Good evening everybody and once again welcome to Friday Football Extra, southwest and central Virginia's only full half hour high school football highlights show.
Tonight we're featured 18 games.
So, let's get right to the action.
We begin at Salem Stadium where two members of the Super 7 poll squared off with number one Salem hosting 7th ranked Blacksburg.
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It was such a big game that Bill Clinton was in the house tonight, but notice he was not signaling in plays with his tie.
Matt Anderson was back in uniform as well tonight and looking good.
In the third, Salem expands on its three TD lead with E.J. Thomas scooting in off the right side. It's 29-to-nothing Spartans.
Then in the fourth, Thomas on almost the same play scores again. The Spartans
roll over the Indians and stay unbeaten with a 36-to-nothing shutout and almost make it look too easy tonight.
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Two more Blue Ridge teams that came into tonight's action unbeaten met in Vinton as ground Byrd and air Botetourt renewed their always entertaining rivalry.
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And even more spice was added to the evening as tonight was William Byrd's Homecoming--Krisha Jay and Ricky Taylor were named Queen and King.
The Terriers take the lead with this six yard run by OJ Thomason. OJ takes the hand off on first and goal, finds the hole and the zone. Byrd up 14-7.
The Cavaliers aren't done fighting yet. On first and 10 at the Byrd 21 Justin Greene sees and opening and zeros in on the end zone to tie things up.
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OJ Thomason gets the call again and barrels 11 yards for this score and But the Cavaliers overcome the Terriers 27 to 21.
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Yet another Blue Ridge unbeaten, Christiansburg was in the valley tonight as the Blues Demons marched into Viking stadium to take on Northside.
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The Vikings were playing from behind all night long.
The Vikes try to come back with Brad McCrady passing to Ryshaune Ward. He tries to lateral the ball and make some happen, but instead Brian Musselman picks up the fumble and returns it to the Viking 32 yard line.
Four plays later, Williams Reynolds hits Jonathan Bradley in the end zone and the Blue Demons are for real as they win it 28-to-7 and stay unbeaten.
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Yet another of the Blue Ridge district's unbeaten teams was on the road in Rockbridge County.
Alleghany made the trip down from Low Moor looking for one more against the Wildcats.
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Earlier this week the VHSL told Rockbridge it couldn't move to the Valley district.
The Wildcats were a little upset about that tonightas they came out on their first offensive play of the game ready to topple the Mountaineers
Watch Bruce Cooper turns on the after burners and jets 49 yards through the heart of the Alleghany defense putting the Cats on top 7 to nothing.
Rockbridge would score again early in the second quarter as quarterback Shawn Watkins hands off to Clay Hobson who shakes and bakes his way up the right sideline on his way to a 67 yard touchdown and the Cats led 14 to nothing.
Alleghany threatened on its next possession
but would fail to complete this pass on fourth and four at the Rockbridge nine and the Wildcats go on to win it 35 to 14.
The Triple-A ranks are in the next available spotlight.
When we return, we will head to Cave Spring, Danville, Amherst and Victory Stadium.
But right now give it up for the band.
The Lord Botetourt Marching Cavaliers.
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[SUPER=64-G.W. Danville/6/William Fleming/7;]
[SUPER=64-Magna Vista/19/William Campbell/0;]
[SUPER=64-James Monroe, WV/32/Summers Co./0;]
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It is time now to head over to explore tonight's happenings in the Group Three-A classification.
Unbeaten E.C. Glass was visiting the Star City tonight not to taste test at Texas Tavern but rather to devour Cave Spring.
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As is always the case the Knights' students were having a good time in the stands.
Cave Spring capitalized early on an EC Glass fumble, senior Brad Nichols rambles 14 yards to set up the first score of the evening. It's 7-to-nothing.
In the second quarter, the Hilltoppers wake up by going to the air. Senior John Robinson shoots one deep down the field and he connects with Jabariee Higginbotham all the way down to the Knights' 47 yard line.
On the next play, senior Brian Horsley scoots to his left and goes 47 yards
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for the score. E.C. Glass beats Cave Spring tonight 28-to-7 at Knights' stadium.
The next Roanoke Valley-Western district mathcup of the evening was down in southside at Geroge Washington high school where Fleming came to town looking for a win.
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Ed Martin was talking to his offense on the sideline after they failed to score in the entire first half.
Fleming was hanging on to a 7-to-nothing lead when Cody Wade pitched the ball back to Jermaine Hardy and he picks up 15 yards. But Danville would hold and get the ball back.
In the fourth quarter, GW would let Jeremy Motley keep from a yard away and score to get the Eagles within a point at 7-to-6.
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The Eagles went for the tie, but the hold is bobbled and after a mad scramble Fleming foils the conversion and picks a big road win 7-to-6.
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Next up in the cross-district battles tonight was a tug of war between two teams in desperate need of a win, Halifax County at PH from the stadium.
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Down six to nothing Halifax would cap off an impressive five-play 68 yard drive with Diante Medley fighting his way in from 13 yards out. It's 13-to-7 Halifax on top in the first.
Not to be outdone, PH would mount its own drive starting at its own 30. Reggie Jones completes the drive with this TD run up the middle.
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Patrick Henry gets its first win of the season topping the Comets 28-to-18 .
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Unbeaten Amherst was back home tonight relishing the thought of dropping back to group two-a next season and at the same time looking to drop Franklin County this evening.
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The crowd was so big tonight that these guys her checking things through the chain link fence.
As expected Amherst would break on top first, as Kerry McPherson takes it in from 33 yards away. The Lancers lead the game 7-to-nothing.
Early in the second Amherst would cap off another tremendous drive with Sennica Sandidge taking it in the house from five yards out. It's 14-to-nothing.
The Amherst special teams were also on the money as
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Eric Elliott uses some unbelievable blocking to complete a 70 yard punt return as Amherst rolls the Eagles 62-to-nothing. Not a misprint, just a mismatch.
Six big contests are next on the agenda including thte Rural Retreat-George Wythe showdown, and the Floyd-Shawsville battle.
And we'll see how the Covington football team rebounded after a week off and 10 days of controversy.
But right now, more scores from week 5, and Shawsville high school band.
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[SUPER=64-Craig Co./12/Bland-Rocky Gap/6;][Covington]
Time now to head up to Covington, where the games being played off the field in the community have overshadowed the Cougars since their loss to Alleghany.
After an off week and 10 days worth of controversy involving suspended star Antonio Hill, the Cougars hosted the Bobcats of Radford.
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Hill was on the sideline tonight out of uniform, as was coach Brad Morton who was intent on getting his team focused.
Early in the third Radford would use its air attack as Jelanie Hendricks catches this pass from Josh Woods and dives into the endzone for a nine yard TD!!!
It's 17-to-7 Radford in the third.
Covington would claw back. After a five play 80 yard drive, Chris Dolan takes the handoff from Brent May and plunges into the endzone getting the Cougars within 3.
But Radford would ice it with Hendricks running in this time
up the gut from six yards away.
The Radford Bobcats win the cat fight with the Cougars 23-to-14.
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[SUPER=50-Brad Morton/Covington Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...be all right."]
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Two unbeatens butted heads tonight in the battle of Wythe County as Rural Retreat hosted their good friends from George Wythe on hall of fame night.
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This battle for supremacy in the Hogoheegee was played in front of an overflow corwd tonight.
The Maroons would make the first statement of the evening with this quarteback sneak that takes Jeff Coeburn 28 yards into the end zone for opening score.
It's 6-to-nothing George Wythe.
But the Indians would rise up on the reservation.
Rhea Preston caps a 77 yard drive with a dive into the endzone to tie the game at 6-all.
George Wythe got the ball back and immediately went up top. Late in the first Coeburn connects with
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The battle of unbeatens and county bragging right is won tonight by George Wythe 28 to 20.
Wythe County's other team, Ft. Chiswell was home tonight as well, playing host to the Giles Spartans, under the leadership of Steve Ragsdale.
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There were more than footballs flying through the air tonight at the home of the Pioneers.
We pick it up with Giles on top 14-to-nothing at the half, Giles would keep winging it in the third as Cooney Ratcliffe connects with Scott Moye for a 21 yard TD. The Spartans are in control leading 20-to-zip.
On their next possesion, the Spartans would keep applying the heat, as Cooney scoots in from 8 yards away. It's a 26-to-nothing Giles lead.
Ft. Chiswell would try to get on the board late in the game as Todd Toole scampers down the sideline.
But he and the Pioneers comes up short tonight losing 26 to 7.
One of the biggest surprise unbeatens so far this year coming into tonight was Shawsville.
The Shawnees were looking to go to 4-and-0 tonight as they entertained Floyd County.
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The Buffaloes were anxious to set their own beat and tempo in this shootout.
Late in the second Floyd is on top 19-to-nothing and Adam Gardner has his team on the five, and Scott Myers has the Buffs in the zone. It's 25-to-nothing Floyd.
Floyd would then convert the two point covnersion with Gardner spotting Benson Williams. 27-to-nothing Floyd.
Josh Spence also had a huge game for the Buffaloes.
He takes the handoff off teh left side
and he's in for the 15 yard score. The Buffaloes stampeded the Shawnees 39-to-nothing. Spence had 3 tds and 2 sacks on defense.
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Two old rivals going back to their days when both were in the Pioneer met this evening at Glenvar as the Highlanders extended a little hospitality to James River.
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The fans were out in full force tonight for this homecoming date with the Knights.
The Highlanders are on the move in the first as James Rule converts the field goal from 32 yards away.
It's 3-to-nothing Glenvar.
But the Knights mounted a little rally. Jeremy Sink hands off to Brandon Blankenship. He goes up the gut for the score on a tough 17 yard run. The River goes on top 7-to-3.
But Glenvar answers right back. Seth Noonkester lets Anthony Hackett
take it in for the score. Glenvar comes alive and reels off a 31-to-13 win over James River.
The first game of the day got underway at four o'clock over at North Cross in soutthwest Roanoke County where the Raiders hosted the Bishops of Va. Episcopal.
[SUPER=51-Roanoke Co./Va. Episcopal vs. North Cross; :00]
The Raiders came in down but not all the way out as they continued looking for their first win of the season.
The Bishops scored early in the first and then converted this nice TD pass in tight in the third as Doug Dalton finds Darrio Scott in traffic. The 6-6 receiver hauls it in for the TD.
Itt could have been even worse. Dalton appears to have sxored on this keeper, as well.
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But a penalty wiped it out.
North Cross stays winless on the season losing today 20-to-nothing to Virgnia Epsicopal.
Trips to Bassett, Ridgeway, Chatham and Lynchburg are next up along with tonight's Trivia Question.
But first we need to close out the week five scores board with the Rural Retreat marching band.
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Welcome back everybody as we get set to close out our final set of highlights from week five.
Tunstall traveled to Bassett in hopes of caging the Bengals on their home turf, Ed Bassett Stadium.
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Bassett came into this contest trying to recover from a a tough loss last week. We pick up the action in the fourth quarter.
Tunstall goes up by 3, 10-7 to begin the final period on a fiedl goal off the foot of kicker Phillip Shadderick.
After a Tunstall touchdown is called back, Bassett would capitalize. Quarterback TK JOhnson hits lamont Stokes. he'
s gonna catch the ball and then fumbles it into the endzone. he falls on itt and the Bengals [SUPER=52-Tunstall/17/Base
tt/14;]score, 14-10 bassett.
But, Tunstall answers, going on a 96 yard driver that is capped off by brandon Hairston's 20 yard screen pass to kevin Atkins that goes for a touchdown. Tuinstall shocks Bassett 17-14.
Magna Vista went out of the Peidmont District to face Dogwood power William Campbell.
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A perfect fall night for high school football, not to cold, not to hot.
Right to the action. Magna Vista quarterback Billy Shelton decides to do it on his own, keeping the rock for some positive yardage, but this drive would stall.
But the warriors would not stop on their next possession. On second and 8, from the 47 yard line Shelton gives to running back
[super=52-William Campbell/0/Magna Vista/19;]
Therran Perkins. he's gonna break a few tackles on his way to a touchdown gallop for the games' first score. 7-nothing Magna Vista with 1;55 left in the half.
And that's all Don Bateman's Warriors would need as they shut out the generals 19-zip.
In Chatham tonight, the Cavaliers hooked up with Patrick County in a game that almost always produces its share of fireworks.
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The Chatham fans were all pumped up as their Cavaliers ran onto the playing surface tonight.
And the Cavs' Keith Henry will hand off to Albert Brandon and keep the fans hopping with this five yard TD. It's 6-to-nothing Chatham early in the first.
The Cheerleaders then got into the act, but so did Patrick County.
Carter Deekens gives the pill tot Aji Dixon, and the talented back who plays for the guys in green pants rips off a 50 yard gain. 15 more on the facemask puts the Cougars in the red zone/
Three plays later Dixon takes it in the house on a five yard TD of his own. The game is tied at six, but
Patrick County wins it 12 to 6.
And finally tonight our 18 games of highlights come to a close at Lynchburg's city stadium where Heritage and Liberty hooked up in a Seminole district game tonight
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The Heritage dancers were stepping out tonight in the Hill City.
The Pioneers led 19-to-nothing at the half, and on their first possesion of the third Alex Lucy rolls out and hits Brandon Hamlett for a 22 strike. It moves the ball down to the 21.
Three plays later Chris Booker runs right, and cuts back to the middle as he can do so well. It's now a 26-to-nothing game.
Liberty made it respectible with a field goal and a late TD. The Minutemen get the Shannon Clark halfback option toss to Thomas Johnson for the score.
Heritage wins it 26-to-10.
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[OUT Q=...the Fiesta Bowl."]
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The Super 7 tonight featured some matchups in the ranks of the unbeaten.
and as a result there were a couple of shakeups in the poll.
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Salem stays number one while Martinsville, Amherst County, George Wythe and Christiansburg continue to roll and win big. The Bulldogs were off tonight.
And E.C. Glass and Lord Botetourt move into the poll tonight in the six and seven spot.
And the pollbuster is Giles. After opening the season with a loss to Blacksburg. The Spartans have reeled off four straight wins.
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William Byrd has a history of producing outstanding running backs over hte years.
And O.J. Thomason is certainly a member of the best of best.
This year Thomason is looking to excel on the field and turn up the heat in the Class room, as well.
Roy Stanley has the story of tonight's player of the week.
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[SUPER=50-O.J. Thomason/FFE Player of The Week; :18]
[SUPER=50-Jeff Highfill/William Byrd Head Coach; 1:00]
[SUPER=59-Roy Stanley; 1:40]
[OUT Q=....football extra."]
((Playing football at Byrd is a tradition for the Thomason Family. O.J.'s Father Glen starred for the Terriers in the 7o's.
And everyday Thomason snaps on his chin strap he looks at a picture of his father that hangs in his locker in the terrier dressing room.))
((O.J. THOMASON/PLAYER OF THE WEEK:))
((But Thomason's coaches and teammates say he doesn't any incentive to play the game.
Thomason started playing football at the age of 7 and he's been running over, around and through players along the way.
A simple explanation is Thomason loves the game of Football.))
((JEFF HIGHFILL/WILLIAM BYRD HEAD COACH:))
((And last week, The Terriers traveled to Bassett for a game against the Bengals. In only two quarters the Byrd running back rushed 26 times for 285 yards and four touchdowns. A feat that Thomason says was possible because of team work.))
((Thomason, who has sat out the second half of a couple of games, is averaging right at 200 yards rushing a game.
Roy Stanley Friday Football Extra.))
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