Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Win Streaks & the New USA Today Super 25 Rankings

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

The 2010 season hasn’t been a good one for team’s riding long winning streaks.

Friday night, Reidsville (North Carolina) lost 28-7 to Cummings to stop the nation’s longest active win streak at 55.  Ironically, the streak began for Reidsville back in 2006 after a 39-21 loss to Cummings.

Reidsville became they third team in America this year to see its quest to match De La Salle’s (Concord, CA) record of 151 straight wins go up in smoke this season.

Plymouth (New Hampshire) began the season with the longest active streak at 55 straight, but after a 2-0 start, the Bobcats streak was snapped at 57 with a 20-9 loss to Kennett, which back in 2004 ended Plymouth’s then record 46-game win streak.

Lake Travis (Austin, TX) would have been next-in-line to take over the top spot, however, one week before Plymouth lost, the Cavaliers saw their 48-game win streak snapped in a 14-10 loss to Westlake.

Two 40+ game win streaks were snapped during the first weekend of September.

Solon (Iowa) had its 42-game win streak snapped September 3rd when it lost 21-15 to Regina (Iowa City, IA).   That same night, Cascia Hall (Tulsa, OK) was beaten 34-27 by Holland Hall, which snapped the Commandos’ 41-game win streak that was one short of Oklahoma’s all-time record of 42 set by Ada in the mid-90’s.

So the question is…who now has the bull’s eye on its chest?

According to our research, another North Carolina team has taken over the top spot.  West Rowan (Mt. Ulla, NC) won its 39th straight game last Friday night with a 40-0 shutout of Statesville.  Right behind at 37 is Phoebus High School (Newport News, VA).  Directly behind Phoebus are two teams riding 36-game wins streaks....Alcoa (Tennessee), which is going after a record 7th straight Tennessee state championship,  and Highlands High (Ft. Thomas, KY). 

Shifting gears, but still speaking of streaks, Soldotna beat Kenai Saturday for its fourth Alaska Small Schools football championship in five years.  The Stars and Kardinals, which are separate by 10-miles, have now combined to win nine straight titles.

The 77-42 victory was the highest scoring game in Alaska high school football championship history, which was then followed by the lowest scoring game as Anchorage West beat Service 6-0 for the Big Schools title.

Friday night the High School Football America cameras were on the south side of Chicago Friday night to do a future story on THE streak in America.

It belongs to St. Rita alum Dr. Gerry Grieco, who has now attended 491 straight Mustang games!  Yes, Dr. Grieco, has not missed a game since 1968 when his beloved Mustangs were 0-9.

Finally, I turn your attention to the latest USA Today Super 25 rankings.  There are three Super 25 teams with a long active win streaks...Phoebus (36 straight), Hamilton (Chander, AZ) with a 33-game win streak and Cocoa (Florida) with 31 straight.

The only new team entering the poll this week is Mission Viejo (California) at #25 replacing former #20 Glades Central (Belle Glade, FL), which dropped out of the poll.

1. Euless Trinity (TX) 8-0, LW: #1
2. South Panola (MS) 8-0, LW: #2
3. Phoebus (VA) 7-0, LW: #3
4. Bingham (UT) 8-0, LW: #4
5. De La Salle (CA) 6-0, LW: #7
6. St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) 6-0, LW: #6
7. Hoover (AL) 8-0, LW: #9
8. Hamilton (AZ) 8-0, LW: #8
9. Manatee (FL) 6-0, LW: #5
10. Har-Ber (AK) 7-0, LW: #10
11. Glenville (OH) 8-0, LW: #11
12. Don Bosco Prep (NJ) 5-0, LW: #12
13. North Gwinnett (GA) 7-0, LW: #13
14. West Monroe (LA) 7-0, LW: #15
15. Dorman (SC) 8-0, LW: #16
16. Katy (TX) 7-0, LW: #17
17. Camden County (GA) 6-1, LW: #19
18. Wheaton Warrenville South (IL) 8-0, LW: #24
19. Grant (CA) 7-0, LW: #18
20. Cocoa (FL) 7-0, LW: #14
21. Warren Central (IN) LW: #21
22. Miami Central (FL) 5-1, LW: #22
23. Mullen (CO) 7-0, LW: #23
24. Jenks (OK) 7-0, LW: #25
25. Mission Viejo (CA) 7-0, LW: NR

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