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Zac Gooch tries to escape a Prince Edward tackler in the Barons’ 74-30 loss. (David Conner II photo) / October 13, 2021

The Bluestone High School varsity football team lost the final homecoming game in the school’s history Friday night, bowing to Prince Edward 74-30.

Despite the outcome the game was special for players, coaches and especially football fans as it was the final football homecoming before Bluestone and Park View merge in 2022 to form Mecklenburg County High School.

Bluestone fell behind early and tried to rally against the Eagles, but were hard pressed to make up ground. The score in the first half was 22-0 before Bluestone picked up its first points.

A run by Zac Gooch with 2:47 left in the half gave Bluestone its first touchdown. Gooch posted all but one of the Bluestones touchdowns.

Dravion Nelson would make a TD-saving tackle on the second half kickoff to Prince Edward. But the visitors went on to score anyway and increase their lead to 30-6.

The teams exchanged fumbles on the next series of play. On Bluestone’s next possession some nice offensive line work opened up the rushing game, and soon the Barons were facing third and seven at the 12-yard line.

Gooch got the carry for the TD. The two-point conversion was no good for the 30-12 score.

Prince Edward kicked it up a notch, making huge strides on the next drive and scoring with 2:43 left in the half.

Bluestone got a solid kickoff return with 2:33 left. Nelson answered the call this time, scooting around the right end for the TD with 43 seconds on the clock.

Narrowing the Eagles’ lead to 36-18, Bluestone looked ready get the game back within reach. But PE had other thoughts, responding with a runback touchdown on the ensuing kickoff and a 44-18 lead.

Bluestone would battle back with some nice runs by Gooch and Nelson but the first half deficit basically did the Barons in. Bluestone forced some PE turnovers but was unable to convert these mistakes to points.

Gooch went on to score two additional touchdowns but PE owned the fourth quarter, scoring multiple times for the 74-30 final.

Bluestone is still winless with a 0-5 season record with four games remaining on the schedule. The Barons travel to Randolph-Henry on Friday for a James River District game.

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