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Good everybody folks and welcome to the 17th season of Friday Football Extra.
Preseason practice began a day before August even started and here we are opening the season not one, but two Fridays before Labor Day.
But even opening tonight was not soon enough for the folks in Franklin County.
With new enthusiasm, new numbers and new optimism the fans in the Mount have been gearing up for tonight since Valentine's Day
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when the County announced the hiring of the highly respected Billy Miles to take over as head coach of the Eagles. Miles stepped on the field as the boss man tonight after 29 years as an assistant.
The Eagles led 16-to-nothing at the half only to watch Laurel Park get back in it with a 10 yard run by the Lancers Ivan Cabiness. He goes up the middle and it's now 16-to-6 in the third.
The Eagles Jarren Wade would add to the Franklin County total as he scores from 13 yards out and Franklin County is one top 23-to-6.
Miles' boys would keep cranking as big Keith Cooper blasts right up the gut and he will go basically untouched for the 11 yard touchdown and it's now 29-to-6 Eagles.
The lancers would have even more problems as the punter drops the ball in the endzone, picks it up, gets it out but only to the one before he's stopped.
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The Eagles Kris Rizzuto would finish off that mess with the short score and happy days are here again in the Mount as they roll to the 36-to-6 win in Billy Miles' debut.
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Despite the absence of Miles, the man known as Mister Salem, the two-time defending state champion Spartans opened up the 2000 campaign at home against Brookville - the reigning Division Three State champs.
Roy Stanley has more on the showdown between the number one and two ranked teams in the preseason Super-7.
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The William Fleming Colonels opened the season at Amherst for the second straight year.
Last year the Colonels game was moved out of Victory Stadium at the last minute, tonight it was originally scheduled to be played on the Lancers' home turf.
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Tonight marked the beginning of the Keith Smith era at Fleming, as the 17 year Colonel assistant officially took over for "Kila" Miller as head coach.
First quarter action, Fleming with the ball and Richard Barrett will find big number 80, Vincent Pinkney... Pinkney shakes a tackle before two Lancers bring him down, but it's a 24- yard gain.
Eight plays later, Demetrius Grant will punch it in from two yards out.. and the Colonels have jumped out to the early 7- nothing lead.
Amherst would try to answer.. Kionne Dixon, the big senior halfback finds some room around the corner and he's headed for the end zone.. but Eric Blake saves the touchdown with a diving tackle..
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Lancers had trouble in the red zone, the missed field goal from just 22 yards out... a tough night for coach Mickey Crouch.
Fleming's fellow Roanoke Valley district mates at the top last season, the Cave Spring Knights, opened their season with new helmet logos and a short bus trip across Roanoke County to meet the Northside Vikings.
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It would be a very short trip.
Rain and lightning also paid a visit to Viking stadium and forced this game to be suspended in the first quarter with Northside on top 7-to-nothing.
The fans were forced to head home wet and early.
It's disappointing, but the officials had no choice but to call the game.
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As you've already seen, weather has been a major player on opening night and that fact will become even more evident as we move on through the show and into the New River valley.
At this time we want to check in with Robin Reed to put some perspective on where all of the lightning came from tonight.
[TOSS TO ROBIN IN WEATHER CENTER WITH RADAR LOOP]
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Robin thanks so much for all the help.
We still have plenty of football to get to tonight including a trip to Moneta for a look at the ceremony tonight retiring Jarrett Ferguson's jersey number.
But first tonight' scores and the Staunton River Golden Eagles' band
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We are back and ready to check out some big time football from Kenneth Dobson Stadium in Pulaski County.
where the Cougars of Pulaski County did little to help convince the folks from Christiansburg that it would be a good idea to reform old New River district and be natural consistent rivals.
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The Cougars came back onto the field to start the second half with a comfortable 34-to-nothing lead.
Pulaski would continue the onslaught as Christiansburg snaps the ball over punter Anthony Boyd's head giving the ball back the Cougars on the Blue Demons 15 yard line.
On the very next play, Pulaski quarterback Alan Wheeling rolls to his left and hits Jeff king in the corner of the endzone. It's 41-to-nothing Pulaski in his third quarter.
On their very next offensive possession the Cougars would light it up one more time.
This time David Hale takes the handoff and after getting lost in the pile, he pops out to the right and motors up the sideline and dives in from the three on a great effort. It's now 48-to-nothing.
Pulaski Jeremy Porter would try to make his best Michael Vick impersonation with 7:40 left in the game. Watch as he picks up the bobbled ball, eludes several tacklers at the line, dips and weaves his way to the right sideline. He almost slips, but gathers himself and sails 70 yards for the score.
Pulaski wins it 54 to 0.
Not a misprint - just a mismatch.
The Patrick Henry Patriots opened up this 2000 season with plenty of high hopes.
PH has 17 seniors on this year's team and Jefferson Forest found out first hand tonight what that experience means to the opposition.
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Chipper, the Patriots K-9 mascot was back on the sideline for another year sporting a new lid for the 2000 campaign.
And he would see his boys dominate this one. Maurice Robinson calls his own number and goes straight up the middle, eludes a few would be tacklers and takes it into the zone down the right side on the 47 yard dash.
PH would then add the two point conversion on the delayed pitch to Jermaine Myers, who outruns the defense to the corner. It's 8-to-nothing Patriots.
Jefferson Forest would then give the Patriots two more points as the snap out of punt formation sails out of the endzone. PH assistant Tommy Jones makes a TV faux paus by stepping in front of the camera. It's 10-to-nothing.
Myers would slam in another TD from the 1 yard line to make the score 16-to-nothing Patriots.
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But just when the PH fans were starting to enjoy themselves - lightning sent the players off the field and fans out of the stands.
Patrick Henry wins it 28-to-26.
They played a game and honored a great back tonight in Moneta where the Staunton River Golden Eagles entertained Altavista.
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Current Virginia Tech starting fullback Jarrett Ferguson, who ran the Golden Eagles into the Regional finals in 1996, returned home tonight a hero.
Ferguson mingled with the fans and signed a few autographs, before having his jersey number 25 retired at halftime.
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Ferguson represents the past, and tonight the Goodview native would get an eyeful of the present.
Jermaine Moyer takes off from his 15 yard line on the first snap of the game. He heads to his right, cuts back and breaks out of the pile and finally stops 85 yards later in the endzone. It's 7-to-nothing Golden Eagles.
Moyer looked a lot like Ferguson did back in the day - of the 1996 season when he carved up defenses and rushed for 15 hundred and 71 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior for the Golden Eagles.
Moyer would give Jarrett plenty about which to smile tonight as this time he goes straightt u the middle on the blast and rumbles in from 86 yards. The score is now 14-to-nothing and Moyer is having himself a night.
Altavista would finally catch its breath and Julian Moore goes up the middle to make it a 14-to-6 game.
But Moyer would get back on his high horse one more time in the opening half. This time he goes 48 yards for another TD. It's now 20-to-6 in favor of the team that has Moyer.
Speaking of Moyer - with under 6 minutes to go in the half on a second and nine from the 18 he goes left and gets in the endzone again for his fourth TD of the first half and he gets the two point conversion to boot.
With 50 seconds left in the half - Jay Pharis throws over the middle to John Martin.
The Golden Eagles are truly Golden tonight winning 47 to 18.
Last Year Shawsville high school closed the books on its final football season and it's last of wearing the orange and blue.
Tonight. Eastern Montgomery opened the books on a new era of football at a brand new high school.
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The Mustangs were fired up sporting the new school colors. Although the logos didn't quite make it to the helmets tonight.
The "Stangs" would start off the new season with Junior quarterback David Showalter pitching it to classmate and fellow junior Jamie Harris who picks up 12 yard before being brought down.
The Green Wave would turn the tide as Ben Woodyard pulls down the interception and shows some great moves picking up 20 yards on the return as he gets back to midfield.
Still in the first from the Green Wave 35 yard line - Showalter gets the ball to Harris and this time he goes up the middle for 13 yards.
But the weather took a serious turn for the worse at that point in the first quarter as rain and lightning crashed the Mustangs debut outing.
The refs sent the players to the lockeroom.
Things finally resumed with East Montgomery winning 22 to 8.
Still to come tonight, news of rainouts in Blacksburg and Radford, plus a look at the rivalry between George Wythe and Ft. Chiswell.
But first more of tonight's scores and the Pride of Salem Marching band.
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Welcome back everybody to Friday Football Extra.
We were hoping to bring you highlights from the always entertaining Giles-Blacksburg rivalry, but lightning in the Blacksburg area forced that game to be postponed until tomorrow night at 7:30.
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Just to show how hit or miss the weather was tonight - they were able to play in nearby Riner where Auburn took on Bland County in a non district game.
We pick it up in the second half with a little fog and a lot of the Eagles who receive the kickoff and build on a 35-to-6 lead as Curtis Sink goes the length of the field for an apparent touchdown, but hold on - a flag brings it back and wipes out the score.
That wouldn't discourage the Eagles . On the following play, Dan Arnold will dodge the Bears and pick up 46 yards on the ground on the scamper.
Bland would have trouble moving the ball all night but Casey Elliott does his best to keep Bears in it .
But your final is Auburn beats Bland 41.
We now head down to Bobcat Stadium in Radford where two of the area's top teams of the 90's hooked up in what has become their traditional season opener.
But their was nothing traditional about the way this one began tonight.
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A wicked storm blew through Radford right before kickoff and dropped a substantial amount of rain onto the field and sent both teams and fans running for cover.
First year Blues head coach Ron Loy and Norm Lineburg came out after the rain stopped to check out the conditions, while the sun also returned and made it's presence felt, but the game would never get started as officials had to call it off due to the excessive lightning.
They will make it up tomorrow afternoon at two.
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The rain did not affect the start of tonight's Wythe County war between the Pioneers of Ft. Chiswell and the Maroons of George Wythe.
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George Wythe's new head coach Donnie Pruitt, a fixture at the school for more than two decades as an assistant had his Maroons fired up this evening.
But late in the first quarter, Pruitt and the rest of the Maroon faithful would have to watch the Pioneers get rolling as Dale Stevens takes the option pitch from Brandon Cook and motors down the left sideline until he is pushed out of bounds at the GW 16 yard line.
On the very next play Cook will hit a wide open Justin Jonas across the middle for the touchdown.
It's 6-to-nothing Pioneers.
Only 15 seconds after the Pioneers lit up the scoreboard, freshman Robert Barcliff would dazzle the home crowd as he scoops up the pill on his own 3 yard line. He will weave his way through the Ft. Chiswell kickoff team. Several missed tackles later he's on his way to the house completing the 97 yard return.
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It's 7-to-6 GW.
The Maroons go on to win their opening game 38 to 6.
We'll close out tonight's highlights in just a moment with a look at the Heritage-Glass game and a trip through the Piedmont.
But first the Pulaski County marhcing band on opening night 2000.
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We are back and ready to continue with Friday Football Extra.
Cross- town rivals E.C. Glass and Heritage locked horns again tonight in their season- opener.. the Hilltoppers owning Lynchburg bragging rights for more than five straight years now..
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Glass coach Dennis Peters in his third year at the helm of the 'Toppers as they looked for their 12th straight win over the Pioneers..
Pick up the action in the second half, 6- nothing Glass, L.B. Cabell (CAB-ull) looking deep down the left sideline, he finds his wide receiver Lavar Davis for the 44 yard gain down to the one yard line..
Very next play and Adrian Herndon bounces off a couple of tacklers and into the end zone.. the conversion gives Glass a 14- nothing cushion headed into the final quarter..
Trailing by two scores, Heritage goes to the shotgun but the Glass "D" would prove to be too
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much.. this one's coming right at you folks, the bomb from Joey White to Andre Hamlett down the right sideline just a little too far and E.C. Glass is Number One again in the Hill City.
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((DENNIS PETERS/E.C. GLASS HEAD COACH: THE KIDS DID A GREAT JOB, WE'VE SHOWN SOME IMPROVEMENT EACH WEEK AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT, WHERE WE WANT TO BE, BUT IN ORDER TO GET THERE WE GOTTA HAVE IMPROVEMENT EACH WEEK AND THEY DID IT. I DON'T CARE IF IT'S 12 OR 2, IT'S JUST ONE, THAT'S ALL IT IS, THE SEASON'S ONE GAME, LAST YEAR DOESN'T COUNT.))
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The Martinsville Bulldogs and Rustburg Red Devils got together tonight at Dan Greene Stadium in the season opener two schools who have played some great games over the years - mainly in the postseason.
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We pick up the action in the third quarter with the Bulldogs Shawn Wade keeping the ball. He will pick up 15 yards before he is stripped by the Red Devils. Rontae Gamble will recover his teammate's miscue on the 15 yard line.
That would be huge, because a couple of plays later Delvin Hairston slams in from the 10 yard line.
That makes it 14-to-7 Rustburg still on top in the third.
Taylor Edwards would try to keep his troops rolling.
And in the fourth, Rache Waller comes in and passes to Gamble. This time he coughs up the ball and Jason Boyd recovers for the Red Devils to end the Bulldog threat.
On the very next play, Brandon Mills passes to TJ McCray for the 20 yard touchdown and the Red Devils are able to open the season with a bang beating the Dogs 23-to-7.
The Bassett Bengals were also on the prowl tonight as they opened the season at home against Robert Prunty and Dogwood district member Gretna.
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The Hawks and Bengals began tonight's encounter in a civil manner at midfield and they got busy.
On the Bengals opening drive of the 2000 campaign, the Bengals' Cesar Tatum coughs up the rock and the Hawks' Demarcus Nease recovers it.
After a long Gretna drive the Hawks would turn the turnover into a touchdown as Antony Hunt sneaks it in and the Hawks lead it 6-to-nothing after the missed kick.
Bassett would regain it's composure and start zipping the ball around in the air. James Toney hooks up with number 90 Tim Waller who makes the catch and completes the 37 yard scoring play with a dash to
the end zone to put Bassett on top 7-to-6.
The Bengals can't hold on as they lose this one 35 to 21.
The Magna Vista Warriors also began play tonight against a non-district opponent and Park View South Hill made the trip to Ridgeway. The Dragons compete in the Group Two A, Southside district.
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The Warriors burst onto the scene tonight hoping to give their new head coach Joe Beckelheimer a win in his opening game.
And the Warriors' defense would make a statement early as Park View's Jermaine Moore is trapped in the endzone for the safety to make it 2-to-nothing Warriors.
Magna Vista would get rolling on offense with Alexay Hairston passing to Dave Santoomma. The two Warriors hook up for 50 yards on the play to move the ball into Park View territory, but the drive would come up empty.
Magna Vista would then play the role of gracious host by coughing u the ball. Thomas Ayers recovers for the Dragons.
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Ayers would make sure his recovery would amount to something special as he takes off on the run and picks up 15 yards on the carry.
Andrew Wright would nail a short field goal to make it 3-to-2.
Magna Vista wins it 15 to 3.
Still to come tonight the Super 7 which is really whacked tonight.
Plus a preview of tomorow night's Tech special.
Stay tuned everybody.[Super-7]
Welcome back folks as we get set to unveil the first Super 7 poll of the regular season.
The rain tonight certainly had an effect on things so it may be a couple of weeks before the poll shakes out.
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But tonight Salem opens the season with a win. Brookville falls out and Pulaski jumps up from three to two. Then look at this Franklin County is third followed by Glass and Fleming, Rustburg and George Wythe.
And the pollbuster tonight is Staunton River - the Golden Eagles are 1-and-0 after whipping Altavista. [SUPER=#7]
Sunday night at eight, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech square off in the BCA Bowl. Be sure to catch WDBJ's Tech 2000 V-I-C-K-tory tour special tomorrow night at seven. Here's Steve Mason with a sneak peak.
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We're all out of time folks, we'll see you next Friday night at 11:35.
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