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Barons forfeit final game of trying season / November 13, 2019

The Bluestone varsity football team ended the season Friday with a forfeit to Goochland High School.

The loss to Goochland leaves Bluestone with a record of 2-8, 2-6 JRD. It’s not as good as they wanted, but it still represents a seventh-place finish out of nine teams in the James River District.

Most people can’t remember the last time Bluestone had two forfeits in a season, even during the slim years when Bluestone went almost 10 seasons without a win.

The team’s other forfeit was to Park View in the King of the County game. That loss ensued after a sideline fight with John Marshall in the Barons opening game of the season.

The Goochland game was cancelled because Bluestone couldn’t field a roster adequate to assure player safety or a competitive game. Coach Harry John said he informed Bluestone’s administration and the athletic department of his team’s sparse numbers throughout the week and the decision was made to forfeit the game.

John said he understood the magnitude of cancelling the game with Goochland, especially on Senior Night for the Bulldogs, “but decisions were reached in the best interest of our players.”

“I reported numbers from practice to them throughout the week,” John said. “We practiced Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and I reported numbers of players at the practices each day. But I understand Senior Day and I know how important it was to Goochland.”

The Barons’ season got off to a rocky start and just never seemed to regain traction. The team opened with a 14-0 loss to John Marshall in a game that was called before halftime due to a sideline scuffle that broke out and resulted in the ejection of players from both teams.

The Park View game was forfeited as punishment for the John Marshall fracas.

The Barons then began their district run and fell to Central Lunenburg and Buckingham. Bluestone went on to beat Cumberland and win its homecoming game against Randolph-Henry. The season ended on a four-game losing streak.

Given another chance, John said he’s sure the team would have been done a lot of things differently. But also noted that what’s done, is done.

“Here and there, there were things we wished we could have changed but they did their best and it was just hard. I think if our team is full force, we can compete with just about anybody.”

John says he is looking forward to next year.

“I’m just telling the guys to keep doing something playing sports, conditioning, and things like that,” John stated. “When you move on to college coaches and the college want kids that are well rounded and that’s what these kids need to be concentrating on now.

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