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No joy for Barons on Senior Night after suffering 59-0 blowout by Nottoway

SoVaNow.com / November 06, 2019
The Bluestone football team suffered its worst loss of the season on Friday night in a 59-0 bruising to Nottoway on Senior Night.

With the defeat, Bluestone dropped to 2-6 but still holds seventh place in the James River District. Nottoway improved to 6-1 in the district and maintains second place.

The football program recognized 12 seniors in a pre-game ceremony. Seniors honored were Larry Bullock, Jacob Walker, Ciantre Roberts-Duncan, Da’Trione Shearin, Desean Hargrove, Elijah Dennis, Jalen Pettus, Mohamed Ghanem, Michael Harris, Neil Clayton Jr., Chad Hayes Jr. and Dustin Hatcher.

Once again in three straight weeks of competition, Bluestone held their opponent close for most of the first two quarters of play.

The Barons defense has been stalwart — led by seniors — and played solidly for as long as they could. But in the end the Barons weren’t able to stop a potent Cougars attack.

Bluestone limited Nottoway to a 7-0 lead to end the first quarter. With 9:22 remaining in the second quarter the Cougars posted their second TD of the night. The PAT was good for the 14-0 lead.

Bluestone received the kickoff, Ghanem had a solid return and the Barons were soon set up at first and 10 at their 47. Walker picked up two yards for second and eight.

Pettus had a nice run to set up third and three. Bullock sprinted to the wing to set up fourth and one.

Bluestone elected to go for the first down. Bullock ran the ball to the Barons’ sideline, appearing to get close to the first down marker.

The Barons coaching staff, sensing the ball was too close to make a snap first down call, asked for a measurement. But somehow during the request, the ball was picked up and the chain on the opposite side of the field was moved to start a new series of downs for the Cougars.

Though the football and chains would be placed back for a measurement, the first down for Bluestone was not to be. The Barons just never seemed to get back on track from this point on.

Nottoway took over and with 2:55 left before the half scored its third TD of the night. Bluestone’s next series resulted in an interception and with 20 seconds left to halftime Nottoway ran for another touchdown to take the 28-0 lead to the break.

Bluestone kicked off to start the third and Walker laid a crushing hit on the Cougar return man, stopping him dead in his tracks. Nottoway started first and 10 at their 28 and on the snap ran the ball 72 yards for the TD and a 34-0 score.

On Nottoway’s next points the clock went in continuous run mode at 40-0. The visitors went on to post 19 additional points.

Much to Bluestone’s credit they were determined Nottoway wouldn’t see 60-points on the scoreboard, and they played their hearts out to accomplish that.

Barons head coach Harry John, who joined the team two years ago, said he’s thankful for the time he has had with the seniors and looks forward to seeing what they will accomplish in the future. He also noted the seniors’ dedication to the football team, the football program and Bluestone High School.

“I was very proud to see these seniors finish out their final home game in Barons Stadium,” John said. “We have grown together for two years now and I am excited to see the growth that is still to come, not only academically and athletically but also as young men.

“I have enjoyed my time with these men and love them dearly. I am sure they will be fruitful in their future endeavors and look forward to seeing their continued successes.”

The Barons will play their final game of the season when they travel to No. 1 Goochland on Friday night. Game time is 7 p.m.





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