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Barons clip Eagles in PE Homecoming game
SoVaNow.com / October 30, 2013The Bluestone Barons traveled to Farmville on Friday to take on Prince Edward on the Eagles’ Homecoming Night and came away with a very close, 24-21 victory.
Bluestone owned the ground game, but the Eagles gave the Barons a fit through the air. Several times the Barons secondary was burned for either big gains or touchdowns.
At halftime this was addressed and as the third quarter wore on, the coverage got a lot better — with a Baron interception ending the push by the Eagles to score late in the fourth quarter.
When Bluestone opened the game. it seemed they would never give the ball up or score. The Barons had an opening-possession TD, which burned almost eight minutes off of the clock.
Bluestone’s first series of downs comprised 18 plays and started at the BHS 40-yard line.
Josh Briggs pounded in from the one with 4:35 left in the first quarter. Baron QB Trey Watson added the extra two points for the 8-0 lead.
As the first quarter wore on, PE punted on its next possession and Bluestone started a drive that would take them into the second quarter. The Barons soon faced a fourth and nine, went for it and had to turn the ball over on downs.
Looking at first and 10 at the PE 31, the Eagles went to the air and scored with 7:57 left in the second. The PAT was blocked for the 8-6 score.
Watson returned the kickoff for the Barons to BHS 31. Carries by Deion Mosley moved the ball to the 40 for a third and one.
After securing the first down, C.J. Richardson, who is generally pretty sure-handed, fumbled the ball. PE recovered at the 48 and three plays later went to the air again for its second passing TD of the night.
The PAT was good and Prince Edward led, 13-8.
Bluestone went three and out on the next series of downs. After getting a first down, PE went back to its money and aired it out again.
Unfortunately for the Eagles QB, the Barons’ Keith Patrick read the covers correctly this time and made the interception with 2:35 left in the half.
Starting at its 40, Mosley got the gains going. He soon had the Barons on the PE 30 with 24.7 seconds left.
After an incomplete pass Watson took it in for the TD and also the two-point attempt.
Bluestone went into the half leading 16-13.
PE opened the third quarter by receiving the kickoff and going three and out — turning the ball over on downs.
Bluestone got the ball back and immediately went to work at the BHS 40. After a second down holding call on, Mosley broke around the left side for an apparent TD.
But the run was called back due to a holding call. On the next play Bluestone fumbled again.
This time PE recovered and ran it back for the TD. The two-point attempt was good and PE finally led its Homecoming game, 21-16.
Bluestone fumbled on its next possession, but this time the defense held and kept PE out of the end zone.
The Barons ended the fourth quarter with a first and 10 at the BHS 13. A fourth and five try was thwarted by PE.
PE opened the fourth by turning the ball over on downs. Bluestone had a penalty-plagued series next but CJ Richardson had some good carries to help move the team down the field.
With 5:22 left in the game the Eagles made their final drive for the win starting at the PE 19.
The Eagles worked the ball all the way down to the BHS 34, for a first and 10.
Two plays later PE went to the air for the TD and once again, Patrick intercepted the ball for the Barons to end the Eagles drive.
Bluestone ran out the clock to upset the Eagles on Homecoming night.
After the game, Baron QB Trey Watson said he thought the offense really came through when it needed to.
“I think it came out stronger than ever tonight,” Watson said. “Out team pushed hard all the way to the end and we came out with the win.”
Defensive LB O’Von Bullock added, “We played with a lot of intensity and it’s the close ones we need in the end, to keep us going.
“Through adversity and on the road — I mean Bluestone hadn’t won a road game like this in I can’t remember how long. “
Baron coach Waverly Jackson said it was a good win for the team.
“They fought, they dug down and they fought,” said Jackson. “And they believed — they believed. And we got it done.”
With the win, the Barons are 3-5-0 overall and 2-4-0 in James River District play.
The Barons will host Amelia County at Baron Stadium on Friday night for Senior Night. Game time is 7 p.m.
Bluestone received the opening kickoff. The Barons scored on their first drive.
Starting at the BHS 40 Darious Brooks and Moseley worked the ground for a fourth and four. Watson ran for the first to the PE 37.
Two downs later Watson ran to the five but the play was called back for a holding call.
Mosley soon had the ball at the 26 for a first down. Two incomplete passes led to a third and 10.
Mosley ran to the first at the 15. Brooks followed for a third and three at the eight. Richardson then ran to one. Briggs powered in for the TD. Watson added the two for the 8-0 lead, with 4:35 left in the first.
PE turned the ball over on downs on its opening possession.
PE got its first TD with 7:57 on the clock in the second quarter after getting the Barons to turn the ball over on downs.
On the first snap of the drive, the Eagles scored on a deep pass to make the score. The PAT was blocked and the score was 8-6.
PE recovered a fumble by Bluestone on its next possession.
Facing a second and 15 at the 43, the Eagles connected in the air again. The PAT was good for the 13-8 score.
Two possessions later, PE went to the air on a first and 10. Bluestone’s Patrick picked off the pass and returned the ball to the 40.
Runs by Mosley took the ball to the 11. Watson ran to the three and punched it into the end zone with 1.8 seconds on the clock. Watson added the two and Bluestone led at the half, 16-13.
PE opened the quarter by turning the ball over on downs at Bluestone took over on the BHS 30. Mosley’s third run on the drive broke around the left corner for a TD.
But the score was nullified due to a holding call. On the next snap Bluestone fumbled the ball and PE recovered and scored. The two-point conversion was good. PE led 21-13 with 10:02 on the clock.
The Barons began the winning drive at the BHS 22. Runs by Mosley, Brooks and Patrick moved the ball down the field for good position. But two catches by Nathen Finch were critical to the drive being successful.
Mosley scored for the TD and the two. Bluestone led 24-21.
PE started its final scoring drive with 5:22 on the clock at the 19. The Eagles moved the ball to the after getting two first downs.
On second and 10, Patrick got his second interception of the game for the Barons to end the drive.
TREY WATSON - Completions: 5 of 14 for 83 yards – longest 30-yards
7 carry for 73-yards – 1 TD – 23-yards longest
73 rush, 12 KR = 85 yards
1 TD + 2 PConver = 8 points
57 QB rating for game – 76 QB rating on the season
Rushing: 48 rushes for 229 yards – longest 23-yards – 3 TDs – 4.77/carry
Receiving: 6 for 83 yards – longest 35-yards
Total Yardage: Rush 229 – Rec. 83 – KR 21 – IR 25 = 358 Total
Tackles: 18 solo – 20 asst – 38 total
Sacks: 2 for -12
D Interceptions: 2 for 25-yards
Blk FGs – 1
KO – 3 for 100-yards – longest 40 yards
Punts – 5 for 170-yards – longest 45yards
KO Returns – 2 for 21-yards – longest 12-yards
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