Waverly ended their most successful football season since 1982 with a thud, falling to Linden in the first round of the Division 3 playoffs, 55-13 on Oct. 26.
Things were looking good early for the Warriors, who scored on a 12-yard run by Alante Sims to stay within one point, trailing 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.
But two Linden touchdowns in the second, including a 70-yard punt return, opened the floodgates. Linden took a 27-7 lead early in the second half, and Waverly responded with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Airic Boyce to Derrick Hartwell with 7:06 left in the third quarter.
Boyce completed 12 of his 26 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown.
That would be the last touchdown of the game, and the season, for the Warriors, who scored a total of 291 points this year, second-most in a season in school history.
Despite the disappointment of the final game, Waverly will look back on the season as a successful one. With a record of 6-4, it was the second winning season in a row, accomplished for just the third time in school history, and things are looking promising for the first-ever third in a row.
Boyce will be back next season, along with the bulk of an offensive line that was young at the beginning of the season, but is battle-tested now.
Something else that will be back is a winning attitude, something that has traditionally been in short supply for Waverly football.