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Gregory leads Bluestone football All-District picks

SoVaNow.com / November 22, 2017
Bluestone wide receiver Chris Gregory has been named first team All-James River District, leading a parade of Barons who earned postseason accolades for their play this season.

The junior wideout had an outstanding season for Bluestone, scoring 14 TDs on 686 receiving yards.

Gregory’s ability to pick up yardage after the catch — often with defenders trying to bring him down — contributed to several scoring series for Bluestone this season. His coaches also praise Gregory for his downfield blocking skills. With his 6’3”, 190-pound frame, Gregory also electrified the crowd at Bluestone games with his jumping ability that led to several spectacular catches this season.

Senior classmen Cameron Tucker (LB), Walter Evans Jr. (DE) and Roger Dailey Jr. (WR) along with junior Dale Sturdifen Jr. (QB) and freshman D’Andre Alexander (LB) all claimed positions on the All-JRD second team.

Tucker had 140 tackles, one interception and eight forced fumbles playing linebacker for Bluestone. Tucker has led the Barons in tackles the last three seasons. He also gained 129 yards, and scored two TDs doing time at tight end this season.

At defensive end, Evans was tough at the line and quick to the backfield. He posted 73 tackles, three fumble recoveries and one defensive TD. He also disrupted countless plays to help his team this season.

Rounding out the senior selections was Dailey, who gave great balance to wide receiver position. Dailey had five TDs and gained 447 yards. Playing at free safety, he also had three interceptions.

With Dailey on one wing and Gregory on the opposite side, Bluestone’s air attack was a threat the entire season.

Alexander saw good playing time and made his mark for the Barons this season. The freshman had 60 tackles — 10 for losses — and four fumble recoveries.

Finishing out the slate of Bluestone honorees was Sturdifen. The junior QB had a very solid season leading the Barons.

Sturdifen put up numbers of 1,742 passing yards, 22 passing TDs, 418 rushing yards and seven rushing TDs.

A strong runner who delivered hits as well as he could take one, Sturdifen was known for not running out of bounds when scrambling. The junior signal caller also had an uncanny ability to scramble and hold the ball until the last possible second and complete the pass – sometimes while in the grip of the defender.

After making the VHSL postseason playoffs for the first time in school history last season, the Barons had a somewhat lackluster 2017 season. The team got off to a fairly good start and by the third game of the JRD season was battling for first place in the league.

But a loss against Amelia started the downhill plunge and Bluestone went on to finish the regular season with a 3-7 record.

The Offensive Player of the Year in the James River District was Jasper Carter III of Goochland. Defensive Player of the Year was Nathan Mota of Nottoway.

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