Good evening folks and welcome to the biggest high school football party in the Commmonwealth, it's a little show we call Friday Football Extra.
We begin the week four fun at Victory Stadium where the William Fleming Colonels looked to hang on to a little of the RVD respect the district eanred from the Western boys last year. Tonight they faced unbeaten Glass.
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After last night's locally heavy downpour, Victory stadium was a little muddy.
It didn't seen to phase Glass's Brian Horsley on this play as he takes the option pitch from John Robinson and cuts back and breaks it loose for 53 yards before he's pulled down at the Fleming one. They scored to make it 20-to-7 Glass.
Horsley would continue to impress the fans and Fleming as he takes the handoff, hurdles one tackler, squeezes throught a few more and races 37 yards for another TD.
Glass and the field conditions did the Colonels in tonight. The receiver slips and Cody Wade's pass is picked off.
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The Hilltoppers stay unbeaten with a 31-to-15 win over the Colonels thanks to the running of Brian Horsley.
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The Patrick Henry Patriots were in Danville tonight trying to get their act together and pick up their first win of the season against a GW team that finally scratched the win column last week.
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The GW crowd was keeping an eye on things tonight as the third quarter got underway.
Eagle QB Ricky Sittle fakes the handoff and then takes off up the middle for 17 yards for the score and that put GW on top of the Patriots 14-to-nothing.
PH would get right back in the game as Chad Ricker gives it Chad Houck. He gets the one yard score and it's now 14-to-8 after the successful 2.
In the fourth, Danville would finally put it away as
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Terry Echols bangs in from ten yards away and George Washington wins it 30-to-8.
Western district member Amherst County was on the road tonight in Bedford County trying to subdue Jefferson Forest and stay perfect in 1998.
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The bare chested beasts from Forest came out of the woods tonight to show their spirit.
But this would be an all-Amherst night. #44 Seneca Sandidge takes a little handoff and eventually goes 46 yards for
the first score of the night as he showcases his moves with a great effort. It's 7-to-nothing.
Forest would try to answer that shot. But Jerton Evans' pass way down field turns into a jump ball and Amherst's Warren Braxton gets the interception.
The Lancers would extend its lead in the second period as Sandidge scores again.
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This time from the eight yard line and Amherst stays unbeaten with an impressive 28-to-nothing victory over Jefferson Forest.
After ripping Brookville and skunking Pulaski County the favorites to win the Stagg Bowl, the Salem Spartans took their show on the road tonight to southwest Roanoke County to take on Cave Spring.
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And the Knights won the coin toss and the first quarter.
In the beginning the home crowd had a lot to cheer about as Salem loses the ball in its opening possession and the Knights recover at the Spartan 48.
Cave Spring converts the turnover Chris Gould takes the hand off and busts over the goal line with the three yard run. The Knights would take a 10-nothing before Salem got wise.
The Spartans get busy in the second Dennis Haley takes the short jog in to the zone and Salem goes on to win it 41 to 17.
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The other Roanoke Valley-Blue Ridge matchup tonight was in Daleville where Franklin County butted heads with Lord Botetourt in the Eagles fourth straight game against a double-a opponent.
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The Cavs marched in and then looked to march over the visiting Eagles.
After taking a three to nothing lead, the Cavs are looking for more. Josh Aliveto goes to the air and finds Josh Dix for the TD. It's a 15 yard TD and the score is 9-to-nothing.
Then Botetourt's special teams would come up big.
A.J. Duncan smothers the Franklin County punt to put the ball back in the hands of the dangerous Aliveto.
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This time he fires the pass to Austin Bousman, for the 34 yard TD.
The Cavs run and shoot Cavs stay perfect on the season with the 34 to 0 win over the Eagles.
The unbeatens were tested tonight at a number of locations including Bassett, Martinsville and Gretna.
Roy Stanley will join us in just a moment as the highlights from week four continue.
But right now let's get in step with the Gretna Hawks band and the first offering of scores.
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We are back and ready to continue with Friday Football Extra's tour of southwest and central Virginia.
We now head down route 40 to Gretna where the Hawks have been soaring this season.
Yes, the same Hawks who once held the state's longest losing string at 44 games back in 1996, came into tonight's game with Laurel Park unbeaten.
Roy Stanley has our story from Pittsylvania County.
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Let's now shift our attention to Bassett where two unbeaten teams with big paw prints on the sides of their hats got it on tonight with the Bengals hosting the Byrd Terriers.
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Both came in with 3-and-oh records but Bassett played catchup all night long.
T.K. Johnson rips off a run around the right side and he will go 41 yards for the Bengal TD. But that only made it a 35-to-14 game in favor of Byrd.
That's because the real deal tonight was O.J. Thomason. The Byrd junior rushed for over 330 yards in just three quarters of work.
His speed and power was just too much for Bassett to handle as he scored four TDs and punished tacklers along the way.
Thomason singlehandedly turned in the battle of unbeatens into a William Byrd track meet. The Terriers rolled up the yards and the points by turning on the juice. The final Byrd 56, Bassett 20.
While Bassett chose the Blue Ridge for its out of town guest tonight, the Martinsville Bulldogs welcomed their old friends from Ringgold, the Dan River Wildcats up to Dan Greene stadium for little fun tonight.
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The Bulldogs and Taylor Edwards broke the huddle and then broke bad against the Cats.
On the eighth play of the BUlldogs opening drive, Marcus Hairston bulls his way in from 8 yards out it is 7-to-nothing Martinsville.
The Wildcats would kill themselves soon after that TD as Kevin Wells mishandles the snap and falls on the ball in the endzone for a safety. It's 9-to-nothing.
Just four plays later Hairston would take it in the house from seven yards out.
He scored five TDs and picked up 146 yards before sitting out the second half as Martinsville wins 58-to-nothing. Not a misprint just a mismatch.
Another big Dogwood-Piedmont cross district rivalry was held tonight down in Dry Fork where the Tunstall Trojans hooked up with Fieldale-Collinsville.
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It was very pleasant evening for football tonight at Tunstall High.
The Trojans Brandon Hairston hands off to Tim Robertson and the six-one 226 pound back rumbles for 25 yards on the play moving into the red zone.
A couple of plays later, Kevin Adkins, the smaller man in the backfield scores from 8 yards out. The homeboys take a 6-to-nothing lead on the Cavs in the first.
Fieldale would later have to punt, and the rush gets to the punter. The blocked kick is recovered by Lamont Law.
But the Cavs would get the rock back with the help of their defense. Anthony Coverdale has the coverage and the pick for F.C. - but Tunstall gets the win 28 to 0.
Some traditional backyard brawks are on the horizon.
When we return we'll head to Parry McCluer takes on Rockbridge County, Christiansburg hosts Radford, and Glenvar plays host to Floyd.
But right now the Glenvar band is in the spotlight along with some more of the numbers from week four.
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Friday Football Extra is back and ready to move north to Rockbridge Co.
where tonight the Wildcats played their home opener against their next door neighbors from Buena Vista, the Fighting Blues of Parry McCluer.
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(( The Wildcats came into tonight's battle looking to ignite their home crowd, while the Blues were just looking for win number one on the season and avenge last year's setback to the Cats.
Rockbridge would set the tone early as Bruce Cooper takes the handoff from Shawn Watkins and motors up the right sideline for a 19 yard touchdown. 7-to-nothing in favor of the homeboys.
But later in the first, with Rockbridge looking to score again, Clay Hobson is stripped of the ball by Josh Miller. He picks up the loose ball and goes 80 yards the other way. It's 7-to-6 Cats on top at halftime.
Early in the second Rockbidge would add to the lead as Hobson scored back to back TDs including this 15 yard romp up the middle. That made it 21-to-6 Wildcats.
Rockbridge would then break out of the ground attack and let Shawn Watkins connect with Nick Work on this 10 yard TD play. That made the score 28-to-6 after three.
Parry McCluer would find the endzone for the first time tonight early in the fourth as Chad Coffey sneaks in from the three.
But the Blues lose big time tonight 35-to-14.))
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Glenvar hasn't been a member of the Three Rivers district for life, but in the short time that the Highlanders have been in this district they certainly have developed a friendly rivalry with Floyd County in almost every sport.
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The Highlanders were hoping that the home field advantage would help their cause tonight.
And early-on Brian Hooker's team would play well. Seth Noonkester finds Jason Underwood deep behind the Buffalo defense six plays into the drive for this 35 yard TD. It's 7-to-nothing Glenvar.
But the Buffs answered in a big way. Midway through the first, Adan Gardner throws the bomb deep to Josh Nester. He scrambles in and out of traffic making his way all the way down to the two yard line.
Gardner would cap the drive with the short plunge up the middle. We are tied at 7-all.
On Floyd's next possession, Adam Hawkins sneaks into the endzone to give Floyd the 14-to-7 lead.
The Buffaloes win it tonight 27 to 20.
Let's now head to Christiansburg where the unbeaten Blue Demons entertained former New River rival Radford, a team that came in having lost two in a row in very different fashions.
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Early in the second half Christiansburg looked as though it would pull away as Lance Reynolds goes way up top to John Hindle who slices the Bobcat defense and goes into the endzone for the 42 yard touchdown to give the Demons the 20-to-6 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Christiansburg would find the zone again as Chris Holmes goes through the Bobcats on his way to a 44 yard touchdown to give Christiansburg the 26-to 6 lead.
But Radford would try to close the gap as Giovanni Morton takes the punt return and cuts down the right side line, going 51 yards for the score, making it 26-to-14.
After another Radford score, Christiansburg would
[super=52-Radford/21/Christiansburg/33;]cap off the game on fourth and one, Holmes scrambles 35 yards and the Blue Demo
ns stay undefeated 33-to-21.
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Three more set sof highlights are still to come tonight on Friday Football Extra plus, the weekly trivia question that could win you an all-expense paid trip to the the Fiesta Bowl is just minutes away.
But first the last of the scores and Rockbridge County Wildcats' band.
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Welcome back as we now make a move to the hill city and City Stadium.
Tonight Northside was guaranteed of getting its stiffest test of the season against the state runners-up from Heritage, who last week knocked off triple-a Franklin County.
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We pick this one up in the third quarter with the game tied at 7-all.
Northside would take its opening possesion, drive all the way down the field and let Quincy Slash takes it home for the TD. It's 13-to-7 after the missed extra point.
That lead looked safe until Heritage got the ball back with five minutes to go. Alex Lucy hooks up with Quinton Tanner for 27 yards and a first down to the Vikings' 3.
Then with under a minute to play, Lucy punches it in from the one. Brandon Hamlett adds the extra point kick and the Pioneers pull out a 14-to-13 win.
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Staunton River was back home tonight in Moneta trying to figure out a way to turn its season around as unbeaten Alleghany came calling.
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The Mountaineer band was making some noise of its own tonight as their team enjoyed a 42-to-nothing lead at the half.
We pick up action late in the fourth. Staunton River gets on the board with Johnny Coles going off the right side and heading for paydirt 25 yards away.
That cuts it 49-to-14.
Alleghany would finish up the night with Kevin Perry throwing in the fourth quarter. he hits Andre Booker and he's in for the score.
The Mounties win 56-to-14.
Time now for a visit to Liberty high school where the Minutemen continue to try and put things in perspective and continue their season as they play for fallen mate Jamelle Poindexter.
Tonight Magna Vista was the opponent.
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The Minuteman band was cutting loose tonight putting some excitement in the air.
We pick it up in the second. The Warriors go for it on a fourth and nine at the Liberty 29, but Billy Shelton picks it off and takes it back 25 yards.
But with just a minute left in the half Magna Vista would try it again. This time Thomas Johnson finds Shawn Green who makes the great catch for 33 yards.
The Warriors would settle for three, as mark Robertson nails the kick. That's all they would need as they add an insuracne TD and beat Liberty 10-to-nothing.
The winner of our Friday Football Extra trivia contest question from last week is Jerry Wright from Salem.
He will be receiving a special 15th anniversary prize pack that includes a shirt, sweatshirt and hat.
And he'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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((Back in 1988 the subject of tonight's trivia question was riding high on the shoulder of his teammates after E.C. Glass beat Huguenot for the Division Five title in Richmond.
This colorful lineman later went on to have an outstanding career as a lineman at the University of PIttsburgh where he was named a first team all-american and made a living out of crushing defenders.
He's now a four year veteran all-pro with the Buffalo Bills, and this week the Lynchburg native has been busy defending the Bills 0-and-2 start to the season.
If you know this former star from E.C. Glass 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 tab.))
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The Super 7's top teams flexed their muscles tonight
as most of the top teams not only one but won big.
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Salem stays number one while Martinsville, Amherst County, George Wythe and Chrsitiansburg continue to roll and win big.
Gretna debuts in the poll for the first time ever in the six spot, and Blacksburg which was off tonight stays 7th.
And the pollbuster is William Byrd.
The Terriers flattened previously unbeaten Bassett 56-to-20 tonight.
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The Cavaliers of Lord Botetourt opened the season with a brand new high flying offense.
And one of the reasons for the team's success so far is the performance of Cavalier quarterback Josh Aliveto.
Roy Stanley has the story of our latest player of the week.
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Thanks Roy. Folks, don't forget the football never stops here on Your Hometown Station.
Tomorrow we have a college doubleheader with Pitt and Penn State and then Florida and Tennessee in primetime.
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The Sunday the NFL today begins out doubleheader day at Noon. The opening game has the Dolphins and Steelers with the Broncos and Raiders in the nightcap.
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Plus, if you missed anything tonight or in the past jump on the information superhighway and head to WDBJ7 DOT COM. The Friday Football Extra icon is your key to scores and much more.
Also, don't forget it's homecoming tomorrow afternoon at Ferrum.
Thanks for checking out Friday Football Extra tonight folks. Have a safe weekend and take care of yourself.
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