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Crowning Kings of the County, one last time

SoVaNow.com / July 21, 2021


The Virginia High School League has set its master football schedule for this fall and Bluestone and Park View will play one more King of the County game before the schools merge to create Mecklenburg County High School in 2022.

Teams are back to playing a full 10-game schedule this season after the VHSL’s Champions + 1 calendar limited spring football to six games.

This will be the first time the rivalry game has been played since 2018. In 2019, some roughhousing that occurred between Bluestone and John Marshall at a game in Skipwith led to the cancellation of the subsequent King of the County game.

The Aug. 27 King of the County game will be the season opener for both schools. The game will be played in South Hill. Bluestone will play six games at home and four road games this year. Park View is evenly split, five games at home and five on the road.

Bluestone has been in preseason prep mode since school ended in June and the VHSL has allowed voluntary conditioning sessions. The Barons had some issues fielding enough players to compete in a couple of sports last year — mainly football and baseball — so the Bluestone coaching staff has been in a full-out press encouraging players to come out for the football team.

Most recently Bluestone head coach Harry John spoke before Chase City Town Council asking for their support in encouraging students to try out for the team.

Chase City Community Park hosted a free youth football camp in recent weeks. The camp was led by Bluestone assistant football coach Sean Gayles, with several participants showing interest in playing sports at Bluestone high and middle schools.

School buses that were normally used in seasons past to drop off and pick up participants at select locations are not available this year. John said anyone looking to volunteer to help out with transportation would be greatly appreciated.

Bluestone is not the only school division dealing with this problem as neighboring Halifax County is also experiencing some difficulty in getting kids to practice who live in the outlying areas of the county. Still, John says turnout for the workouts has been consistent with approximately 25 players normally in attendance.

Greensville and Brunswick return to the Bluestone's football schedule this season.

Below are the 2021 football schedules for each school. Game times are 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Schedules are subject to change.



Bluestone:

08/27 – Park View (SH) – H

09/03 – Brunswick – H

09/10 – Greensville – H

09/17 – Bye Week - *

09/24 – Amelia – A

10/01 – Buckingham – H

10/08 – Prince Edward – H

10/15 – Randolph-Henry – A

10/22 – Central Lunenburg – A

10/29 – Cumberland – H

11/05 – Nottoway – A



Park View:

08/27 – Bluestone – A

09/03 – Bye Week - *

09/10 – Colonial Heights – H

09/17 – Halifax County – A

09/24 – Southampton – A

10/01 – Franklin – H

10/08 – Greensville – A

10/15 – Sussex Central – H

10/22 – Brunswick – H

10/29 – Surry – A

11/05 – Windsor - H



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