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Battle-Tested Blue Devils Open Playoffs Against Resilient Waverly

No one has to tell either the Jackson County Blue Devils or the Waverly Tigers anything at all about adversity – the two schools have endured more than their share this year.

Coach Sean Loftis’ Blue Devils have overcome a number of injuries throughout the season, and fully embraced the “next man up” mantra, despite a roster that has barely exceeded 30 members most of the year. Still, that hasn’t stopped Jackson County from taking on arguably the toughest schedule of Coach Loftis’ tenure after moving up to Class 3A for this season. Jackson County’s toughness shone as bright as ever last Friday night, as the team gritted out a 6-2 win over Region rival, Stratford, to clinch third place in the final Region 5-3A regular season standings.

No one in the state may have dealt with more challenges this year than Waverly, who has been on the road the entire season after deadly flooding on August 21 devastated the Tigers’ home stadium and the community, as a whole. Still, Waverly’s players have taken it all in stride, played every game away from home (including their Homecoming game against White House at Nissan Stadium on September 16), and emerged with an 8-1 record, good enough for second place in Region 6-3A, and a #8 ranking in the State in Class 3A.

Jackson County head coach Sean Loftis joined UC Sports Nation Tuesday morning to discuss his battle-tested Blue Devils (4-5) and their first-round playoff game against a road-weary, yet very talented Tiger team.

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