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Good evening everybody and welcome to the program that since 1984 has been known as Friday Football Extra.
Tonight we close out our 15th anniverary season with our 17th and final show of the year.
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We'll give you a chance to meet all the winners from this week's Friday Football Extra awards banquet, plus we will check in on tomorrow's 26th annual Stagg Bowl as Mt. Union and Rowan battle to see which one will be "The Team" in division three. [WIPE TO FULL SCREEN EFFECT]
But we begin with what the folks in Salem already consider "The Team."
The Salem Spartans completed a perfect 14-and-0 season this past Saturday by winning the division four title.
For their efforts they are this year's Friday Football Extra team of the year. That's something their head coach knew was possible way back in the preseason.
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((WILLIS WHITE/SALEM HEAD COACH:)) (( But the fans in Salem had also caught wind of these goals, and it didn't take long before talk of state title filled the August air.
White nipped the possible public problems in the bud and got honery with his players.)) ((WILLIS WHITE:))

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The Spartans were the only team to bring home the gold, but three of our teams made it all the way to the State finals.
Photographers Greg Moore, Lynn Eller and Randy Lynn salute the trio of finalists.
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Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra's season finale for 1998.
In this portion of tonight's show, we'll meet the coaches of the year who were honored this week at our awards' banquet. [full pinnacle of beale]
We begin in Group-A where Floyd County's Winfred Beale was voted that classification's top coach by his peers.
Beale credits his players and assistants for making the honor possible.
And while he's thankful for it, he admits that it did catch him a bit off guard.
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((WINFRED BEALE/FFE GROUP A COACH OF THE YEAR:))
((Beale and the Buffaloes were back at the banquet for the first time since 1988.
This season they completed a 9-and-1 regular season and lost in the first round of the Regional C playoffs at John Battle.
But Beale understands the ups and downs of high school sports very well. This spring will makr his 25th year of coaching various sports at Floyd County.)) ((WINDRED BEALE:))

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The Group Two A ranks are we found the most hottly contested coach of the year race.
Mike Cole, Tony Hart, Buddy Brown, Taylor Edwards and Willis White all received multiple votes. [wipe to pinnacle scharnus]
But in the end Rustburg's Mike Scharnus captured the coveted award.
The former assistant at Pulaski, who later went on to coach at Carroll County and Liberty was a popular choice especially with the Salem crowd.
Mike's brother Jerry, is one of the Spartans top assistants.
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((MIKE SCHARNUS/FFE GROUP AA COACH OF THE YEAR:)) (( This year Scharnus returned the tradition rich Red Devils to a state title game for the first time since the Paul Wheeler era.
His team lost the division three championship to Nottoway, but not because of a lack of effort.)) ((MIKE SCHARNUS:))

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With only two districts from which to choose in the triple-A ranks the ballotting was as tight as ever this year. [WIPE TO MILLER PINNACLE]
But in the end, Fleming's George Miller edged Amherst County's Mickey Crouch to win the award.
Miller took his young rebuilding Colonels into the regionals despite starting the season with a 3-and-3 record.


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While all three of our 1998 coach's awards could be considered mild surprises, no one in the area was caught the least bit off guard [wipe to pinnacle page of Willis]
by the fact that the area's field bosses voted Salem's Willis White Friday Football Extra's overall coach of the year.
Willis says he was able to capture his second state title in three years by staying mentally sharp and having some seriously thick skin.
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((WILLIS WHITE/FFE OVERALL COACH OF THE YEAR:)) ((While White rarely takes credit for his team's accomplishments, he does think he and his staff have managed to build a successful program by keeping things in perspective.)) ((WILLIS WHITE:))

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When we come back from a short break we'll have a chance to meet the recipient of the Lee Cook Lineman of the year award for 1998, plus we'll talk with the WDBJ-7 scholar athlete of the year. [go to break]


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Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra's season finale.
One of the great things about our postseason awards banquet each year is that we have an opportunity to meet the top scholar athlete in the area. [wipe to pinnacle schoalr athlete]
This year's winner comes from George Washington high school in Danville.
Sean Talbert served as the Eagles captain of defense this season, and in the future he just might be a captain in another chosen field.
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((SEAN TALBERT/WDBJ SCHOLAR ATHLETE RECIPIENT:)) (( And don't bet against Talbert achieving each of those goals.
The all-western district performer who also throws the shot put, is an Eagle Scout, the vice president of the student government association, and an occasional substitute spanish teacher at the middle school.
Yes he speaks fluent Spanish and did I mention his grade point average is 4 point 24?
And by the way - he's a player, as well. ((SEAN TALBERT:))
Talbert enjoys football, but he's most proud of the volunteer work that he's somehow managed to find time for in his Danville community.)) ((SEAN TALBERT:))

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Last year we established a new award, the Lee Cook Lineman of the year honor. We did do to help preserve the memory of the former Pulaski lineman.
Fleming's Shakir Majid was last season's winner, [full page on lee cook award]
but we may never have another winner like this year's recipient. Amherst County's Seneca Sandidge redefined what it means to be a lineman this season when put up some numbers on both sides of the ball that are a little difficult to comprehend.
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((MICKEY CROUCH/AMHERST CO. HEAD COACH:))
((Sandidge patterns himself after sack master Reggie White. But he plays more like Virginia Tech's sack machine Corey Moore by using his speed to blow away bigger lineman. ((MICKEY CROUCH:)) ((SENECA SANDIDGE/LEE COOK LINEMAN OF THE YEAR:)) ((MICKEY CROUCH:))
The Amherst coaches knew Seneca had this potential all along, but during his sophomore and junior years he rarely was on the field because of nagging ankle injuries.)) ((SENECA SANDIDGE:))

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The City of Salem already has plenty to celebratem but tomorrow it will try its best to get excited about another Stagg Bowl.
We'll see what's up with the D-III title tilt right after this commercial break. [go to break]


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Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra as the City of Salem looks to crown its second champion in a week's time.
The Spartans brought home the gold last week
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and tomorrow the Mt. Union and Rowan will once again battle for the Division Three title in the 26th annual Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl at two o'clock.
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((All work and no play can make even the most battle ready football player a dull boy!
So, it was somewhat refreshing today that during the annual Stagg Bowl luncheon, hosted by Your Hometown Station, that guest speaker Chuck Dickerson urged the players to have fun with their craft. ((CHUCK DICKERSON/FORMER BUFFALO BILLS LINE COACH:))
Dickerson has been a success on every level as both a player and a coach, but today he was quick to compliment Salem's success in high school football. ((CHUCK DICKERSON:))
As for the state of Salem and the Stagg. The city is guaranteed the game through the year 2000, but it will have some competition to host it beyond that point.))

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Now we can't wrap up tonight's show without checking in with meterologist Robin Reed.
His Stagg Bowl forecast is sraight ahead. [go to break]


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Forecasting weather in a valley such as the one in which we live here in Roanoke is always a tricky proposition.
But throw a football game and the month of December into the mix and things really get exciting.
Robin Reed what's up for tomorrow's big Stagg Party.
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Thanks so much Robin. Tonight's show marks the end of our season here at Friday Football Extra.
I would like to thank each of you so much for making our 15th anniversary season so special.
As we leave you tonight take a look at the names of the many folks who make my job a lot easier each and every week.

Have a Merry Christmas and safe Holiday season everybody. [go to close and credits]