TOUGHDOWN ! -

Bluestone’s Chad Hayes scooped up an Amelia fumble and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter of the Barons’ 43-7 loss to the Raiders on Friday.

The Bluestone High School football team’s two-game winning streak came to a screeching halt on Friday with a 43-7 loss to visiting Amelia.

The Raiders improved to 4-3 with the win while the Barons fell to 2-5 on the season.

Bluestone forced five Amelia turnovers, all via recovered fumbles, and recorded a defensive touchdown when Chad Hayes scooped up his third fumble recovery of the first half and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown with 4:03 remaining in the second quarter. John Clark’s extra point cut the Barons’ deficit to 18-7.

The Raiders returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to the end zone and took a 24-7 lead to halftime.

While Bluestone struggled on offense, recording only 83 total yards and six first downs while starting three freshmen on the offensive line, Amelia found a variety of ways to score.

Senior Justin Clay passed for a 28-yard touchdown on a fake sweep and found the end zone three times via special teams, a 75-yard kick return and 56- and 45-yard punt returns.

The Raiders had 311 total yards, including 154 passing yards on nine completions from quarterback Antonio Harris, who also had two rushing scores.

Neil Clayton Jr. led the Barons with five rushes for 48 yards.

The Barons are back in action Friday at Prince Edward at 7 p.m.