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Bath

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Good evening everybody and welcome to post-Thanksgiving edition of Friday Football Extra. Hopefully, by this time you are ready to digest something other than turkey - like a little playoff football.
Five of Friday Football Extra's teams are still alive in the state title hunt.
In the next 30 minutes we will preview those final four matchups in divisions one through five.
Plus, we'll meet our latest player of the week, Robin Reed will drop by with3our game day forecast, and we'll catch with two former greats on this program who will now be butting head on opposite sides of the ball in tomorrow's Tech-Uva game.
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But first we need to turn our attention to the Virginia High School League playoffs and begin our previews in division one.
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where tomorrow the Bath County Chargers continue their unlikely run to a state championship as they host the powerful Appalachia Bulldogs in a game being played at Mountaineer Field in Low Moor.
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(( The fact that Bath County is just playing this Saturday is reason enough for the folks in Hot Springs to get all excited. Last Friday night it looked like they were headed home for the Holidays until a fourth quarter comeback pushed this extremely likeable group of overachievers past Parry McCluer and into tomorrow's game. ((STEVE ISAACS:))
Tomorrow, the Chargers may not have the luxury of falling behind too far against an Appalachia team that scored 74 points last week against Rye Cove in the Region D championship tilt. ((STEVE ISAACS:))
These two teams have a lot of playoff history between them dating back as recently as 1995, when Bath beat the Bulldogs in the same semi-final game, on the same Alleghany high school field, and a week later won the Division one state championship.)) ((STEVE ISAACS:))

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When we come back we'll preview tomorrow's Division Two and Division three action with words of wisdom from Radford and Jefferson Forest.
But first let's take a look at the entire schedule of games from around the Commonwealth for tomorrow afternoon. go to boards

Radford


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Welcome back everybody to the state final four preview edition of Friday Football Extra as we now move on to the
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Division Two ranks where the Radford Bobcats take on two time defending state champion Powell Valley down in Big Stone Gap.
For Radford this marks the team's first appearance in the final four since dropping down to the Group A ranks.
And overall it's the Bobcats first trip to the semi-finals since their heartbreaking loss in 1991
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((NORM LINEBURG/RADFORD HEAD COACH:)) (( And no that the Bobcats are here they have no intentions of going away quietly. And the motivation to upset Powell Valley doesn't get any better than than this. If they win - they will host the state championship game, and have a shot at winning the school's first title since 1971. ((NORM LINEBURG/RADFORD HEAD COACH:))
But Lineburg knows beating the powerful Vikings on their home track at Bullitt Park will not be easy. Not only are the Vikings unbeaten, but one of their wins came back in September 5 against this same Radford team, a 21-to-3 victory. ((NORM LINEBURG:))
Lineburg honestly thinks the two teams are basically evenly matched. His thinking is that the outcome hinges on who is mentally ready.)) ((NORM LINEBURG:))

Forest


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In the Division Three semi-finals, the team most coaches have been calling the cream of the crop in Group Two-A all season, Jefferson Forest must hit the road for what is shaping up to be a physical war with Gate City.
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SUPER=50-Darryl Williams/Jefferson Forest Fulback & Backer; :43
SUPER=51-Forest/Last Saturday; :50
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((ED LANDIS/JEFFERSON FOREST HEAD COACH:)) (( But Gate City will be the bigger beast to date. The Blue Devils feature a smash mouth style of football with a backfield averaging over 230 pounds a man. And the man is division one prospect Jake Houseright. ((BIG DUDE:)) ((LITTLE DUDE:))
Part of that confidence started growing way back in the summer when First went above and beyond its normal conditioning and weight lifting to get ready for this very moment. ((ED LANDIS:))
If Jefferson Forest can outlast Gate City, Landis will get the rare opportunity of playing for a state championship in his first year as a head coach.)) ((ED LANDIS:))
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Those of you trivia buffs likely remember that these two teams met five years ago at this level with Forest smashing Gate City 42-to-6.

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Three down and two to go, as we prepare to check out the Division Four ranks where Heritage hopes to carry the torch it took away from Salem.
We will check out the Pioneers matchup with the Road Warriors of Lee County is just a minute,
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plus, meet this week's player of the week, a man who has been "Booking" through defenses all week long.
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Heritage


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Welcome back folks to Friday Football Extra as we continue on our state semi-final preview journey.
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Tomorrow's Division Four state semi-final will be held in Lynchburg at City Stadium where the Heritage Pioneers will be playing host to Lee County, a team that knows what it takes to win in the postseason.
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(( The Lee Generals have been a playoff contender ever since the high school opened for business in 1989, but head coach Don Williams has rarely seen his team comeback like it did last Friday in the rain in Martinsville.
Down 20-to-6 early in the third, the Generals were given up for dead.
But when the final horn sounded Lee had somehow pulled off a 28-to-20 overtime win by scoring 22 unanswered points.
Heritage knows what it's up against. ((PEM APPERSON:))
Lee presents Heritage with unique problems in that the Generals are huge and the run the wishbone to perfection. ((PEM APPERSON:))
But win or lose Heritage is the cinderella team of the year. The Pioneers victory over the defending state champion Spartans in Salem last Friday night was almost more than Apperson and his staff could fathom.)) ((PEM APPERSON:))
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If Lee beats Heritage the Generals might want to officially change their name to the road Warriors. So far in the postseason they have had to travel to Hillsville, Martinsville and now Lynchburg.

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Our Friday Football Extra Player of the week has certainly racked up a few miles this week and at the same time maximized his opportunities.
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6'2", 165 pound Heritage junior tailback Chris Booker missed a third of his first varsity season yet still became a thousand yard rusher. Steve Mason has more on one of the game's pioneers when it comes to unselfish attitudes.
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When we come back we'll wrap up our one to five preview countdown with a look at the William Fleming Colonels.
Roy Stanley will have that story, plus, the clash in the commonwealth is set for tomorrow with Tech taking on UVa.
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Steve Mason talks to two friends who are all so rivals in this matchup.
Former players of the week Anthony Poindexter and Marcus Parker.
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Fleming


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Back in August the William Fleming Colonels set a goal similar to that of most teams - win a state championship.
Earlier Fleming teams coaches by Miller, Sherley Stuart and John McGregor had similar goals and at times similar talent, but this group is the one that has succeeded in making it to the Final Four.
Roy Stanley has this report heading into tomorrow's road game against West Potomac.
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((As far as talent goes, This Colonel team may not be the best to wear the Fleming colors.
But this team has a strong work ethic, discipline and the ability to focus on the task and hand.
And it all begins with coach George "Kila" Miller and his coaching staff.)) ((GEORGE "KILA" MILLER/FLEMING HEAD COACH: )) ((JOSH BERRY/FLEMING LINEBACKER: )) ((Last Saturday, The Colonel defense picked off five passes in a victory of Culpeper to claim the Division 5 Northwest regional championship.
And the celebration, well, it was very simple.)) ((MILLER: )) ((The Colonels are one game away from the big dance.
They'll hit the road for the division five semi finals in a game against West Potomac a team that's similar in size and speed.)) ((MILLER: )) ((BERRY: )) ((ROY STANDUP: ))
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Rivals


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While many of the Virginia Tech and Virginia players know each other well; the friendships take a timeout tomorrow.
This WILL be the final meeting for two former Friday Football Extra players of the week. Steve Mason has more on Anthony Poindexter and Marcus Parker.
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SUPER=50-Marcus Parker/1,142 Career Yards at Tech; :24
SUPER=50-Anthony Poindexter/12th All-Time in Tackles at UVa; :38
SUPER=51-Forest/1993 Season; :52
SUPER=51-Roanoke/1993 FFE Banquet; :59
SUPER=51-Salem/September 20th, 1991; 1:14
SUPER=51-Charlottesville/Yellow Jackets vs. Cavaliers; 1:23
SUPER=51-Blacksburg/1995 UVa-Va. Tech Game; 1:45
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((STEVE:)) ((PARKER:)) ((DEX:))
((At Jefferson Forest; Poindexter was the group 2A defensive player of the year in his 1993-94 senior campaign. There is another honor he holds extremely close to his heart. ((DEX:)) Marcus became our Friday Football Extra player of the week in his sophomore season against the G-men of Graham. The boyish looking Parker attained the honor a couple of years before Dex; but that has not diminished his respect for the lifelong Cavalier who is a semi finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award given annually to the top defensive back in the country. ((PARKER:)) As a Hokie; Parker has averaged 6 yards a carry and is just the sixth fullback in the last 50 years at Va. Tech to rush for over one thousand yards in a career.
But Poindexter respects Parker's off the field resilience as much as his on the field rushing. ((DEX:)) For a few hours Saturday; both will make the transition from friends to rivals. ((PARKER:))
Marcus won their most recent meeting; scoring once and piling up 80 yards last November 29th in Blacksburg. Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
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You now have the pregame information and next we will tell you how to dress for the games.
Robin Reed checks in with our game day forecasts right after this break.

Weather


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For the past five Friday night we were forced to play football in the rain, this week the games move to Saturday and of course tonight's weather could not have been better or drier.
Robin Reed is their may chance the rain will stay away at least until tomorrow night.
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Thanks so much Robin!
Thanks again for making us a small part of your Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.
Hope to see you next Friday Night as the road to the state championship continues. take a break Take care everybody.