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Early deficit dooms Trojans’ Homecoming / October 16, 2019

The Bluestone Middle School football team closed out the season Wednesday with a 24-16 loss to Prince Edward on homecoming night in Skipwith.

Bluestone had several miscues in the first half which led to Prince Edward taking a 18-0 halftime lead. During halftime the homecoming court was presented. Jayla Whitehead, escorted by Cameron Royster, was named BMS Homecoming Queen.

During halftime Bluestone made some adjustments on defense and offense. On the offense, Alvian Lewis was moved to the QB position, replacing De’Andre Watson who moved to running back.

Jontay Mosley was put in the backfield as the lead blocker. This was a system that worked well for Bluestone in their 50-0 win over Cumberland. Immediately the rotations began to make a difference.

Zach Gooch posted the Trojans’ first score in the game on a 50-yard run for the TD. Landon Funderburk added the two-point conversion. Though the Trojans moved the ball for the remainder of the third quarter, they couldn’t get the ball in the end zone.

Watson had a huge run to the five-yard line called back due to a stiff arm he delivered that was ruled as an illegal block. PE scored its final TD of the night late in the third to go up 24-8.

Watson didn’t relent and in the fourth quarter was able to sprint to the goal line for a 45-yard TD. Funderburk added the two-point conversion for what would be the 24-16 final.

Trojan head coach Lamont Dodd said although his team didn’t win the game, he was pleased with how the kids fought back in the second half. He noted that the team had some good defensive plays in the second half.

Dodd also said he wanted to thank all the parents that helped to make the season successful. “They have supported me and the coaching staff the entire season,” Dodd said.

“I was also very pleased with the turnaround this season. We scored over 138 points and were only shut out once this year.”

He added that the Trojans would be losing four eighth graders to the high school next season.

“I encourage kids to come out next year,” Dodd said.

. “It’s more than just about playing football. It’s about making young men better — physically and mentally, building relationships and making memories that will last a lifetime.”

The Trojans coaching staff consists of Dodd, defensive coach Kenny Gayles, offensive coach Ryan Hayes, and special teams coach Johnny Kirkland.

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