The Bluestone High School football team fell 45-6 to visiting Buckingham on Friday.
The Barons fell to 0-4 with the loss but were more competitive against the 3-1 Knights than in their previous outing against Central of Lunenburg, when they posted only three first downs and had nearly as many penalty yards as offensive yards.
Buckingham steamrolled to a 14-0 lead in the early going, and Bluestone looked to be headed for its second three-and-out in as many first-quarter drives. But Da’Trione Shearin sparked the Barons with a 14-yard run on a fake punt on fourth-and-8, and Bluestone achieved a second first down on the drive when Jalen Pettus bulled forward for a 3-yard run on fourth-and-1.
The 10-play drive ended with a lost fumble, and Buckingham extended its lead to 21-0 three plays later when Knights quarterback Gerry Toney scored the first of his four touchdowns with 11:44 remaining in the second quarter.
But with positive momentum on their side for the first time all season, the Barons continued to compete. They pinned Buckingham deep in their own territory with a 42-yard Shearin punt, with Mohamed Ghanem steamrolling the punt returner, then stuffed a Knights ballcarrier on fourth-and-6 for no gain.
A 15-yard pass from quarterback Larry Bullock to Shearin notched Bluestone its third first down of the game, and three plays later, Bullock hit Shearin with a pass on the home sideline. Shearin cut across the field, juking defenders on his way to a 48-yard touchdown reception that cut the Buckingham lead to 6-21 with 5:39 remaining in the first half.
The Knights quickly retook control of the game, as Toney tacked on a pair of touchdowns before halftime to give Buckingham a 35-6 lead at the break.
The Knights racked up 366 total yards, all rushing, led by Toney with 12 rushes for 150 yards and four touchdowns. Tailback Walter Edwards added 11 rushes for 145 yards and a touchdown, and Xavier Copeland finished with 25 yards and a touchdown on four carries.
Bluestone had its best offensive output of the season with 189 total yards, 151 via the pass. Bullock completed 8-of-20 passes for 151 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Shearin had two catches for 63 yards and a touchdown and added two rushes for 44 yards. Kingston Ross had two catches for 38 yards, and Michael Harris had a catch for 49 yards.
The Barons committed seven penalties for 55 yards, notched five first downs and lost three fumbles.
Bluestone is on the road at Cumberland this Friday, then returns home to host Randolph-Henry for homecoming on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.