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Bluestone walloped at Amelia, 41-10 / September 26, 2018

Bluestone (2-1 JRD) traveled to Amelia High School on Friday night to take on the Raiders and lost decisively, 41-10.

Bluestone entered the game in third place in the James River Districtl. The loss to Amelia dropped Bluestone to fourth in the district.

Amelia and Goochland are tied for first in the district. Prince Edward, which Bluestone defeated on Sept. 12, used the Barons’ loss to take over third place.

Bluestone for the most part have exhibited sound play and situational discipline since their season began. On Friday those aspects were in limited supply, though some positives were evident — mainly the defense, though bruised after the first half, that refused to give up. The kicking game also shined at moments.

Bluestone received the opening kickoff and promptly marched the ball down the field. The team was denied the touchdown but John Clark, who has brought a kicking game back to the Barons, was able to get the field goal for the 3-0 lead.

On Amelia’s first possession Bluestone’s defense stood strong and forced the Raiders to punt. Bluestone’s next possession was a three-and-out and Amelia capitalized.

The Raiders put together a nice drive, resulting in a TD. The two-point conversion was good and Amelia was up 8-3.

The Raiders went for the onside kick after the TD, which they recovered. Amelia scored another TD and extend its lead.

Amelia followed up the TD with another onside kick. The results were the same as the previous series, a quick touchdown and two-point conversion. And this would happen a third time, unsettling the Barons’ players and their fans.

The Barons special team units have provided a big boost for the team in recent games but struggled in the first half against Amelia. Bluestone head coach Harry John said the special teams’ coaching could have been better.

“Following Amelia’s first score came several onside kicks, which were recovered by Amelia,” John said. “It was difficult for us to adjust to this mid-game. We were simply out-coached on special teams.”

Amelia went to halftime leading 32-3.

Bluestone’s defense allowed the Raiders only nine points in the second half. Amelia posted six points in the third and three in the final quarter. Bluestone was able post one TD in the game — Larry Bullock scored the touchdown deep into the fourth quarter on an outside sweep to the right. Clark added the extra point.

Coach John said penalties also hampered the Barons. “Untimely penalties kept us from having too many opportunities to come back in the second half. Amelia is a well disciplined and they took advantage of their experience and our mistakes.”

The Barons will have their home crowd behind them on Friday as they take on Central Lunenburg in Skipwith. Game time is 7 p.m.

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