonight. Will there be one
afterall after the week 8 happenings?
We'll check on that
and check in with Roy Stanley who tells us how this week's player of the week
put the squeeze on Salem last week as we turn up the juice with OJ.
GO TO STOPPER
But first, it is my pleasure to present this week's defensive stopper of the
IN Q=AUDIO FULL
OUT Q=...team of the week."
((Last Friday night in Floyd, the Carroll County Cavaliers feasted on the
Buffaloes as the Cavs defense once again set the table.
Carroll's "Mad Dog" defense held Floyd County to just 3 first downs and only
15 yards rushing as the Cavs posted a 42-to-nothing shutout win.
The Cavs opportunistic players also forced 6 turnovers.
Through the first seven games of the year Carroll had forced 26 turnovers and
committed just 4.
Carroll County, this week's defensive team of the week.))
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A lot of disturbance in the Super-7 tonight.
SUPER=65-Wm. Fleming/7-0/Carroll Co./8-0/Heritage/7-0/William
Byrd/6-1/Radford/6-1/Jeff. Forest/7-1/Magna Vista/5-2;
William Fleming remains number one Carroll Co. moves into the second spot
followed by Heritage, William Byrd, Radford, Jefferson Forest and Magna Vista.
And the pollbuster tonight is Cave Spring.
GRAPHIC=Friday Football Extra
This week's Friday Football Extra Player of the week was born to wear the
Orange and Maroon of the William Byrd Terriers.
Tailback O.J. Thomason is following in the footsteps of many of his family
Last week against Salem he took a big step toward becoming one of the best
backs in Byrd History.
Roy Stanley has more.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=50-Jeff Highfill/William Byrd Head Coach; :16
SUPER=50-O.J. Thomason/FFE Player of The Week; :36
SUPER=51-Salem/Terriers vs Spartans; :45
SUPER=58-Roy Stanley; 1:35
OUT Q=.......football extra."
((Thomason began hanging around the Terriers football at the age of 7.
Last year he rushed for over 12 hundred yards as a freshman. And in 16
career games at Byrd thomason has gone over 100 yards in 14 of those games.))
((JEFF HIGHFILL/BYRD HEAD COACH: ))
((O.J. THOMASON/PLAYER OF THE WEEK: ))
((Thomason's love for the game really showed as the Terriers upset defending
state champion Salem last Friday night.
The Byrd workhorse carried the ball 46 times for 198 yards and he scored
both of Byrd's touchdowns as the Terriers beat Salem for the second straight
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((Thomason is having a super sophomore season he's rushed for 978 yards and 12
Roy Stanley Friday Football Extra.))
Thanks Roy and thanks to each and every one of you out there for making us
part of your Friday night.
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Have a great weekend folks, stay dry and stay safe. See you next Friday.