Waverly Warriors end grid season with winning record

Waverly Warriors end grid season with winning record


Waverly Warriors end grid season with winning record



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.

Look back

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.


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