Howdy folks and welcome to yet another night of Friday Football Extra as our 15th anniversary season rolls on.
It's week number three of the season and in the next half hour we'll be serving up the highlights and comments from 15 games.
It's a night of traditional rivalries and county showdowns.
And nothing is more traditional than the yearly gridiron brawl between the Pulaski County Cougars and the Salem Spartans.
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Both teams were without one of their aces tonight as Salem's Matt Anderson and Pulaski's Kwasi Scott didn't play.
We pick it up in the second quarter with Salem rolling. Andy Mullins on first down throws this 35 yard scoring strike to Jamie Garst. It's 27-to-nothing Salem and the rout is on.
In the third, with Salem on top 34-to-nothing - the big man Dennis Haley sweeps it around the left end for the 33 yard score. Folks it's 41-to-nothing Spartans.
Sophomore E.J. Thomas would ice the cake with the
scamper off the right side. It's not a mis-print just a mis-match as Salem crushes the Cougars 47-to-nothing.
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Our next traditional early season showdown took place tonight in Roanoke County where two teams headed in opposite direction hooked up with OH and 2 Cave Spring hosted 2 and OH Blacksburg.
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The excitement in the stands was at fever pitch as the Knights owned a 6-to-nothing lead in the third.
We pick it up in the fourth same score, but a new circumstance. The Indians from the Cave 32 cash in as Richie Austin hands off to Scott Long. He takes it in to tie the game up at six-all.
The Indians went for the lead, but the Knights' big "D" smacks it down and we're still tied at 6.
But with 45 seconds left and overtime apparently on the way. Blacksburg's Derrick Graham decides it's time
to go home as he bounces in from five yards out and Blacksburg remains undefeated with the 13-to-6 win over winless Cave Spring.
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[OUT Q=...come back."]
Another Roanoke Valley district team stepped out of its league tonight.
The Frankiln County Eagles welcomed their third straight Double-A school to Cy Dillon stadium tonight in the form of the Heritage Pioneers.
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The Franklin County fans were out in full force for the second straight week.
We start out with the Pioneers blazing a trail from the 37. Alex Lucy looks up top and connects with Monteny Wright, who speeds down the sideline and makes a diving grab in the endzone. 7-to-zip Heritage.
After a blocked punt, the Pionners struck again.
Chris Booker gets the call and the score from 17 yards away. The Pioneers now have a 17-to-nothing lead.
Early in the second Lucy calls on Booker again.
This time he takes it in from 35 yards out and Heritage wins it with ease tonight 21-to-7.
After opening the season with as many losses as they had all of last season, the William Fleming Colonels returned home to Victory Stadium tonight looking to turn their season around against the Halifax County Comets.
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The William Fleming band was doing its best to get the crowd into the game.
But their players were doing a good job on their own. Up 17-to-6 in the third - Cory Wade pumps once and then finds Devon Turner on the right side for the 36 yard score. Fleming takes a 24-to-6 lead on the Comets.
Halifax would come right back. Diante Medley fakes the handoff and finds Stanley Davis for the three yard TD strike on the nice catch. It's 24-to-12.
Fleming's Charles Corner would put the Comets out of reach as he takes the draw and scampers throgh the secondary for the 61 yard score. The Colonels
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get their first win of the season 37-to-12 over Halifax County.
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[OUT Q=...in the future."]
Let's now head down to the Hill City and check on yet another of those interesting regional battles.
Jefferson Forest opened this season by beating Tripla-A members PH and Cave Spring. Tonight the Cavs set their sights on E.C. Glass.
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The E.C. Glass fans were showing their colors on the home side tonight.
We pick it up with Glass on top 6-to-nothing in the third and both teams trying to gain an advantage. Brain Horsley gets 10 yards, but the Toppers can't get any more points.
Forest would then take a turn at taking the lead with Derrick Neal picking up 12 yards, but the Cavs would also fail to capitalize.
Horsley would typify the struggle tonight both ways as he drops the ball, but picks up the carom and get 10 yards.
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Glass would squelch the final Forest comeback attempt with the sack on the fourth down by Buck Pollard and Vince Brown. Glass gets the 6-to-nothing win.
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[OUT Q=...start to work again."]
More traditional battles are up next as we revisit the war in the Alleghany highlands, the power play in Giles, and the battle of Botetourt down in Buchanan.
But first let's check in with one of those Botetourt County bands, the James River Marching Knights and view a few of the week three scores.
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Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra as we now get into the neat of tonight's regional rivalries.
For years nothing could top the war in the highlands between Covington and Alleghany.
Steve Mason has more on the latest chapter in this on going battle.
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From the war in the highlands to the battle of Giles County.
Tonight the venue for the skirmish was Narrows.
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Ragsdale Field, which is named after the Giles' coach Steve Ragsdale's dad was rocking tonight.
Narrows was strong early in this one. On 4th down and five quarterback Adam Reynolds manges to hook up with Jim Hazelwood who makes the juggling catch for a first down.
Narrows would fail to get in, but would recover a Spartan fumble and turn it into a score as Brent Gordon goes on the reverse and into the endzone for a 6-nothing lead.
But the Spartans would answer near the end of the first quarter striding 55 yards and capping the drive
with a one yard touchdown run by Cooney Ratcliffe. After the two point conversion, Giles led 8-to-6.
The Spartans win it 25 to 6.
Two teams from the opposite side of Roanoke County were in action tonight on the west side as Glenvar welcomed Byrd to Highlander Heaven.
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After getting speanked by Botetourt last week, the Highlanders were hoping to upset the Terriers tonight.
Quarterback Seth Noonkester roll sout and hits number 33, Josh Bishop. He gets rocked on the hit, but he hangs on for the reception.
Four plays later the toughness would pay off, as Noonkester slice his six-six frame across the stripe and Glenvar leads it 6-to-nothing.
Byrd would get the best of Noonkester later in the first half as T.J. Rigsby picks off the pass on the far side.
Byrd then shows that Bo knows bootlegs as he finds Chris Trnet wide open on the pass. He gets it in for the score. Byrd wins it 35 to 7.
Time to fill the bus up with gas and get ready for a major road trip as we head to Hillsville, Christiansburg and then to Campbell County.
But right now some more score and the ________ marching band.
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We are back in business and ready to resume the highlights from week number 3.
Let's do so by paying a visit to Frank Beamer's hometown of Hillsville.
Galax and Carroll County were in the county spotlight this evening.
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The Maroon Tide came into this contest unbeaten while Carroll was winless!
Galax Coach Kim Gillespie was intent of keeping the ledger that way.
Carroll led by one heading to the third, and this 13 yard Galax completion to Jacob Vaughan was about all the Tide could muster.
The Cavs swarming defense would prove to be too much
as they give Carroll its first win of the year and Galax its first loss. The final 13-to-12.
The Carroll County cheerleaders are also winners.
They be performing at the Citrus Bowl later this year on December 27th.
Let's now drop in on the folks in Christiansburg.
The Blue Demons were off last week after opening the season with a win.
Tonight they looked to get number two
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against a Graham team that has been struggling at the start of this season.
There was good reason to be in high spirits in Christiansburg tonight as the Demons led 24-to-3 in the third quarter.
Christiansburg's defense held the G-Men on the fourth and short as Adam Toler and Greg Duncan make the stop to give Christiansburg the ball.
Christiansburg's offense would take advantage of the possesion as Charles Carter takes the pitch around the end and gains 17 yards. But the drive would stall.
Later in the fourth quarter, Graham would close the gap as Marcus Jones barrels up the middle for the touchdown.
But Mike Cole and his Demons win it tonight 24-11.
Two teams on the opposite ends of Campbell County hooked up tonight just outside of the hill city as Stinger stadium housed William Campbell and Brookville this evening.
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Brookville's Randy Johnson was firing up the troops before kickoff.
And although the Boys from Naruna came out strong, they would fumble the ball over to the Bees, on the Brookville 6.
Later in the second the Bees would start moving the ball with Jason Brown and Jeff Torrence getting their act together in the sky for 13 yards.
But another pass play would not be so successful as the Campbell defense rocks Ben Maddox and forces the fumble.
The Generals would turn that turnover into a TD as Kenny Murrell punches it in from the nine. William Campbell loses it 13 to 14.
Originally, we were to have highlights of the Northside-Liberty games, as well this evening.
But the death of Liberty player Jamelle Poindexter forced that game to be postponed until tomorrow night.
Funeral services for Jamelle were held today.
Our prayers this evening go out to his family, his friends and the young men who will be playing in his honor tomorrow night.
The last set of highlights of the night are coming up as we hed south the Chatham, Danville and Stuart.
Also, tonight's trivia question is on the way but, first the final batch of scores from tonight's action and the Covington high school band with the theme from Titantic.
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Welcome back to the show we like to call Friday Football Extra.
After opening this season against two tough out of district opponents, including the top ranked team in North Carolina, GW Danville looked to get its first win of the year tonight
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at home against another way out opponent, DC's Cardoza high school.
The Danville cheerleaders had plenty to yell about tonight.
GW's Jeremy Motley tosses the pill back to Antwain Kirby who takes it in the big house for the four yard TD . It's 21-to-nothing Eagles.
In the second quarter, Ed martin would watch Motley pass to Ricky Sittle in the corner of the endzone for the 25 yard touchdown. It's 28-to-nothing Danville.
GW would keep cranking out the points tonight
as Terry Echols powers up the middle untouched for the 52 yard score. Danville wins its first of the year in style 63-to-nothing.
Two Piedmont district members were butting heads tonight in Stuart as the Patrick County Cougars took on the Bassett Bengals in the battle of big cats.
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Patrick County's Aji Dixon who rushed for over 300 yards last week against Dan River was anxious to crank out some more big numbers tonight.
But first teammate Patrick Pascale, the big fullback would get things rolling as he takes this handoff and breaks one up the middle for 16 yards to the Bengals' 46.
Several plays after that Carter Deekens finds Pascale open on the far sideline. And the pass is good for a ten yard Cougars' TD. It's 6-to-nothing.
Next up Dixon would get back in the mix. He picks up 12 yards all the way down to the Bassett three yard line on this carry.
He would score on the very next play and Patrick County loses to Bassett tonight 23 to 20.
And finally tonight we finish up with a bang in Chatham where the Cavs played host to longtime rival Martinsville.
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The Chatham Cavaliers were mounted and ready for tonight's battle with the Bulldogs.
But Martinsville was ready to makes some tracks, as well. Marcus Hairston gets the handoff and before you know it he has 20 yards and the Dogs are inside the Redzone.
Hairston capped that drive with a four yard run to put Martinsville in front 7-to-nothing early in the first quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff Chatham made a statement of its own. Keith Henry fields the kick, comes up the near sideline, and right through the defense, to middle of the field and eventually intot the zone.
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It's a 90 yard return for 6.
But Martinsville stays unbeaten tonight with the
____ to ___ win over Chatham.
The winner of our Friday Football Extra trivia contest question from last week is Louise Redmond from Christiansburg.
She will be receiving a special 15th anniversary prize pack that inckudes a shirt, sweatshirt and hat.
And she's now in the running for the grand prize trip to the Fiesta Bowl.
But you can't win if you don't play.
Here's this week's question.
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[OUT Q=...the Fiesta Bowl."]
((Back in 1989, the biggest crowd in the history of Salem Stadium turned out to see the Spartans play a Graham team that was not only unbeaten but also unscored upon through the first 8 games of the year.
But 389 minutes and 53 seconds into the season our mystery man ended that streak with a 14 yard TD run!
This "good" runner went on to have a "good" career at Wake Forest, and this past summer he was instrumental in organzing the Barbers football camp.
If you know this former player of the week from Salem write down his name on a piece of paper along with you name, address and a daytime phone number.
Then mail it to Friday Football Extra contest.
WDBJ-7, PO Box 7 Roanoke, Virginia 24022.
A weekly winner will receive a special 15th anniversary prize pack, and then at the end of the year you could be headed to the Fiesta Bowl as we pick up the check.))
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It's time now to check out the week three rankings in our Super-7 poll.
and see if there was any movement at or near the top.
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Salem stays number one a moves a step closer to winning the Stagg Bowl, Martinsville and Amherst stay a solid two and three with George Wythe locking on to the four spot.
Christiansburg is fifth tonight, Northside plays tomorrow night and Blacksburg debuts this week in the seventh position.
And the pollbuster tonight is unbeaten E.C. Glass.
The Toppers are three and oh on the season.
Another team knocking on the door is the Gretna Hawks. Gretna is starting the season 2-and-oh for the first time in 2
Our second Player of the week this season is quite familiar with this Friday Football Extra award process.
Shannon Johnson receives his second invitation to our postseason banquet after making his first appearance last December.
Steve Mason has his story from Low Moor.
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((Alleghany quarterback Shannon Johnson has found the pot of football gold at the end of the rainbow once again, earning player of the week honors for a second consecutive season. The feat should put foots right at home at the FFE banquet, an evening becoming almost routine.
His performance in week two against Parry McCluer was a display of both weapondry and wisdom. The numbers were there, 219 yards rushing and 84 yards through the air for a grand total of three touchdowns. But it was how he scored the final of his trio of strikes that impressed his coaches. Down by a TD, with just over 4 minutes to play, Johnson delivered. The Mountaineers went on to a 31-28 win over the tough Fighting Blues.
The four year starter maintains a B average in school and hopes to continue his education both on ansd off the field next year in college, Steve Mason Friday Football Extra.))
That takes care of tonight's program, but there is still come more football on your hometoen stationthis weekend.
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Hope you have a safe weekend everybody.
We'll be back next Friday for week four.
[go to break] Take care of yourself.