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Park View running back Tylik Minor breaks from the pack for a long gain in Park View’s win in the King of the County game held Friday night at Bluestone. (Steve Hinzman photo) / September 01, 2021

For several years now the Park View High School football team have been crowned Kings of the County by winning the annual football rivalry between Bluestone High School and Park View High School.

In its final iteration on Friday night in Skipwith — the two county schools will merge next year to form Mecklenburg County High School — the Barons fell to the Dragons 60-0 to end the cross-county series. Though the loss was a hard pill for Baron fans to swallow, football is football and taking a “L” sometimes comes with the territory.

Hopes for a close contest to conclude the King of the County tradition were dashed early in the game.

The teams would change possession for a couple of series on Friday night before Park View’s Tomar Logan came to life and put the Dragons on the scoreboard with a 50-plus yard TD run.

Bluestone’s offense went idle on its next possession and the Dragons picked up right where they left off, scoring another TD for the 16-0 score.

Following this series Bluestone would commit turnovers that the Dragons converted to TDs as they pumped up their lead to 48-0 at halftime. With such a gaping hope to dig out of, the second half was anticlimactic, with the outcome never in doubt.

Logan would lead all performers in the game with 143 rushing yards on only five carries. He scored two TDs for PV.

Bluestone had minimal offensive production on the night with the Barons’ Keevonta Jones leading Bluestone with 21 yards on nine carries. Neither Bluestone nor Park View had any yards in the air, which won’t bode well for either team if that keeps up as their season wears on.

Still, with that said, Park View outgained Bluestone 378-25 yards on the night. The Dragons’ Tylik Minor added 100 yards on seven carries, also scoring two touchdowns in the blowout win.

Now that the game is over, Bluestone still has a full season to look forward to. In Friday’s loss with the score at 16-0, Bluestone still looked as if they might be competitive.

Bluestone head coach Harry John said as bad as the loss was, the team needs to forget it and move on if it’s to see any success this year.

“It was a tough loss but the score is certainly not telling of the entire story,” John said. “We continued to compete until the end of the game. There are a few things we will shape up for our upcoming home contest with Brunswick.”

Up next for Bluestone is Tri-Rivers District foe Brunswick County High School, which visits Skipwith on Friday night for a 7 p.m. matchup. Brunswick is 0-0-1 on the year after playing to a 6-6 tie with Prince Edward High School Aug. 20.

After winning the season opener, Park View has the weekend off. The varsity Dragons are slated to return to action on Sept. 10 with a home game against Colonial Heights.

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