Good evening folks and welcome to week number nine of the regular season.
Only two more Friday nights remain before we separate the pretenders from the contenders and start the post season.
But not everyone can make the playoffs - and it's also this time of year when you find out who can play for pride.
Patrick Henry was looking to play for just that and for its alumni tonight as the Patriots entertained Franklin County.
[SUPER=51-Roanoke/Franklin Co. vs. Patrick Henry; :00]
The PH marching band and supporting cast marched down Brandon Road and right past the WDBJ-7 studios tonight as they looked to make some homecoming noise throughout Southwest city.
In the first quarter-Maurice Robinson will score from the eight yard line on the bootleg off the right side. PH goes on top 8-to-zip.
To open the second quarter - the Patriots would again get busy. Reggie Jones plows his way through the defense for the score. It's 14-to-nothing after the missed kick.
Franklin County's attempt to take off would be halted quickly as the PH defense puts the wood on the ball carrier, forces a fumble and gets the recovery.
They would turn that turnover into a TD as Jones does it again - this time scoring from the two. PH leads it 20-to-nothing.
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Franklin County would finally get on track as Nathan Angle scores on the scramble.
But Patrick Henry makes it a happy Homecoming with a 41 to 21 win.
The Patrick Henry homecoming festivities began this afternoon at 5:30 in the lobby of the school's basketball gym.
Friends and fans of PH athletics gathered to honor this year's class of hall of fame inductees.
Among those in the class of 99 is 1989 graduate Vickie Linkous - the former junior golf queen of the Roanoke Valley who was a B'nai B'rith winner and is now a graduate of William & Mary, a company vice-president in Newport News, and one of the youngest members of the 40 member hall.
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Joining Linkous in this year's class is fellow golfer Miller Baber, all-around athlete Jodi Yingling, and one of best point guards ever to play in the valley Percy Covington.
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Covington enters the hall with his former teammate George Lynch, who induction was held up because he left PH before his senior year and graduated from Flint Hill Academy.
Lynch who is with the 76ers and couldn't attend tonight is excited by the honor.
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[SUPER=50-George Lynch/PH Hall of Fame Inductee; :00]
[SUPER=50-Woody Deans/PH Athletic Director; :14]
Now you are probably wondering what in the world does an NBA player like George Lynch have in common with Friday Football Extra.
Well before Lynch was big time, he was just like any other kid - dying to get his face on TV.
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Back in 1984 when Friday Football Extra began - Patrick Henry running back Tim Dudley was the show's first real star.
After a big performance that year we interviewed Dudley after the game.
And if you look closely to the top right of your screen you will see a skinny, smiling eighth grader named George Lynch. Now is beginning his 7th season in the NBA.
Four of our Friday Football Extra teams hit the gridiron tomorrow. Cave Spring and E.C. Glass meet at City Stadium in Lynchburg. It's homecoming for the Hilltoppers and kickoff has been moved from 7:30 to 6pm.
William Fleming and Giles will meet at Victory Stadium tomorrow night in a battle between triple A and single A powers. Game time is set for 7:30 and the Colonels couldn't be happier about their opponent and the game.
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((GEORGE "KILA" MILLER/FLEMING HEAD FOOTBALL COACH:))
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The early game of the day over at North Cross where the Raiders hosted VIC rival Lynchburg Christian Academy.
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[OUT Q=...FRIDAY FOOTBALL EXTRA."]
[SUPER=51-Roanoke Co./LCA vs. North Cross; :00]
If we've learned one thing in 16 years it's that you always suck up to the cheerleaders!
LCA's Matt Cline would take the pitch and take off to his right and start zig zagging his way for 45 yards moving the ball all the way into Raiders' territory. But a clip would bring the play back and in effect end the drive and silence the Bulldogs offense.
The Raiders would then get busy late in the second quarter as Matt Stover takes the somewhat errant shuttle pass, haul it in and burn down the left side of the field for 50 yards and a TD. North Cross leads 8-to-zip after the 2 point conversion.
Then with only seven seconds left in the game the Raiders would add
three more as Drew Densmore kicks this 45 yard field goal with room to spare as North Cross takes 11-to-nothing lead and wins it 19-to-8.
When we return here on Friday Football Extra we will check out the action tonight from the Blue Ridge district.
But first we need to get you caught up on some of the week nine scores and check out the Covington Cougars marching band.
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[SUPER=64-Franklin Co./21/Patrick Henry/41;]
[SUPER=64-G.W. Danville/16/Mt. Tabor, NC/13;]
[SUPER=64-Bath Co./20/Craig Co./18;]
Time now to swing into the Blue Ridge district ranks and first of all see how
Friday Football Extra's
number one team - the Salem Spartans fared in their district battle with the Northside Vikings.
Salem came in having outscored its last two victims - Byrd and Botetourt by a combined 94-to-nothing.
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And again tonight the Salem defense would set the tone against the upset minded Vikings.
The Spartans' Dennis Haley comes in with the neck tie tackle of John Armstrong and that folks will get your attention in a hurry.
But the Spartans' offense had troubles of its own in the first half, and this 40 yard field goal from Nick Schmitt was all Salem could muster until midday through the second.
And even then it was the defense doing it again. Chris Schwizer recovers the
Tommy Morgan fumble, scoops it up and goes 42 yards for the TD. Salem stays perfect on the season with the 23 to 6 win.
After getting pasted last week by the Salem Spartans, the William Byrd Terriers were more than ready to take their frustrations out on the Alleghany Mountaineers.
[SUPER=51-Vinton/Alleghany vs. William Byrd; ;00]
The Terrier band was showing off its stuff on this brisk night in Vinton at Bob Paterson Stadium.
In the third - the Terriers were on top 21-to-nothing.
But Alleghany makes the first strike of the second half as Keith Booker goes around the left side and scores to make it 21-to-6 after the blocked kick.
Then late in the third the Terriers will turn on the juice, as Bo Royal gets the ball to OJ Thomason and he will go in straight up the gut from the nine. It's now 28-to-6 Byrd.
In the fourth - from the 30, Royal will drop back, draw a crowd, and wisely throw the little screen pass to Chris Trent. The fullback will take it down the sideline for 6 more. It's now 35-to-6.
The Mountaineers would get another score from their big man Terrell Givens who bangs in for the TD. It's now a 35-to-14 game.
But late in the third, Justin Doss comes in to replace Royal - and from the 21 he gives it to Jerome Mann - who takes it up the middle, to the far side and in for the score. Byrd bounces back with the
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[SUPER=50-O.J. Thomason/263 Yards Rushing; ;00]
[SUPER=50-Jeff Highfill/William Byrd Head Coach; :08]
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The Blacksburg Indians have been quietly making some noise the past couple of weeks. Tonight they attempted to extend their mini-winning streak against another upset minded team Rockbridge Co.
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It was a cold homecoming in the Burg as Lindsey McCartney and Matt Bisecer were crowned queen and king at halftime.
Down 13-to-7 at the break Blacksburg would come out kicking in the third quarter. Eric Bradley knocks this one through the posts to cut the Rockbridge lead to 3.
The Indians would depend upon Bradley's foot yet again in the fourth as he boots this 25 yard field goal to tie the game at 13-all.
Things would then get extremely interesting as a little Beamer-Ball seeps into the high school. The Indians block the the Wildcats punt and smother it at the three.
Two plays later James Hungate seals the deal with the one yard touchdown. Blacksburg comes from behind to win it 20-to-13. It's the Indians third win in a row.
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[SUPER=50-Dave Crist/Blacksburg Head Coach; :00]
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The final Blue Ridge tilt of the night was in Christiansburg where Mike Coles' team looked to slow down the run and shoot offense of Lord Botetourt.
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The Blue Demons were anxious to get back on the field after last week's loss at Blacksburg.
However, things didn't go as well as the Christiansburg fans had planned.
Matt Woodyards' pass is intercepted by Lord Botetourt in the first quarter.
The Botetourt offense offense was tripped up two plays later as Nick Ready is tackled in the end zone for a safety. Christiansburg takes a 2-to-nothing lead.
The Cavaliers would get on track in the second quarter as Anthony Ford
fires to the back of the end zone and he finds Austin Bousman who drags his feet inbounds for the score and a 7-to-2 lead.
Lord Botetourt beats Christiansburg 22 to 8.
The three rivers and Mountain Empire districts are in the spotlight next.
But they'll have to wait until we check out the _______ marching band and the second batch of numbers from tonight.
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[SUPER=64-Grayson Co./21/Ft. Chiswell/18;]
[SUPER=64-Dan River/45/Laurel Park/28;]
[SUPER=64-Honaker/40/P.H. Glade Spring/7;]
Welcome back to Friday Football Extra and it's time for a trip over Bent Mountain into the county of Floyd.
That's where we meet up with the Carroll County Cavaliers, having a great season of their own and hoping to spoil Floyd County's perfect record.
[SUPER=51-Floyd/Cavaliers vs. Buffaloes;]
And if winning daily is a Buffalo's job they've done that job well holding on tonight to remain undefeated.
Former player of the week Josh Spence helped by powering down the field bouncing off tacklers and dragging them along for a ride on this run.
Floyd continues the stampede in the second quarter as Derreck Mannon takes the hand off up the middle for an 11 yard gain.
Quarterback Adam Gardner caps off the drive, with the bootleg run into the end zone. And the Buffaloes hold on 15-to-13. The Cavaliers are now six and two, Floyd is eight and oh.
With Floyd out of district and Giles not taking the field until tomorrow night, Radford and Glenvar were left to settle the marquee game of the night for the Three Rivers in Highlander heaven.
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At half-time the Glenvar cheerleaders were only half their normal size and the Highlanders were down 21-to-7.
Radford's Josh Kimbleton opens the second half with more Bobcat excitement as he picks off Brandon Carroll's pass with a sliding effort to put the pill back in the hands of the Bobcat offense.
That pick would lead to a Jelani Hendricks 13 yard touchdown run to put Radford in front 28-to-7 in the third quarter.
The Bobcats would then show off their air attack as Josh Woods connects with Ben Fisher to put 6 more points on the board. Radford wins it 35-to-7.
It was homecoming tonight in Shawsville as Melissa Graham was named queen and football player Timmy Kingery the king as the Shawnees hosted James River.
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The Shawnees would blast on to field hoping to make quick work of the Knights.
And early in the first - David Showalter calls his own number and puts the Shawnees in front 6-to-nothing in the opening period.
The Knights retaliated on their first play from scrimmage as Brandon Blankenship struts down the sideline and into the house for the TD. It's 7-to-6 James River.
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The next time the Knights go the ball - they would need just three plays to score. Chad Sink takes it in and James River beats Shawsville 34 to 20.
Down in Pocahontas tonight the Indians played host to Narrows in a key Mountain Empire district match up.
The Green Wave was well aware that a Narrows win and a Grayson county loss would put the team right back into district
Trailing by a touchdown Green Wave quarterback Chad Turner gives to Brent Gordon who scores from a yard out the point after is good Narrows takes the lead 7 to 6 with 9 minutes left in the third quarter.
Turner would set up the game winning score on a perfect pass to tight end Jim Hazelwood, a 25 yard completion to the Pocahontas 5 yard line.
A few plays later Gordon crosses the goal line for the touchdown Narrows goes up 14 to 6 with nine seconds left in the third quarter.
The Indians however would not quit. On fourth and 13 quarterback Aaron Thompson finds Antwaine Jackson on a nifty toss that keeps the drive and Pocahontas hopes alive.
Chris Jackson then goes right and scores but the two point conversion fails and Narrows escapes with the 14 to 12 victory.
We will spread out and check out tonight's action in Covington, New Castle, Campbell County and Lynchburg.
Stop overs at those are straight ahead right after we completion of the week nine scoreboard.
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It's time now to head up to New Castle where the winds got up and the temperatures dropped in a hurry.
But on the field and in the stands things were plenty warm as Craig County entertained Bath County for homecoming.
[SUPER=51-New Castle/Bath Co. vs. Craig Co.; :00]
Craig County's head coach Rod Tenney looked to get his first win ever in the pioneer tonight.
On their first possession of the second half - the Chargers' Michael Bush will use every bit of the field on this 82 yard run. Watch him cut back and jet up the right sideline going untouched for the score.
We're all tied up at 12-all with 10:52 left in the third.
Craig would answer right back on their next possession. Cooter Hypes goes in from the four and the Rockets are back on top 18-to-12.
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With just 53 seconds left in the third, Bath will score its final TD of the night and then add this two point conversion by David Hodge. Bath County takes the 20-to-18 lead and wins it by that score.
It's the Chargers' first win of the season.
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The Chargers get this win despite finding out on Wednesday night that they would be without head coach Paul Smith for the rest of the year. He had been suspended by the school board for unsportsman like actions back on September 17th. He was due to come back tonight.
The Rockets needed to win to have an outside chance at getting a share of the pioneer title, and they needed some help from Parry McCluer as the Rockets invaded Casey field to play Covington.
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The young Cougars were getting restless in the den tonight at Boodie Albert Stadium.
The action starts as Chris Dolan takes the pitch, runs to his right and barrels his way into the end zone to give Covington a 7-to-nothing lead.
Later with the score 14-to-6 - Parry McCluer will look for the tie as John Ross "the Hoss" Williams takes the hand-off from his own 20 and goes right up the middle, cuts to his left and he will take it 80 yards to the house for the score. It's 14-to-12 Covington after the botched PAT.
The Cougars will then turn to their workhorse one more time as Dolan gets his third TD of the opening half. He scores virtually untouched.
Now down 27-to-12 - the Blues find themselves with a 4th and two. They give it to Lee Stinnett and he takes the hand-off, breaks to his right and goes 51 yards untouched for not only the first down but the
But Covington wins the wild Pioneer shoot out and all but wraps up the district with a 34-to-18 win.
Time down to swing into central Virginia where the seminole district always puts on a show on Friday nights.
But tonight the action on the field took a back seat at Stinger Stadium where Brookville hosted Staunton River.
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The Bees all featured the number 8 somewhere on their uniforms tonight as they honored the memory of former Brookville player Ben Maddux who passes away earlier this week.
The Bees would march down the field on their opening drive as Dijon Kennedy takes the hand-off and goes 24 yards for the score. The 7-to-nothing Bees right out of the blocks.
Staunton River would try to answer that score with Jay Phares passing down field. But he is picked off by Matt Burch, who returns it 22 yards all the way down to the 12 yard line.
A few plays later - Scott Nixon will connect with Martellus Braxton for the seven yard TD strike.
Brookville bounces back after last week's loss to Jefferson Forest with a
55 to 14 win over the Golden Eagles.
Finally tonight we head down to City Stadium in Lynchburg where the hard luck Heritage Pioneers played host to the Rustburg red Devils in another Seminole tilt.
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Heritage and head coach Pem Apperson found themselves on top 12-to-3 at the start of the third quarter.
But Rustburg had the ball in its possession late in the third as Brandon Mills passes Jordan Godsey for a 70 yard touchdown and just like that the seemingly safe Pioneer lead is chopped to 12-to-10.
Late in the fourth, Rustburg is again on the move with Tony Jefferson getting free down the sideline. He fumbles it - but the ball will take a friendly Red Devils' bounce and Rustburg not only recovers but picks up an additional 10 yards in the process.
Those yards would come in handy because with a little over a minute to play Andrew Thompson would nail this 23 yard field goal to give the Red Devils the 13-to-12 comeback win.
The week nine Super 7 is coming up next along with a frightful Player of the week segment courtesy of Steve Mason and this week's winner.
We'll be right back.
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The Super 7 on WDBJ-7's Friday Football extra is once again a wreck.
The Super-7 from this week reflects the Catholic loss tonight.
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Salem stays number one while Floyd, Martinsville, Tunstall all stay unbeaten. Amherst and Cave Spring move up while Fleming moves back in to the Super 7 after a couple of week out.
And the pollbuster tonight is GW Danville. After losing to Fleming the Eagles have won 7 straight.
Our Friday Football Extra Player of the week is a performer who is used to this stage.
William Fleming running back Jermaine Hardy earns his second trip to the FFE banquet against the same team, on almost the same day a year later. Steve Mason has this spooky pre-halloween story.
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[SUPER=51-Roanoke/1998 FFE Banquet; :32]
[SUPER=51-Pulaski Co./October 16, 1998; :37]
[SUPER=51-Roanoke/October 15; :44]
[SUPER=50-Jermaine Hardy/11 Touchdowns in Six Games; :55]
[SUPER=50-Roland Lovelace/Fleming Offensive Coordinator; 1:06]
[SUPER=59-Steve Mason; 1:50]
[OUT Q=.....friday football extra"]
((Nightmare on Hardy Street premiered October 16th 1998 at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium. That was part one.
October 15th, 1999...Victory Stadium...he's back.
Jermaine will collect some more treats from his second Friday Football Extra awards banquet, honors he earned with a 241 yard, 25 carry night against the Cougars last year. He packed a bag full of goodies last week as well. 264 yards rushing, two touchdowns and a two point conversion to lead the Colonels to a crucial Roanoke Valley District victory over those powerful Cougars 33-28.
Jermain's Hardy appetite for the ground game pushed him over the thousand yard mark for a second straight season. But it's the 5'11" 195 pound senior's timing that sets him a part. Trailing the Cougars 28-27, his 64 yard jaunt late in the fourth quarter set up the game winning score.
Hardy plans to play college football and has received letters from both Virginia Tech and North Carolina. Steve Mason, Friday Football Extra.))
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Thanks so much Steve.
Thanks folks for taking part in tonight's show and giving up a small portion of your weekend.
See you next Friday night for week number 10.
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Take Care everybody.