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Trojans put up fight in football season opener / September 08, 2021

The Bluestone Middle School football team fell in its season opener to Halifax 41-24 last week on the road.

Bluestone received the kickoff but the Trojans’ initial drive bogged down.

The Lions fumbled on their first play from scrimmage. Bluestone’s Alvian Lewis scooped up the mishandled ball and returned it for a 70-plus yard TD. After a successful two-point conversion, Bluestone held an 8-0 lead.

Trojans coach Lamont Dodd said his boys got off to a solid start.

“We scored first on that fumble recovery from Alvian,” Dodd said. “Then they answered, they scored back two times in second quarter. The second quarter was Halifax’s quarter.”

The teams went into halftime with Halifax leading, 28-8. Dodd said at halftime the team made some adjustments.

The Trojans lost their starting quarterback to injury in practice two days before the game. Dodd said the kids were trying to adapt to the new QB and vice versa, and they just made the game plan moving forward simple.

“The boys settled down after halftime,” Dodd said. “We switched up our offense and just ran the ball straight up the gut. We had a backup quarterback and had to change our whole offense.”

Nicholas Hayes is the injured starting quarterback. Lewis has been in at backup.

“Alvian and Lafayette Elliott scored in the second half,” Dodd continued. “All three two-point attempts were good. We took a loss by the game, but it was a mental victory for our kids.”

“They had 55 active players at game day Thursday,” said Dodd, referring to Halifax’s team roster. “I felt like Halifax had a powerhouse and we performed very well against them.”

Dodd noted that his team is young and without a ton of experience in some areas, but every player gave it their all.

“We had our kids playing both sides of the ball,” Dodd said. “Some of our kids, it’s the first time they’ve ever played on a football field and they played their hearts out.

“First time in some years that Bluestone has even scored against Halifax. [The] guys didn’t give up. They fought a good fight.”

Up next for the Trojans is a matchup this week at Brunswick with Russell Middle School. Dodd said he is looking for Bluestone to come away with the win.

“We’re still without starting quarterback this week,” Dodd said. “We’ve got a totally different mindset and we’re looking for a victory.”

On the injury front, the Trojans lost one their tight ends to a broken hand.

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