The 2021 season for the Jackson County Blue Devils did not get off to the kind of start head coach Sean Loftis was hoping for. The Blue Devils were shut out by Clay County to open the season, then COVID robbed them of a Week 2 game against York Institute. Jackson County beat Sale Creek in Week 4, only to suffer back-to-back shutouts at the hands of Sequatchie County and new Region foe, East Nashville. Afterwards, the Blue Devils began to turn a corner.
On September 24, Jackson County beat Livingston Academy, 21-0, the program’s first win over the Wildcats in decades, and followed that up with a 40-18 pounding of Region opponent, Maplewood. Suddenly, the Blue Devils were back to .500 overall (3-3) and in Region play (1-1).
Jackson County plays two of their final three games against Region opposition, starting this week with the Smith County Owls (3-4), who, like the Blue Devils, started the season slow but has shown great improvement in recent weeks. A win keeps Jackson County’s hopes of a home playoff game in the first round alive, while a loss would lock them into no better than a third place finish, while giving the Owls the opportunity to play East Nashville for the Region 5-3A Championship in Week 11.
Blue Devils coach Sean Loftis joined UC Sports Nation to preview Friday night’s exciting Region contest at Smith County.
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