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Barons rely on running game to dominate Cumberland, 39-0

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Larry Bullock had a rushing TD and recorded 80 yards on rushing and receptions vs. Cumberland. (Andrew Crenshaw photo)
SoVaNow.com / October 09, 2019
Bluestone celebrated its first win of the season on Friday night when they knocked off Cumberland on the road, 39-0.

After a 0-4 start — one of the losses being a forfeit — the win was welcomed by fans. At 1-2 in the district, Bluestone is in seventh place in the James River District out of a nine-team field.

Coach Harry John said all wins feel good, but he was especially pleased with this one due to the preparation the team put into game day.

“[It] felt pretty good as all wins should,” John said. “I am happy with some of the progress being made in terms of individual game day preparation. This was a business trip, not a pleasure trip — although winning is very pleasurable. Approaching game day focused on the task at hand is an extremely important component of winning.”

John said he was pleased with the team’s offense on the night, noting that they did well. Bluestone started off with a passing game strategy before settling into the run game, which dominated on the night.

Bluestone's offensive line has struggled at times to put together a consistent performance this season, partly due to youth..

On Friday night, the offensive linemen played their best game yet of the season, leading to the excellent rushing game, said John.

“I am extremely proud of the way our young and inexperienced offensive line played Friday night,” he said.

Freshmen Deion Revis, and Amare Baskerville, sophomore Jaylen Crawley and junior classmen Christian Creedle, Kwamel Mayo, and Markell Carrington make up the Barons “O” line.

Crawley has the most experience on the line. It was Mayo’s second start as a lineman for the offense and Creedle is a first-year player.

Bluestone put up 13 points in the first quarter. Neil Clayton Jr. opened the scoring on the first of four turnovers that the Bluestone defense would force; Clayton also had an interception returned for a TD.

Bluestone led at the end of the first quarter 13-0

A solid second quarter led to 14 additional points. A highlight of the second was Deshawn Hargrove’s 74-yard TD run that according to offensive coach Charles Bateman, “broke the game open,” for the Barons leading to halftime.

Bluestone was up 27-0 at the half.

The Barons went on to post 13 third quarter points. Jalen Pettus’ 99-yard rushing TD in the period solidified the win.

Pettus was the leading rusher on the night with 112 yards on four carries.

The team was quiet on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, but the Barons’ defense never wavered. Mayo and Clayton led a defense that allowed only one red-zone possession and secured the second shutout versus Cumberland in consecutive seasons.


John said Bluestone's defense led by coach Justin Wilkerson, did a great job of keeping Buckingham in check throughout the game. It wasn’t that the Knights didn’t move the ball as much as it was the Barons coming up with consistent defensive stances and turnovers.

“[The] defense played well; always good to hold the opponent to a goose egg,” John said. “They were able to move the ball on us a little bit, but we were able to combat with big plays and turnovers in the process.”

As Bluestone prepares for its homecoming game this Friday versus Randolph-Henry, John said that remaining focused during the week would be the key to a win.

“We will continue to work on focusing on the task at hand and avoiding distractions,” John concluded. “If we can do that, our potential goes through the roof.

“If we focus on outside factors and focus on people other than ourselves, we only hurt ourselves as unit.”

The Barons posted their highest yardage output of the season on Friday, gaining a total of 413 yards — 368 on the ground and 45 on receptions. Clayton had 44 yards on the night.

Baron QB Larry Bullock had 80 yards on rushing and passes. Bullock ran for a TD.

Bluestone plays R-H at 7 p.m. on Friday.



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