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Bluestone’s Devin Pettus takes the hand-off and turns a loss into a nice gain. (Mike Moseley photo) / November 01, 2017
Bluestone enjoyed Senior Night on Friday and the 51-6 shellacking that the varsity laid on the visiting Cumberland Dukes was just what the team and crowd needed at the end of a very trying season.

In all fairness to Cumberland, who entered the game at 0-8, Bluestone should have won the game. Bluestone’s record was 2-5 in the James River District and 2-7 overall entering the matchup.

The Barons scored early and often on the Dukes, using an onside kick to open the game as senior Walter Evans recovering the ball on the Cumberland 46. Cedrick Taylor took the ball nine yards on first down for a second and one.

The Barons’ Roger Dailey Jr. scored at the 11:21 mark for the 6-0 lead. The two-point attempt was no good.

The Barons attempted another onside kick on the next kickoff but this time the Dukes recovered. But a solid, hard-hitting defense led to a third and 11 situation which Cumberland couldn’t convert.

Bluestone received the punt and had excellent field position to start their next drive. A mix of runs and pass receptions by Taveion Small, Neil Clayton Jr. and QB Dale Sturdifen Jr. soon had the ball at Cumberland’s 32.

Sturdifen hooked up with senior tight end Cam Tucker for a 32-yard TD completion. Trei Venable added the PAT for a 13-0 Bluestone lead with 8:21 remaining in the first.

The teams exchanged possessions before Bluestone scored another TD with 45.9 seconds on the clock, on a pass by Sturdifen to Chris Gregory. That upped Bluestone’s lead to 19-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Bluestone posted two additional touchdowns in the second quarter. Sturdifen scored on a 25-yard run, and Clayton ripped off a 13-yard TD jaunt with 2:05 left in the half to bring the score to 31-0.

At halftime Bluestone recognized senior football players, cheerleaders and band members. Football members recognized were Cedric Taylor, Raheem Walker, Kwhali Hester, Marquis Wesley, Roger Daily Jr., Malik White, Cameron Tucker, Trei Venable, Walter Evans, Javonte Roberts and Kareem Mason

The third quarter began where the first half left off — more Bluestone. Bluestone received the kickoff and started at the 35. Moments later Venable rumbled for a 41-yard TD and the 37-0 lead.

Clayton scored his second TD of the night on a 60-yard TD run, with Clayton breaking several tackles en route to the end zone.

Cumberland scored its only TD of the game in the fourth quarter, way after Bluestone called in its reserve players. The Dukes’ TD came on a 12-yard run by Isaiah Carter.

Bluestone capped off its scoring with a 80-yard TD run by Deandrea Alexander for the 51-6 final.

Sturdifen had 208 yards through the air, while Clayton collected 119 yards and Alexander 79 yards on the ground. Bluestone totaled over 300 yards rushing. Gregory had 63 receiving yards and Taylor accumulated 56 yards.

Defensively the Barons remained consistent, with Evans leading the attack with six tackles, two assista, one sack, four TFLs and a fumble recovery.

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