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SoVaNow.com / August 16, 2017
Bluestone faced Chatham Friday in varsity and jayvee scrimmages.

Coach Jessie Chropka said he and the staff were very impressed by what they saw on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

The scrimmage was set up in rotations of 10 plays each per team. First downs, turnovers, and touchdowns were all regulated and called by VHSL referees.

“All in all, it was an impressive night,” Chropka said. “The scrimmage started at 6 p.m. and was called due to a thunderstorm at seven.

“In that time, our offense and defense showed a variety of awesome plays from sacks, to big hits, blocking, catching, running, and the list could go on.”

Bluestone opened the scrimmage on offense and did a good job running their plays.

Neil Clayton Jr, Tavion Small, and DeAndre Alexander all shared responsibilities at running back.

Each player had several opportunities to get some touches.

Chropka said the backs broke through Chatham’s defense and secondary many times for substantial gains. Roger Dailey Jr, Cedric Taylor, Cameron Tucker, Da’trione Shearin, Jacob Walker, Jordan Hill, and Chris Gregory all took turns at receiver positions and made some nice catches as the offense had a good, overall performance.

Chropka also had good words for first year starting quarterback Dale Sturdifen Jr. Chropka said Sturdifen was a solid contributor in the game.

“Dale Sturdefin led the charge at QB, running the offense as a first-year starter as if he was born to play the position,” Chropka added.

“Our first series of 10 plays were ended with a 35-yard catch and run by Cameron Tucker where he was tackled at Chatham’s four-yard line.

“Our next series of 10 ended with a 28-yard touchdown catch by Roger Dailey Jr. Our third series ended on Chatham’s side of the field. All three series showed tremendous progression from the beginning of summer workouts.”

Not to go left unmentioned, Chropka praised the work of the team’s offensive line throughout the scrimmage. “Jailyn Crowder, Rashawn Peterson, Shawn Jones, Javonte Roberts, and Deylin Smalls worked well together pass protecting and run blocking all night.”

“As a staff we understand that this is a great starting point and something to be proud of and build on in the future. However, once we watch this film and dissect each play and player we will make small adjustments both fundamentally and with our scheme to put our team in the best position to be successful,” Chropka said.

Bluestone hosts Gretna Friday for the teams’ final scrimmage of the season. The game will be a fundr aiser for the athletics department.

BBQ plates will be for sale prior to the game, and they will also be sold as an additional menu item at the Marching Barons’ concession stand during the game.





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