Bluestone High School picked up a sweet 20-8 win over Randolph-Henry on Friday night.
The Barons improved to 2-4 with their second consecutive win before a sizeable homecoming crowd, with many staff and alumni tailgating in the school parking lot prior to kickoff.
“This was a huge program win,” said second-year head coach Harry John. “It’s big for Chase City, Clarksville, Boydton and all the communities here that support this school. There were probably more people in the stands tonight than there have been in a long, long time. It was a great atmosphere.”
The Barons took a 7-0 lead to halftime. The second-quarter score was set up by senior linebacker Neil Clayton Jr. stripping a Randolph-Henry ballcarrier and return- ing the fumble 35 yards to the Statesmen 9-yard line. Two plays later, fellow senior Mohamed Ghanem took an end-around 11 yards to the end zone, before sophomore kicker John Clark made the extra point.
The score remained 7-0 into the fourth quarter, when Clayton found the end zone on a 44-yard run up the home sideline with 5:59 to play. The extra point was no good, giving the Barons a 13-0 lead.
Randolph-Henry turned the ball over on downs on its ensuing series but then forced a Bluestone fumble to regain possession. This time, the Statesmen answered with a 63-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Peter Jones to sophomore Christopher Redd and successfully converted the 2-point conversion to cut the deficit to 13-8.
Bluestone had the final answer, however, with Clayton carrying the ball three times on a four-play, 39-yard drive and bulldozing into the end zone on a 5-yard run. Clark converted the extra point to set the final score at 20-8.
Clayton finished with 112 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Senior quarter- backs Larry Bullock and Michael Harris passed for 71 yards, and senior receiver Jacob Walker caught three passes for 61 yards and added a 30-yard rush.
Bluestone totaled 203 yards and 10 first downs but was flagged for 13 penalties for 114 yards.
Randolph-Henry had 237 total yards including 167 rushing yards. Justin Staten carried 13 times for 73 yards.
The Barons will look to keep their winning streak alive Friday hosting Amelia at 7:00 P.M.