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Baron varsity defenders review their slot assignments. (Mike Moseley photo) / August 07, 2019

The football programs at Bluestone High School and Bluestone Middle School held tryouts and practice last Thursday in preparation for the upcoming season.

Attendance was good for both squads. One of the first matters of business for each team was making sure all physicals are current, according to VHSL guidelines.

Bluestone devoted a significant amount of practice time to the classroom where coaches explained offensive and defensive schemes before taking to the field. The middle school participated in a light practice on the first day with several breaks in between to keep the players cool and hydrated.

Coach Harry John will lead the Barons again this season. John joined Bluestone last season and brought a new commitment to the kids that play the sport and the football program overall. John was very instrumental in helping a good number of student-athletes move on to play at the college level.

John has consistently said that he has been happy with the number of players who did voluntary lifting and fitness regimens during the off-season. He is looking towards those players to lead the team as Bluestone aims for a strong James River District showing this year.

At Bluestone Middle School, head coach Lamont Dodd will guide the football program. Dodd was an assistant coach with the Barons football team before taking over the reigns as Trojan head coach last season.

Dodd is pumped-up about the upcoming season. “I was really impressed with the number of kids that have been consistently showing up every day. They are bringing a lot of energy to the practices. I’m really excited about this season and we’re just ready to hit the field and play some good football,” he said.

The Barons are scheduled to play their first scrimmage game on Aug. 16 when they travel to Averett University North Campus to take on Chatham High School.

The Trojans begin preseason play on Aug. 24 when they take to the road for a Football Jamboree at Nottoway County Middle School.

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