Good evening everybody - the high school football season is rolling by in a hurry.
Tonight, Friday Football Extra is set to bring you the highlights of 14 games - including our spotlight showdown between Gretna and William Campbell.
We also are right smack dab in the middle of the Homecoming season, and we'll check in on plenty of tonight's scholastic crowning of kings and queens.
And we begin with tonight's Alleghany at Hidden Valley contest.
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Joe Kern and Sidney Myers were named the king and queen tonight.
The Titans were also playing like royalty with a 21-to-nothing halftime lead.
And the Hidden Valley defense would make the first statement in the third as Tyler Coyer picks off the Lonnie Allen pass and he will return it to midfield to set up the Titans offense again.
Four plays after the pick, the other king - Jimmy King - takes the pill on the Alleghany 20, breaks a tackle, and he finds the endzone for his third touchdown of the night. King also had an interception tonight, as well. It's 28-to-nothing.
Late in the third, Hidden Valley was threatening to score, but Coyer's pass is picked this time by Allen Gibson - but theTitans would hold and force a punt.
Dusty Hicks came out to punt, but the snap sails over his head. He swats it out of the endzone for the safety.
Hidden Valley rolls to to the 30-to-nothing win.
Alleghany has the unusual distiniction of having played back-to-back road games at Bogle Field, and in both instances the Mounties were the home team's homecoming guests.
Last week Cave Spring put the wood on Alleghany and tonight the Knights were in Vinton looking to stay unbeaten against William Byrd.
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Byrd was trying to regroup from last week's stuning 41-to-40 loss against Ben Foutz's Knights.
Cave Spring would set the tone early on the second play from scrimmage as Beau Austin takes off on the quarterback keepers and he will pick up 24 yards up the gut into Terrier territory.
Eight plays later, Alex Lemmer turns the trap play into a 14 yard run as he slams in to cap the 11 play 65 yards drive. 7-to-nothing Knights.
The Knights would keep cranking later in the first, but this time the Byrd defense tightens up.
The Terriers sack Austin and force the field goal attempt.
Chaffin Scott hits the field goal as he bangs it in off the upright.
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Cave Spring beats Byrd 17 to 7 and improves to 5-and-0 on the season.
The Lord Botetourt Cavaliers picked up their second win of the season last Friday in dramatic fashion over Blacksburg.
Tonight the Cavs were back home in Daleville hosting Glenvar.
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A dangerous crowd cheered on the Cavaliers and had them out in front 13-to-6 in the third.
And they would have more to hollar about in the second half.
Ben Griese fields the Glenvar punt, and check out his alley. The special teams come up big for LB as he runs straight through the blocking and into the clear all the way to Glenvar 15.
Matt Witt would do the rest. He takes off from the Glenvar 10, breaks a pair of tackles, and hits paydirt to make it 20-to-6 Cavs in the fourth quarter.
Glenvar still had some fight left in it.
Devin Chappell dials up long distance and the ball ends up in the hands of Daniel Ayers. He makes the catch and then runs in for the touchdown. It's a 59 yard hook-up and Glenvar makes it a 20-to-13 game.
But Botetourt wouldn't let them get any closer. Witt will again keep the ball himself and he will put it on ice with the 11 yard TD.
Botetourt wins its second straight games 28 to 21.
Hard to believe, but Blacksburg and Northside entered tonight's game at Bill Brown Stadium with just 1 win and 8 losses between them.
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It was homecoming in Blacksburg for the Indians as they tried to bounce back into the win column tonight.
And they would try to jump start themselves with some hard hitting. Northside's Grandin Van Marter hits Adam DeHaven who is hit by Grant Simms to break up the play.
Later in the first quarter, John Cooke comes in for Daniel Smith - who was injured early - and his pass to Ben Creasy is picked off for the Vikings.
On the very next play - the Vikes' Van Marter will again try to hook-up with DeHaven, but Peter Disalvo intercepts it and puts the Vikes in business.
Right after that - Cooke will hand off to Sales, and he will pick up five yards, but the hit on the play proves to be costly, as he suffers what appears to be a broken leg as he is taken off the field in an rescue squad.
No less than two Bruins suffered broken bones in the game, another suffered a severe sprain. Blacksburg goes on to lose the game as well. Northside wins it 9 to 3 in overtime.
Up next is the Southside portion of the show as we light up routes 220 and 58 with stops in the Mount, Danaville, Dry Fork and Bassett,
But first, music from the Hidden Valley high school marching band and some week six scores.
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Hard to believe that Franklin County and William Fleming entered last night non-district game in Rocky Mount with a combined 5 losses just five weeks into the season.
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The Eagles celebrated homecoming at Cy Dillon stadium as Ronnie Edwards and Ali Atkins were named the king and queen.
Edwards and his mate were up 15-to-6 entering the third, but Fleming would get things rolling as they cap off a seven play 80 yard drive with Dere Hicks keeps on the option and goes in with the dive at the goal line to make it a 15-to-13 game.
But the Eagles would dig in their heels on their next possession from just inside midfield. D.J. Willis hands off to Edwards and the king takes it in off the right end, with the cutback. It's a 46 yard run and Franklin now leads this thing 22-to-13.
Well into the fourth, Fleming is again driving, and this time Hicks takes it in from the two yard line to make it a 22-to-20 game - Colonels down by two.
Then with just one minute and five second left, thte Colonels would appear to complete their comeback as Hicks scrambles to his right and drops it over one receiver at the goal line and into the hands of Steve Robinson in the endzone. Fleming is suddenly on top 26-to-22.
Just 53 seconds were left on the clock when Edwards picked up the kick on his five yard line. He takes it right up the middle, makes a cut or two, and he somehow breaks into the clear. Edwards takes the rock 95 yards with the clock winding down to turn Rocky Mount upside down.
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Franklin County beats Fleming in the final minute 28-to-26.
The Magna Vista Warriors - who played Fleming in the state semi-finals last season, came into tonight's game in Danville against the George Washington Eagles with an 0-and-3 mark to date.
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J.T. Christopher Stadium was full of life tonight for this southside showdown.
GW was on top 6-to-nothing, when Cameron Martin went to work looking for some more. This time he drops back and hooks up with Jon Gregory for 30 yards and a Eagles' first down.
That drive would go into the second quarter and it ended with this 30 yard Trevor Owen field goal to make it a 9-to-nothing GW lead.
The Warriors had a tough time crossing the 50. Jonathan Williams looks for a connection down field, but instead it is picked off by the Eagles Kevin Lanier.
GW would then let Martin take it in from there as he keeps and scores to put the homeboys in front 16-to-nothing.
Then check this out with under 7 seconds left in the half. Martin airs one out to the endzone. John Gregory gets banged around like a pinball, but he keeps his
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concentration and makes the one handed catch for the score.
George Washington whips Magna Vista 36 to 14.
It's time now to stop in Bassett - where if you weren't paying attention you'd likely have been confused by tonight's opponent for the Bengals.
Bassett and MartinsVILLE are longtime rivals, but tonight the Bulldogs were from MartinsBURG - as in West Virginia - up above Winchester.
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Martinsburg is the defending Triple A state champion in the Mountaineers State - but the team lost to Bluefield last week to fall to 5 and 1 on the season.
And the Dogs would show why they are that good. Nate Sowers keeps the ball through the line and just like that he's got 16 yards and a first down for the visitors.
Three plays later, he also has a touchdown as he scrambles and fires the TD pass to Scotty Smith on his knee for a 7-to-nothing lead.
Here come the Bulldogs again. This time faced with a 4th and 20 from just inside their 40. The Dogs will fake the punt, and not only pick up the first, but get a TD as Sowers makes the catch and stumbles in for the score. It's now 14-to-nothing.
Bassett would struggle in this one. This 3rd and 30 snap gets loose, Brandon Dillard tries to make something out of nothing with some nice scrambling.
But the cross country running won't cut it as Martinsburg, West Virginia wins it 37 to 19.
It's been an uncharacteristically off year for perennial Piedmont powers, Martinsville and Tunstall.
Coming into tonight - these two teams were a combined 2-and-7.
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The Tunstall Trojans were all jacked up for the yearly gathering with the Bulldogs.
And on their opening drive from the Trojan 48 - Stuart Robertson, the junior tailback, gets the party started with the 52 yard TD run down the left side. It's 6-to-nothing after the missed kick.
The Bulldogs would get a drive started. And on the this fourth and one play - Daniel Ray picks up 16 yards to provided Taylor Edwards team with some spark.
Later in the drive, Steve Henderson takes the ball and this carry will amount to big yards - 22 yards in all as the Ville looks to tie things up.
Ray would score from the ten yard line on this carry to tie the game at 6-all.
The Bulldogs then got the two point conversion to take the lead and they win it 20 to 6.
Plenty more to do tonight in this week six edition of Friday Football Extra.
And we'll check out the battle of unbeatens in Naruna as William Campbell entertains Gretna in our Dr. Pepper spotlight game of the week.
But first music from the George Washington high school marching band and more week six scores.
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It's time now to head into central Virginia to the Dodwood district
where two unbeatens hooked up in our Dr. Pepper Spotlight game of the week in Naruna.
Steve Mason was on hand for this year's Gretna William Campbell game, and he has the details for us.
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Due to the sorry state of Victory Stadium, Patrick Henry had to play its homecoming game in Lynchburg at City Stadium.
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The Heritage cheerleaders were excited to be home last night, but not excited about the score as the Pioneers trailed 23-to-20 in the third.
Heritage's Wayne Ford will try to erase that deficit with a toss to Chris Cook, who weaves his way through the defense for a 20 yard touchdown. The Pioneers takes the 27-to-23 lead.
In the fourth, Heritage would be faced with a 3rd and 12, and Ford will try to find Jeremy Thomas, but the pass is picked off by Alvin Hardy and he will return the rock 65 yards on the runback.
Three plays later, J.C. Simmons tries to convert the pass, and Ford gets the ball back for the Pioneers with an interception of his own.
Several plays later Ford hands off to Jeff Markey.
He fumbles, but Quentin Giles is their to fall on it in the endzone for the clincher.
Heritage comes back to beat PH 34-to-23.
Unbeaten Liberty was on the road tonight down in Rustburg taking on the Red Devils in a Seminole district matchup.
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Liberty's O.B. Blake would try to get the Minutemen on the board in this one in the second as he connects with Damian Dobbins. He hauls in the catch for the 45 yard score to make it 7-to-nothing Liberty!
Liberty would just keep coming. The Minutemen are back to punt, but Rustburg's Rodney Easley gets a hand on the ball, and the Red Devils take over on the 23 yard line.
But Liberty would hold, get the ball back and Blake and Dobbins will hook up again - this time they pick up 52 yards on the play to move the ball deep into Rustburg territory.
Sean Webb would try to run the Minutemen into the lead for good as they win it 23 to 6.
We still have three more games to check on tonight, plus later we'll see what's COOKING with the latest player of the week.
Friday Football Extra continues in just a moment.
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It's time for Friday Football Extra to roll back into the Group A ranks.
The cart has been turned upside for a lot of folks this season as Parry McCluer came into this game unbeaten at 4-and-0, while Radford was just 1-and-3.
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Kaitlin McCue was named the homecoming queen tonight at Radford.
Camilo (CAM-EYE-LOW) Weinz - known affectionately as the Berlin Booter - nails this 47 yard field in the third quarter to put the Bobcats in front 17-to-nothing.
The Blues would try to get their act together in the fourth quarter. And on this second and seven from their 28, Barrett Downs passes to Cody Clark for 18 yards and a Blues First down.
Parry McCluer would top off that drive with a three yard Josh Hamilton TD blast. It's now a 17-to-7 game in the fourth quarter.
Late in the fourth the Blues are trying to get it done again. From their own 37 Chase Coffey connects with Dallas Cole for 20 yards, but Radford takes over and takes the win.
The Bobcats hand Parry McCluer its first loss of the season 17-to-7.
The James River Knights were trying to get back to the 500 mark tonight as they entertained a 500 team, the 2-and-2 Eastern Montgomery Mustangs in Buchanan.
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The boys in black and red were looking to get back on track before the start of district play.
The theme in this one early was missed opportunities.
East Mont had a chance to go on top first, but Jordan Stewart's pass to Antion Myatt on fourth down is incomplete.
James River also would get the ball into the red zone, but watch the snap go awry on quarterback Damon Ross, and the Knights also fail to cash in.
In the second, the Mustangs get another shot at a possible TD, but the Knights Clifton McGown has other ideas. He takes the interception for major yards on the return.
The pick would lead to a touchdown as Ross, the son of Patrick Henry head coach Doug Ross, makes papa proud with the 12 yard TD pass to McGown. It's 7-to-nothing Knights.
But the Mustangs would quickly march down the field, and Allen Childress scores on the one yard plunge.
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James River beats Eastern Montgomery 27 to 12.
The North Cross Raiders wrap up the week six highlights by picking up their third win of the season today.
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Coach Jim Muscaro's team entertained Fuqua and rolled had things its way all game long.
Phillip Mooney's pass is mishandled by Cody Meadows, and the Raiders' Joe Revercomb picks it out of midair and takes the other way for a touchdown.
A holding penalty would wipe out the score, but the pick set the table for this score from freshman backup tailback Landon Shaff
North Cross rolls to the 33-to-7 win and improves to 3-and-2.
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The Virginia Tech-Wake Forest game tomorrow is right here on WDBJ-7.
The Hokies and Demon Deacons kick things off from Groves Stadium at Noon right here on Your Hometown Station.
It's time now for our Super 7.
And despite a number of teams having off weeks, there are some changes in the poll, and there almost was a major shakeup.
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The Gretna Hawks came from behind and made a statement in the process beating William Campbell to stay number one.
Amherst's celebrates homecoming and stays second.
Salem and Pulaski were both off last night.
Liberty beat Rustburg.
Rockbridge lost to Broadway and falls out of the poll, and unbeaten Cave Spring jumps in.
And George Wythe stays 7th.
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And the pollbuster is Danville's George Washington high school.
The Eagles are now a solid 5-to-1 on the season.
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When it comes to storied programs in the history of Friday Football Extra Giles is certainly near the top of the list.
For all 21 years of this show's existence the Single Wing has always had something cooking in Pearisburg.
This year the cook is really a Cook.
Junior Ricky Cook blew up last week against the Martsinville Bulldogs as he earned player of the week honors and led the Spartans to a surprisingly easy 40 to 21 win over their Group Two A vistitors.
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