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Good evening everybody, welcome to Friday Football Extra and let me begin by wishing each of you a Happy Thanksgiving weekend.
Going back to the old Virginia Tech-VMI battles at Victory stadium, it seems like football and turkey have always been partners.
In the next 30 minutes we'll preview the five state semi-finals games set for tomorrow that involve area teams.
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And the one creating the most chatter this week is the division four battle of unbeatens in Martinsville between the Bulldogs and the Salem Spartans.
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((TAYLOR EDWARDS/MARTINSVILLE HEAD COACH:)) ((WILLIS WHITE/SALEM HEAD COACH:)) (( This preseason the two scrimaged each other and Salem just destroyed Martinsville. ((TAYLOR EDWARDS:))
One thing that makes this matchup even more exciting is the fact that the two coaches are such good buds.)) ((TAYLOR EDWARDS:)) ((WILLIS WHITE:))

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One thing to keep in mind is that Marcus Hariston did notplay in the that preseason scrimmage.
And one of the things to watch early tomorrow is how well Salem handles the powerful Martinsville tailback.
The former player of the week hasn't been stopped all season long.
And any football fan in Salem can tell you that big backs have had a way of having big days in big games against the Spartans.
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((It's unlikely anyone in Salem will ever forget the name Timmy Webb.
The unheralded fullback from Spotsylvania ended Salem's dream season in 1991 when he rambled for 229 yards ind front of packed house at Salem Stadium.
And how about1989, when Blacksburg ended Salem's season in the semi-finals as Jerome Trusell rambled for 200 yards.


Can Hairston be the next back to break Salem's back.))[Board-Bump]


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When he come back we will check in on the Single-A ranks and preview tomorrow afternoon's division two and division one games.
But first let's all take a look at the complete semi-final schedule for the entire state. [go to chyron]


[Giles]


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Welcome back folks to Friday Football Extra and our annual state semi-final preview show.
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Perhaps no one has a bigger challenge tomorrow than Giles.
The Spartans captured the Region C division Two title last Friday night in Bristol against John Battle.
Their reward is a final four date with Powell Valley team many say is the best in the state in any division.
Earlier this week, I visited with Giles head coach Steve Ragsdale in Pearisburg.
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[Covington]


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In the Division one state semi finals, Covington will try and continue it's late season run against J.I. Burton.
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And while the Cougars are facing a team with quite a few losses, Steve Mason says no one will be taking the Black Raiders lightly.
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((STEVE MASON:)) ((BRAD MORTON/COVINGTON HEAD COACH:)) ((J.I. Burton is 7 and 5 on the season, however is still dangerous. In addition to the Black Raiders size, Reggie Sensabaugh, whose older brother is a defensive back for West Virginia, has 1882 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns this season.)) ((:))
((The Cougars have won 7 straight and will also count on a ground attack lead by Antonio Hill at running back and fullback Justin St. Clair. The all state wrestler not only churns out yardage, catches the ball well, but alos stops the run as a linebacker. Burton is counting on the Cougars to run thte ball, but Covington has a proven air attack lead by quarterback Brent May.)) ((:))
((Burton dawns the same colors of the number one ranked Tennessee Volunteers. The Black Raiders endzone is even checkere din that all to familar orange and white checkered board. But the Cougars are hardly intimidated.)) ((:))

((:)) [Weekend]


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And there is plenty of football coming your way throughout the weekend here on Your Hometown Station.
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Tomorrow we have a college doubleheader for you as Georgia Tech takes on the Georgia Bulldogs between the hedges in Athens.
And right after that Syracuse and Miami battle for the Big East title at 3:30.
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[wie to pinnacle 7503]
Then Sunday, the Jacksonvile Jaguars take on the Cincinnati Bengals at one.
Previews of tomorrow's game involving Amherst and Rustburg are straight ahead after this short break.
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[Amherst]


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Our state semi-final previews continue now as we focus our attention on central Virginia where Amherst County,
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the only other unbeaten team from the Friday Football Extra coverage faces it's toughest test of the year.
The Lancers play a West Potomac team from Alexandria that is alos unbeaten at 12 and 0.
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((MICKEY CROUCH/AMHERST CO. HEAD COACH:)) (( At times this season Amherst County has been untouchable.
During a four game stretch in the middle of the season, the Lancers ouscored the opposition 240-to-27, averaging 60 points a game.
But all of a sudden, the Blowout Boys have turned into the comeback kids. ((MICKEY CROUCH:))
There's no doubt Amherst has character and talent, and as the team found out last week in the regional finals against Culpeper County, you also need a little luck this time of year.)) ((MICKEY CROUCH:))

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Central Virginia will have the honor of hosting another state semi-final game tomorrow as the Rustburg Red Devils welcome the G-Men of Graham to town for a division three showdown between two programs with storied pasts.
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((MIKE SCHARNUS/RUSTBURG HEAD COACH:)) ((The fact that both teams have made it to the final four is somewhat of a surprise. Rustburg is 9-and-3, but they were often left out of the all the Seminole chatter.
Graham on the other hand has come from nowhere to make it this far after winning its way through the regionals and upsetting Lebanon last week. ((MIKE SCHARNUS:))
Last week the Rustburg defense and special teams were outstanding in the Red Devils' 14-to-9 win over Tunstall in the Region three division 3 championship in Dry Fork.
And perhaps not being in the spotlight for much of the season has helped this team get within a game of the state championship weekend.)) ((MIKE SCHARNUS:))

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Friday Football Extra continues after this quick break as visit with this week's Player of the Week, the man of Steele from Giles.
His story is next.
And Robin Reed is standing by with your game day forecasts. [go to break]


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Tonight's player of the week will be back on the field tomorrow afternoon as Giles hosts powerful Powell Valley.
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Spartan fullback Micah Steele will be leading the bandana gang on both side of the ball.
And he's hoping and praying for a game just like he had last Friday night in the Region C, division 2 championship against John Battle.
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(( The Spartans bash in Bristol turned out to be a class in Chemisty 101, as Giles demonstrated the strength of Steele.

Micah Steele, the Spartans talented yet unassuming fullback in the single wing offense had one of those perfect night. ((MICAH STEELE/FFE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:))
When he finished shredding the John Battle Trojans he not only had 343 yards and four touchdowns, but he also had the new Giles single rushing record - breaking the mark of 294 yards set by another player of the week RayPheal Milton back in 1994 against Christiansburg. ((MICAH STEELE:))
Steele not only has the record but he has the admiramation of his teammates and opponents. He has played his entire career and lived his entire life with just one eye. ((STEVE RAGSDALE:))
Steele' entire family has been an inspiration to many folks in Giles County. All four Steele brothers have played at Giles, including Brandon a former Friday Football Extra scholar athlete award winner who is now playing at Penn State.)) ((MICAH STEELE:)) ((STEVE RAGSDALE:))


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Now, I'm only guessing, but I bet not only will we not need rain gear tomorrow, but we may not even need a coat!
Robin Reed will fill us in on the all the weather information for those of us traveling to games tomorrow.
He's standing by with the game day forecasts right after this short commercial break. [take a break]


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Time now to close out tonight's show but first we need to check in with the only man more popular than Santa Claus on this massive shopping day.
Here's Robin Reed with tomorrow's game day forecasts.
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Besides having all of your high school highlights tomorrow night on News 7 at 11, we will have complete coverage of the 80th meeting between Tech and UVA.
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Have a safe weekend everybody and take care.
I'll see you next week. [go to close and credits]