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Bluestone senior Cam Tucker, who plays tight end and cornerback, met stiff resistance from Buckingham (Mike Moseley photo) / October 25, 2017
The Bluestone varsity football team traveled to Buckingham to face off against the Knights and lost 34-19.

This was another game where Bluestone allowed the opposing team to score often and early, spoiling any hopes for a win.

Buckingham put up three touchdowns in the first quarter to take an 18-0 lead. Bluestone’s defense played a major role in Buckingham not extending their lead further in the second quarter.

Going to halftime the score was 18-0, Buckingham.

Opening the third quarter the teams swapped possession of the ball — Buckingham on a turnover on downs, and Bluestone on a ball intercepted by the Knights in the end zone.

A fumble recovery by Bluestone set up the team’s first score. Bluestone began the drive at the Knights 23. Baron QB Dale Sturdifen Jr. ran a QB keeper to the four-yard line.

On fourth and goal, Sturdifen found wideout Chris Gregory for the four yard TD pass and the 18-6 score. Buckingham immediately struck back, running the kickoff for an 89-yard TD.

Buckingham tried an onside kick on its next play. Bluestone covered the ball and started their own 35.

The series culminated with a 65-yard TD pass from Sturdifen to Gregory. The duo scored again in the third quarter, this time on a 50-yard TD reception. The score then stood at 26-19, Buckingham.

Buckingham scored once more to prevail by the final score to 34-19.

Once more, turnovers were a major factor in the loss. Bluestone had six turnovers in the game — one fumble and five interceptions. The team also had nine penalties on the night.

Still, Bluestone once again had several individual players with good performances on the night. Sturdifen passed for 203 yards, with three TDs. He also contributed 94 rushing yards.

Chris Gregory had three TDs and 145 yards receiving on the night. Gregory earned his numbers on six receptions.

Cedric Taylor had three receptions for 31 yards and Cam Tucker snagged two catches for 27 yards.

Shawn Jones led the defense with four tackles and seven assists. Tucker added three tackles and 13 assists.

The loss dropped Bluestone to 2-5 in the James River District and 2-7 overall. The Barons will take on the Cumberland Dukes this Friday in Skipwith on Senior Night. Game time is 7 p.m.

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