Sandy Creek’s winning streak, which was extended in a 43-20 victory over Whitewater last week, is the 16th in GHSA history to hit 30 games.
Here’s a look at those 16:
47 – Buford (2001-04)
State titles: 2001, 2002, 2003. Coach: Dexter Wood. Key players: RB Darius Walker, DL Neil Brown, OL Trey Chandler, WR Mikey Henderson. Streak-breaker: Central Gwinnett, 20-14, third game. Noteworthy: Buford is 142-6 since this streak began.
46 – Parkview (2000-03)
State titles: 2000, 2001, 2002. Coach: Cecil Flowe. Key players: WR/DB Jeff Francoeur, OL Zeb McKinzey, LB Sean Dawkins. Streak-breaker: Brookwood, 35-21, second game. Noteworthy: Parkview’s streak is the longest ever in the highest classification.
44 – Lincoln County (1989-91)
State titles: 1989, 1990. Coach: Larry Campbell. Key players: RB Garrison Hearst, LB Anthony Parks, LB Dramel Ware. Streak-breaker: Clinch County, 11-8, state championship game. Noteworthy: Streak’s end stopped Lincoln County’s bid for six Class A titles in seven years.
38 – Lincoln County (1976-78)
State titles: 1976, 1977. Coach: Larry Campbell. Key players: RB Roy Norman, RB RB/LB Tim Partridge, RB Jerry Hearst. Streak-breaker: Mitchell County, 15-6, Class AA quarterfinals. Noteworthy: The streak encompassed the first of 11 Larry Campbell state titles. Streak started in Class A, ended in AA.
37 – Valdosta (1960-63)
State titles: 1960, 1961, 1962. Coach: Wright Bazemore. Key players: T Bill Schroer, B Bruce Bennett, G Bill Myddleton. Streak-breaker: Waycross, 12-0, second game. Noteworthy: The ’62 team was Georgia’s first recognized national champion. Valdosta went 2-7-1 in 1963, the year the streak ended.
37 – West Rome (1982-84)
State titles: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985. Coaches: Mike Hodges (1982-83), Rodney Walker (1984), Charlie Winslette (1985-86). Key players: RB/DB William Kent, RB David McCluskey, DB Kevin Burley. Streak-breaker: Carrollton, 7-0, fourth game. Noteworthy: West Rome was 60-1 from 1982 into 1986. West Rome had nine turnovers in its loss to Carrollton.
36 – Thomson (1967-69)
State titles: 1967, 1968. Coach: Paul Leroy (1967), Joe Compton (1968-69). Key players: QB Ray Guy, E Andy Knox, T Glenn Reese. Streak-breaker: Fitzgerald, 14-0, Class A semifinals. Noteworthy: Taking over in 1968, Compton ditched Leroy’s straight T-formation and ran the Notre Dame box (no QB) with Guy at tailback.
35 – Northside, Warner Robins (2006-08)
State titles: 2006, 2007. Coach: Conrad Nix. Key players: QB Marques Ivory, RB Tijuan Green, DL Abry Jones. Streak-breaker: Lowndes, 24-7, sixth game. Noteworthy: The state titles were the first for 300-game winner Nix. The school moved up to AAAAA in 2008.
34 – Southeast Bulloch (1972-74)
State titles: 1972, 1973. Coach: Fred Shaver. Key players: E Delmus Lockhart, E Don Davis, RB Burmon Denson. Streak-breaker: Carrollton, 28-8, Class A quarterfinals. Noteworthy: The ’72 team averaged a state-record 51 points per game and shut out eight of 12 opponents. After the ’73 championship, Shaver left coaching and Southeast Bulloch moved from Class B to A.
34 – Americus (1974-76)
State titles: 1974, 1975. Coach: Alton Shell. Key players: LB Mackel Harris, OL Matt Braswell, DT Albert Cooper. Streak-breaker: Dublin, 10-9, sixth game. Noteworthy: Americus’ streak of 13 shutouts in 1975 is a state record. The team allowed eight points all year.
32 – Buford (2007-09)
State titles: 2007, 2008, 2009. Coach: Jess Simpson. Key players: DL Omar Hunter, RB Cody Getz, DB Jessel Curry. Streak-breaker: Lovett, 28-21, third game. Noteworthy: Buford had beaten Lovett 41-0 the previous year and 50-0 in the 2007 state final. Buford was 45-1 from 2007 until losing to Carver last season.
32 – East Rome (1977-79)
State titles: 1977, 1978. Coach: Jerry Sharp. Key players: FB/LB Larry Kinnebrew, RB Greg Gordon, QB Sylvester Elkins. Streak-breaker: Coosa, 0-0, third game. Noteworthy: East Rome shut out 19 of its 32 victims, plus the team that broke the streak. The 1977 backfield of Kinnebrew, Gordon and Elkins signed with Georgia.
31 – Morgan County (1958-60)
State titles: 1958, 1959. Coach: Bill Corry. Key players: QB Jake Saye, FB Neal Vason, B Charles Ruark. Coach: Bill Corry. Streak-breaker: Jefferson, 0-0, sixth game. Noteworthy: Corry retired after the 1962 season with a record of 78-6-3 and four state titles in seven seasons.
30 – Sandy Creek (2009-current)
State titles: 2009, 2010. Coach: Chip Walker. Key players: QB Ronnie Bell, DB/RB Mike Hilton, WR Alex Chisum. Streak-breaker: N/A. Noteworthy: A 10-0 regular-season finish would make Sandy Creek’s streak the fourth-longest in state history.
30 – Washington County (1996-97)
State titles: 1996, 1997. Coach: Rick Tomberlin. Key players: QB Terrence Edwards, RB/LB Jessie Miller, RB Greg Cooper. Streak-breaker: Baldwin, 31-21, first game. Noteworthy: Washington County trailed the 1996 Class AA championship game 21-0 in the third quarter but won 22-21.
30 – Valdosta (1956-58)
State titles: 1956, 1957. Coach: Wright Bazemore. Key players: B Johnny Welch, G Johnny Jones, QB Dale Williams. Streak-breaker: Albany, 27-6, fifth game. Legacy: These were Valdosta’s first state titles in the highest classification. Williams later won state titles at Waycross (1977, 1981) as a head coach.
Streaks that died
Five of the state’s longest losing streaks have been put to rest in the opening weeks of the season. Here’s a look at each, along with the schools still suffering streaks of 10 defeats or longer.
*Bryan County broke a 10-game losing streak with a 28-21 victory over Long County. Bryan County had 18 sophomore or freshman starters last season in Mark Wilson’s first season as head coach. “New team, new attitude,” Wilson said to the Savannah Morning News. Now, Long County has the 10-game losing streak.
*Central of Carroll County broke a 13-game losing streak in its opener with a 28-21 victory over Bremen in overtime. Fans rushed the field at Roy Richards Memorial Stadium when Central’s defense made the clinching stop on fourth down.
*Eagle’s Landing broke an 11-game losing streak with a 34-27 victory over Rutland. QB Tyler Teknipp was 15-of-22 passing for 195 yards and three touchdowns, and Corey Holloway rushed for 133 yards and caught a pass for 57 yards.
*Oglethorpe County broke a 10-game losing streak with a 23-21 victory over Athens Christian. “Our kids are excited. They want to win. I mean, they want to win bad,” Oglethorpe coach Larry Milligan told the Athens Banner-Herald.
*Pelham broke an 11-game losing streak with a 33-7 victory over Baconton Charter on Aug. 19. This was the first game for Pelham under coach Frankie Carroll, who won a state title at Madison County (Fla.) in 20007.
Longest active losing streaks in Georgia:
29 – Meadowcreek
15 – Winder-Barrow
14 – Douglass
14 – North Springs
13 – Crawford County
12 – Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe
11 – Telfair County
11 – Mount Zion (Carroll)
11 – Pacelli
10 – Long County
9 – Campbell
9 – Westside (Augusta)
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