Good evening everybody welcome to Friday Football Extra here on Your Hometown Station!
Tonight marks the final Friday night of games as everything heads to Saturday afternoon the rest of the way.
That means regional titles were up for grabs tonight from Culpeper to Rural Retreat.
We begin tonight with the Region Three division four championship game in Salem, between the unbeaten Spartans and once beaten Amherst County Lancers.
Many figured if any team had a chance of knocking off the Spartans it was the battle tested Lancers.
Those folks figured wrong.
Steve Mason has the details of the Spartans lopsided 58 to 0 thrashing of Amherst.
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Martinsville won the rematch with Piedmont rival Tunstall tonight on the Trojans home field in Dry Fork.
Back on the final week of the regular season, Tunstall beat the Bulldogs 21-to-7 to claim the Piedmont district championship.
But tonight the Dogs deliver the payback punch by getting a 21-to-14 win to claim the region four title.
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The night went sour for the Trojans right at the opening coin flip as the Dogs never looked back.
On the Bulldogs' very first possesion - big Jamus Martin, the former Player of the week, breaks one off nice and sweet up the middle. It's a 47 yard touchdown and the Bulldogs are on top 7-to-0.
The Bulldogs and Jamus would continue to make their mark. This time the "Big daddy" takes it in the house from 14 yards away to make it a 14-to-nothing game.
Quarterback Brandon Hairston would attempt to jump start the Tunstall offense - but he is met by a pack of Dogs and dropped for a three yard loss. Martinsville pitches a shutout, taking a 14-to-nothing lead into the lockeroom.
But as expected, Tunstall regrouped at halftime and got back in the game. Lamont Law slices his way in for Tunstall's first score of the night. It's 14-to-7 in the third.
Martinsville would silence the comeback hopes quickly. Travis White finds an opening and motors 26 yards for the touchdown. The Bulldogs lead is back up to 14 points. It's 21-to-7.
The Trojans fired one more shot at the Dogs. This time Hairston keeps and scores for the TD.
That makes it 21-to-14 with 8 minutes to play.
Tunstall would have one shot at tying things up. But the desperation pass by Hairston is picked off by the Dawgs "D".
The Bulldogs advance to the semi-finals with a 21-to-14 win.
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Coming up in just a moment we will travel up to Culpeper and check in with the William Fleming Colonels who looked to extend their season at least one more week tonight.
But first let's check out the ____________ marching band and tonight's statewide regional final scoreboard.
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Welcome back to Friday Football Extra's regional championship showcase evening.
The William Fleming Colonels were facing a familiar foe tonight in Culpeper.
Fleming has battled this team each of the past two seasons in the regionals, and in 1997, George Miller's team got by this bunch to advance to the final four.
Tonight they were hoping to do the same.
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The Colonels broke the huddle tonight hoping to extend the career of retiring coach another week.
Fleming was impressive in the early going. From the Culpeper 21, Richard Barrett drops back in the pocket, it collapses, but he doesn't as he gets the ball out to Jermaine Hardy, who makes the one handed grab moving the ball down to the 6 after the 15 yard pickup.
Fleming would settle for a field goal, but Elvir Barbio misses the chip shot. and we're still scoreless.
In the second quarter Fleming's defense made it's mark as Cedric Preston strips the ball from the Culpeper Carrier. Lamond Price covers it for the Colonels.
That would set up a Barrett to Preston TD pass as they work the corner route to perfection. It's 8-to-nothing Colonels after the two point conversion.
But it was Culpeper from then on. Culpeper spreads the defense and then sends Brandon Jones up the middle and to the outside for 17 yards into Fleming territory.
From there quarterback Mike Jenkins finds Daniel Winning at the five yard line with the pass. He then fights his way in for the touchdown and we're all tied up at 8-all. But Culpeper ends up reeling off 29 unanswered points to end Fleming's season with the 29-to-8 win.
William Fleming coach George Miller's presence has commanded both respect and excellence from his players and students over the years that is equaled to...ONLY one. Steve Mason introduces us to the Reverend Charles Roberts - a reason why tonight's setback won't seem like the end of the world.
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((He was a star defensive end at Bluefield State, but football is not the main reason Reverend Charles Roberts has become an important part of William Fleming football.
((KEITH SMITH/FLEMING DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR:))
Former Colonels coach Shirley Stuart first befriended him at St. Paul United Methodist Church where Roberts is the Reverend. He came to Fleming games and last year started coming to practices as well.
Every now and then the coaches would swear, so to rid them of the occasional habit, Roberts gave each coach, JV and varsity a Colonel blue hat inscribed with "Excuse me rev", the phrase that now replaces a slip of the tongue.
The coaches have answered the call and even developed a competitiveness amongst themselves to see who can slip up the least.
While humor is a big part of the excuse me rev philosophy, there is a serious side. The Fleming coaches, who have always been excellent role models, are even better. The reverend has been on the sideline at games and in the corner of those players that lost six family members this season alone.
The Colonels appreciation is evident on the wall of reverend Roberts office. The several plaques commend him for being the team's spiritual leader. His presence has done so much more than help the coaches, he has strengthened a family.))
The regional championship action continue in just a moment as we present highlights and postgame comments from tonight's games in Divisions one, two and three.
All that and more is straight ahead.
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It's time folks to turn our attnention to the division three ranks and see what happened in tonight's
region three rematch between Seminole district rivals Rustburg and Brookville.
Three weeks ago the Bees stung the normally stingy Red Devils' defense 24-to-nothing.
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Brookville coach Bobby Johnson was hoping just to win tonight knowing another shutout would be a tall order.
We pick things up late in the first, the Devils' Brandon Mills fires a pass down field, but it is picked off by Matt Burch at the Devils 46 yard line.
The Bees would take that turnover and turn it into points as Chris Cumberland hits the 28 yard field goal. It's 3-to-nothing Brookville.
Early in the third with the score still 3-to-nothing - the Devils Brandon Mills hooks up with Jeremy Neighbors over the middle. He makes the catch, but watch the ball get stripped out by Lavar Anthony. He steals the rock and takes it 20 yard close to midfield.
Midway through the fourth, the Bees would finally score a TD as Dijon Kennedy takes it in the house for the 13 yard TD. It's now 10-to-nothing Bees.
With a little over a minute to go the Bees would turn another turnover into points. Matt Burch scores from six yards away. Brookville gets defensive tonight to take the region 3, division three title 17-to-nothing.
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The region C, division two championship game tonight was considered a toss up going in with the Floyd County Buffaloes hosting the George Wythe Maroons.
This was Floyd's first shot at earning a regional title in almost 20 years.
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George Wythe was afraid it would be without injured star Lance Goff, but he was well enough to play even though he would not start.
Floyd County would make a statement early as Josh Spence takes the pitch right and goes 12 yards down to the Maroons' three yard line.
Two plays later, senior quarterback Adam Gardner takes it to the home where the Buffalo roam as he scores on the plunge. It's 7-to-nothing.
In the second quarter, the Buffs would cap a 7 play 65 yard drive with Spence, the talented tailback weaving his way through the GW defense and finally skips in for the 24 yard TD. It looks like the Buffs were about ready to blow things wide open.
But some costly penalties would get GW back in the game and Goff in the endzone. He scores from four yards away and it's 14-to-6 at the halftime break.
George Wythe's first possesion of the second half would find the team in a fourth and two from the Floyd 29, and watch Goff roll right and drop one to Matt Williams who makes the catch and steps out at one yard line.
But the Buffalo "D" would make a statement by turning the Maroons away on eight consecutive plays - much to the disbelief of Maroons' head coach Larry Russell.
The game was still up for grabs at that point, but with 5:40 to play in the fourth, cousin Issac Spence
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knew it was his for the taking as he picks off the Goff pass on the 15 yards line and takes it in for the TD.
josh adds another score and Floyd cruises into the final four with the 28-to-6 win.
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The final game of the night is the region C, division one championship game. It too wasn't even close as Rural Retreat hammered Narrows 49-to-7 to claim another title for head coach Dean Rhea.
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Don Lowe and his Green Wave of Narrows made the trip down to Rural Retreat for what he knew would be a struggle.
The Indians were ready for war and pulling this play out of its bag of tricks as the Indians run the reverse and then put the ball in the air finding Jordan Walters for a 53 yard reception that would set up their first score.
Two plays later they seal the deal as Timmy King goes in from three yards out making it 7-zero Rural Retreat.
Coach Dean Rhea's offense continued with the big plays as quarterback Dustin Rhea finds Walters, to complete the 73 yard drive, putting the Indians up 14-0.
The Green Wave would give up yet another score in the first quarter. This time Joey Grubb grabs the points on this 19 yard gallop and it's 21-to-nothing at the end of the first.
Retreat would tack on two more scores in the second with this one coming with a minute left before the half as Grubb gets another gift from Rhea, a 17 yard completion making it 35 to zero at the half.
The Indians lead 42-nothing in the fourth and the Green Wave would avoid the shutout as Terry Martin goes in from nine yards out to make it 42-to-7.
The Black and Orange found themselves in the endzone again late in the quarter as Josh Hackler goes into the zone from 43 yards out and they win it 49-to 7 to take home the Region C Division one trophy.
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Later tonight we will hear from some former Friday Football Extra stars who are making their mark with the JMU Dukes, and we still need to meet tonight's player of the week.
We will do just that right after this commercial break.
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His teammates call him the Bear.
[PARKS HEAD SHOT]
And George Wythe's Grizzly Parks is as tough as any tailback in Maroon history.
Roy Stanley has more.
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((Yes, his name is Grizzly Parks and the Maroon record setting tailback got the name from his Father.))
((GRIZZLEY PARKS/PLAYER OF THE WEEK:))
((The bear is one of those players you find every now an then playing high school football.
He holds the school record for most yards in a game and the most yards in a season but Parks says he still has a lot to learn about the game he loved since fourth grade, football.))
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((Last week against Grayson County it was a typical game for Parks.
He rushed for 158 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Maroons playoff win over Grayson County.))
((Parks will have another year to study the game he's one of several juniors on the Maroon team.
Roy Stanley Friday Football Extra.))
We will wrap up tonight's edition of Friday Football Extra with a look at FFE influence on the James Madison football team.
Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra.
While even the most casual football fans in the state have been drawn in by the Hokies' uward mobility in the rankings this season, another team on the opposite end of the Shenandoah Valley has been marking its own mark in the polls.
News 7's Grant Kittelson brings us up to date on the James Madison Dukes, and the ironic spark the team got after being spanking in Blacksburg.
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((James Madison came into Lane Stadium with a New Coach, a New attitude, and the goal of making the playoffs. The Dukes left Blacksburg with a 47-0 loss. And as recently as last weekend, Coach Mickey Mathews still says nothing good came out of that contest.
(MICKEY MATHEWS/JMU HEAD COACH/I don't think theres anything positive about playing Virginia Tech. I didn't wh en we w
ere down there, I didn't prior to the game, I didn't during the game, and I don't after the game, theres noghitn positive about playing someone that much better than you.)
After celebrating a 34-13 win over Richmond last Saturday, the Dukes players, including a couple of former Friday Football Extra performers, have a difference of opinion with their Coach.
(DELVIN JOYCE/JMU Kick Returner/ It definetly helped us, you know there level of competition is a lot higher and you kn
ow there's no team in the A-10 like them so it really prepared us for a lot of the games that we had this year.)
(ROBERT CARSON/Former Liberty Running Back/ Ther pretty much beat everybody they play I think that helped us a lot, we
knew what we had to do playing against one of the better teams on the nation and then when we came back to play we knew that we had to work hard so that if we could play good against them we knew we could do good in the A-10)
Curtis Keaton has lead the way for JMU running for over 18 hundered yards this year including a 100 yard game against the Hokies.
(CURTIS KEATON/Walter Payton Award Finalist/ It was a great experience Virginia Tech played a great game against us. I
F anything that was a learning experience for us, that kinda prepared us for things to come, that was the start of the race, its not how you start the race its how you finish it, its evident that we have team goal we have set as a team, and we have just been moving towards that)
(GRANT KITTELSON/ Standup/ The Dukes win ther ther first ever A-10 title, rebounding from an opening game loss to Virg
inia Tech, and if they have their way, they'd like to see two National Titles in the State of Virginia)
(ROBERT CARSON/JMU Running Back/ I'd love to hear that, Virginia Teams take it all, baby)
(CURTIS KEATON/JMU Running Back/ Sounds good, Sounds good, It really does hopefully that will happen)
JMU finishes the regular season at Hofstra tomorrow then moves onto the Division I-AA playoffs and what the Dukes hope will be the crowning achievement to a year of firsts. Grant Kittelson Friday Football Extra.))
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And keep in mind that Your Hometown Station is the place for college football tomorrow. We will have the war in the swamp live at three as the Seminoles invade Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators.
That is a big game for the Hokies as far as the BCS standings. As for Tech, the team can wrap up the Big East championship tomorrow afternoon against Temple.
News 7 sports is in Philadelphia for the game. We will have post game comments from the Hokies tomorrow night on News 7 at 11.
Plus, don't forget next Friday afternoon at 2:30, the Hokies regular season finale is right here on WDBJ-7 at 2:30 against Boston College.
And as a special Holiday treat, we will have a LIVE half hour postgame show from Lane Stadium next Friday night at seven.
Of course, Friday Football Extra will also be next week with a preview of the state semi-finals that will be played on Saturday afternoon.
Until then - take care everybody and have a safe weekend.
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