[Salem]

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Good evening folks and welcome to Friday Football Extra. It's our 13th show of the season and the opening night of the playoffs. Tonight marks the start of the regionals - the semi-final round of play. In the next 30 minutes or so we will bring you highlights of a dozen games from Wytheville to Culpeper.
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We begin tonight in Region Three - Division Four where the defending state champs from Salem were out to win their 25th straight game. The Spartans were in the house at the Stadium playing host to another team with a pretty good playoff past, Jefferson Forest.
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The Cavs have been in the playoffs every year but one this decade, but last year they lost to Salem 40-to-nothing in this same round, and it seemed the writing was on the wall for this game as well.
Salem opened up strong as Dennis Haley crosses the line on first and goal at the eight. Seven-nothing Spartans.

A Forest turnover gives Salem the ball right back Andy Mullins finds Ryan Millard. The seven yard pass play gives the Spartans a two touchdown lead.
But the Cavaliers kept up the fight. On the first play after the kickoff Jefferson Forest would cut the lead to seven as Doug Jones gives to Will Brandt. Brandt finds the open space and aims for the end zone. Salem's Jeremie Shelor can't quite trip Brandt and Forest is on the board.
On to the second quarter, the Spartan offense is on the move again as Mullins connects with Jeremie Shelor for 29 yards and the score. Salem increases it's lead to 24-10.
At the end of the first half, the Spartans would go on the offensive again. On second and 10 at their own 31 Mullins drops back for the pass and lets loose this 69 yard bomb to the waiting hands of Jason Buster. Buster beats the tight coverage and it's 31-10, Salem, at the half.
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After the break, the Spartans stay on the move. Manuel Lewis takes the ball up the middle from the Forest 30. Lewis breaks through the defense for the score and Salem advances with the 41 to 16 win over Jefferson Forest.
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[Amherst]


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The Spartans will next host Amherst. The Lancers tonight beat Blue Ridge district member William Byrd 19 to 7 to earn the school's tenth straight win.
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The folks in Amherst were ready for the Friday Football Extra gang, but were the Lancers ready for Byrd? After fumbling early in the game - Byrd would grind out a seven play 23 yard drive. The big moment was this run by quarterback Bo Royal, who picks up 15 yards but gets leveled at the end of the run and injures his shoulder. OJ Thomason would finish off the drive with a two yard TD to make it seven to nothing Byrd in the first. Defense would dominate from that point on in the first half. Amherst on fourth and one from the Byrd one yard line is stuffed as the half comes to close with the Terriers on top 7-to-nothing. Mickey Crouch was thoroughly disgusted at halftime. And his team would make amends for its poor effort in the third quarter. After Byrd fumbled the second half kickoff, Chris Carpenter hooked up with Warren Braxton on a 40 yard touchdown. It's 7-to-6 after the missed PAT. Byrd would continue to have trouble as the fake punt is botched and the Lancers again take over with great field position. Amherst would start moving the ball and controlling the clock after that turnover. Jason Cox, 5-11 senior will get in the house for the touchdown making it 12-to-7 after the failed two point conversion.
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But Amherst keeps rolling in the second half and beats Byrd 19 to 7 to set up a date with Salem.
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[Martinsville]


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The Martinsville Bulldogs were at home tonight for their division four, region four game with southwest district member Carroll County. This would be a gut check for the Dogs, who last week saw their undefeated season get interrupted by Tunstall.
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The Bulldogs came crashing onto the field tonight all fired up looking as good as new. We pick it up with Carroll on top 7-to-6. Niquis Martin has his team on the seven and he gets the ball to Jamus Martin for the power score up the gut. He bounces off the big hit and gives Martinsville the lead. The Dogs would score three unanswered TDs, in all. On a third and two, Niquis gives the rock to Jamus again and he takes it off the left side and in for the score. It's a 22 yard TD and it's now 18-to-7 Martinsville. Carroll County would get right back in this thing late in the second quarter as Casey Burcham rolls to his left from the seven yard line and dumps the pass to
[super=52-Carroll Co./27/Martinsville/37;]Fieldyn Hawks. He's wide open. He get the TD and it's now 18-to-13.


But Martinsville prevails and wins it tonight 37 to 27.
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[Tunstall]


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The other region four, division four semi-final tonight was in Dry Fork where the unbeaten Tunstall Trojans, the Piedmont champs, hosted Magna Vista, a team they barely beat 7-to-nothing in the regular season.
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The two teams met at midfield with Tunstall winning the opening coin toss. But Magna Vista would get things started early as Alexay Hairston passes down field to Shon Green for the 25 yard touchdown. The visitors are on top 6-to-nothing in the first quarter. Tunstall would try to answer on its first possession, as Brandon Hairston passes to Termaine Hairston for the 15 yard gain moving the ball into Warriors' territory. A few plays later, Hairston lets Tim Robertson take it to the house from a yard out. Tunstall takes the lead 7-to-6.

Tunstall's Keariney Nugent will add to that total with a 25 yard field goal in
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the second quarter to put the Trojans on top 10-to-6. Tunstall moves on to the region four title tilt with the 17 to 6 win.
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We'll turn our attention to the Group Three A ranks in just a moment as we check on GW Danville's visit from North Stafford. Plus, we'll head to Culpeper to check in on the E.C. Glass Hilltoppers. And head down the hill to Victory Stadium for the Fleming and Cave Spring rematch. But first tonight's scores from the region and a listen to the Pride of Salem Marching Band. [go to band a and scores]
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[SUPER=64-G.W. Danville/21/North Stafford/23;]



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[SUPER=64-Jefferson Forest/16/Salem/41;]



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[SUPER=64-Rustburg/14/Appomattox/7;]



[SUPER=64-Brookville/29/Gretna/12;]



[SUPER=64-Magna Vista/6/Tunstall/17;]



[SUPER=64-Carroll Co./27/Martinsville/37;]



[SUPER=64-Gate City/30/Lebanon/8;]



[SUPER=64-Tazewell/Sat./Graham/1:00;]



[SUPER=64-PH Glade Spring/7/Floyd Co./34;]



[SUPER=64-George Wythe/40/Grayson Co./14;]



[SUPER=64-Narrows/7/Covington/3;]



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[Fleming]


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It's time now to make a move down to Victory Stadium where the Fleming Colonels
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and Cave Spring Knights - the co-Roanoke Valley district champs hooked up in a division five, northwest regional semi-final. This was a rematch from a game earlier in the season that the Knights won 29-to-14. Roy Stanley has the details of tonight's return engagement.
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[Culpeper]


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They will now move on to play Culpeper next week. The Blue Devils improved their record to 11-and-0 tonight with a 17-to-7 win over E.C. Glass in the other northwest division five regional.
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The Toppers were a unified team before the opening kickoff, and they would need that togetherness tonight. Glass' Marico Bowling takes the punt and he will make dazzling return in the first quarter, bringing the ball back to midfield on the 27 yard return to put the Toppers in business. They would get the ball down to the 14 yard line, and from there L.B. Cabell lofts one high in the corner for Carlos Waller who touches down just inside the stripe. It's 7-to-nothing Glass. Glass is on the move again - but Cabell is intercepted when he and the receivers crossed signals. Steve Barber takes it 62 yards to the end zone. And just like that it's 7-all. Culpeper also got a first half field goal to make it 10-to-7. And then the Culpeper "D" got busy again. Cabell's pass is intercepted this time by Ryan Bache. he returns it for an apparent TD but a holding penalty put it on the 25. But it didn't matter because on the very next play they would score. John Cagel makes the catch on the slant pattern.
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Culpeper improves to 11-and-0 with the 17-to-7 win. They will host Fleming next Friday.
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[Danville]


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The only division six team in the playoffs this year is George Washington high school. The Eagles were home tonight against a very interesting foe, North Stafford.
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This team came in with quarterback Chris Ashinhurst at the helm. He is the state's all-time pass completion king, and tonight he came in looking for the yardage record. We pick it up with GW on top 14-to-7 in the third, but North Stafford is on the move. Alan Woodbridge takes the snap and scampers in from the four. We are now tied up at 14-all. In the fourth, North Stafford would connect again as Ashinhurst hands off to Woodbridge for the one yard TD. The wolverines also get a field goal to go up 23-to-14. GW would attempt to rally in front of the home folks. Jeremy Motley lets Terry Echols carry the mail in from the one.
It's a TD and the Stafford lead is cut to 23-to-21 late in the game.
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But GW would get no closer as their 8 game winning streak is snapped in the regional semi-finals. losing by 2.
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Time to return to the Group Two-A ranks in just a moment as we look in on tonight's Division Three games in Appomattox and Altavista. And later tonight we'll see how this evening single A games shook out in Covington, Wytheville and Floyd. We'll be right back. [go to break]

[Appomattox]


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It's time now to check in on the Region Three, division three action from tonight down in central Virginia where the
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Appomattox Raiders made just their second playoff appearance since 1982. Tonight they would face another of the perennial playoffs contenders Rustburg. The Red Devils won the regular season matchup between these two teams back in October.
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But the Raiders blasted onto their home field thrilled to be making a run for the regional title. Appomattox is back to punt on its opening possession, but the Red Devils T.J. McCray flies in and blocks the kick for the first break of the game as Rustburg recovers at the 38. A few plays later, Rustburg's Jeremy Lassiter will break free up the middle from 13 yards out. And Rustburg is in front 7-to-nothing early in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Raiders would look to even the score with quarterback Chris Evans. He hooks up with Aaron Harris for the 40 yard completion. But an offensive pass interference call wipes it out.
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Rustburg wins the game and advances to the division three, region three title game.
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[Gretna]


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The other region three, division three playoff game tonight was between Gretna and Brookville. But the game was played at the neutral site of Altavista - something that didn't sit very well with the Gretna Hawks.
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[SUPER=51-Altavista/Brookville vs. Gretna; :00]

Gretna had threatened to boycott the game because it was not allowed to host it, but Robert Prunty and his players did show up. Late in the second Brookville's Scott Nixon hooks up with Martellus Braxton for the 7 yard touchdown. It's 23-to-12 Bees at the halftime break. Later in the third quarter - the Hawks Carlos Van Hooks eludes the Brookville rush, and he will find Julian Miller for a nice 23 yard gain for Gretna, but they could not convert. Early in the fourth, the Bees are buried back at their own four - but Russell Lomax digs them out a bit with this run that keeps the clock rolling.
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Late in the fourth, the Bees defense would seal the deal and Chris Steuck rushes in and sacks Van Hook. Brookville advances with the 29-TO-12.
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The end of the highlights are in sight, but the in some ways the best in yet to come as we see who survived tonight's division one and division two regional semi-finals game. But first we need to check out the entire scoreboard one more time and get in the step with the Fleming Colonels marching band. [go to band-b and scores]
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[SUPER=64-Cave Spring/6/William Fleming/28;]



[SUPER=64-Jefferson Forest/16/Salem/41;]



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[SUPER=64-Rustburg/14/Appomattox/7;]



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[SUPER=64-Carroll Co./27/Martinsville/37;]



[SUPER=64-Gate City/30/Lebanon/8;]



[SUPER=64-Tazewell/Sat./Graham/1:00;]



[SUPER=64-PH Glade Spring/7/Floyd Co./34;]



[SUPER=64-George Wythe/40/Grayson Co./14;]



[SUPER=64-Narrows/7/Covington/3;]



[SUPER=64-Isle of Wight/39/Roanoke Catholic/0;]


[Floyd]


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The region C, division two regional semi-finals tonight were played in Wytheville and Floyd.
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We begin in Floyd where the Buffaloes were just glad to be back in the playoffs representing the Three Rivers after getting left at home last season. Tonight their opponent was Patrick Henry Glade Spring.
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[SUPER=51-Floyd/PH Glade Spring vs. Floyd Co.; :00]

The Marching Virginians made the trip over to Floyd tonight to spread a little Hokie cheer and maybe even bring a little good luck to the Buffs. The Game would stay scoreless through most of the first half until Josh Spence got the Buffs on the board with the 38 yard gallop and a 7-to-nothing Floyd lead at the half. The third quarter was all Floyd's as Spence scores his second TD of the night from 3 yards out. It's 14-to-nothing. On the following PH drive, the Rebels fumble the ball to set up a 30 yard TD sprint from , who else, but Spence. It's now 21-to-nothing Floyd County after three. In the fourth, the Bufs defense would make some racket as Spence, picks off the pass and gets good blocking down field. He is going 36 yards for the interception return for 6. It's now Josh Spence 27 and the Rebels nothing.
[SUPER=52-PH Glade Spring/7/Floyd Co./34;]

The rebels would avoid the shutout late in the game as Michael Barker goes into the endzone from five yards out. Floyd advances with the 34-to-7 win tonight.
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[George]


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The other Region C, division two game tonight pitted George Wythe against Grayson County down in Wytheville at Pendelton Field.
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The Maroons came into tonight's contest hoping to make it an unbearable night for the visitors from Independence. With one oh one left in the first quarter, the Maroons "Grizzly" Parks takes this Lance Goff handoff and barrels his way into the endzone to make it 7-to-nothing in favor of the Maroons. Parks would get his second TD on his second possession or the second quarter as he goes up the middle to the sideline and eventually 72 yards. It's now 14-to-nothing George Wythe. He would a one yarder, as well, before Grayson even knew what hit it. The Blue Devils finally got on the board with one minutes and 39 seconds before the half as Chad Brown barrels his way from the two. It's 20-to-7 at the break. George Wythe would continue to roll with under four minutes to play in the third. Charlie Clark rolls to his right and then throws back across the field to Matt Williams. He hauls it in for the score and it is now 26-to-7 Maroons. Then with only 34 seconds left in the third, Grayson's Adam Sparks pitches the ball to Chad Brown. He scores off the left side with power to cut the lead to 26-to-14.
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Wythe's "D" would put the game away in the fourth as Williams picks off the pass and runs it in for the touchdown. The George Wythe Maroons roll to the 40-to-14 win tonight over Grayson County.
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[Covington]


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In the Region C, division one semi-finals tonight, the Covington Cougars - last year's regional champs, hosted the Mountain Empire district's Narrows Green Wave - Giles County's lone representative in the playoffs this year.
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This little one was bundled and ready for what would turn into a chilly night in Covington. With Narrows facing a fourth down on the Covington 22 in the first half, the Green Wave's punter kicks it straight up.
As it lands it touches a Cougars' paw. That would bring about a meeting of the minds and Covington would get posses ion because the ball never crossed the line of scrimmage. That would eventually set up this 31 yard field goal by Richard Henry. Covington leads 3-to-nothing at halftime. Late in the third, Narrows' quarterback Chad Turner drops back for the pass. But he's sacked by Darren Venable for a loss. Despite Venable's big time play on "D" he would later he haunted by this botched punt return as he drops the kick and the Green Wave recovers. That turnover would turn into a TD as Richard Hodge bangs in from the 2.
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Narrows narrowly escapes Casey Field with the 7-to-3 win. The Green Wave will play the winner of tomorrow's Northwood-Rural Retreat game.
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The player of the week segment is up next along with few program reminders. We'll check all of that and more in just a moment. [go to break]

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Welcome back folks to Friday Football Extra.
You know setting a statewide record and especially becoming the Virginia High School League's all time leading rusher is one heck of a feat.
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Actually it has taken two big feet and one tremendous player in William Byrd's O.J. Thomason to do just that.
Roy Stanley has more on the program's only five-time player of the week.
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((When O.J. Thomason began his career at Byrd he never dreamed of becoming the state's all time leading rusher.
But one look at his stats for four years and it's easy to see why it became a reality.
As a freshman Thomason totaled 1204 yards.
His sophomore year he broke the two thousand yard mark.
As a junior Thomason compiled 2-thousand 8 yards.
And through 10 regular season games this yearThomason has 22-hundred and 37 yards.
Terry Kirby, a former Virginia Cavalier and now Cleveland Brown, was a four year starter at Tabb High school. He held the rushing record for almost 10 years.
But last week's 240 yards in the final regular season game against Rockbridge County moved Thomason ahead of Kirby with a total of 7-thousand 474 yards.)) ((O.J. THOMASON/PLAYER OF THE WEEK:)) ((While the honor hasn't hit O.J. yet he'll tell you his performance on Friday nights mean much more than any individual honor.
And that's the O.J. that will be remembered in the history of Byrd Football.)) ((BO ROYAL/WILLIAM BYRD QUARTERBACK:)) ((JEFF HIGHFILL/WILLIAM BYRD HEAD COACH:)) ((Hard nosed Football has been a part of Thomason since the age of five when he would play in the back yard with guys much older than he.
And it's those games that started the focus that's led to 15 200 yard games 76 touchdowns and a total of 462 points in four years.)) ((THOMASON:)) ((ROY STANLEY:))
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Thanks Roy - we want to say hello to all the former Friday Football Extra stars playing for the Central Virginia Storm. The semi-pro team in the Mason Dixon League will be playing for the league championship tomorrow night in New Jersey. This team is loaded for former area high school stars like Tim Leavelle & L.G. Parrish and we wish them well tomorrow night.
We also need to say what's up to all the former Friday Football Extra stars who now play for the second ranked Virginia Tech Hokies. Many of them are watching the show tonight at the Best Western in Radford. Good luck to you guys tomorrow night. [go to pinnacle 9404] And folks don't forget that News 7 Saturday morning will be LIVE from Blacksburg and Lane Stadium tomorrow morning from 8 until nine. Andrew Freiden will be in the house with among others, Cheryl Beamer and the men who blast that cannon. Join him tomorrow morning at 8.
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[pinnacle 7501] And tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 you can watch another of the remaining unbeatens in college football - the Mississippi State Bulldogs takes on Alabama at 3:30.
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[pinnacle 7503] Then Sunday it's the Dolphins and Bills in the AFC East showdown at one.
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We'll all be back next Friday night for the regional championships. [go to close and credits] Take care everybody and great weekend.