Good evening everybody and welcome to the program known as Friday Football Extra. It's the eve of the big Tech-Syracuse as we'd like to say hello to Tech players like former players of the week Andre Kendrick, Shayne Graham and Lee Suggs watching tonight from the Best Western in Radford.
But the big game tonight involves not the Big East - but rather the Blue Ridge.
Unbeaten Salem and William Byrd, the number one and number ranked teams in the Super-7 coming into tonight squared off at Salem Stadium to for all intents and purposes settle the Blue Ridge title.
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Byrd beat Salem three previous times in the 90's and tried to throw down the gauntlet over night by spray painting "Byrd Rules" on the Salem Stadium Turf.
Senior Tailback O.J. Thomason would have over 85 yards in the first half on punishing runs like this 15 yard rip into Spartan territory.
But a costly Terrier fumble on Byrd's own 20, would give Salem all it needed for its first opportunity.
On first and ten from the Byrd 6, Andy Mullins, the senior quarterback, drops back and finds tight end Ryan Millard wide open in the end zone. It's 7-to-nothing Salem.
Four plays later, a flea flicker has Salem senior Jason Buster waiting on this 53 yard bomb from Chris Schwizer. 14-to-nothing Salem at the half.
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Late in the third, Salem would keep rolling with junior wide out - Jeremy Shelor takes the ball on the reverse. Shelor bounces outside and moves it ball all the way down to the Byrd 15.
Three plays later, E.J. Thomas jukes two Byrd defenders and scores from a dozen yards away. It's now 24-to-nothing Salem.
But E.J. wasn't through. Thomas drifts right on a second and 10 and find s clear running room
through a wall of Byrd defenders. He scores again. Salem wins 31-to-nothing on a night when EJ and Not OJ makes the difference.
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If that was the biggest game in the valley - then this next one certainly number two. William Fleming and Pulaski County - two clubs that have struggled to overcome injuries and find their respective identities this year, met at Victory Stadium.
Roy Stanley was in the house and he has the story of the 33 to 28 Fleming win.
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[SUPER=50-Cedric Preston/Scored Winning Touchdown; 2:26]
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Cave Spring was at Knights' stadium tonight refreshed after a week off - looking to move a step closer to earning at least a share of the Roanoke Valley District championship.
Tonight the challenge was to beat PH and avoid the distractions that come along with homecoming.
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It was homecoming night for Cave Spring as Ryan Vandalized was chosen as king and Mary Hammer was named the queen.
Homecoming prince Michael Hamlar reigned over the Patriots on this night as he takes the hand off and scoots in from the 15 yard line to make it 21-to-nothing.
Hamlar would keep cranking as he takes the rock and from his 12 he cuts to the sideline and squeezes his way in for the score. It's his third TD of the night. 28-to-nothing Knights.
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PH finally gets on the board late in the fourth quarter - Reggie Jones breaks through the middle and finds nothing but green ahead.
But Cave Spring clinches at least a share of the RVD title tonight with a 28-to-7 win.
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Still to come, we'll check in on a jersey retirement tonight in Forest, and wrap up the rest of the Blue Ridge excitement tonight with trips to Blacksburg, Rockbridge and Daleville.
But first a check on the scores and the William Fleming marching band.
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[SUPER=64-Halifax Co./0/Franklin Co./15;]
[SUPER=64-G.W. Danville/19/E.C. Glass/6;]
Welcome back folks as get set to find a Raven and some Bees in the Forest.
Jefferson Forest has not had a season up to its normal standards to this point in the season, but tonight the Cavs look to improve drastically as they hosted the Brookville Bees.
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The Jefferson Forest defense swarmed Brookville in the first half and held the Bees scoreless in the opening half.
On their way to the only score of the night the Cavs' Doug Jones would pass to Chip Dunston. The ball is tipped, but Chris Owen makes the grab and manages to pick up good yardage for the Cavs.
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Then just before the half-time break, Derek Neal caps the drive with an 11 yard TD - as Forest goes on top 7-to-nothing and the Cavs beat Brookville 13-to-7 in overtime.
The most momentous occasion in Forest tonight didn't occur during the game, but at intermission.
For the first time ever Jefferson Forest retired a jersey. Anthony Poindexter received the honor in front of friends, family and to the delight of his fans.
A-P wore number 16 for the Cavaliers and played both sides of the ball. He led Forest to the State Championships in 92 and 93.
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Anthony went on to star at UVA as a free safety. He's now with the Baltimore Ravens and says he'll be back to playing regularly soon.
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The honors weren't just limited to the Forest area and AP tonight as the pre game at the Botetourt-Alleghany game also featured some familiar faces from past.
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Lord Botetourt announced the formation of its new sports hall of fame and introduced its first class of inductees to the public tonight.
The first class includes Bobby Camper, Mike Goad, Gina Hilger, Rodney Spickard and Dandy Don Meredith - who not only was an outstanding coach at Botetourt, but he also averaged 27 points a player at old Fincastle high.
Congrats to those folks. On the field Anthony Ford game the folks something else special to look at as calls his own number on the draw play and goes up the middle for 25 yards on the draw.
Nick Reedy would cap the drive with this 5 yard dash to make it 7-to-nothing Lord Botetourt.
The Cavs's defense would also stand tall as they put the clamps on Terrell Givens and go on to win it 41 to 21.
It was the battle of the Burgs tonight in the new river valley as Christiansburg hooked up with Blacksburg.
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The fans in the Burg didn't forget about this big game tonight before the other big one tomorrow as they packed Bill Brown Stadium.
Blacksburg would look to add to its 13-to-7 half time lead as Josh Goudy finds some running room for a gain of 12 yards - but they would come up empty on that possession.
The Blue demons would then try to get into scoring range by picking up this first down, but the Indians put the wood on the Christiansburg quarterback.
The only points of the second half - would come as the Indians' defense stops Paul Kirkner in the
end zone for a safety.
Blacksburg beats Christiansburg 15-to-7 for its third win of the year.
The lone remaining Blue Ridge game tonight was in Rockbridge County where Jamie Talbott's Wildcats hosted Jim Hickam's Northside Vikings.
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The Wildcat cheerleaders were the movers and shakers on this chilly evening as they fired up the home side.
Northside would drive the ball down to the 19 yard line with John Armstrong carrying it in for a 7-to-nothing Viking lead.
But it would not be that easy all night long as Rockbridge County strikes back. Jonathan Wilson reverses his teams fortunes with a reverse to Bruce Cooper to McKinley Weaver. He turns it u and scores u the middle from 15 yard out. It's 7-all.
It was deja vu all over again - except to the opposite side as Wilson, Cooper and McKinley score on another reverse. Rockbridge County goes up by 7.
The Wildcats win it 21 to 14 over Northside.
Plenty of highlights are on the way tonight including a check on the unbeaten Roanoke Catholic Celtics who were in action in Lynchburg tonight on the turf.
But first more scores and more music - from the Rural Retreat marching band.
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[SUPER=64-Carroll Co./46/Ft. Chiswell/13;]
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Welcome back folks to Friday Football Extra.
If you look at the history of the GW Danville-E.C. Glass rivalry you will see a lopsided affair with Glass winning 50 times to 27 for Danville.
Tonight the George Washington Eagles looked to write a new chapter.
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GW was on top 7-to-nothing at the half time break in this old fashioned throw down.
To open the third quarter, George Washington would march right down the field and let Jeremy Motley keep and score from five yards out to make it 13-to-nothing Eagles.
Late in the third, Glass would get its come back rolling - L.B. Cabell hits a wide open Marico Boling for a 28 yard touchdown as Boling makes a statement for the second straight week. It's 13-to-6 GW.
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Late in fourth, GW would put it away as Micah Knight races 66 yards down the sideline for the score.
GW Danville all but locks up the not so wild west with a 19-to-6 win.
Another of the remaining unbeatens at this point in the season, Martinsville faced the challenge of battling Ken Meador's Dan River Wildcats.
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The Bulldogs stampeded on the field at Dan Greene Stadium looking to stay perfect on the season.
And they would come out smoking - Niquis Martin passes up the field to Eric Holt, who makes like the Rams Torry Holt. It's a 16 yard TD and the Ville leads 7-to-nothing after converting on its opening drive.
The Dogs would keep barking in the first as Rashawn Watkins takes the handoff and goes right up the middle and into the big house from 30 yards out to push the advantage to 14-to-nothing.
Taylor Edwards was having an easy night at the office at that point.
But Dan River's Jason Murphy tries to lead the Wildcats back. He passes to Kevin Wells, but he fumbles on the one after the catch. The ball rolls in the endzone and the Dogs recover.
Jamus Martin would turn the turnover into a touchdown as he sprints in from 18 yards out. Martinsville rolls to the 42 to 14 win over Dan River.
Taylor Edwards almost a big lift from his buddy Don Bateman tonight as the Magna Vista Warriors nearly upset unbeaten Tunstall.
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We pick this one up in the fourth with Tunstall on top 7-to-nothing.
The Trojans' Brandon Hairston tries to pass to Jason Burnette, but the toss is picked off by Terry Kellam who get the ball back in the hands of the Warriors.
On the very next play - Alexay Hairston will pitch the ball back to the Warriors' Louis Taylor and he will try to pass downfield. But he throws into triple coverage and Brandon Hairston atones for his pick by getting the ball back.
Buddy Brown's offense was at its lowest output level of the season.
[SUPER=52-Magna Vista/ 0/Tunstall/7;]
But Magna Vista could not take advantage of it. With a minute and a half to go in the game the Warriors' fumble the handoff and Lamont Law recovers to preserve the 7-to-nothing win.
The Roanoke Catholic Celtics, the number 6 team in the Super 7, played a rare Friday night game this evening at Liberty University against Lynchburg Christian.
[SUPER=51-Lynchburg/Roanoke Catholic vs. LCA; :00]
The Bulldogs' fans were outfitting their fans on a beautiful night in Lynchburg.
But Roanoke Catholic would get on the board first as Michael Bartgis nails a 20 yard field goal to make it a 3-to-nothing game.
Late in the first quarter, Catholic would try it again, but this time Angelos Stanley fumbles the handoff, and Matt Clin recovers for LCA to end the Celtics' threat.
LCA would take advantage of that miscue as Jordan Alexander scores from the 6. It's now 7-to-3 LCA.
But Catholic comes back to win it 15 to 7.
We still have five more games to check on tonight from the group-a ranks. We'll stretch out from Wythe County to Giles County to Botetourt County and then back here to Roanoke County.
But first let's close out the week 8 scoreboard and check out this encore performance by the Heritage High School band.
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[SUPER=64-Roanoke Catholic/15/Lynchburg Christian/7;]
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[SUPER=64-James Monroe/38/Greenbrier West/3;]
Time now to make a run on the single A ranks.
And we begin down in Wythe County at Rural Retreat where the Indians hosted Patrick Henry Glade Spring on the reservation.
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It was homecoming tonight at Rural Retreat as Kelly Sample walked away with the crown.
Trying to make it a happy homecoming the Indians jumped out fast and scored three TDs including this 22 yard pass from Dustin Wray to Jordan Walters as Rural Retreat goes into the half up 19-to-13.
Late in the third quarter, the Rebels finally found their cause. Jesse Blevins takes this Matt Pennington pitch and motors around the left sideline untouched scoring from 12 yards out. It's 20-to-19 Glade Spring.
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The Indians hopes of winning would vanish as Pennington finds a wide open Shane Griffith for the TD.
Rural Retreat loses tonight to PH Glade Spring 27-to-19/
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The Ft. Chiswell Pioneers stepped out of district tonight to take on Carroll County. The Pioneers came into the contest with a 2-and-4 mark, but
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the Cavalier crazies were out in full-force tonight to support their team!
And the home boys would waste little time on this brisk evening. On the 13th play of the opening 80 yard drive, Dale Stevens takes the handoff from Bradley Sutphin and gallops in to give Ft. Chiswell a 7-to-nothing lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Carroll County would bounce right back as DJ Leftwich takes the ball from his own 11 and goes stright through the line. He will hit open field and rip his way for a score untouchded. It's suddenly 7-to-6 after missed kick.
Offense was plentiful on both side and the Pioneers would score again on their next possession. Phillip Russell takes the pill in from 5 yards away.
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Ft. Chiswell takes the lead but Carroll County wins it 46 to 13.
The Mountain Empire met the Three Rivers tonight as the Giles Spartans hosted the Bland County Bears.
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To Pearisburg we go where under the shadow of Pearis Mountain and a cool October sky things got interesting in a hurry.
The Spartans get busy with Cooney Ratcliff rattling his way through the Bland County defense on his second play of the game. He gets in from 52 yards away to make it a 7-to-nothing game.
On their next possession the Spartans would again convert as Ratcliff completes the three play 22 yard drive to make it a 14-to-nothing game in favor of Giles.
Bland would have one interesting spark of offense. Watch punter Mark
McKee kick the ball straight up. It never crosses the line of scrimmage so he catches it and scampers 50 yards for a first down.
The drive would stall and so would the Bears as Giles wins it 41 to nothing.
In the Three Rivers, Glenvar was looking to get a game above the 500 mark tonight as the Highlanders hooked up with the Auburn Eagles.
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They ran out of poster board at Glenvar this afternoon so they speeld out beat Auburn on their lower backs. Don't try that at home.
Glenvar tries to get busy on a fourth and 9 situation to keep a drive alive, and Brandon Carroll will manage to scramble his way for the first down on the left side.
Brian Hooker would see that play set up this 28 yard field goal by Adam Livingston as the Highlanders break on top 3-to-nothing.
Carroll would then hook up with travis Doss on the sweet little TD toss and
the Highlanders beat Auburn tonight 36 to 8.
Finally tonight we head down to Buchanan where two struggling Pioneer district teams, james River and parry McCluer hooked up.
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The james River band would get the crowd fired up early in the third quarter with the knights on top 21-to-20.
We get into with the Blues moving the ball from their own 42. Brandon Coffey hands off to John Ross Williams who breaks free around the left end and finds all kinds of running room as he takes it 58 yards for the score and the lead. It's 28-to-21 Blues.
James River would get some good yardage on this Brandon Blankenship carry around the left side. he gets 23 yards in all on the carry.
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Late in the fourth the Blues would increase their lead and get just their second win of the year as Williams scores from 72 yards away.
The Blues get the 34-to-21 win.
We'll meet this week's player of the week and check on the week 9, Super 7 right after we take note of this.
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Again a couple of changes in the Big 7 's Super 7 on this October evening.
The Super-7 from this week reflects the Byrd loss to Salem.
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Salem stays number one while Floyd, Martinsville,Tunstall and Roanoke catholic move up.
along with Amherst. Cave Sspring moves in at the seven spot.
And the pollbuster tonight is Fleming. The Colonels are on the comeback trail after taking out Pulaski at the Stadium.
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Our player of the week tonight hails from the football crazed community of Salem.
Andy Mullins is the Spartans' soft-spoken, hard-working quarterback who has learned first hand that calling the shots inside Salem Stadium can be a brutal experience.
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[SUPER=50-Willis White/Salem Head Coach; :20]
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[SUPER=51-Bridgewater/December 5, 1998; :51]
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[OUT Q=...IN THAT RHYTHM."]
((You need only flash back to the 1997 season - Mullins' sophomore year when the Spartans started out 0-and-2. Neddless to say, he was hardly the most popular 16 year old in town.
((WILLIS WHITE/SALEM HEAD COACH:))
((ANDY MULLINS/FRIDAY FOOTBALL EXTRA PLAYER OF THE WEEK:))
Mullins managed to shutout the fickle fans that season and improve. And by the end of his junior season last year - he was the general leading an unbeaten team to a division four state title on a blustery afternoon in Bridgewater.
Through the first six games of this 99 campaign Andy has been well Andy. Steady, solid and flashy only when needed. Against Lord Botetourt he passed for over 200 yards and two scores and rushed for nealry 40 more yards. Salem won the game and set a school scoring record without even trying - 63 to nothing.))
Folks a lot is going on this weekend including the Tech-Syracuse showdown tomorrow night.
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If you want to wake up with the Hokies tomorrow join News 7 Saturday Morning as Andrew Frieden sets up shop at Lane Stadium from 8-to-9 tomorrow morning. He'll chat with folks from ESPN and Tech's super star senior associate AD Sharon McCloskey, and have all your game day weather information.
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And then tomorrow at 3, football from the SEC is back here on Your Hometown Station as Ole Miss take on Alabama.
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And the NFL action this Sunday comes your at Noon with the NFL Today followed by the Dolphins and Patriots at one.
We'll see you in Blacksburg tonight and have all your highlights and postgame remarks on News 7 at 11 tomorrow evening.
[go to break] Have a safe weekend everybody.