Welcome one and all to Friday Football Extra as we open the 1998 postseason with the regional semi-finals tonight.
We have highlights of a dozen games for you on this Friday the 13th as we strecth out and canvas the state from Culpeper to Bristol.
We will begin our coverage in Division Five and work our way back through Division One.
Why no Division Six teams you ask?? Well, only three Triple-A teams in the area have enrollments big enough to be in the that class, and this year neither Franklin County, Halifax County, nor GW Danville was good enough to make the postseason.
So, we begin with the defending division five, northwest region champion, William Fleming Colonels, who hit the road tonight to open the playoffs in Culpeper against the Culpeper County Blue Devils.
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The Colonels were a long way from home, but they still made plenty of noise as they rolled onto the field.
Jermaine Hardy returned to the lineup tonight and immediately made his presence known. He goes up the middle, gets popped in the secondary, but keeps his balance and eventually takes it 70 yards down to the Culpeper 3 yard line.
Charles Corner would slam it in from the one yard line and the Colonels are on top 7-to-nothing in the first.
Fleming would keep coming from both sides. Free Safety Marcus Smith picks off the Blue Devils' pass and returns it down the left sideline to the seven yard line.
On a fourth and goal Hardy follows Frank Jones' lead block and blasts in to give the Colonels a 13-to-nothing lead.
The extra point was no good as the kick isn't even close and that would come back to haunt them later in the game.
Culpeper gets on the board with its defense. Cody Wade is sacked like a rag doll. He tries to pass, but it turns into a lateral and the free ball is scooped up by Culpeper and they take it all the way for the score.
it's now 13-to-7.
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They got another TD and the PAT late in the fourth to end Fleming's season with a 14-to-13 win.
The other northwest region, division five game tonight was in Amherst where the unbeaten Lancers squared off against E.C. Glass for the second straight week.
Last week Mickey Crouch's team handled Glass with ease to win the school's first ever Western district championship.
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The Lancers came through the trifecta of banners tonight knowing one loss and they were headed home.
Early in the second, it's third and 19 and the Toppers go to their bag of tricks. Jon Robinson pitches the rock to Brian Horsely, who gallops, stops, and throws back to Robinson for the TD. It's 7-to-nothing EC Glass in the second.
The Lancers will answer back on second and inches as quarterback Chris Carpenter drills his way under the heap to Score. They missed the extra point, Glass is still up seven to six.
With just over a minute left in the half, the Hilltoppers from six yards out, this time its Vince Brown through the middle and into the zone. Glass is on top at the half 14-to-6.
The Lancers came out fired up for the second half. Halfway through the third, first and ten, twelve yards out, Seneca Sandidge with the ball, cuts it up the center, takes a hit, but stretches it out just enough for the touchdown.
But Amherst is still down by two, so they'll go for the deuce. Jason Cox takes it up the middle and dives across to knot it up at 14.
The Lancers had the chance to take the lead with a
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minute left in third as kicker Noah Crouch puts it through. Amherst goes up 17-14.
The Lancers win it 24-to-21.
As promised we will keep things simple tonight and make a natural progression through our playoff coverage.
The Division four ranks are next.
We'll head to Salem, Lynchburg and Martinsville right after we check out the scores and get in the step with the Pride of Salem marching band.
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Time now to make a move into the Group Two A ranks.
And let's begin our division four tour of duty with the unbeaten Salem Spartans.
Willis White's team hosted Jefferson Forest in a region three semi-finals tonight.
Roy Stanley was there and he has our story.
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The teams that ended Salem's season last week, Heritage was back home at city stadium tonight hosting Christiansburg in one of the most intriguing matchups of the evening.
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Chris Booker, the Heritage star twisted his ankle in the first half but his team was already up 34-to-nothing on the Blue Demons when he took his seat.
The Heritage defense didn't waste the shutout opportunity as Montenay Wright roars in from his defensive end spot and sacks Lance Reynolds for a 10 yard loss.
Later in the second half, Wright would rise up again as he snuffs out the reverse and throws the Demons for another loss. Montenay in Money!!!!
The Pioneers backup QB Ricky Brown also helped control the clock as Heritage tunes up for the Salem with the 34-to-nothing win.
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Booke says his ankle should be fine by next Friday.
In the division four region 4 playoffs tonight Martinsville welcomed Patrick County back to Dan Greene stadium for the second time in as many weeks.
Last Friday the Dogs rolled to a 27-to-nothing shutout win.
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The two teams met and midfield and then went their separate ways both on the field and on the scoreboard.
The Ville would pick right up where they left off last week. As B.J. Penn scoots up the middle and scores on the run to make it 6-to-nothing after the missed kick.
On the Dogs' next possession, the man Marcus Hairston turns a second and eight situation into a dancing TD dash into your family room! Welcome Marcus it's 13-to-nothing Martinsville.
The next time the Dogs got the ball they called on kicker Evan Nicholls. And he responds by drilling the 36 yard field goal. It's 16-to-nothing Bulldogs still in the first.
Martinsville's Hairston would later advance the rock as only he can as he picks up 22 yards on the play and puts the Ville in position to score again.
And who better to score it than Hairston, who bangs in from the four. Martinsville moves to 11-and-0 on the season with an easy 36 to 8 win over Patrick Co.
The Bulldogs will play either Lee County or Richlands next week. Those two teams play tomorrow afternoon in Richland
The division three teams are next.
That means we'll have to make some room on the dance floor for the folks in Dry Fork, Bassett and Rustburg.
We will do just that after we listen to the Galax Maroon Tide Band and close out the scoreboard for the regional semi-finals.
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Time now to check in on the Region III, division 3 action.
And we begin in Dry Fork with another one of those rematches from the final week of the regular season.
Last week Tunstall won the Dogwood outright by coming back in the second half to beat Gretna 21-to-13.
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The R-O-T-C was ready for the game tonight in southside.
And so was Tunstall. Richard Scott picks off Thelbert Waller's pass and takes it back 10 yards, Tunstall takes over on Gretna's 20.
Several plays later, Kevin Adkins gets the handoff from Brandon Hairston and goes in for the score from the one yard line. Tunstall's up 14-to-nothing.
In the second quarter, Waller hands off Aljuan Carter who breaks the tackles and takes it for the 90-yard touchdown.
That made it 14-to-6 Tunstall, but Gretna was still in the game.
After the half, Waller passes to Christopher Brooks in the corner of the endzone for the 10 yard T-D. Gretna misses the two and its 14-12 Tunstall.
In the fourth, Brandon Hairston keeps the ball and
takes it in from five yards out for the score, making it 21-to-12 Tunstall. And that's the way it would finish up with Tunstall on top.
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The other region III, division 3 game tonight was in Rustburg where the Red Devils returned to the playoffs under head coach Mike Scharnus and looked to stop one of the area's top offenses in Lord Botetourt.
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The Red Devils were fired up to be back on the postseason mix and they were also glad to be home.
On their first possesion, Tony Jefferson takes the pitch and picks u 15 yards on the nice run all the way down to the Botetourt 35.
Later in the drive, Mike Knight hooks up with Brent Phillips on the short five yard TD pass! The Red Devils break on top 7-to-nothing.
Lord Botetourt on its first possession would attempt to rally through the air with Josh Aliveto connecting with Paul Schott. But he fumbles on the hit and Chris Thompson recovers for the Red Devils.
But Aliveto would bring the Cavs back again with his arm. This time he and Josh Dix hook up along the sideline for a ten yard gain as he toes the line.
But Botetourt would continue to be its own worst enemy as the snap on the punt sails over the kicker's head.
Rustburg beats Lord Botetourt 37 to 20.
Now, in region four, division three action tonight the Bassett Bengals got an opportnity to play host to perennial playoff participant Graham, coaches by none other than
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Glynn Carlock, who got his 200th win earlier this year and also was inducted into the Virginia high school league hall of fame.
Up six to nothing early in the second, the "G-Men" turned up the noise with Steve Gunter sweeping to his left and in for the score to make it a 14-to-nothing game after the two point conversion.
Bassett would come out strong in the second half.
Cesar Tatum finds some running room of his own on the first play from scrimmage and takes the ball into Graham territory.
But the Bengals were eventually faced with a 4th and 14. They call on Cedric Watkins for the long shot. He rolls a lucky seven around the left side as he scores and gets the Bengals back in it.
Graham wasn't fazed. From the Bengals' 15 yard
line, Leonard Graves goes left, skips in and scores Graham's third TD and caps it off with a G-Men salute.
Graham rolls on to the 28 to 7 win.
The other region four, division three game tonight was in Lebanon where the host Pioneers beat the Lancers 34 to 14.
The winner of our Friday Football Extra trivia contest question tonight is a lady who has been watching this show since its inception in 1984.
Sharon White, the wife of Salem head coach Willis White is this evening's winner.
She will be getting our special 15th anniversary prize pack.
If you want a chance to win all you have to do is answer this week's question correctly.
But your chances are running out, this is one of the last questions of the year.
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(( Tonight trivia question take us back to the early days of Friday Football Extra when the Fleming Colonels wore throwback uniforms and were hardly the class of the Roanoke Valley District.
But they may have had the classiest individual to play on this show.
This young man left Fleming and wnet on to star for the Black Knights of Army.
He was a championship boxer as a freshman. As a junior he rushed for 177 yards against Alabama in the Sun Bowl. As a senior he rose to the rank of captian and also shined academically.
This guy was almost too good to be true, and his philosphy to high school kids still holds true today.
If you know the name of this former Fleming Colonel write it on a piece of paper along with your 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 our special 15th anniversary prize pack, and then be in the running to win our all-expense paid trip to the Fiesta Bowl.))
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Friday Football Extra is now ready to turn its attention to the Group-A ranks.
It's been a while since the Pioneer district only dumped one team into the playoffs.
But tonight the Covington Cougars carried the banner for the Pioneer into this evening's Region C, division one game at Casey field against Pocahontas.
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The Indians traveled into the Cougars den with a five and five record and looking to up set Covington.
But Justin St. Clair travels 72 yards on the Cougars first possession and gives Covington the seven-nothing lead.
The Cougars on the move, Brent May under pressure looks around and finds Antonio Hill on fouth down and seven. Hill travels 18 yards to the Indian 16 yard line.
Justin St. Clair crosses the goal line once again and Covington's season continues as the Cougars roll to a 31-to-6 win.
The other region C, division one game tonight rekindled memories of the old Galax teams of the 80's that featured coach Kenny Alderman and tailback Mark Brown.
Galax was back the hunt tonight hosting the Green Wave of Narrows.
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The Maroon Tide was excited before the first round of this playoff battle.
But it was the Green Wave with the first break as Adam Reynolds rolls right and finds Jim Hazelwood on the 13 yard TD. It's 6-to-nothing Narrows.
The Wave goes for two, and Reynolds runs right and dives in to give the Green Wave an 8-to-nothing lead.
It was all defense from that point on as Galax puts the heat on Reynolds. He's chased, he tries to make something happen, but he's thrown for a 12 yard loss.
It's still 8-to-nothing with less than 2 minutes to go and the Tide is still trying to come back.
On a third and four from the six, Josh Bryson rolls left, looks for Adam Price but it is nearly picked off by the Green Wave.
Galax had one last chance on a fourth and four from the six.
Bryson from the shotgun rolls out, but no one can come up with it and Narrows wins it 8-to-nothing in a tight one.
In region C, Division Two tonight Floyd County was rewarded for its 9-and-1 regular season by being told to hit the road and travel to Bristol to take on Hogoheegee power John Battle.
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The Buffs bused into the tri-cites and ran onto the field with high hopes.
The Trojans would declare war late in the first quarter as quarterback Brad LOudy hands off to Matt Jones who busts up the gut and rumbles 55 yards for the first score of the night. It's 7-to-nothing Battle.
Loudy would later roll to his right and find Jason Waters waiting in the endzone. The seven yard TD strike makes it a 14-to-nothing Battle lead.
The Buffaloes would attempt to overcome the shellshock with Josh Spence plunging in from the one to cut the Trojans lead to 8. It's 14-to-6.
The Buffs would score on their next possesion as well. This nifty halfback option pass from Adam Gardner to Raheem Chantell to Benson Williams would help them cut the Battle lead to 14-to-12 at the half.
The Trojans defense would come up huge in the third quarter as Waters picks off Gardner's pass and then motors down the left sideline for a 55 yard TD return.
It's now 24-to-12 Trojans.
Battle's last score would come from Matt Jones. He scores his
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second TD of the night barrelling in from the one.
The Buffs see their season end in Bristol losing 31-to-12.
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Finally tonight we head to Pearisburg for the other Region C, division two game between Giles and Grayson.
And this was a game.
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Bill Strong brought his Blue Devils from Independence into Giles County for what would be a seesaw affair.
In the first, Richard Hodge of Giles scores from six yards out to make it a 10-to-nothing game in favor of the Spartans.
The Blue Devils would cap a nine play drive as Brandon Smith scores from three yards out and it's a 10-to-7 game at the half.
Midway through the third, the Spartans would start a scoring explosion as Micah Steele twists and turns out of the single wing and he goes 49 yards. It's 17-to-7 Giles.
On the Spartans next possession, Steele moves the ball again, but this time he loses control and Grayson's Jordan Anderson picks up the ball and goes 54 yards. At one point in the fourth Grayson led 21-to-17.
But Giles got two TDs in the fourth quarter.
One of those on a punch from two yards out.
Hodge scores and Giles moves on in the playoffs to face John Battle next week with the 29-to-21 win.
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The highlights are finished up for this evening, but the player of the week segment is still to come on tonight's show.
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And there is much more football to come this weekend here on Your Hometown Station. Tomorrow at 3:30 we invite you to join us and check out the number one ranked UT Vols taking on Arkansas.
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And on Sunday, a Star City favorite, the Pittsburgh Steelers are back in the house taking on the Oilers at one. The rest of tonight's FFE is right after this break.
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Welcome back everybody. Earlier this season we introduced you to this young man as a player of the week.
[Head Shot- thomason]
And after a super performance last Friday its hard to overlook him this Friday. William Byrd's O.J. Thomason receives the honor again.
Roy Stanley has more.
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((Thomason joins an elite group of young men to repeat as player of the week in the same season.
Last Year, William Fleming's Lee Suggs won the honor twice in the same year.
In the early 90's a then little Marcus Parker of Salem ran his way into the books as a two time winner of the award.
It's a little ironic but the first player to receive the honor twice in one year was David Jennings in 1984. Jennings graduated from William Byrd.
And Thomason, a hero among the William Byrd fans, joins the elite group, as a two time player of the week.))
((O.J. THOMASON/PLAYER OF THE WEEK:))
((Thomas earned the honor in Byrd's last game of the season. He carried the ball 37 times for 297 yards and he scored 4 touchdowns. And Thomason gives all the credit to his teammates.))
(( The Terriers failed to make the playoffs a team goal set at the beginning of the season.
The junior tailback did reach an individual goal rushing for over 2-thousand yards and he scored 25 touchdowns .))
We'll be back next Friday night for the regional championships. I hope you can join us as the 98 season continues to wind down.
Until then, have a safe weekend everybody.
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